Brickwood Coffee & Bread in London » Brunch at it’s best

As any brunch aficionado knows, there’s no place not worth going to if it doesn’t have at least a ten-minute queue outside. And one such place is Brickwood Coffee & Bread.

Weekend culture in London is accepting that you’ll need to queue for your brunch – but see it as a positive that you’re building up an appetite. But as you wait outside, the red tin-sheeting exterior is a bright beacon on a gloomy day for those in need of a pick me up. Situated on a bustling, pedestrianised street in the heart of Balham in south London, Brickwood’s popularity attracts a Saturday and Sunday morning crowd. Mostly made up of twenty-somethings including a mix of hipsters (although, not the devastatingly cool kind that resound in East London); yoga and gym bunnies and buffs (who are looking to stockpile on pre- or post- workout protein); and occasionally (if you’re lucky) there’ll be the local resident who brings their dog for you to ogle at, too.

Brickwood Coffee & Bread London

A Coffee Lovers Idyll
Brickwood was founded by Australians and prides itself of bringing a taste of Australia to its four locations in the capital (aside from Balham, there are also spots in Clapham, Tooting and Streatham) so you can expect Tim-Tams on the shelves but what keeps punters coming back is the coffee. While not exclusively from the land down under, their Brickwood Blend expresso fuses beans from Tanzania, Rwanda and Brazil for a sweet aftertaste.

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Famed as much for their brunch as their coffee, the menu offers a run-down of everything you’d want to kickstart your day with. My go-to is the Kamara: sourdough toast, topped with kale pesto, pumpkin seeds and diced sweet-potato – feta cheese and a poached egg come as standard on top too if you have dietary requirements. The Breakfast Burrito is also favourable with its pulled pork, scrambled eggs, potato hash, avocado, and sour cream tightly wrapped up in foil. Grilled sourdough toasties also sit on the counter as you walk in and hit the spot if you’re feeling fragile.

Banana Bread 2.0
If there’s room left, Brickwood’s instagrammable showstopper is their Banana Bread 2.0. Their original Freshly baked banana bread was a must-have in its own right: grilled and served with a creamy expresso butter, but some genius rethought the concept and added a fresh-berry compote as well as mascarpone to create the updated version.

Brickwood lunch
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The décor has a low-key charm made up of wooden clad walls and coffee sack ceilings which makes for a relaxed setting. Tables are either high-level with wooden tops and metal bar stools. If there’s a group of you, you may be able to bag yourself a booth in their extension which opened last year. And the end result? As fairly priced as you’d expect for zone three within the capital, a brunch for two will hover around the £25 mark.
The area boasts a handful of eateries serving similar menus including rival brunch mecca Milk, Brother Marcus and Gails.

Brickwood London interior

Brickwood Coffee & Bread
11 Hildrith Street, London
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Love,

Stephanie

*Stephanie is our guest editor from London. She works for a large fashion brand and loves to explore new eateries and pretty corners whenever she has the chance. Follow her on Instagram

Mr. & Mrs. Watson will open a Vegan Cheese Factory in Amsterdam

Founders Aleid Koopal & Kirsi Rautiainen started their vegan restaurant Mr. & Mrs. Watson back in 2017 and became a household name when it came to their innovating vegan dishes. Their vegan cheese became the talk of vegan Amsterdam and we’re happy to announce that they are planning to open their own vegan cheese factory!

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Cheesy Business
If you have never tasted vegan cheese, you should. Sometimes you cannot tell the difference! Who ever thinks vegan cheese is easy to prepare, has it wrong. It’s a long process and each cheese has a different flavour. The vegan cheeses you can find on the menu at Mr. & Mrs. Watson are roquefort, Italian herbs with pistachio, smoked almond cream cheese, goat cheese made with cashew nuts, pepper jack cream cheese and vegan cheese fondue. 

Vegan cheese

Cheese Factory
“Right now we prepare all our cheese in the kitchen downstairs which takes up a lot of space because of the time the cheese has to age or cure” This is why Aleid & Kirsi are looking into a small cheese factory near Duivendrecht. This why they can upscale their cheese production and even sell it to stores outside the restaurant. The location has been picked but it will take a little bit to set everything up. We’re exited and the more cheese alternatives there are, the better for the environment!

Mr. & Mrs. Watson
Linnaeuskade, Amsterdam East

www.watson.bar

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Vegan food at Le Potager de Charlotte

Lebanese restaurant Fenicie opens in Amsterdam

Libanese restaurant Fenicie opened it’s doors in the most lively district of Amsterdam last night. The Libanese cusine is more popular than ever, but to do it right, you must have a killer hummus. Did Fenicie live up to our expectations?

Fenicie Amsterdam
Fenicie is located next to Palladium near the Leidse Square and has taken over the former Ron Gastrobar Paris. The 460 m2 restaurant has 2 entrances, one at the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and one at the Kleine Garmantplantoen. “Bringing the best of Lebanon to Amsterdam” is the mission of restaurant that already has a location in Purmerend that has been around since 2016. There are 120 seats available and it’s going to be the ultimate shared dining experience and it can also perfect for drinks with friends. Our first impression when we walked in was that the building has an industrial look but it’s done with middle Eastern elegance but doesn’t feel too posh. (like the next door neighbour Palladium).

Fenicie Amsterdam Interior

We can see ourselves sitting here for hours

The Menu
Hummus, falafel, tabouleh, baba ganoush and kibbeh, probably dishes you have tasted or heard of before. But if you want to taste the traditional flavors, you need to taste the Meze that Fenicie serves. For example the muhammara that has been roasted for 12 hours and a killer hummus with a preperation of 24 hours! (we didn’t even realize this was the proper way to prepare it) Good to know: The Libanese cusine is perfect for vegans because vegetables, granes and fish take the centre stage on the menu. Yes, there is meat on the menu but it’s not the most important dish.

Fencie Amsterdam food

You can take a seat at the chefs table which is located right across from the kitchen and is available on request. During the weekend Fenicie will turn up the music, move some tables around and turn it into the perfect spot for cocktails, which you can enjoy until 3am. Having experienced one of the longest summers last year, Fenicie is clever enough to include an outside terrace that is great for people watching along the streets.
 
Fenicie Amsterdam menu
 
Two Restaurants

Because the space is so big, they will open a second restaurant in the same building. It’s a clever move, because previous entrepreneurs in the same building didn’t make it past the 2 years of opening. The Burger Fabriek on the other side will serve burgers (hence the name) and you can enter this restaurant via the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and is meant for people that want a quick bite and a beer, focusing more on tourists. On a personal note, we can’t say we are too exited about that, because we feel like meat is something we all should consume a little bit less of.

Fenicie interior

Fenicie Interior
My Verdict:
I loved the space and interior design, the mint green tiles on the wall, and the high ceiling. We were welcomed with an alcohol free cocktail and the DJ was playing Middle Eastern style house music. Unfortunately we had to wait for almost 2 hours before the food arrived, but after some sincere apologies (due to some communication with the kitchen), they made up for it by serving a table full of cold and warm Mezze. I tried the hummus first of course, and although I’m not a hummus expert, I thought it missed some flavor, maybe the lemon? The Baba Ganoush and Muhammarah however, was out of this world! We tasted around 15 different dishes and yes, I tried most of them (except the meat).
TIP: if you decide to go for dessert, you MUST try the Knafeh, which is crispy vermicelli dough with cheese and ice-cream. A-MA-ZING. 
So would I return? Yes. And if I do, I will take a group of friends because it’s perfect for that. Eating, drinking and chatting until the early hours. I think Fenicie is going to be around for a while.

 

Fenicie Amsterdam
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 11-HS
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Why visiting Istanbul during wintertime is a good idea

I have visited a lot of cities in my life but there was always one on top of my city-bucket-list; Istanbul. Why? It’s the perfect mix between Asia and Europe and has so much to offer, even in winter!

Yes, Istanbul is in fact separated by the Bosporus into European and Asian portions. One of my best friends even told me it’s his favorite city in Europe. Time to check it out. Instead of visiting Istanbul during spring or summer, I booked my ticket for the end of February, hoping the weather would be good so far out on the east side of Europe. But one day before I was about to fly, the news reported that Istanbul was coping with the worst snowstorms in 15 years! Bad luck, but ey, that’s traveling and I got to see snow in Istanbul! (That’s me trying to stay positive) Lucky enough it stopped snowing on the day of my departure so I could fly.

Istanbul birds

Getting Around & Good To Know
Arriving in Istanbul it was a little confusing because I wasn’t aware that you need a tourist visa so… that’s my first tip! A tourist visa will cost you 25 euro’s and you can buy this online
here. Always check with your local whether is safe enough to travel due to political issues in the country. Traveling to Istanbul is declared save again since of July 2018. You can also buy the visa on arrival like I did, but then you need to wait in line and it can take a long time getting through customs so my advice is to buy it beforehand. 

During the winter period, it’s less crowded, cheaper but still beautiful

Getting to my hotel was pretty easy. There are big comfy busses going into town and cost 14 Lira, which is about 5 euro’s. They leave every half hour and take you into the city centre in about 1 hour. For more info, check hereThe nearest busstop from my hotel was Taksim Square. This is a famous square which collides with the endless Istiklal street where you can go shopping or visit a nice Starbucks. You can take the Tünel, this is a cute small tram which runs straight through the shopping street.

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The Tünel in Istiklal Street

Where to Stay
I booked my hotel via Booking.com and because of the low season, I got a very good rate: 120 euro’s for 3 nights! 
The rate included breakfast and the manager was very friendly and even gave his own Travel Card for me to use. (this is a card you can use for public transport) My only warning, if you are staying near a Mosque (and chances are you will), you will hear the people sing though the loudspeakers, also known as ezan, around 5 times a day. If you are not a morning person, double check your location.

Luxury: Raffles Istanbul (nice view, spa, swimming pool, great service)
Mid Range: Bankerhan Hotel or Sub Karakoy (trendy area!)
Budget: Empress Zoe Hotel (Lush garden, great breakfast. Rooms go from €40,-)

I stayed near the Galata tower and picked this area because it’s authentic and you can really taste the Turkish culture here. The tower itself is worth a visit if you want to check out the nice view and take some good pictures. It will cost you 20 lire to get in and there is a restaurant on the top.

Tip: Go in the morning if you want to skip the queues. From the hotel I could walk right across the street to catch the tram which takes you over the bridge and into the westside of Istanbul. Taking the tram over the Bosporus is only a short ride which takes no longer than 10 min from the Galata area.

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Istanbul is full of spices and colors

On this side there are a few big tourist attractions that are just too good to skip:

» The blue Mosque (make sure you bring a scarf to cover your hair. Same thing applies for the Hagia Sofia)
» Hagia Sofia
» The Grand Bazaar (Great for Turkish shopping like handbags, Scarf, Lamps
» The Spice Market (Get ready for some crazy scents and flavors!)

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Inside the blue Mosque

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I loved the Spice Market the most because of all the colours and different tea’s.

Walking through the grand Bazaar Istanbul

Where to Eat & Drink
After a day of walking around, you should definitely take a coffee break or try traditional Salep. My new Turkish addiction. This is a hot milky drink topped off with cinnamon. You can pretty much get it in every Turkish Café. For the best Meze you should try Ciya and At night Istanbul really comes to live. Restaurants stay open late, and it’s rooftop galore with many restaurants and bars that you wouldn’t expect to be hidden away all the way up there.

Here a few of my rooftop favorites:

» 5Kat is a traditional restaurant/bar that has been there forever. You can eat in or outside on the roof terrace. The entrance looks a bit shabby but once you go up, you are rewarded with a wonderful view of the Bosporus. www.5kat.com

» 360 is a great place. For food, drinks and even dancing. Killing view. Reservations are required and leave your sneakers at home. http://www.360istanbul.com/

» Vogue is upscale and also serves sushi for those that are in for a lavish night out. The music isn’t for dancing but for catching up and drinking cocktails. www.voguerestaurant.com

Vogue Istanbul
Vogue Istanbul

» LTERA is a rooftoop restaurant which opens up in the summer. Looking over the river, it has a beautiful view and the food is tasty! http://www.literarestaurant.com/

» Mikla is posh but well worth it if you love to get dressed up one evening and go for that amazing wine & dine experience. It was once voted in the top 50 best restaurants in the world. This a-claimed restaurant also has a rooftop but during the winter it may be closed. www.miklarestaurant.com

Also check out Limonlu Bahçe Beyoglu, this hipster garden is great for amazing coffee, drinks and western style dishes.

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Source  Drinks at Limonlu

A little further along side the Bosporus river you have amazing chique clubs like the Supperclub and Reina. I didn’t manage to go there because of the chilly nights but I will be back to try those out!

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Fishermen trying to get their catch of the day

The Asian District
Most tourists only visit the European part of the city but you should definitely take the time for the Asian part! 
There is the lively Kadikoy where you have markets on different days of the week. Small shops and nice lunch spots make this a super fun day trip. To get there, you take the boat across the bosporus which takes about 30 min. When you are departing Istanbul from Sabiha Cökçen airport, you can also take the bus from there which makes it a shorter ride and you can combine this with a visit to this vibrant part of the city.

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Fresh fish at Kadiköy, the Asian part of Istanbul

Be sure to visit Istanbul when it’s a little warmer but even so, it was magical and my friend was right. It’s great!

Love,

Elke

Vegabond will open their second Vegan Deli this March!

On the first of March, Vegabond will be opening its second location in the beautiful Amsterdam Oud-West. It will be their first Deli with the new concept.

The first Vegan Deli
The first Vegabond location at Leliegracht is known as a magnet for vegan and non-vegan tourists. When they first opened their lunchroom and grocery store back in 2014, they were the first vegan deli in the Netherlands! Things has changed over the years and veganism has really taken a leap forward, especially in Amsterdam.The Vegabond team wanted to create a concept that doesn’t just multiply what is there already but one that adds to the brand. The new Vegabond location will focus more on residential needs with a deli counter and a wide array of stunning plant-based dishes to eat in, take away or order from home.

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Guilty free breakfast

Vegabond hired Dominique from Cropbox to develop a food concept that is unseen in vegan Amsterdam and captures the essence of many of Vegabond’s favorite cuisines. Having worked in all sorts of global kitchens, Dominique spent the bulk of her career harnessing her passion and energy into making plant-based food desirable for everyone through showcasing the rainbow of ingredients that exist outside of animal products. 

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Say vegan cheese!

What to expect at the new location
Guest can fill their plate or take-away box with their selected “small” dishes and ingredients. The menu will keep changing throughout the year but some examples of what to expect are; Korean BBQ-burgers, ‘cole-slaw’ with roasted pineapple, pumpkin with Thai herbs and tahini-drizzled sweet potatoes. Do you want something sweet? You can feast on home-made vegan brownies, cinnamon rolls, vegan cheesecakes, freshly baked cookies and their famous ‘raw cakes’ and vegan cheese selection.

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Tahini-drizzled sweet potatoes

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The new menu at Vegabond looks incredible

Guilty Free Shopping
The whole store contains products that are 100% plant based. Customers that are conscious about animal welfare or sustainability can therefore shop efficient at Vegabond. The Vegabond kitchen has done everything to create beautiful and nutritious dishes, suitable for everyone. Many of these dishes has been tried & tested at the Leliegracht location, with success!

We’re exited and can’t wait to taste!

Vegabond (West)
De Clerqstraat 48, AmsterdamOpening
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 8pm Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Website

Love,

Elke

 

 

 

Why you should visit the Åsnen National Park in Sweden

Last spring I was so lucky to enjoy the first KLM flight to Växjo, Sweden. One of the highlights that I visited, was the new national park of the Småland region, called Åsnen National Park. 

Sweden now has 30 official National Parks and Åsnen National Park is the newest kid on the block. When I had the change to visit the park back in May, I was thrilled to be able to see the finishing touches before it officially openend on the 25th of May. It was opened during a special inauguration that included an orchestra, performances, exhibitions and tours. 

The Park
What makes Åsnen National Park unique and why should YOU go there? Let me explain.. The park is surrounded by water (Lake Åsnen), many small islands, and it’s home to some of Sweden’s most incredible birds. It’s perfect for nature lovers that want to relax and enjoy the sounds of the forest. There are a few entrances, with Sunnabron as the main one, which is located along Sirkön, Åsnen’s largest island. Here you will find many birds, stunning views over the water and rare insects. The Westside of the park entrance is called Trollberget, offers a forest filled with pine trees and walking area’s by the lake. 

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Relaxing at Lake Åsnen

Nature lovers are going to love this park

What to Do & Where to Stay
Families, young or old, can enjoy this National Park, because besides relaxing, you can also join many activities in and around Åsnen. 

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I was invited by Ingrid from the Getnö Lake Åsnen Resort to enjoy a boatride over the lake. Stop along some of the many islands and enjoy a picknick or if you are visiting the area with your kids, you can book Viking adventures and games (only during high season). Other activities include fishing, canoe safari’s and angling. At Getnö Lake Asnen Resort, they have different cottages available but you can also camp. Each plot has its own campfire/barbecue area. There is a farm shop, country café, pub and a summer bistro. Tip: You can also order fresh baked bread for breakfast.

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Relaxing at the Getnö Lake Åsnen Resort

Activities
As soon as you arrive at the Åsnen National Park, you have different walking routes to choose from. I walked through the pretty forest for about one hour. TIP: Bring some mosquito repellent! From horse riding, boatrides, walking or cycling, there are many options. I rented my bicycle at Åshults Handelsbod, a café owned by a Dutch lady named Quinta. From there you have several cycling routes with plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the view. 

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Fika in Sweden
Enjoy a Fika, which is a coffee break, that goes hand in hand with a tasty (and sweet) pastry.

Some islands are home to lodges that you can rent, others are private or not allowed to enter. Make sure you are well prepared when you decide to camp on one of the islands, because not all islands have facilities and the wilderness can be quite adventurous. For all accommodations around Åsnen National Park check www.visitasnen.se/en/accomodation.

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Bird Spotting in Åsnen

Do you want to experience Åsnen National Park for yourself? Flights to Växjo are now available with KLM!

Love,

Elke

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NENI Amsterdam, the highly anticipated newcomer

Over the past year the Citroën garage next to the Olympic Stadium has been completely renovated, with the purpose of bringing back this iconic building at the Stadionplein in its full glory. Now it’s home to a brand new restaurant by the name of NENI.

It’s a Family Affaire
NENI are the initials of Nuriel, Elior, Nadiv & Ilan, the four sons of Haya Molcho, known for her delicious cookbooks. NENI has restaurants in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Vienna and with success! The family has Israeli, Romanian and Spanish roots, and you’ll find these flavours back at the restaurant.

NENI

The motto of NENI: Life is beautiful. Be part of it

More than a restaurant
At NENI you are able to score the best humus, roasted octopus in miso harissa, and their famous NENI Shakshuka. But there is more. There will be a NENI Deli where you can get healthy bites, salads, juices and sandwiches. Next to that, you can have drinks upstairs at Lemonman, a yellow themed room with a vibrant bar that is also available for hire.

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NENi
Dessert 3.0 in the making at the opening night

The bread at NENI is freshly baked in their own bakery

The Verdict
The food is colourful, tasty and fairly priced. The restaurants look and feel is warm, stylish and feels easy going. Yes, the olympic stadium has a new player that we’ll welcome with open arms and empty belly’s.

NENI Amsterdam
Stadionplein 8, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Love,

Elke

 

Amsterdam Event Calendar for February 2019

Ok, winter has finally arrived in Amsterdam. Damn, it’s cold! Here are the best events and things to do this February that will hopefully keep you going.

Boozy Brunch at EDEL
When? Every Sunday, Lokaal Edel
You can describe this brunch as a chaotic livingroom where you can take your friends to, eat, drink and play games while listening to music. It’s child friendly so bring your little ones! Facebook

Sunday Brunch & Livemusic at Bar Kantoor
When? Every Sunday, Bar Kantoor Westerpark
Brunch & livemuziek is back! Each week, one of Bar Kantoor’s local musician will sing and play some relaxing songs, live! This is how a Sunday should be; good food, nice music and wonderful drinks to go with it. Entrance is free of course and each week there will be a different musician so you can never be bored. From Jazz & blues, to Rap or a soulful singer-songwriter. www.barkantoor.nl

Sneaker District Garage Sale
When? 2nd & 3rd of February, Contactweg 42C
Sneaker lovers listen up! If you want to score the coolest and most unique sneakers, you MUST go to this garage sale with discount up to 80%! It’s cash only and they open at 11am till 6pm. Be there! Facebook

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Kloffie Market
When? 9th of February, De Hallen
Discover mid-range brands and high-end designers at the Kloffie Market in De Hallen.

 

Access One-to-One MBA Event
When? 6th of February, Double Tree Hotel
Join the Access MBA Tour and connect One-to-One with world’s best business schools. Find your MBA or EMBA match with the help of our international team of business education experts. Hold personal meetings with Admissions Directors from prestigious MBA and Executive MBA programs, get advice from our business education consultants and instructors, hear from school representatives and alumni during Panel Discussions, and earn about EUR 2 million in scholarship opportunities.

High Wine at MOER
When? 10th & 24th of February, MOER
Wine, Food and Music are the ingredients for a relaxing Sunday at MOER. Nice to know; all the bites are organic and come from local farms around Amsterdam. At High Wine you’ll get 4 wines to taste, 4 bites/snacks to suit each wine, Live jazzy tunes for €29 p.p. Reserve your spot here.

14 x Valentines Day in Amsterdam
When? 14th of February (duh)
We’ve put together a list of 14 things you can do on Valentine’s Day. Get married for a day or have dinner in the dark. Single? Don’t worry, you can do many things such as cuddling with cats and much more. Check here for all the Valentine’s Ideas.

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Get married for a day on Valentines Day in Amsterdam!

Ramen Food Festival
When? 17th of February, De Bajes
Check out the food line up, which is quite impressive and filled with 10 Ramen specialist like; Tokyo Ramen Iki, Vattenramen, KU Kitchen & Bar, Ramen Brothers and many more. Besides the different Ramen you can enjoy ramen burgers, Japanese snacks likt karaage, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, Japanese sweets and even free karaoke. www.bysam.nl/ramenfestival

Chocoa Festival
When? 23rd & 24th of February, Beurs van Berlage
What are the new flavors? How can chocolate be more sustainable and fair? You can find all the info at this tasty and informative festival in the beurs van Berlage near the Dam Square. Chocoa.nl

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Get ready for the Ramen Food Festival

Overwinteren Festival
When? 23rd of February, Riekerhaven
No music festivals during February? Think again! Riekerhaven will be transformed into a winter wonderland with DJ’s such as Kris Kross Amsterdam, Michel de Hey, De Sluwe Vos, Girls Love DJ’s and more. Tickets are on sale from €15 to €39 and are going fast! www.overwinterenfestival.nl

Het Grote Fiasco
When? 22nd & 23rd of February
They call it a mix of Rollende Keukens, The Parade and Extrema Indoor. If we have to believe that, it’s going to be a fun two days where you can eat, dance, listen to bands and drinks with a chaotic vibe. Tickets cost €10 and you an get them at hetgrotefiasco.nl.

Enjoy!

Wander-Lust

Carstens Brasserie is bringing the farm back to the city

Opening on the 6th of February 2019, is the brand new Brasserie Carstens, located in central Amsterdam. The concept of the Carstens is an idea created by Maik Kuijpers, former head chef  Michelin star restaurant De Librije. (Yes, that is promising!) We had a first look.

The Concept
Brasserie Carstens is a collaboration with the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel which is a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam Central Station. It is a brassiere revolving around fair-trade and qualitative products, mostly from Dutch soil. The menu offers surprising flavours from the Veluwe to the North Sea to show what the Dutch soil and water has to offer. The wines come from winemakers with a Dutch connection and local beers come from traditional breweries.

Local Dutch glory with a twist

Oesters Carstens

The Food
The Brassiere works with a menu that changes with the four seasons; they serve more fresh dishes in summer and more often meat dishes in winter.
On the menu you will find recognizable dishes with a creative twist. I went to the brassiere to try out lunch and it felt like a surprise party. They served calf tongue with langoustine (not for the faint hearted), beef goat quark, a Caesar salad with kale instead of lettuce, a carpaccio of puffed yellow beet, and a badass stump with the sprouts still on it. 

Carstens Brasserie food

Bringing the farm back to the city

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Never skipping dessert. ©Marvin Duiker

Decor
The restaurant is colourful and cozy furnished. It feels very homely but with a modern twist. The space is quite big and natural light comes from the big windows which are decorated with ornate curtains, and the many plants and flowers make it a green and pleasant environment to be in.

 

 

 

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Carstens interior
©Marvin Duiker

So.. Looking for a place to have a tasty lunch or dinner in a beautiful, atmospheric restaurant? Head to Brasserie Carstens! The front door is located at the Hasselaerssteeg, which is between the Damrak and the Martelaarsgracht.

Being a Dutchie, I’ll definitely return!

Carstens Brasserie
Hasselaerssteeg 1, Amsterdam
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:30 – 22:00
Website / Instagram

Love,

Iris

*Iris is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She’s got a big interest for fashion, poetry and traveling. She was only 3 months old when she was on the plane for the first time, and she has been to every continent in the meantime. She’s a dreamer and would prefer to be on the beach every day. You can follow Iris on Instagram.

Eat & Dance at MILK Café Amsterdam

Music venue The Melkweg has been around for ages, but did you know they recently opened up a café/restaurant on the Marnixstraat? We checked out MILK Café.

We had to look for the way in, but MILK Café is located across from the DeLaMar Theater and joins the entrance with Melkweg Expo, which MILK café customers can visit for free. The interior has been inspired by the American diner look, but with black & white colour schemes. It’s a relatively big space filled with natural light and has several seating spots by the window which makes it great for people watching. (oh how we love that!) The art on the wall and flowers on the tables, make the café a pleasant place to walk into. 

Interior MILK Café Amsterdam

MILK café

The Menu
The lunch menu isn’t very extensive, but there is something for everyone. From a stack of pancakes (these are very good by the way), to eggs benedict or spicy chicken on bread. Yes, there are also vegan options. For dinner they serve Ramen, Risotto, the Galaxy Burger, Fish and a weekly special. The menu will change per season, is prepared with (mostly) organic ingredients, and has some Asian influences. For a 3-course menu you pay a set price of €30,-.

Food at MILK Café Amsterdam

Eat & Dance
The extra good thing about MILK Café is, that you can combine your dinner with a dance at the Melkweg. The toilets are literally connected in the same space. The Melkweg has live performanes as well as many DJ’s and Techno Tuesday for those who like to dance until the early hours. Check the complete agenda to see what’s on.

Bar MILK Café

MILK Café
Marnixstraat 409, Amsterdam
Open from 11am till 1am / Weekend till 3am
Website

Love,

Elke