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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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

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 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!

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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

5 Vegan Spots in Amsterdam you probably haven’t heard of

Amsterdam has recently become the vegan capital of Europe with a large number of vegan restaurants & snack bars. Other restaurants offer more vegan options than ever. You have probably heard of a few big names such as the Vegan Junk Food Bar, Meatless District, Dophert and the newly opened Mr. & Mrs. Watson. But I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard of these vegan spots in Amsterdam..

MKZEerste Schinkelstraat 16
This all vegan spot is kind of special. Why? Well, it’s a collective run restaurant and you can get a 3-course meal for only 5 euro! That’s right, that little green piece of paper you always buy nothing with. Okok, the food isn’t served on a Instagram worthy plate and there is no table service, but reading all the reviews, people are extremely positive about this hidden spot. You get a vegan soup to start, a big plate with vegan food and if you are lucky, the dessert is something with chocolate. Oh, and there is just one thing; you need to wash your own dishes at the end. No biggie I think, considering you practically eat for free. They are open for dinner only and you need to give them a call to book a table. 0206790712

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At MKZ you eat a plate like this for only 5 euro!

Mezebar BodrumSurinamestraat 5
Right at the end (or beginning) of the Overtoom, you will find the Surinameplein where tram 1 and 17 come together. Just over the bridge that connects the west with the center, you have a small passage with small take away joints such as Asian, Suriname and Italian food. In the middle of this, you will find this hidden vegan spot. I discovered it by chance because I walked passed and saw a sign that said: vegan pitta. I got curious and took a look inside where I spoke to a lovely Dutch lady. One of the owners has been a vegan for over 15 years and she decided to offer a full vegan meze plate to her customers. Something I haven’t heard of before in Amsterdam! They have also received a Happy Cow recommendation, a platform that is holy to all vegan’s & veggies around the world. Having their sticker stuck onto your restaurant window is like receiving 5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor in vegan land. Instagram

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One of the most undiscovered vegan spots in Amsterdam!

Spirit, Czaar Peterstraat 2a
Coming from Rotterdam, this buffet restaurant offers a whole lot of vegan food that you will love! There is vegan beer, vegan wine, vegan everything! You pay by weight and trust me, you will fill up your plate! I first saw this concept in Prague where I couldn’t stop coming to this vegetarian buffet restaurant and I was hoping that something like this would come to Amsterdam. All the dishes at Spirit are homemade, organic and created with love. No bullshit, no chemicals, just pure food that you will love. www.spiritrestaurants.nl/amsterdam

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Loving HutAdmiraal de Ruijterweg 334
Tucked away in Amsterdam Old West (sounds like a Western movie doesn’t it?), you will find the Loving Hut. It’s been around in Amsterdam since 2015 but they are part of the Loving Hut chain that you can find elsewhere in the world. They have more than 200 outlets in major cities all over the world! So what do they offer? Mostly Asian dishes plus some of the famous Dutch fast food snacks you will wake up for. Burgers, “broodje croquet” and more. Yup, the Vegan Junk Food Bar isn’t the only vegan comfort food joint in tha house! At Loving Hut the food is simple, cheap and tasty. And we must admit, we didn’t know it existed since 2 weeks ago! Join us in discovering this award winning vegan spot. www.lovinghut.com

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Zest For Life raw food cafe, Van Baerlestraat, 45
More than just a raw food bat for sure! This place offers detox vacations in Turkey, juice that will clear your body and exercises that will clear your head. But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about the raw food cafe for a minute. At the raw food cafe they show you that raw food doesn’t have to be boring. On the menu you will find slow juices, pancakes, cakes, wraps, pizza and even a pad thai noodle dish. It’s not big inside but they have a little garden! They are open everyday till 6pm except on Mondays. www.zestforlife.nl

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Maybe you’ve heard of a few, but we are sure you haven’t heard of them all! Enjoy discovering!

Love,

Elke

Why vegan? Check out our first ever vegan article!

Masterchef winner opens Restaurant Petossi in Haarlem

I’ve got a crush on Haarlem. It’s like the little sister of Amsterdam with all the charming canals, characteristic buildings and lots of trendy (healthy) hotspots, but then without the chaotic overload of tourists. Since this week Haarlem is even more fun by the advent of the brand new Restaurant Petossi. The proud owner is Brabander Bart van Berkel, you might know him as the winner of Masterchef 2014. Last week I was asked by Wander-Lust, to join the official lunch tasting and the opening of this new kid in town. Thumbs up for the well-deserved master chef, I’m a Petossi fan!

The story behind Restaurant Petossi Haarlem
‘OK, what are your first thoughts by seeing the name Petossi?’, I asked my table mates. Most of the foodies, including myself, made the association with ‘la bella Italia’ or the ‘bellissimo Italian cuisine.’ No, wrong! The very sympathetic Bart explained that ‘Petossi’  is actually a kale stew in Brabant, the Dutch southern region where his roots lie. It’s the icon and pride of the Dutch cuisine and a nice story behind the restaurant brand. Petossi stands for seasonal flavors with authentic products and multi culinary influences that play a leading role. And for sure, the Brabant roots and feel have gained their place in the part; raw versus very stylish ambiance.

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Petossi gives you the chance to choose between 2 to 6 courses, from a quick bite to an extensive dinner.

The Petossi menu in a nutshell
Don’t expect a regular menu. No, eating out at Petossi means you’ll be surprised: you’ll have to take potluck! Petossi gives you the chance to choose between 2 to 6 courses, from a quick bite to an extensive dinner. Which number of courses suits you the best? Good to know: their menu changes regularly on the offer of mother nature. And no worries in case you’ve got a food allergy. Notify the team and the creative food brains will create the most delicious, out-of-the-box creations for you.

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Petossi’s interior

Upon entry there was one huge wooden table covered for about 25 foodies. And so cool, they had golden cutlery – no Brabant soberness at all ;)! I was really surprised by the 6 course lunch menu Bart and his team had created. It was all pearls for the eye, pure craftsmanship. I absolutely loved them all, especially the wild duck with sauce of licorice, apple syrup, blueberry, carrot cream and hazelnut. I also loved the panna cotta of basil – very surprising for a real sweet tooth – , strawberry sorbet, rhubarb and gin foam. Even though it was only 11:30 in the morning, during every course it was ‘wine o’clock’. I’m not such a wine connoisseur, but the very professional team of hospitality experts told me lots of why they had picked that specific red or white wine. This is the way how eating out should be done, credits to team Petossi for that one.

Restaurant Petossi
Beautiful plates with golden cutlery 

restaurant Petossi
The panna cotta of basil, amazing!

During their first period they’ll only be open for dinner on Tuesday till Saturday. In case you’ve got something to celebrate or you’re in for an appetizing ‘quick bite’, this is definitely the place to be in Haarlem. So hup, put it on your food bucket list! Hope you’ll get the same experience I had and don’t hesitate to share it with me!

Love,

Sharmaine

Restaurant Petossi
Lange Veerstraat 15, Haarlem
Website

*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!

Meet the Willem Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam

Work, work, work. It’s such a huge part of our daily lives that almost everybody strives for a dream job. For the most of us it won’t be more than day dreamin’. Just a splinter group has the power and drive to make their dreams reality and create their own dream job. A few weeks ago I met girl boss Willemijn. She’s the proud owner of Willem Pie Healthy Bakery – thumbs up for her cool brand name. Because I was touched by her fascinating, sincere story – ánd of course because I’ve fallen in love with her pies as a test taster (life as a ‘foodie’ is heavenly I can assure you) – I had to share her inspiring story with you! Say hi to Willem-Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam!

The story behind Willem-Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam
Willemijn has been a lover of baking since she was a little kid. Especially inventing her own baking’s made her enthusiastic and happy. Up from a year ago baking was just a hobby for the fun. But wat started as a fanatic hobby next to her full-time job at the HR department at accountancy giant PwC, grew out into a 24/7 job as a sweet treat maker, so cool!

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Willemijn at work

Please, please follow your heart and make yourself intensely happy day in, day out.

If we really want something, we always postpone it, crazy right? Sometimes something really has to happen before you’ll follow your heart. A few years ago the well-paid job at PwC came on Willemijn her way. But whether this was her dream job…? She continued and continued, because everyone was in the 6th gear and didn’t seem to stop. Until she was abruptly stopped by a serious burnout. That moment, that has changed everything! She was done by being an ‘office slave’ instead of doing what makes her really happy. Baking, that’s her daily fuel she needs. Bye bye PwC, Hello Willem Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam! Her message for you: please, please follow your heart and make yourself intensely happy day in day out.

Cheesecake Willem-pie Healthy Bakery
THE guilty free Cheesecake

Guilt-free guilty pleasures
Two years ago Willemijn met the healthy girls of the popular Green Happiness. From that moment she has changed her food lifestyle and became a happy vegan. Not because it’s such a trend right now through documentaries like ‘What the Health’ and so on. No, Willemijn is convinced by the impact of animal products, gluten and refined sugars on her mental and physical condition. Because she’s conscious of her diet, she also wanted to make guilt-free sweets, it’s closest to herself. For example, think of cakes and other sweets without lactose, gluten and chemical food additives.

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Banana bread

OK, in case you’re very hungry at the moment – sorry to make things even worse for you. All the sweet stuff of Willem-Pie is simply too delicious for your eyes, let alone your taste buds. Personally I really love to have a cheat day (or two), resulting in a sugar rush, and that’s too bad. But the more I find out that my belly and skin don’t like dairy and processed products, the more open I become to healthier alternatives. As a sweet tooth I really love cakes and the sweeter, the better. But as a test taster of Willem-Pie I tasted the best sweet creations without even noticing that there’s no shitty stuff in it, seriously. Cheating guilt-free, how awesome is that! So last weekend, I served my sister and boyfriend a Snickers cake and cheesecake (see header photo). Guess what? Both didn’t perceive they ate pretty healthy sweets, so Willem-Pie’s mission has been accomplished! Still prefer a cake with gluten, lactose et cetera? Of course, that isn’t a problem either for the baking mistress but it’s great that the option is there at least.

My birthday is in two weeks – hip hip hooray – so I know where to shop my cakes! In case your favourite sweet treat is not on the menu, Willemijn becomes very fanatic when you challenge her to make a guilt-free custom made guilty pleasure. What stops you? Go for it and experience the finger lickin’ good stuff of Willem-Pie.

Love,

Sharmaine

Willem-Pie
Website
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*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!

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival is coming!

If you know one thing about Amsterdam, it’s that people love to sit outside whenever they can. When the first rays of sunlight appear, you will see outside terraces in each part of the city. To celebrate the end of an already fantastic terrace season, several cafe’s and restaurants are joining forces and will transform into the largest outside terrace at the Amsterdam Terrace Festival! (Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival)

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From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all!

On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September you will be able to find around 20 different cafe’s and restaurants at the festival, all with their own specialty and allure. It’s being organised by the same people behind popular party starters Het Amsterdams Verbond and Bevrijdingsfestival so these guys know what to do to create a successful festival with all elements. Some of the participants are ROEST, Brandstof, Terpentijn X JAJEM, ‘T Blauwe Theehuis and Het Paardje. From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all! Some of them will host a bar whilst others highlight their food.

Besides the drinks and food, there will also be some entertainment such as Karaoke from Duke of Tokyo, Silent Disco by Vondel Disco and DJ’s. There will be an ongoing competition where they can win the titel for best terrace, best bar host (men and female) and best served beer. (very important of course ;-))

Oh and one more thing, the entrance is totally free! Who will join us in September?? (and celebrate Elke’s birthday :-))

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival
1 – 3 September in Oosterpark
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Love,

Wander-Lust

6 Tasty and Affordable Restaurants in London

Trendy, yummy and affordable restaurants in London? It is possible! From pizza to steak, no matter what you’re in the mood for, there are some amazing places to visit without going broke…

Flat Iron (for Steak)
The que is ridiculous, so be prepared when you’re going to this amazing place. Pop by to put your name on the list and go for a drink until your table is free. The food and ambiance is definitely worth the wait. Favorite dish: spinach and the flat iron steak. www.flatironsteak.co.uk

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Wahaca (for Mexican)
Wahaca is a chain of Mexican restaurants in London, but so good! Wahaca has become a classic in London to go out for a nice bite with friends before a good night out. Fave dish: the pork taco’s. www.wahaca.co.uk

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Source: Wahaca

Pizza Pilgrims (for Pizza)
Pizza pilgrims was inspired in Napoli and is the new hot pizzeria in town, cool crowd guaranteed. Pizza’s start from £5,50 and the one in Shoreditch allows you to bring your own booze! pizzapilgrims.co.uk

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Pizza Pilgrims

Herman Ze German
The best sausage in town comes from Herman ze German. Order a big Paulaner beer to go with the spicy curry wurst and enjoy! instagram.com/hermanzegerman

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Herman Ze German

Beagle London (for amazing brunch)
Beagle has one of the best brunch menu’s in the city. Go for a bottomless boozy one and enjoy the culinary feast by the amazing chef. beaglelondon.co.uk

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Beagle London

Any Classic pub (for Sunday roast)
Looking for a great value for money meal? On a Sunday all pubs will serve a Sunday roast, slow cooked meat, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables of the season are the ingredients of this classic meal.

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I hope you enjoy these delicious and affordable restaurants in London next time you’re around!

Love,

Jantine

*Jantine is a hip hop & cheese enthusiast and a city girl with a love for everything local. After having explored everything there is in Amsterdam while living there, London became her new playground. Her best days are spent exploring the city off the grid, into neighborhoods where you can eat, drink, dance and chat with locals and become one yourself. She will write for Wander-Lust on a monthly basis where she will tip you about the places to be in London! Follow her on Instagram @jantinevanbloois.