UberTREES is back to deliver your Christmas Tree!

You gotta be quick but if you open your UBER app between 12pm and 8pm on the 13th and 14th of December, you get a quality Nordmann Christmas Tree delivered right at your doorstep!

It’s the perfect solution if you’re a busy parent or hate the drive to the store where all the needles fall into your car. Just sit back and relax, take a sip of  your hot chocolate and wait for your doorbel to ring! UBER and Dutch D.I.Y store Praxis collaborate for this special occasion. The tree costs €30,- and is 1,75 meter high and about 2 meters wide. The offer is valid for Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag.

Oh, and this year it’s an extra sweet deal because The Urban Bakery will include a small tasty gift that you can hang into your tree..

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UberTREES is back!

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Open or download the Uber app for Iphone or Android
  2. Between 12pm – 8pm on the 13th & 14th of December, request the UberTREES banner at the bottom of your screen
  3. Enter the location where you want your tree to be delivered and you’ll have a tree, stand, delivered to your front door within minutes!
  4. Keep in mind, availability will be very limited, so be quick!

For more info and to see the video check: www.newsroom.uber.com

Love,

Elke


New in Amsterdam! Wine Yoga

Some combinations are a real match made in heaven! What about the mix of yoga and wine? Stop daydreamin’, recently it became reality in Amsterdam. The ladies of Girls Who Drink had spotted this trend in the USA. They guessed it was the right time to introduce it in the Netherlands, my credits to the way they were thinking! And so, it happened…I was one of the lucky ones who was present at the very first Dutch ‘posing & pouring event’ in the brand new hotspot House of Watt – a new one for on by Food Bucket List.

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The lovely ladies behind Girls Who Drink

Wine Yoga Event Amsterdam
According to the GWD-ladies yoga is a serious affair, but wine can make the sport enthusiasts looser and smoother. The two together makes it doubly relaxing. During the wine yoga event I was welcomed with a glass Faber bubbles. Ever heard of it? It’s a totally alcohol-free wine with 50% less calories than normal wines. I really liked my first sip, didn’t thought there wasn’t alcohol in it, good job. With a tipsy head exercising a downward-facing dog wasn’t going to happen. And yes, no hangover the next day!

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Faber bubbles

Best of both worlds
The wine yoga class was taught by two Holistic Movement teachers: Stijn de Jongh and Dennis van Miltenburg. Professional ánd handsome yoga fanatics.. lots of girls were on cloud nine I tell you! We started with a short meditation, followed by some animal movements – wow that was tough– and a couple of simple yoga exercises with and without a wine glass so you can get your balance right. The hour went by so fast. Afterwards, there was some time to chitchat with the others and enjoy the nibbles and some alcohol-free cocktails. I could really get used to this way of doing my moves. Absolutely give it a try!

Bottoms Up!

Sharmaine

More event of Girls Who Drink? Check the website for more info

*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on @sharriefromsandmountains!

Back in Amsterdam » Modern Asian Cuisine, Umami by Han

If you love Asian food, you’re going to be pleased about the return of Umami by Han in Amsterdam. The restaurant concept was first brought to live in Utrecht with then many restaurants to follow. Amsterdam used to have a all you can eat location on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal but this closed 2 years ago due to a difference in vision between Michelin chef Han (known from Michelin Star HanTing Cuisine in Den Haag) and his business partner.

The Concept
Now, Han’s original concept returns  back with the modern Asian dining experience that is all about the Umami philosophy. The word Umami is all about keeping different flavours in balance. The tastes of sweet, salty, bitter and sour are familiar to us, but there is a fifth taste we can perceive with our tongue, umami. Its taste has been described as rounded, rich and savoury. It’s usually matched with salt to add depth and complexity to foods that may lack depth and complexity on their own. “If you take ginger for example, your body actually needs something to balance it out, this could be cucumber.” We try to implement this to all our dishes” Chi, the restaurant manager tells me.

The Overtoom
The location is something you may have been before. At the beginning of the Overtoom, where concept store Friday Next used to be. They have completely changed it and you won’t believe your eyes. The restaurant is deep and spacious, with a Asian style bar at the entrance. The open kitchen looks amazing and the latern lights plus Asian wall art completes the look & feel. The restaurant is also open during the day for a quick business lunch or à la card meal, but you can also walk in for a coffee or glass of wine.

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The open kitchen

Bar Umami by han, Amsterdam

The Menu
You can choose between the 3-course Social Dining Menu for €27,50 or the Menu Gastronomique for €31,95. You can find signature dishes like Teriyaki Chicken, Bangkok Prawns or Orange Duck, alongside Truffle Paksoi, Spicy Eggplant or Little Gem. You can order an extra course for an additional 8 euro per dish. Deserts are available for only €5,- and the menu consists of Matcha Cake, Pandan Créme Brûlée or a Choco Brownie, yum!

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Beautiful balanced food for a small price

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Scallops à la Umami by Han

Matcha cake, Umami by Han, Amsterdam
This desert is ready to be eaten!

I can’t believe that a modern Asian cuisine can be so good and yet so affordable! Get your hungry ass over here, cause this place is of of the best food discoveries of this month!

Umami
Overtoom 31H, Amsterdam
020-2801379
Website

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16 x Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017!

We need to accept that winter is here and here to stay for a while so we might as well enjoy it right? Okok, we are both more the sunny-30 degrees-palmtrees-beach-types, BUT we loooove the Christmas season and anything that has anything to do with it. Yep, we can already smell the glühwein, hot chocolade and see the flickering lights. We did a little research for you so you don’t have to. These are by far the best Amsterdam Christmas Events for this year!

Scandinavian Christmas Market
When? 1st & 2nd of December, Muiderkerk
Get into the Scandinavian spirit with this special market where you can knit and make decorations for “jul”: the wheel of time that spins the year into lighter days. The market is not complete without some real Scandinavian flavours (like cookies) of course! Facebook

Sissy Boy Christmas Market
When? 10th of December, Amstelveld
This is one of the winter markets we are looking forward to the most! Besides the usual Sissy-Boy fashion, interior and accessories, you can also enjoy glühwein, live music, nice food and of course many different stands with all your winter wannahaves!  To find out which brands you can find at this years market, check the Facebook event.

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Pure Winter Market at Amstel & Frankendael Park
When?  10th & 17th of December
Go here for your organic and fairtrade Christmas products. Local produce and goods make this one of the nicest Christmas Markets in Amsterdam and one of a kind. These are the last Pure Market before heading into 2018 so grab your winter coat and check this one out. 

Sunday Market Funky Christmas Edition
When? 10th of December, Westergas
Every 1st Sunday of the month you will find the Sunday Market at the Westergas area in Amsterdam. The Christmas edition is by far the best one because it get’s you right in the Christmas spirit! 

Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

Ruige Kerstmarkt 2017
When? 16th of December, Ruigoord
It´s that time of the year again..! Buckle up for two days X-mas shopping Ruigoord style :) About 30 stands with handmade, art, fashion, lifestyle & spirituality, food, fire, glühwine, kids activities and who knows what else.. Partially indoor!  And best of all, Entrance is free! Facebook.

Museum Market Christmas Edition
When?  17th of December, Museumsquare
Every third Sunday of the Month, the Museumplein will be filled with stylish stands full of design. In between the main museums around the pond you can meet the (Dutch) designers yourself, shop for their products and enjoy the great food and atmosphere. Info

Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

Christmas Market at Floor 17
When? 16th & 17th of December
High up, on the rooftop of Floor 17, you will find this special and cozy Christmas Market.Chef Michiel van der Kroon will take care of the bites and funky Christmas tunes will be playing. Like last year, there will also be a curling track where visitors can try their best curling skills! Entrance is free! www.floor17.nl

Floor 17 christmas market

Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt
When? 22nd – 23rd of December, Kromhouthal, Amsterdam North
A cozy indoor Christmas market that should not be ignored! Lot’s of cute stands only 5 euro entrance! The market has a variety of cool and hip brands on display. There will be music and theatre so great for kids and adults and a good excuse to head to the Northside! Amsterdamsche-kerstmarkt.nl

Christmas Winter Fair
When? 21st of Dec – 1st of Jan
This will be the largest Christmas Fair Amsterdam has seen so far. The Amsterdam Winter Parade exists of four winter ‘worlds’. For example, there will be a Wintersquare which will be the meeting place where cake and warm drinks can be enjoyed while walking across the Christmas market. There will be a large Dutch Fair with a 50 meters high ferris wheel and circus theater. Tickets will cost €7.50 for a day ticket and are available through the Website.

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The Winter Fair will be something huge!

Christmas Market AmstelKartier
When? 21st of December, next to Waternet
One of the last Christmas Markets of the month so double the fun and reason to go there! It’s the 3rd edition and the the main reason it’s held on the 21st is because that’s the day that the sun reaches the most Southern and closest part to the earth what they call the winter solstice. From this day onward, the days will become longer and it’s time to celebrate this in Amsterdam with this traditional market! Facebook

Ice- Skating in Amsterdam

  • ICE* Amsterdam, the most famous ice-skating ring in Amsterdam where you can take the perfect winter photo for your Instagram account!
  • The Coolest Ice-Skating Ring, at the Olympisch Stadion will open at the 18th of January until the end of February.
  • Jaap Eden Baan is the largest ice-skating ring in Amsterdam and will be open throughout the winter period.

Near Amsterdam: 

Haarlem Christmas 
When? 9th & 10th of December, Haarlem Center
This market has been voted as one of 5 best Christmas Markets in the Netherlands so it’s a must visit! On the main square you will find many stands with crafts, food, gifts and of course hot drinks. Besides the market, you can also stroll around Haarlem city and discover the many boutique shops and cafe’s. More info here.

Winter Village Amstelveen
When? Until 7th of January
Near the south of Amsterdam you will find Amstelveen where you can enjoy this Winter Village until the 7th of January. It has more than 60 market stalls for handcrafted gifts, where family and friends gather. www.wintervillageamstelveen.nl

Dickens Christmas Market, Muiden
When? 16th of December
Like the original Christmas tale began, this is what the inspiration is for this Christmas Market in Muiden this year. Go back in time and see Christmas Characters dressed up and the whole street will get a make-over. For more info and the dresscode check www.dickensinmuiden.nl

Enjoy Christmas this year in Amsterdam!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Must visit store, DIY Soap

Hello winter equals hello to dry skin. For me at least. As soon as the heating at home goes up, and the leaves are starting to fall down the trees, my skin reacts as if it knows it needs some extra attention. There are sooo many products and brands out there that promise you a soft skin but I’m not a big fan of all the chemicals that are added. Gladly I discovered this briljant store called DIY Soap, a shop in Amsterdam where you can create your own scrubs and creams made out of natural and organic ingredients.

DIY Soap

Pure Ingredients
At DIY Soap you can shop in two ways; you can buy a ready-made scrub or cream, or create your own from scratch. The last option is more fun so that’s exactly what I did! In the store you can find a rack where you can find cans of oils to create your product with (coconut, almond, olive). Next to that you have a table where you can find salts, sugars, coffee and concentrated oils such as lavender, orange or roses. Pimp your product with some flowers, dried fruits or lavender pieces. Every product is vegan except the honey. (but rest assured it comes from a local and organic beekeeper).

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The corner of ingredients!

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Adding some oil

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Final touch

Sustainable Packaging
One of the great things about creating your own product, is that you can bring your own packing materials. DIY Soap highly encourages to re-use your old shampoo bottles or cream containers. The packaging at DIY Soap is made out of glass and is always re-usable. This way, you only need to come back for the ingredients! You can also buy the products online (www.diysoap.nl) and in several stores across The Netherlands and Belgium (concept store Hutspot being one of those).

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Trying my DIY Wanderlust Coffee Scrub

The people behind the product
besides the ingredients and packaging, they also have a great behind-the-scenes-story. The people who make the ready-to-buy products are created by people with a minor mental disability, at the Gemiva centre in the city of Leiden. How beautiful is that!

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GIVE AWAY!
Christmas is coming and what better way to pamper your skin with a scrub! I have created 2  Wander-Lust scrubs especially for you! The Wanderlust Coffee Scrub with coffee and sugar to wake up your skin and soften your face with. And the Goodnight Wanderlust Scrub with lavendel, almond oil and roses. Want to win these? Just comment below and I will notify the winner next week!

If you want to surprise your loved one with a DIY Soap gift, you can use code DIYCHRISTMAS until the 31st of December and receive a one off 10% discount in the webshop or when you visit the store!

Good luck!

Elke

DIY Soap
Van Woustraat 48, Amsterdam
Website

The Avocado Show opens up The Backstage

Since we wrote about the opening of avocado restaurant The Avocado Show in Amsterdam, it’s been busy times for the 3 entrepreneurs. They knew it would probably be a succes, but they had never dreamed of the international coverage it has gotten so far. David Wolfe, Vice, ELLE and other international platforms have all posted about this popular restaurant and before they knew it, people from all over the world wanted to experience the first avocado restaurant in the world. They are planning to expand in several countries around the world so there might be an Avocado Show near you in 2018!

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Neighbours complained that their street is always packed with people, so they came up with a solution

Extremely Populair
Even before it opened, avocado lovers spend the night in front of the doors to be the first ones to check it out. Talking about dedication! But the restaurant’s popularity isn’t to everybody’s joy. Neighbours complained that their street is always packed with people day and night, to try the amazing menu. Innovating as they are, they came up with a solution. The Backstage. The Backstage is a pop-up avocado store situated pretty much next door to The Avocado Show, so people can shop, and find perfectly ready to eat avocado’s at an avocado wall (yes, no more pinching in the supermarket!). Meanwhile you’re buddy or lover can wait to be seated without annoying the neighbourhood. Briljant. The Backstage will have a similar interior (pink chairs yehess!), and will sell tons of avocado goodies and not just the edible ones. You are able to buy pins, cookbooks, bags, inflatable avocado’s and merchandise.

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The Avocado Store

 

The Backstage is now open but remember, keep coming for The Avocado Show though…they don’t want another line at the door.. ;-)

The Backstage
Daniel Stalpertstraat 74, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Wander-Lust

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These are the coolest Concept Stores in Amsterdam

Fashion and apparel concept stores are popping up all over the world, so is Amsterdam. A great experience where you find a combination of fashion, food, furniture, books, art, all-in one! It involves more than just shopping, inspiring places where you can wander around and discover new and secondhand stuff where it’s hard to leave empty handed.

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7 x Child & Baby Friendly Cafés in Amsterdam West

My baby boy is almost 9 months old now and I am getting more and more used to the life as a working mom. I used to work a lot from home but after a couple of months, I felt comfortable enough to spend my afternoon’s at some of Amsterdam’s best mummy’s & daddy’s hang-outs. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy finding those places where you can drink a great cup of coffee and fit your stroller/buggy inside without annoying everyone. Because I live in Amsterdam New West, I have selected my favourite child & baby friendly cafés in Amsterdam West.

Wijs West, Bilderdijkstraat 62
This is a children’s shop and café all in one. Great for parents and even better for kids because there is a corner where they can safely play. The shop offers a range of beautiful children and baby clothes of mostly organic cotton. It’s also a great shop for buying toys, cutlery and gifts. The store also offers a hairdresser especially for kids. The café offers smoothies, salads or healthy sandwiches, also for the little ones. Across the street you can find the little brother store of OnWijs West. Here you can go all out on toys and more clothes for kids from 4 years and older. www.wijswest.nl

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Enough space to eat, play and shop. Source

Boezemvriend, Overtoom 205
This is still one of my favourite hang-outs. I have brought many of my mummy friends here for a coffee or lunch. It’s great because it’s so relaxed and especially great for new mums who are still a bit conscious of breastfeeding in public. Here it’s more than normal because Boezemvriend is actually a breast consultancy, shop and café in one. The shop is beautiful and the lunch is really good! (try the humus and grilled veggie sandwich). There are toys for little ones and many baby chairs that they also sell in the store. Another great thing is the spacious and beautiful set-up baby change area which you can find upstairs. I can sit here for hours! Find out more about Boezemvriend here.

Boezemvriend Cafe Amsterdam

Café Belcampo, Hannie Dankbaarpassage 10 (De Hallen)
This one has been around since the popular De Hallen opened in Amsterdam West but until you are a parent, you probably didn’t know that this is a great stopover if you have a child. It’s a library cafe with all sorts of customers. Freelancers with laptops, granny’s, mum’s and dad’s, they all come here to drink coffee or have lunch. There are plenty of baby chairs and you can even order a baby cappuccino. www.cafebelcampo.nl

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A save corner to play at Belcampo

Mini Chi Chi Club, Spaardammerstraat 43
Located near the Westerpark, this awesome spot was founded by mother of two, Sabine and is now run by Yil and her sister in law Nadya. Together they offers activities for children; moments4kids. What you can do at the Mini Chi Chi Club? So much! It’s a place to shop, eat, play and practise. This place even offers yoga, music and even massages for children and babies. The café offers warm and cold drinks, sweets and tasty tosti’s. It’s also worth checking out the webshop for high quality musthaves. www.minichichi.com

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Enough space for playing at the Mini Chi Chi Club! Source

Suikertantes Cafe, Postjeskade 200
They call themselves the nicest children’s café in Amsterdam and I think they’re not far off. It’s especially good for children who like to join in activities like making pizza’s, cupcakes and cookies. There is even an outside play area! Breakfast and lunch is simpel but nice and you there is no need to reserve a table for making cookies. You just pay and create from as little as 2 euro. The venue can also be hired for birthdays or parties. They are open on Fri to Sunday and on Wednesday from 10am till 5pm. They only accept cash or phone payments. www.suikertantescafe.nl

Van de Buurt, Gerard Callenburgstraat 1
Tucked away in Amsterdam New West, you need to know this place! It’s not designed for kids or babies but it’s extremely spacious and fits many people including kids. With 8 children chairs and a place for nappy changing, it’s very kids proof. www.vandebuurt.nl

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Van de Buurt also has a nice outside terrace. Source

Marvin, Kinkerstraat 66
Not your typical café  but still worth mentioning. It’s mainly used as an event location so it’s more than perfect for babyshowers and children’s birthday’s. Marvin can accommodate up to 25 people and has a catering facility on site so that’s super handy! It’s situated on the Kinkerstraat which is a buzzing area full of funky hotspots so great to combine this place with a afternoon stroll with your baby. www.marvin.amsterdam

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Perfect for a party!

Plenty of options for child & baby friendly cafés in Amsterdam West right? Next time, I will tackle the East-side, until then…enjoy!

Love,

Elke

Our favourite Veggie Pita spot in Amsterdam is now open daily!

If you’ve been to a Dutch food festival or the Sunday Market, you must have heard of Vleesch noch Visch. This famous veggie stand is one of those places you keep coming back for. They started off with a tiny stand on food markets and expanded over the years where they opened a kiosk in Amsterdam West, near the Westerpark. Good news for those who can’t wait for the weekend, they are now open daily from 12 till 9pm!

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The famous Greek veggie pita 

Vleesch noch Visch became famous because of their Greek veggie pita that has people queuing up for. At the kiosk they also offer other meals such as a Mi Gado pita, fries, soups and salads. Vegans don’t worry, most meals are easily turned into vegan. There are tables and benches to enjoy your favourite meal at, and you will find that people from all over the city come here for a bite. I have been a fan since the beginning but now that more people starting to embrace vegetarian and vegan meals, this place is set to be even more popular than ever.

Happy eating!

Elke

Vleesch noch Visch
Schaepmansstraat 2, Amsterdam
Website

*Header photo source: Vleesch noch Visch

There will be a huge Christmas Festival in Amsterdam this winter!

No need to travel all the way to Germany or Belgium this winter for that special Christmas feeling. Amsterdam is going to have it’s own Christmas Festival called the Winter Parade! From December 21st, you can enjoy a world of winter and experience the ultimate Christmas feeling at the RAI Amsterdam that is re-named to the Winterpark this winter period. 

Winter World(s)
The Amsterdam Winter Parade exists of four winter ‘worlds’. For example, there will be a Wintersquare which will be the meeting place where cake and warm drinks can be enjoyed while walking across the Christmas market. There will be a large Dutch Fair with a 50 meters high ferris wheel and circus theater. Chill to the max in the Winter Wellness and start the evening at the après-ski bar with a good schnapps.

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Ice-Skating
The 700m2 ice-skating rink offers a place where children can play games and dance on ice during the day when there is a silent disco. When the evening falls, there will be a bowling alley and a silent disco (Vondeldisco) for adults. Count us in! Hungry? You can find some tasty bites around the ice-skating ring from one of the pop-up restaurants like BAUT Amsterdam, Van Dam Brasserie and Restaurant Blauw.

Christmas Cinema
One of the best thing about Christmas? The Christmas movies to snuggle up to! Clever thinking because the latest Christmas movies are being shown throughout the day, and in the evening the Christmas Classics are on the menu. Also, Sublime FM opens at 5pm every day in The Beer Village for a big winter party with the best DJs and live performances.

Hours & Location
The Amsterdam Winter Parade will take place from 21 December 2017 until 1 January 2018. Click here for opening hours.

Entrance fees
€ 7.50 day ticket
€ 19.50 passe-partout (limited available)
Children under 12 years have free admission.

Winterpark Amsterdam (RAI)
Europaplein, Amsterdam
Website
Winter is coming,
Elke