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When you are tired of tacos and fajitas and roasted chicken in Playa del Carmen, or you have stopped partying and wish to have some healthy meal and get back to your clean and healthy eating habits., it’s time to visit Bio-Natural vegan restaurant and shop. 

This place i first noticed while exploring Playa and instantly knew that this will be definitely my next favorite place in Playa. And I was completely right!

Away from the buzz behind the Shopping Mall on 5th avenue, but still in the heart of the city is located the restaurant we visited for a lunch and some grocer shopping for home cooking. (As we prefer always cook ourselves 70% of time when we travel).

Bio Natural, Playa del Carmen, Mexico| treval photo review on www.missathletique.com

Bio Natural restaurant from outside. Photo credit – Bio Natural

The spot we choose for our lunch was facing the street just because we wanted to see the world passing by and also hide away from the bad weather and rain clouds that were coming and going all day.

Bio Natural, Playa del Carmen, Mexico| treval photo review on www.missathletique.com

View from our lunch spot

The menu offers wide range of selections starting from special breakfast offers to proper meals and appetizers. All natural, organic, vegan and so delicious.

This is what we tried: Read More

Me & My Beau, Travel
  • Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal
  • Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal
  • Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal
  • Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal
  • Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal
  • Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal
  • Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal

Road trip from Porto to Lisbona – 3 friends exploring Portugal

Between the madness of organizing wedding and business trips I finally have managed to get my hands on my camera and to get all my photos on computer from my last trips including Portugal adventure.

Despite it was just couple of weeks ago, seems that year has passed by as so many things has happened in between. However it is nice to see the pictures and get that lovely nostalgic feeling of the holiday fun with my girls. Already can’t wait to go for a next adventure with them.

We voted for a road trip to get that freedom and luxury to choose what time to wake up, where to stop and what to see on the way so we rented a car. Less we knew that renting car online trough supplier and actually picking it up and having an extra contract would cost us double for insurance, but we learned our lesson to never take insurance online, but directly Read More

Workout

June has been one crazy month with non stop travelling. Managed to visit Florence, Genoa, Nervi (in Italy), Lisbon, Porto, Ericeira and everything in between along the coast for pleasure, for pleasure but Berlin, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, and on top of that – Las Vegas for work. In short – I spent rushing from one place to another and trying to squeeze in all the works and duties, wedding organization and everyday tasks. And of course not forgetting about gym as well.

When traveling for work I always try to find a hotel with gym in it, but if not possible – going for a run in a nearest park if weather allows or workout at my room.

This time I was lucky as had been staying in this wonderful Vdara hotel and Spa at Las Vegas that had a great gym facilities. Here are some insight from my 6 am gym session. (Must say that noticed that gyms in Vegas are fuller at 6 am than at 10 am, guess jet lag and dedication is playing a big role there as well). Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel

Who doesn’t know Milan? Capital of Fashion, Design and Inspiration of many artists as well as models, starlets and celebs. A wonderful place to soak-in culture, get creative and be inspired. However last years been noticing that Milan is improving more also on healthy food trends and following the global trend for urban cities offering bigger and wider healthy lunch selection. What makes foodies, vegans and healthy eaters happier and life easier ( talking of leaving that pre-packed salad at home and going out with friends for lunch).

This time wanted to share with you one of my favorite, healthy hot-spots of Milan – That’s Vapore. This place is truly green (in thinking and interior) offering a nice concept lunches served in baskets that are freshly prepared every day. Milan there are just 2 places but they are expanding and opened their first place also in London (Baker Street) as well.  Read More

Travel
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule
  • How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule

How to get the best of Tel Aviv on a busy working schedule

So I am back from my crazy work travel in Tel Aviv and I must say it was one adventurous ride despite of the business trip. Definitely not the calmest and most peaceful place to visit nowadays to get a peace of mind. My mom was petrified when told her I have to go there for work, but I honestly can tell you that I was kind a looking forward this trip as always wanted to see the place as in my mind it was so different – enchanting in a way, and when occasion arose that I had to go there to represent my company in an event – I had all those mixed feelings – thrill for having a new adventure and slight fear of unknown and newspaper headlines flying by of all terrorist attacks, bombing and everyday war alerts..

However  my collaborators and partner living there was truly welcoming and helpful organizing everything (even airport pick-up ) that made matters easier and once they sent me the hotel recommendations along the beach – all my doubts were out of the window and couldn’t wait to go. Read More

Me & My Beau, Travel, Workout

The best thing that always get be on track and helps to overcome a jet lag is a training. A good weight or a cardio  training the day after arriving to help to adjust to the new rhythm and time zone. As all last week I spent Tokyo and had a pretty hectic and busy meeting schedule that having a training was the best thing. Luckily for me I found a wonderful fitness center – NAS Sports club  – fully equipped gym in the same building as my hotel in Osaki, Tokyo.

As this was a real gym than could easily stick to my training routine during my stay which made me truly happy especially as been on my strict training and dieting regime since beginning of the year.

The gym is spacious, offers all the types of regular weight machines as well as free weights for an efficient weight training. (had a killer leg day that were sore for next 2 days).  Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily

Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily

Time has come to take out my last card up from my sleeve at share the last part if my Sicilian adventure – the Historical Bathing Establishment of Mondello beach or nowadays restaurant Alle Terrazze.

The place historically had been established 103 years ago as a bathing establishment of royalty and elevated social class allowing them to spend their summers enjoying the sunshine on the terrace stretching out over the clear blue water and having a fine dining experience in beautiful saloons or sipping coffee overlooking the sea.

The place nowadays has kept the same values and beauty and offers a wonderful lunch and dining experience in this majestic historical building.

As a new experience and local food seeker that loves to try new things, tastes and enjoys wonderful view, especially sea view, than having a wild caught sea fish for a lunch was more than just “good idea!”.  Read More

Me & My Beau
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration

Midsummer night celebration

It’s official! The summer has officially arrived with it’s full glory and and greatness and to mark the occasion special, as the day of beginning of summer is also my name day as well as summer solstice than we did our best to make the best out of the day and flowers and dances was a must.

Midsummer night or summer solstice in Nordic countries has been always a great celebration. In Finland it’s on 19th June, Sweden on 20th June, in my home country – Latvia as well as Norway it’s on 23rd when the people make flower crowns, eat typical food, sing traditional songs and be merry all night long with friends and family around a bonfire if possible.

To give a general idea how the midsummer is celebrated, check Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach

Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach

Happy midsummer everyone! Today is Sunday, midsummer and also my name day therefore triple reason to make this day special. (Already started with some fit pancakes and homemade frozen yogurt (recipe soon will follow) ice cream). Also Sunday is about traveling and sharing my stories and tips and today is not an exception – I will share my second part of my Sicily getaway – exploring Palermo beach – Mondello.

Mondello is a beach for people in Palermo that can be reached in 20 min from Palermo with car or  25 min with a public bus nr. 806 from Palermo – stop Piazza Don Sturzo. (Time table you can find on AMAT homepage and ticket costs 1,4 eur (absolutely mandatory), the bus goes every 15 minutes, so no really need to rush.)

As our main objective of this short weekend break was to hit the beach and get some tan than that was exactly we did our second morning right after waking up.  Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel
  • 4 delicious places you must try at Palermo
  • 4 delicious places you must try at Palermo
  • 4 delicious places you must try at Palermo
  • 4 delicious places you must try at Palermo
  • 4 delicious places you must try at Palermo
  • 4 delicious places you must try at Palermo

4 delicious places you must try at Palermo

During my trips I always try to explore the typical cuisine and some particular places of the spot. of course I always try to go for the fit and healthy food as much as possible but also traditional food of the place I do love to try and share my experience. (Another good reason to workout and do cardio because it allows you to try some things that is not so ” clean” or “low on calories” as they should be, but what would be life without pleasure of exploring new tastes and pleasures? I always try to go with a 90/10 plan – 90% clean eating and 10% something that is out of my diet, therefore I am not torturing myself and it helps a lot to stick to the diet better as you know that there is a time you can treat yourself.) As I knew I will go to Sicily, which is world famous for its cuisine and especially sweets (even though not big fan of sweets, as prefer salty things) and I knew that won’t be able to work out for that weekend so I just had a pact with myself – do some extra hard dieting and workout routine 31 day before so I do not feel guilty of enjoying my time there. And I must say – it was a wonderful experience indeed. (The Palermo post you can read here).

As I had there just for a long weekend than I couldn’t explore too many places, but the ones I did, is definitely worth mentioning and a crime not to try the food there.  Read More

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happy girl, dancer, photographer, gym-goer, Herc., traveler, dreamer, explorer, color and moment collector, healthy food and recipe discoverer and tester

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