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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Recipes » Dutch Winter Meals

Food, food, food, we love it! One of the best things about traveling is that we get to taste different cuisines. We love it all!
Asian, Mexican, Italian, French, you name it! But as we are both from the Netherlands, we thought it would be nice to show you some authentic Dutch winter meals! We’ve selected 2 favorites that perfectly suit the cold season:

Hutspot
This dish includes a whole bunch of potatoes and it mostly combined with vegetables such as cabbage, carrots or kale. The idea is that you mash the veggies and potatoes together so you get one mashed dish.
It’s mostly served with meat such as porkchops, big meatballs or sausages with gravy.

The recipe for a traditional “Hutspot” (Carrots & Potatoes) like the picture below is quite simple:

Cook 1kg potatoes together with about 1kg big carrots for about 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove the water and start frying some finely cut onions into a separate pan with butter. After glazing them, add the onions into the pan with the potatoes and carrots and start mashing them together. Add a tablespoon of mustard and 50ml of semi skimmed milk. You can add 150 ml of vegetable stock for extra flavour, but reduce the milk for it becomes too watery. Add some salt and pepper and top it of with some gravy and a (veggie) sausage. Yummie!

“These 2 Dutch winter meals will keep you warm this season!”

Dutch winter meals

Ewrtensoep (Dutch traditional split pea soup)

»300g dried green split peas
»100 g thick-cut bacon (for the vegetarian version you can use smoked veggie bacon from the vegetarian butcher.)
»1 stock cube (vegetable or chicken are both fine)
»2-3 carrots, cut into 1 cm cubes
»1 large potato, peeled and cubed (optional)
»1 small onion, chopped
»1 small leek, sliced
»half a celeriac, cubed
»Salt and pepper, to taste
»a handful of chopped celery leaves
»a handful of sliced smoked sausage (Dutch Rookworst) I used 2 vegetarian sausages

Dutch winter meals

For the best results you should rinse and set the split peas into cold water for about 1 hour. After that you boil the split peas with the pork chop and bacon. Let it boil for about 45 minutes and skim off the floating scum. Pour all water off, rinse peas (and meat) again and put them back on the fire with clean water if possible. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables:
Cut the skin of the celeriac, peel the potatoes, and dice celeriac and potatoes. Peel the carrot and dice it. Cut the leeks and wash them. Add the vegetables to the pan and let simmer until the peas are done (one hour at least, the split peas must be broken). Twenty minutes before the end of cooking, add the whole smoked sausage and celery leaves. Taste, finish off with pepper and salt. The pea soup is still fairly liquid. Let it cool completely and reheat it the next day, or freeze in portions. When you want to freeze the soup, add the smoked sausage when reheating, or divide the sausage in equal quantities over the portions. » Skip the meat for a vegetarian version and add a veggie sausage at the end.

These 2 dishes will keep you warm during the winter time!

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

5 x winter drinks to keep you warm this Christmas

We’re ditching the cold drinks this month and can’t wait to snuggle up in front of the TV of fireplace with a hot drink. Inspired by the world and other platforms, we have selected 5 delicious winter drinks to keep you warm this Christmas!

1. Golden Milk 
This recipe originated from India where they use the spice Curcuma in almost everything. ‘Curcuma (or Turmeric Root Powder as they call it) might well be the healthiest spice on Earth. Made by grinding the dried root of the Curcuma longa plant, this ancient superfood and key ingredient in curry powder has been used by Indian Ayurvedic healers for centuries’. States the healwithfood.org website. So with this good news it’s one of the best winter drinks as it will help your immune system throughout the winter.

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Recipe and photo by The Green Happiness

Ingredients: (for 2 persons)

  • 400 ml almond milk
  • 1 tsp kurkuma
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 sp ahorn siroop (10 ml)
  • 1 sp cinnamon

Preparation:
Pour the almond milk in a saucepan and add the Curcuma, Ginger, Cinnamon and the Ahorn Syrup. Stir well and heat until it simmers. Now it’s ready to drink and you may top it with a little cinnamon!

2. The ultimate Hot Chocolate
Oelala, this recipe is finger licking good! We all know how to make a hot chocolate but this drink includes marsmellows so take a moment and take your time for this one. It only takes a few minutes to make!

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Recipe and photo by Jamie Oliver

Ingredients: (for 2 persons)

  • 565 ml full cream or semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 ts of good quality drinking chocolade
  • 1 handful marsmellows
  • some sugar for extra tasting

Preparation:
First put the milk into a pan. Bring to a simmer – not a boil – and while it’s heating, put a tablespoon of choccie powder and sugar, if using, into each mug. Add a little warmish milk from the pan to each mug – you just need enough to dissolve the chocolate powder. At this point, plonk a few marshmallows into each mug. When the milk is at a simmer, carefully pour it into a plastic jug or flask. I normally do this over a sink as I always end up spilling a bit (the trick is to have a big enough jug or flask so the milk only half fills it – you need the extra space for shaking and frothing). Screw the lid on tightly, place a cloth over the lid for safety, and shake hard for a minute. Remove the lid, minding the steam, and pour the milk into your mugs. A little stir, and you can slurp your way to heaven!

3. Homemade Glühwine
It’s a traditional Christmas drink that you will find at most Christmas Markets around the world but the best recipes come from Germany or Austria. It will warm you up in an instance. (just be careful you drink responsibly as it contains alcohol)

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 whole gloves
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange
  • optional: star anise

Preparation:
Pour red wine into saucepan and add all the spices, use medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Reduce to low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure that the wine won’t boil! Use some cinnamon sticks as garnish and enjoy!

4. The Christmas Coffee Cocktail
Wow, this coffee cocktail is serious business! Feeling a bit sleepy after all that food? This baby will wake you right up! 

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Wake me up baby! Photo & recipe by Electric Everyday

Ingredients: 

  • 4 oz strong coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 oz creme de cocoa
  • fresh whipped cream
  • grated chocolate, for garnish

Preparation:
It’s a combination between strong coffee and liqueurs so pour all of them into a glass after heated up. Stir all together and top with fresh whipped cream. Garnish with grated chocolate. Serve warm or over ice. (but we prefer warm of course)

5. Turkish Salep
When I visited Istanbul 2 years ago, I discovered a drink that I couldn’t stop ordering. It’s called Salep and it’s one of the perfect winter drinks to serve your guest over Christmas. It’s the feeling when you come home from an ice-skating trip, when your hands and feet are cold and your mother gives you a warm drink. Salep brings you right back to that moment. It’s sweet and has a milky anise taste to it. 

Winter drinks : Salep
Photo by and recipe by Lauren Rothman

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons glutinous rice flour (Glutinous rice flour can be found at any well-stocked Asian supermarket)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosewater
  • ground cinnamon for garnish
  • chopped pistachios for garnish (omg yes!)

Preparation:
In a small saucepan, combine rice flour and milk, whisking well. Set saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. When mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes longer, add sugar and rosewater and stir. Divide salep between two mugs and garnish with cinnamon and chopped pistachios.

All the recipes are quite simple to make and will wow your family or guest you may have over Christmas. So run to the shops, what are you waiting for?

Love,

Elke

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Mama Kelly Amsterdam has released their opening date!

The highly anticipated opening of Mama Kelly in Amsterdam is finally close. The popular restaurant already has a location in Den Haag, but is coming to Amsterdam this November.

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The interior is a dream

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‘Pink is not a color, it’s an attitude’

The menu at Mama Kelly is simple. Chicken or Lobster, or both! Okok, they will offer some extra’s but these are the signature dishes you can expect. The interior is something that you will see a lot of across Instagram these coming months. It’s pink and bloggers love anything pink right? Let’s hope for Mama Kelly that the hype will last but if we look at the other location, this won’t be a problem whatsoever. 

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Food at Mama Kelly Amsterdam

You can now book your table for the 13th of November, when they officially open, through their website

Mama Kelly Amsterdam
Olympisch Stadion 35, Amsterdam
020 – 225 26 84
www.mama-kelly.nl

Love,

Elke

The new Corner Bakery is open and it’s amazing!

Freakshakes, healthy bowls, pancakes, colourful cakes and a brand new location in Amsterdam West. The new Corner Bakery is open and it’s awesome!

If you like taking pictures of your food, this is the place for you. The Corner Bakery already has a location near the museumsquare in Amsterdam, but because of the line of people and popular demand, they have just opened a new location across the World Fashion Center in Amsterdam West. This location is larger and spacious that includes an outside terrace.

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The interior of the new Corner Bakery Amsterdam

The interior is a combination of sweet, fruity and pastel. Pretty flowers give the location the final touch and the wooden counter makes it feel like a bar in the tropics. At the counter you can also find THE cakes. Let’s talk about this for a second. These cakes and not just any cakes. Nope, these ones are specially made by the girls of The Life of Pie. Almost pretty to eat! Almost.

The Life of Pie cakes at the new Corner Bakery Amsterdam
The cakes of The Life of Pie (source)

Coffee at the Corner Bakery Amsterdam
The coffee is great too! (a very important detail)

The New Corner Bakery Amsterdam
The Velvet Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Bali Bowl, BLT Roll, Freakshake and a Unicorn Cake

Other food on the menu consists of bread rolls with avocado, salmon, BLT or you can pick one of the salads. The best thing however, is the breakfast. You can order it all day and there are so many options! Red velvet pancakes? Eggs Benedict? Bali & Acai bowls? It’s all there. Oh, and don’t forget about those crazy freakshakes that include a sprinkled doughnut!

Be sure to reserve a bit of space in your stomach, because you are going to order more than you came for.

Love,

Elke

Corner Bakery
Koningin Wilhelminaplein 60 – 62, Amsterdam
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Pays d’Oc IGP will open up a pop-up wine bar in Amsterdam

Where restaurants pop-up like mushrooms, pop-up wine bars are still left behind. But: change is coming! Pays d’Oc IGP will open up a pop-up wine bar in Odeon Amsterdam on November 1! For 12 days, the first floor of the historic building is transformed into a cozy wine bar where wine lovers can experience the diversity that Pays d’Oc IGP has to offer. More than 40 top wines from the South of France regions at Amsterdam rates, combined with a relaxed atmosphere and hospitable sommeliers full of wine knowledge! We say: Santé!

Pays d'Oc IGP pop-up wine bar

It’s the first time that a pop-up wine bar has opened in Amsterdam, one that is completely focused on one wine region. With more than 40 open wines, the Pays d’Oc pop-up wine bar has one of Amsterdam’s diverse wine cards. If you know a little about wine, you might know that Pays d’Oc IGP is famous for its many different grape varieties and the great diversity in style. In the pop-up wine bar, this diversity of the wine  region can be tasted. On the wine list you will also find the topcuvées of the ‘Collection 2017′. The Collection is an annual returning list of the best wines available to the Pays d’Oc IGP. To add a bit of knowledge, there will be wine experts on location to assist visitors and give you a piece of wine education.

Pays d’Oc IGP Pop- up Wine Bar
Date: 1st of November until the 12th of November 2017
Opening times: 16:00u – 23:00u
Address: Singel 460, Amsterdam (easily accessible by tram 1,2,5)
Event Page

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Dr. Pieper » The Coolest Snackbar In Amsterdam?

If you’re close watcher, you might have seen this new spot in one of our articles last week where we tipped it as one of the newest hotspots for this month. A little introduction; in the Netherlands we love potatoes. I mean, seriously, love love it. We boil them, bake them, mash them and of course fry them. Fries are immensely popular with the Dutch and you can find a fry shop, as we call them, around every corner. So this is where Dr. Pieper comes in. Dr. who? Let me explain..

The Story
Dr. Pieper is a scientist who is completely obsessed with the potato. He lost both of his parents and started to dig into the mystery where his parents worked on (whatever that mystery was!) After university and part time jobs as a doctor and bookkeeper on Amsterdam’s Red Light District, Dr. Pieper left for South America. No one has heard anything from him since then. With the exception of Jelle Westland. Jelle met the scientist and discovered some of the mystery. Convinced of Dr. Pieper his own vision ‘With Quality You Will Always Save’, Westland began the eccentric fries shop on the Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam. This first branch will support the further research of Dr. Pieper, plus donates a part of the profits to Return To Sender. Westland’s dream to offer the best and most special fritters in the Netherlands (and the world!) is about to come true..

If this Dr. Pieper really exists is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure, the eccentric fries shop is open for business!

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The one and only, Dr. Pieper

Dr. Pieper
Floating potatoes and industrial interior makes the story of Dr. Pieper complete

On the Menu
Fries. Obviously, but we didn’t need to tell you this. What makes the menu extra special are the homemade croquettes, with vegan and vegetarian options. All fried in coconut oil. The sauces are also homemade and you can order truffel, peppadew, and basilicum mayonaise. Sounds good right? Well, I had a little taste and I particularly loved the vegetarian sweet pepper croquette. Meat lovers can feast on the sweet pulled chicken or Indonesian beef stew. But one of the really cool things Dr. Pieper is going to offer, is à la minute fresh nitro oxygen Ice-Cream. The whole shop looks like an experimental lab with potatoes floating around in watertanks and industrial seats. There is even a jellyfish tank and robot-like-clamps are there to hold your bag of fries.

Fries at Dr. Pieper
Hand cut fries with Indonesian beef stew

Dr. Pieper will officially open on the 14th of October but you can already walk in for a sneak peak and a little taste. Will this be the coolest fries shop in the Netherlands? I think so.

Love,

Elke

Dr. Pieper
Kinkerstaat 142H, Amsterdam
Website

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Vegan Junkfood Bar

7 x New Hotspots in Amsterdam to visit this October

Is an ongoing thing in Amsterdam, new hotspots. They are like freakin’ mushrooms popping up as they do, but you don’t hear us complaining! We’ve selected 7 new hotspots that have just opened or will open soon so you have plenty of new things to try this month!

Vegan Junkfood Bar, Marie Heinekenplein 9 – 10
This is the second location for the Vegan Junkfood Bar and this one they are situated in De Pijp area. It’s also a lot bigger than the location on the Overtoom and the interior is pretty funky too! What to expect? Lot’s of junk food (don’t we love it) but no animals were harmed. Win Win situation right? Plant based burgers, Pizza, Nuggets, Bitterballen and coconut-milk ice-cream is all included on the menu! www.veganjunkfoodbar.com

Vegan Junkfood Bar
Photo by Indvdu

Dr. Pieper, Kinkerstraat 142H
Let’s stay with comfort food shall we? Because there is a seriously tasty fries shop opening October 14th. We walked by and noticed the rather special interior. It’s like walking into a Frankenstein lab.. for potatoes! You will be greeted by men in long white coats that will take your order. The menu is displayed on a TV screen and potatoes are floating around in watertanks as well as the jellyfish in the wall. You can order your fries that are  in coconut oil with different dips like truffel or vegan mayonaise. The traditional Dutch croquette is also available with vegetarian or vegan options. Stay tuned! www.drpieper.nl

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The interior of Dr. Pieper

Chin Chin Club, Rozengracht 133
Dimsum and karaoke is always a great combination and the owners of the ChinChin Club must have noticed because the Asian trend is growing in Europe. Expect confusion Chinese food, quirky cocktails, nostalgic games and late-night dancing. Chin Chin Club is the place where that one last drink turned into one too many. Go here with friends and sing while you eat! www.chinchinclub.nl

Mr. Haz TacobarEgelantiersstraat 24
From Asian food to Mexican. For all day taco’s and cocktails, you need to visit Mr. Haz. On weekends they stay open as late as 3am so it’s the perfect place to hang around. You can also come in for a freshly brewed coffee and specialty beers. Oh, and they serve mescal! What’s not to like?! Facebook Page

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Mr. Haz Source

Mook Pancakes, Jodenbreestraat 144
They have opened a second location! At Mook you can get some of the best breakfast and lunch pancakes and this one located is right in the city center so that’s good for everyone! Hopefully this will also shorten the que at De Clerqstraat. They are open from 9am to 9pm. Facebook Page

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Eating at MOOK Pancakes

Nacarat, Rokin 49
Renowned restaurant owner and chef Ron Blauw has opened Nacarat back in May but with just opened department store Hudson Bay, it’s really the time to go now. A restaurant with Middle Eastern influences where you can indulge your taste buds. It’s located on the top floor where you can go for lunch and dinner while enjoying the view of Amsterdam. At night, when Hudson’s Bay closes, make sure you walk into the small alley to find the entrance. www.nacarat.nl

Restaurant Nacarat, Hudson Bay

Corner Bakery in Amsterdam West, Koningin Wilhelminaplein 60
Damn, I used to live right at this new location. But no worries, I will be back for the famous freaky shakes, amazing bread rolls and colorful brunch dishes. The corner Bakery is an insta famous brunch spot in Amsterdam South next to the Museum Square. They became so popular that it could be difficult to get a table around lunchtime or during the weekend. They have said to open in October so we can’t wait! Facebook page

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At the Corner Bakery in Amsterdam South

Have fun discovering these new places!

Love,

Wander-Lust

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The Avocado Show is going international!

We all know that the Avocado Show was going to be popular. Tourist from all over the world visited the avocado restaurant since it opened in last December. Good news for those who haven’t had a chance yet to check it out. The Avocado Show is going international!

The Avocado Show goes International
The avocado madness started last December

Thanks to Shawn Harris, the woman behind Nature’s Pride, one of the largest Avocado supplier in the world. She believed in the Dutch entrepreneurs from the beginning and is now going to invest 5 million euro so they can expand abroad.

At the moment they are talking to 10 different countries and they are focusing on major cities like Dubai, Bangkok and capitals in Europe. They are eventually planning to open around a hundred restaurants. They are also looking to open a second restaurant in Amsterdam.

Read more about the Avocado Show here:

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Love,

Elke