Top 10 Tips and Tricks for surviving Paris

It was a last minute decision to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Paris and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Though I still can’t figure out how we got out of the holidays with my in-laws or my family, but I digress. After giving up a planned vacation for a new job it had been 18 months since a proper vacation, and needless to say we were both thrilled to be on a plane to the City of Lights for nearly 2 1/2 weeks.

New Year's Eve at the Eiffel Tower

New Year’s Eve at the Eiffel Tower

Since we’ve been back stateside we’ve been asked numerous time “What was your favorite part?” or “What would you recommend?” and honestly it’s really difficult to answer. Most in part because there were sooooo  many favorites and so many recommendations.  Since I’ve had some time to mull answers over, I’ve decided to do a 2 part blog-series on our faves and the recommendations. In this post, I’ll share our  top 10 tips and tricks to navigate through Paris during the winter.

1.  First and foremost, Kyle and I fell in love with experiencing another culture’s holiday season and would highly recommend it to everyone and anyone.

Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris

There’s less tourists, the locals are out, and the people are in high spirits. Paris is definitely one of the cities you must experience and explore during the holidays. From the Christmas markets to the hot-mulled wine to the lights hung around every street corner, it was amazing on so many levels and unfortunately this photo doesn’t do it justice.

2. Speaking of hot, spiced, mulled wine. Make sure you get a cup or two or three of “vin chaud” to keep warm during the cold, windy, wet (and possibly snowy) winter season. It will keep you warm long after you’ve drained the last drop.

Vin Chaud: hot, spiced, mulled wine.

Vin Chaud: hot, spiced, mulled wine.

We fell in love with this beverage, so much so that we made sure to have a cup everyday. It was that good.  Also, avoid asking the proper wine folks about this as this is considered ‘beneath’ them. We were even told on one occasion that it wasn’t ‘popular’ only to find out 25 feet away were two carnival-like kiosks selling them.  Keep an eye out for sandwich, kabab, and sweets (churros, donuts, etc) kiosks….they have the best vin chaud. The cafe versions are twice as much and don’t taste nearly as good.

3. Trust me. Get a Museum Pass.

It’s 42 Euro/Person for the two-day pass and is totally worth it especially if you’re only in town for a few days. But be sure that it gets you into the Musee (museums) you want to go since it doesn’t work for Eiffel Tower. Also, these must be used in consecutive days, so plan your Musee routes in advance to get the most out of it.  Finally, all Musee (museums) have two lines; security and entry. Typically security is the longest and the Museum pass lets you bypass the second line (entry) so don’t get frustrated when you’re standing in the first line with the ‘non-museum pass’ folks.

4. If you’re in need for some tchotchkes (keychains, magnets, old books, old magazines) to give to your friends, co-workers, and family be sure to buy it from the locals instead of the hawkers. The latter stalk tourists in front of the Louvre, Versailles, and all the major tourist sites. The locals are located on the Seine River by the Notre Dame Cathedral.  These sellers only have green boxes to sell from and have to fit all their belongings in 4 crates. We learned that by law there are only 250 sellers allowed per year and the average wait list time is eight years. Which basically means that someone needs to pass-away. It may be the PNW in me but there’s something to be said for supporting the locals.

5. As shared in a previous travel post, eating out can get expensive even if it’s for the simplest things like water, fruit and coffee. MonoPrix is a local grocery store chain (more like Fred Meyers with clothes and toiletries) we visited at least every two days to grab bottled water and snacks that’s significantly cheaper than the museum, cafe, or restaurant food. A smaller, more express store associated to the Monoprix is the Monop…..less selection but still you can grab the essentials.

Monoprix

They  saved us when Delta lost our luggage and we needed beanies and umbrellas. Also, both the main and express stores take credit cards with no spending minimum which is a huge life saver esp if you just want a bottle of water or a coke.  Besides, this is where the locals shop and it’s always exciting to see the variations of products available in different countries.

6.  You’ll inevitably use the metro lines while you’re in Paris. Make sure you purchase the carne in packs (10 tickets for 13.30) at any metro station, as it’s significantly cheaper than buying individual tickets.

 

Paris Metro Stations

Paris Metro Stations

Be sure to download these two apps and you can thank me later.  “Paris Metro” app and  “Google Maps” for Paris. Download the latter to access without wifi connection in advance. You can zoom in and identify where you’re at (using your phone’s GPS) along with the nearest metro stations. Once you have this, figure out where you want to go and open up the Paris Metro app. Click on the “route” tab and enter were you are and where you want to go. It will automatically offer you the metro links you need to take. This app  saved our lives.  Note: The #1 line (Yellow) is the main line to all the main tourist attractions. 

And for goodness-sake don’t even consider renting a car unless you want to die.

7. The RER lines are separate than the Metros and depending on the line, and where you want to go, can only be accessed through certain Metros stations.  Use the “Paris Metro” app that I noted above to help you. For example, if you want to catch a train to CDG airport, you need to head to the Chatalet metro stop to get to RER B.

Paris Metro App

Paris Metro App

Also, the RER runs every 15-30mins and they are more confusing to figure out what platforms you need to be on, so plan more time for these, especially if you go to Versailles or to the airport. If you’re staying in the city, your carnet ticket can get you on the RER and the metro (for example if you’re going to see the Moulin Rouge in the Monmarte arrondissement (neighborhood) you don’t need a separate carne. But if you’re going to and from outside the city like Versaille, you’ll need to buy different tickets at the metro counters that cost a bit more.  IE) Versaille RT is 13.30.

8. Parisians get a bad rap for their stiff-arm, cold shoulder attitude. But, honestly that’s instigated from the tourists. Going up to a Parisian and speaking English isn’t going to win you points just like a Chinese person coming up to you in Seattle speaking Madarin won’t get them very far either. For the most part, Parisians are polite and you don’t need to be purchasing a new Louis Vuitton purse to be on the receiving end of this. From cafes to boutiques to bakeries Parisians will always say “Bonjur” and you respond accordingly. After 7pm “Bonjur” is now “Bonsoir.”

Get into the habit of saying “Parlez-vouz anlais?” (Do you speak English) or “Je ne parle pas francais” (I don’t speak French). It will be a headache saver. The “Speak Easy French” app is awesome to learn how to pronounce the phrases correctly. The only bummer is that you can’t access the app without wifi.

9.  Create a routine . Get into a habit of popping into your local, corner cafe for a cafe au lait (cafe latte) or cafe (espresso) on a daily basis for your morning java fix and then head around the block to your boulangerie (bakery) for a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant).

Morning cafe au lait

Morning cafe au lait

If you can, grab a sandwich to for an afternoon picnic while you’re grabbing your croissant.  Regardless of how long you’re in Paris, these establishments and their staff will recognize you and give you better service. You’ll become a local in no-time!

Impromptu picnic with a veiw

Impromptu picnic with a veiw

This also means you should try to spend as much time in Paris if you can. We recommend a week or more. With so many museums, cafes, gardens, etc to experience, anything less is crazy!

10. The Eiffel Tower is a must and you can’t experience it from the ground. Reserve your tickets at least one to two months in advance through their website.  If for some reason you forget about this, you can can either stand in line for three to four hours (I’m not kidding) or you can pay double the price and go through a reputable third party vendor (what we did) to get in as a group. We recommend Fat Tire Bike Tours. They were great, prompt, and easy to use. The only downside was the price and there was a massive windstorm on the day we were scheduled to go up the Tower that the Summit was closed.  So be sure to book in advance and save your euros for a lovely, authentic dinner.

Have you visited the City of Lights? Post your tips, tricks, and advice below and be sure to check back for Part 2: Our Favorites.

 

Day 23: Dessert for Breakfast

I’ve recently stumbled across Family Fresh Cooking and I am in love. Not only are her recipes healthy, fresh but some are gluten free and vegan. Oh and did I mention that she photographs all her own food. She reminds me of another amazing local foodie-chef, Ashley Rodriguez.

Marla from Family Fresh Cooking had me at “dessert for breakfast.” This Chocolate Bread Pudding Breakfast Cake” is the recipe I’m making next…minus the raspberries. I’m willing to have this go to my hips but I’d rather enjoy it first before dying of my allergic reaction. Just saying.

Family Fresh Cooking chocolate-bread pudding breakfast cake- ecipe

Photo Credit: Family Fresh Cooking

Chocolate Oatmeal Pudding Breakfast Cake by Fresh Family Cooking

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

Optional Toppings
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit
  • Toasted Nuts
  • Unsweetened Toasted Coconut Flake
  • Carob or Chocolate Chips
  • dusting of Powdered Sugar or Cocoa Powder
  • Whipped Cream

Method

    • In a medium bowl whisk together coconut flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix together coconut milk and water. Pour the coconut milk and water into the flour mixture. Combine well, it will be thick and pasty. Mix in stevia and adjust to taste. Melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add batter and heat mixture for 5 to 6 minutes stirring constantly, scrap down sides and bottom throughout. A silicone spatula spoon is very good for this. Stir in chocolate chips.
    • Spray a 9 X 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer batter to the baking dish flatten with the back of your spatula. Let cool in the fridge for about one hour. Gently loosen the edges of your chocolate cake with a spatula. Carefully flip out onto a plate or leave in the pan for serving. Top with fresh fruit or any toppings you desire.
Notes
  • You will need to adjust the sweetness of your pudding cake according to what kind of chocolate you use. I like unsweetened baking chocolate with 4 droppers full of vanilla stevia drops. If you use sweetened chocolate, make changes according to taste. You might not need any additional sweetener at all.
  • Serve at any temperature, but it is extra wonderful when warmed with cool berries and whipped cream.
  • This does not have the texture of a traditional cake ~ it has more of a creamy, oatie, slightly grainy pudding texture.

Day 1: Surviving your spouse on an international trip
Day 2: Never order flowers online
Day 3: Bucket List
Day 4: Pet Peeves
Day 5: Biggest Fear
Day 8: A little honesty goes a long way
Day 10: A voice from the past
Day 11: Confessions from a wanna-be-cook
Day 13: Top 10 Must-Haves for International Travel
Day 14: Hi my name is Jackie and I am addicted to Senor Taco.
Day 17: Daily Life in the Ostlie Household…in Rhyme

Day 19: Superpower = Life without pain
Day 20: The Beautiful Life
Day 22: The Kullbergs

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Day 14: Hi, my name is Jackie and I am addicted to Senor Taco.

You know you have a problem when:

  • You and the owner are friends, are on a first name basis, and you know where her kids go to school.
  • The staff all know you and your order. It’s like Starbucks, but better.
  • You’re the mayor on Foursquare and can hold it down for over 8 months. Word.
  • All your co-workers and friends know where to take you for your birthday. 6 years and counting….
  • Make your road trip plans to Portland around a dinner stop at Senor Taco. Who cares about rush hour traffic?
Senor Taco. The best place on earth.

Senor Taco. The best place on earth.

I look purely Asian but don’t be fooled. This pale, round face is Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, and German. But, seriously most think I’m part Mexican. Secretly, I wish I was too.  I’m pretty sure it’s because of my obsession…ahem…I mean, love for all things that go with salsa and guacamole. I crave fresh tacos, homemade salsa and roasted jalapenos like the Seahawks crave a Super Bowl Victory. Whoops. Was that too soon????

Ask Kyle. If I’m given an option to choose an eatery, it’s bound to be Mexican. Luckily, God knew a thing or two about keeping me motivated at work. I’m 5 minutes away from the best taco shop, Senor Taco. It beats any taco truck I’ve been too and let’s be honest the salted jalapenos make my mouth water just thinking about it.

Senor Taco, Chicken Tacos

My favorite: 4 chicken tacos….

 

The Salted Jalapenos, Senor Taco

….and the Salted Jalapenos. You can’t have one without the other.

 

Senor Taco, Chicken Tacos

The close up.

 

The best place to celebrate, Senor Taco

The best place to celebrate being published to the Huffington Post

 

Kyle and Senor Taco

Kyle loves his tacos too.

 

Best salsa in the world. Senor Taco

Hilary’s personal bottle. Note: that was a full bottle of salsa when we started.

 

Hilpy and Senor Taco

Because everyone is included in Senor Taco, even when you’re not really here with us.

 

Welcome home visits from our Kiwi friends.

The place for welcome home visits from our Kiwi friends.

It’s the best place for lunch meetings, grab and go, celebrations, birthdays, engagements, new jobs, old jobs, visitors from out of town, and basically your everyday lunch. If I had my way, this affordable taco joint would be a 2 minute walk from my house; minus the fact that I would never-ever-ever-ever move to Federal Way. I just need to figure out how to get the owners to open up shop in Seattle and show those taco trucks who’s boss.

Day 1: Surviving your spouse on an international trip
Day 2: Never order flowers online
Day 3: Bucket List
Day 4: Pet Peeves
Day 5: Biggest Fear
Day 8: A little honesty goes a long way
Day 10: A voice from the past
Day 11: Confessions from a wanna-be-cook
Day 13: Top 10 Must-Haves for International Travel
Day 15: Transportation…..

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Day 11: Confessions from a wanna-be-cook

I like to think I’m a great cook. But who am I kidding? Organizing the food calendar and monthly meals don’t compare to the creative juices that flow from the hubby. Kyle has a knack for foods that compliment one another and that are equally delicious. He’s also not scared away of terms like “balsamic reduction sauce” when researching recipes. I on the other hand sprint in the opposite direction when I see something I don’t know. Well, that or I jump on Google and then get immediately distracted by the myriad of other recipe options….or adorable Jcrew sweater.

Kyle’s a better cook than I am. So much so that now all of our recipes we eat are his. Here’s a sampling of what we had for dinner tonight. BTW,  you might remember the Glazed Mahi-Mahi from a previous post we did while we were on our food allergy diet a few years back. We’ve swapped out the Kale Salad for a Barley and Sweet Potato Salad and let me tell you, it’s far more complimentary than the former. Oh! And I have to make a second confession. I started to eat my dinner and then realized that I was supposed to take the photo first. What can I say? It was delicious?

Glazed Mahi Mahi with Barley and Sweet Potato Salad

Glazed Mahi Mahi with Barley and Sweet Potato Salad

Glazed Mahi Mahi

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 (6 ounce) mahi mahi fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions

  1. In a shallow glass dish, stir together the honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, ginger, garlic and olive oil. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper, and place them into the dish. If the fillets have skin on them, place them skin side down. Cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes to marinate.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove fish from the dish, and reserve marinade. Fry fish for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fillets to a serving platter and keep warm.
  3. Pour reserved marinade into the skillet, and heat over medium heat until the mixture reduces to a glaze consistently. Spoon glaze over fish, and serve immediately.

Barley & Sweet Potato Salad
(by the awesome Amy Pennington, author of Urban Pantry)

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. uncooked barley
  • 3 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh herbs (we used parsley, chives, and basil….and we added about 1 cup instead of the 1/4.) adjust to your taste.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or a squeeze of lemon)

Directions

  1. Place saucepan over medium-high heat. Add dry barley and toast until fragrant, 3-5 minutes, stirring often. Add water and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 50-60 minutes, until tender but al dente. Drain any leftover liquid, cool to room temperature and set aside.
  2. While the barley is cooking, heat the coconut oil in a saute pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot and showing ripples, place a single layer of the sweet potato cubes in the pan and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring only occasionally, until all sides are golden brown, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. In a serving bowl, gently mix together the sweet potato fries and the barley. Stir in the fresh herbs, olive oil, and champagne vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the olive oil and herbs to your liking. Serve at room temperature.

Day 1: Surviving your spouse on an international trip
Day 2: Never order flowers online
Day 3: Bucket List
Day 4: Pet Peeves
Day 5: Biggest Fear
Day 8: A little honesty goes a long way
Day 10: A voice from the past
Day 12: Recovery

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Day 9: Made with love….Earl Grey Tea Cake.

Funny, little known fact. I have no idea how to bake “regular” baked goodies. I only know how to bake gluten-free, vegan goodies. Crazy I know. They’re delicious and many folks can’t even tell there’s a difference between the “healthy” stuff and the “yummy” stuff.  Here’s a fabulous recipe from one of my favorite GF, vegan books. It’s a hit here at home as well as in the office. Sandra and Todd, you can make this while in China. It will soften the cravings until you come back home!

Earl Gray Tea Cake by Flying Apron

  • 4 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 cups garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 TBSP baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups canola oil
  • 3 cups brewed Earl Grey Tea (this is three tea bags for my version)
  • 3 cups real maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup currants

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine the brown rice flour, garbanzo bean flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, combine the canola oil, tea, vanilla, and maple syrup. Slowly whisk the flour mixture into the canola oil mixture until thoroughly combined. Mix in the currants.

3. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 inch glass pan with PAM (or line the bottom of your dish with parchment paper). Pour the batter in and bake until the cake springs back when you press the center with your finger, 45 minutes to 1 hour. After the cake has cooled, run a knife along the inside of the pan to aid in turning the cake out for serving.

VOILA. Easy as pie. Actually, a lot easier.

Day 1: Surviving your spouse on an international trip
Day 2: Never order flowers online
Day 3: Bucket List
Day 4: Pet Peeves
Day 5: Biggest Fear
Day 8: A little honesty goes a long way
Day 10: Memory

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Day 3: Bucket List

Honestly, it’s easy to come up with a list of your hopes, dreams, wishes, and desires. The hardest part is sharing it for fear of ridicule, laughter, and the like.  I mean, really does learning to surf count if I’m from Hawaii? But honestly, I’m excited about this list. There’s definitely challenging items, possibly unrealistic ones, but many are achievable. I don’t think I’ve ever put them down to paper until now. It’s been a meditative process, and reminds me so much of  filling out Lululemon’s life plan questionnaire. Except I’m pretty sure I never completed theirs. Kat and Linds, you should be proud.

  1. Ride a horse. My uncles had a ranch in Oregon and I remember as a kid wanting to ride them and being told no. To this day, I have yet to ride a horse. Everytime I see one, I remind Kyle of my wish.
  2. Travel in a hot air balloon. Who doesn’t want to do this?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jubyfc/1017673672/

    Photo Courtesy of @Pixilinthebox. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jubyfc/1017673672/

  3. Summit Mt. Rainier. Does Camp Muir count? Didn’t think so. And I was “this” close.
  4. Join La Tomatina (tomato smashing fesitval in Italy). Do as the Italians do.
  5. Run a marathon. One day I will get there.
  6. Race in a triathlon. Thanks Mark Clark for the inspiration. If you can do it, I can do it. Side note: key word is triathlon, NOT Ironman.
  7. Get a French Bulldog and name it “Stitch.”

    Stitch from Lilo and Stitch

    Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. Photo Courtesy: DeviantArt.com


  8. Get a brown Labrador and name it “Bubbles.” Yeah, you know where I’m going with this.
  9. Get a Weimaraner and name it “Henry.”
  10. Own a house with a garden.
  11. Bikram Hot Yoga 30-Day Challenge. Anything less is unacceptable. kidding.
  12. Live in London. Dream job.
  13. Work in London. Dream home location.
  14. Vacation in Costa Rica at a Treehouse Community. Secretly we’re hippies.
  15. Learn to surf. I’m Hawaiian but that doesn’t mean I’m cool.
  16. Learn how to cook authentic Thai Food. Because Google just can’t get it right.
  17. Backpack through the Scotland Highlands and Isle of Skye. Tim and Rich, double date?

    Isle of Skye Fairy Pools, Scotland

    Isle of Skye Fairy Pools, Scotland. Photo Credit: John and Tina Reid. http://www.flickr.com/photos/catchlightsa/5933316355/

     

  18. Start my own dessert shop. Totally unrealistic but a dream. Kyle’s already working on adult liquor popsicles.
  19. South of France-Spain-Italy-Greek Holiday. Yes.
  20. Morocco- Portugal- Egypt- Turkey Holiday. Yes. Yes.
  21. Australia-New Zealand-Fiji-Tahiti Holiday. Yes. Yes. Yes.
  22. Germany-Switzerland-Prague- Czech Republic Holiday. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
  23. Backpack Patagonia. Priceless.
  24. Rock climb…again. Need I say more?
  25. Hood to Coast relay race. Dream race. 
  26. Learn how to sew. Is it bad that Kyle knows how to use the sewing machine and the only thing I can think of is sewing my fingers together?
  27. Learn how to work on Kyle’s 1966 VW Bug. Because at this rate, it will take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get it done.

    1966 VW Beetle

    1966 VW Beetle. This is what Kyle’s car used to look like. Photo Credit: VantageSportsCars.com

  28. Learn how to make cheesecake. It’s Kyle’s favorite dessert. Perhaps I can try a vegan version?
  29. Get a masters degree. MBA. Digital Media. I’m indifferent.
  30. Learn graphic design. I always wish I double-majored…even to this day.
  31. Learn pottery. The Swedes inspired me on our recent holiday.
  32. Fix our 1964 VW 21-window bus. Secretly I want to paint it hot pink.
  33. Century Ride with Kyle (100 miles on a two wheels). Because any competition with your spouse is bound to be awesome.
  34. Read a book a week for the year. Thanks @TacAnderson for the inspiration.
  35. Be certified to be a mountain rescue volunteer. Let’s be honest. Mother Nature is the worst place to be when you really need help.

Day 1: Something New…. Day 2: Something Two…Tomorrow, Day 4: Pet Peeves.

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papa was right.

breakfast is the most important meal of the day.   too bad no one told him that in this day and age, time to cook up breakfast from scratch is practically non-existent. i barely have enough time to get myself out the door and at work by 7!

i am however getting a bit smarter. it could be attributed to my recent breakfast routine or the fact that i’m starving by the time 9:30am hits and i’m complaining to my intern about how famished i am.  but i think it’s more about my continued fondness for babycakes recipes.  we’ve tested a few here over the last couple of weeks and want to share some of our new favorites over the next couple of days. like with all the recipes i share, they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and at times vegan. anything from babycakes is 100% vegan and we are sure to cook/bake it that way.

waffles: (courtesey of babycakes covers the basics)

  • 1/4 c. melted refined coconut oil or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 c. bob’s red mill all purpose gluten free baking flour
  • 1 c. brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. xantham gum
  • 2 1/2 c. rice milk
  • 3 T. agave nectar
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. vegan chocolate chips (optional)

preheat waffle make according to manufacture’s instructions. brush iron with oil or spray.

in a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xantham gum. add the rice milk, 1/4 cup coconut oil, agave nectar, vanilla, (chocolate chips) and stir with a rubber spatula.

pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle griddle and bake to desired wellness.  repeat with remaining batter. i love a bit of agave with fresh fruit or just plain almond butter. kyle slathers his with almond butter and maple syrup. these are delicious and can be paired with any other amazing concoction you come up with! even powdered sugar or plain vegan butter will do!

enjoy!