Another one of those to-go creations that definitely saves time and sanity.
These babies are so versatile, you can throw in whichever you feel like munching. Perfect for left overs to be honest.
Half and half recipe:
On a measuring cup (1 cup)
1 tbsp melted butter
fill remaining part with fresh milk
French Toast on the Run recipe:
- Your choice of fruits and flavours (we tried chocolate chips, blueberries, raspberries, a mix of berries and chocolates)
- stale bread slices / croissants / other bread types torn to pieces
- 6 Tbsps half and half
- 2 Tbsps sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 vanilla extract
We used 2 trays of 6-pcs muffin pan.
Yup, we made 12 pieces but sadly, little hands won't wait for the goodies to cool down. They disappeared as soon as it's cool enough to snatch.
Fill your non-stick muffin pans with torn bread pieces. Pack it to the top but leave a bit of space for your fruits and chocolates.
In a small bowl, mix half and half, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Transfer to a pouring glass for convenience.
Pour some on each muffin space. Enough to soak the bread with the gorgeous concoction but not soupy. The liquid will mold your french toast.
Insert some fruits and/or chocolate chips in between spaces. Add some toppings too.
Bake at 300 C for 20 minutes.
It will rise up as it bakes then fluff down a bit when it cools off.
First time to use the mini-oven my hubby gave me for Christmas. I still don't know its capacity so I'm happy to test it today. I have the big oven but it's a pain for small experiments, I always feel guilty pre-heating it as it's gas. So the Black and Decker mini version is a good addition.
In this mini oven, it's only up to 250 C so I winged it and baked it a few minutes longer. Few crunch on top, really nice french toasty flavour underneath and explosions of fuits within.
Yup. A hit.
*go crazy with the fruits, mix and match them and lemme know which ones are your faves.
*for sure this concoction can be savoury too with hotdogs or ham and cheese. Same concept of a savoury waffle. As I said, go crazy!
*can be kept in a sealed sandwich bag, chilled in the fridge for 2-3 days
It's way better than hop-on hop off bus because we were not in an enclosed van. We can feel the breeze, there's a feeling of no barrier from the scenery at its most natural setting. It was worth it.
We had them pick us up from the house which is really great as getting lost again on still tired body was not ideal. And they dropped us off to the restaurant where we have a booking for dinner. Perfect!
The owner is a half Sudanese, half Czech entrepreneur who personally lead our tour. His name is Arman.
Riksha cost CZK 850 per bike, CZK 200 per drop off or pick up so it cost us CZK 2500 in total back in 2014. Obviously four years after, their price increase a bit but not so much to stop you from trying it out.
One and a half hour (back then) of light tour with a few bits of history and introduction. So ideal for first timers in Prague. Not diluted with facts we can get from books and frankly speaking, we weren't ready for information overload.
We went to important places to get oriented to. We even went further across the bridge and got some tips of more things-to-do in Kampa Island.
Look at where they even brought us, right next to Vltava river to understand how high the last flood of 2002 was! It was a whoaa moment... I mean I know I am small but even a tall person will have a hard time with such high water?
The dropped of point is at Wenceslas Square, Vytopna Restaurace. A cool place that delivers food and drinks through a miniature train system. Pretty awesome if I say so myself.
Riksha Sighteering Tours - http://www.riksha.cz/en/sightseeing-tours
This is the inside scoop on how the VR Overnight Train or Santa Claus train looks like.
It'll give you an idea of whether seating and sleeping berth passengers can cross visit.
For the purpose of this research, I booked a mix of sleeping berths and seatings. There were 6 of us, 3 sleeping berths and 3 second class seats.
In the end, my sister and I shared a bed while roomies for life shared a bed in the other room. The upper beds in both rooms were occupied by a single gorgeous person (A and J).
Helsinki - Rovaniemi - Helsinki
Helsinki Central Station
Helsinki to Rovaniemi
Leaves at 18:49 - Arrives at 07:13
(Basic Ticket) Upper deck - Second class seats - EU 80 pp
(Basic Ticket) Second class sleeping berths - EU 136 pp
Rovaniemi to Helsinki
Leaves at 18:03 - Arrives at 06:24
(Saver Ticket) Upper deck - Second class seats - EU 35 pp
(Saver Ticket) First class sleeping berths - EU 140 pp
*Saver tickets get snatch-up quickly so you really must book and pay immediately.
Company provider: VR
Booking: slots get book quickly depending on the season. You can book 3 months in advance, which losers like me do. I was on the dot 3 months ahead. I scurried to book our rooms and seats the week our dates opened. Even with that, we missed the "Saver Tickets" to Rovaniemi and almost missed it coming back to Helsinki.
VR Train link here: https://bit.ly/2pBPBht
If you ever do a combo like us, try your best to book cars that are closest to each other. Save that energy and time for meals and chit chats
Gets filled very quickly. Something we realised on our way to Roveniemi. We had to console ourselves with the bar stools and the fact that we are really ready to crash on the bed. Exhausted is an understatement.
Coming back to Rovaniemi, we were smarter. We hang out in the restaurant car first as soon as we got on board.
Even if you book a single passenger for the sleeping berth, the room will be set up for two. *wink wink
From experience in both of our trips, yes, you can. The restaurant car is at the end of the train. Go figure, everyone must have access to it.
First Class Sleeping Berths (Upper Deck)
- ensuite bathroom
- bath towel is provided
Second Class Sleeping Berths (Lower Deck)
- shower room and water closets are shared and are located at both ends of the car
- hand towel is provided
Bigger spaced rooms
These are available on the lower deck, at the end of the car in front of WC. Suitable for passengers with pets, wheelchair or anyone who prefers bigger space for a small additional fee.
Can only be accessed by the shower room key. It only has shower gels so bring in your bath essentials.
Morning Walk - Entire Village and Rice Fields
Starts at 8:30 AM
It's a walk through Kepitu Village (where their restaurant is named after). Inhale the fresh air and enjoy the scenery of rice fields and tropical coconut trees.
Get to experience talking to friendly locals, observe their daily activities as well as learn about Balinese culture and customs in an authentic setting.
*Guide will accompany guests on this walk
*One day advance reservation
Morning and Afternoon Yoga at Yoga Pavillon
7:00 AM and 2:00 PM
A spacious pavillon on the upper level facing the relaxing pool and forest is dedicated for this activity.
The class is conducted by their experienced Balinese Yoga Instructor who has been practicing for years teaching guests the ways and benefits of yoga for body and soul.
Throughout the ancient art of classical yoga, lessons will teach the technique of keeping your mind still, strengthening of body and expanding your consciousness using posture, breath work, meditation, relaxation, all within the confines of the relaxing setting, hearing the water flowing from the river down below.
*Also suitable for beginners
Starts at 1:00 PM for an hour at Yoga Pavillon
Experience Balinese through authentic activities of making Balinese offerings, orientation on the Balinese dress, lesson on Rindik Music Instrument, making of pancak or klat klat, understanding spice knowledge and even Balinese dance.
Afternoon High Tea
Starts at 3:30 PM for an hour at the Riverside Canyon Jetty
Sample their complimentary Indonesian tea with assorted Balinese cakes and pastries in an intimate setting offered at the wooden deck along the river side while you enjoy the water flowing from the river.
"Agni Puja" pool side sunset cocktail happy hours
Starts from 4:00 PM until dusk
An exotic and unforgettable experience at the Kayon Resort. Enjoy a selection of cocktails and mocktails with a special price of up to 40% discount while you enjoy the view of the valley at dusk, sometimes even covered by mist.
Socialise around the fire bale and enjoy the comforting heat.
*Advance reservation is appreciated although walk-ins are also welcome.
We used to flip through the pages of glossy magazines or colourful webpages, drool and gawk at gorgeous places we only dreamed of seeing. We used to daydream over the idea of food we might never get to taste. Wondered how each destination feels.