Instock serves rescued Christmas dinners

Christmas is just around the corner! It’s the perfect moment to do some (extra) good for your family, friends or maybe even a bit for our planet. Restaurant Instock is the one place where you can combine yumminess with doing a good deed. During Christmas, they will be serving a special holiday menu. I tested their Christmas menu for you, and I can tell you, rescued food never tasted so good!

Restaurant Instock in a nutshell
Did you know one third of the whole food production is wasted? Hold on, that means a worldwide wastage of 1.3 billion tonnes per year. Instock is a place that comes to the rescue with her various locations (Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague) They want to break the food waste cycle by turning food surplus into an appetising breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think of fruits and veggies with some beauty flaws, one-day old bread, and fish and meat leftovers. A couple of years ago they started a collaboration with the biggest Dutch supermarket; Albert Heijn. But restaurant Instock does not only pick up unsold products at these grocery stores, but also at other local producers. Since the start they’ve saved over 607924 kilos, and the ‘rescue food ball’ keeps on rolling.

instock interior

instock kitchen
Photo by Mitchell van Voorbergen 

IF WE STOP WASTING FOOD, IT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF TAKING 1 OUT OF 4 CARS OFF THE ROAD.

Culinary, circular Christmas menu
The ambiance of Instock feels relaxed, it’s like coming home. Where the menu normally constantly changes, they have found a way to create a festive set menu. And if possible even circular! By analysing what kind of leftovers they mostly receive, they were able to see some ‘food trends’. With these in mind they have assembled the special dinner menu inspired by the Italian cuisine. For example, if there are tomatoes on the recipe, it’s no big deal for the chef if it’s a cherry or a beef tomato. Expect a four course menu with Italian classics in Instock’s own way.

Where the menu normally constantly changes, for Christmas they have found a way to create a festive set menu

Enough ins and outs, let’s focus on why we’re here: the Christmas menu with real rescue heroes. We kicked off with a minestrone soup (one of my faves during winter days), followed by the cod tartare di merluzzo. Course number three was homemade gnocchi with smoked ricotta and some Bolognese on the side (absolutely delicious). Our final round consisted of a pre-dessert (you will be surprised) and the dulce the leche parfait. In case you’ve got a food allergy or special diet wishes, don’t worry. Even though the kitchen staff has to deal with what’s ‘in stock’, they’re really creative in coming up with allergy and diet friendly alternatives. So, something for everyone. An ode to the crew!

instock Christmas dinner

Totally convinced? There are only a few spots available for the First and Second Christmas Day. Grab your chance and reserve via this link, or drop by whenever you want in 2019!

Want to know more about food waste and how to tackle it? Check out these 6 mobile apps that could save you a lot of money too!

Instock
Czaar Peterstraat 21, Amsterdam (more locations in Utrecht, Rotterdam and Den Haag)
Website

Sharmaine

*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 Instagram!

10 x Christmas Markets in Amsterdam

It’s Christmaaaaaaaaas! (ok, not quite, but almost!) It’s the first time in three years that I’m celebrating Christmas at home in Amsterdam. One of the things that really gets us in the Christmas Spirit are the markets in the month December. You don’t have to look far to find some of the best Christmas Markets in my hometown. Here are 6 amazing Christmas Markets in Amsterdam you should visit this month!

Museum Market Christmas Edition
When? 9th of December, 12pm – 6pm at 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

Vogue Christmas Market
When? 9th of December, College Hotel
It’s the first ever Vogue Christmas market in Amsterdam, so you can’t miss this one! There will be beautifully decorated Christmas stalls with amazing brands and gifting. Drink glühwein at the Vogue café, go crazy in the photo booth and score Vogue goodies! Kids are welcome! More info here.

Christmas market

Van der Helstplein Weinachtsmarkt
When? 8th & 9th of December 12:30 – 22:30, van der Helstplein
This German inspired Christmas Market, will be about family & friends (or making new ones!). Traditional glühwein, apfelpunch, currywurst, hot choco or winter beer, you will find it here. There will be stuff to buy, live music and entrance is free! Facebook

Scandinavian Christmas Market
When? 7th & 8th 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? 15th of December, Aambeeldstraat 34 (Sissy Boy Office)
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.

Ruige Kerstmark
When? Sat 15 December 12.00-18.00 / Sun 16 December 12.00-18.00, Ruigoord
Two days X-mas shopping Ruigoord style. Winter Wondermarket with 40 to 50 hand-picked stands with handmade, art, fashion & lifestyle, delicious food, kids activities, glühwine, music & lots of wonderful vibes. Free entrance and also indoor! Check Facebook for all the details.

Christmas Maker Market
When? 15th & 16th of December, De Hallen
The Christmas specials of the market where it all began for Sisters James and us. If you’re stuck for Christmas gifts for friends and family, look no further. This market is jam-packed full of beautifully crafted local Amsterdam products. Facebook

Sushi & Japan Food Festival X-Mas Edition
When? 15th & 16th of December 12 – 9pm, NDSM Loods
Sushi & Christmas? Yes, it’s happening in the NDSM Loods in North Amsterdam! Who doesn’t love Sushi or Ramen, or Takoyaki? Japanese food is something you can eat anytime of the day. Any day of the week and any week of the year. are available from €8,-.

Funky X-Mas Market (Sunday Market)
When? 16th of December 12- 6pm, Westergasterrein
THE place for your funky Xmas presents! For the 10th year running you will find lots of beautiful stands full of original creations. Of course there is great food & drink (mulled wine), live music and more!

Pure Wintermarket at Amstelpark
When?  16th 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. It’s the last Pure Market before heading into 2017 so grab your winter coat and check this one out. Info


Also worth visiting:

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs
When? 21st – 30st of December, RAI Amsterdam
Like last year, this massive winter wonderland will be open during December at the RAI in Amsterdam. This year it will be even bigger! There will be an ice-skating ring in and outside, music performances from Lil Kleine, Xander & friends, food, tube sliding, kids activities and everything to get you into the Christmas spirit. Tickets cost €5 euro, or €17,50 when you include activities. www.hetamsterdamsewinterparadijs.nl

Christmas Market at Floor 17
When? 1st of Dec – 11th of Jan 
Get into the winter spirit and get your skates on! The rooftop of the Ramada Hotel in Amsterdam West is hosting this wonderful ice-skating ring where you can enjoy the view whilst sipping on hot chocolate and curry sausages. Check out the curling games on the 16th of December. For more info visit  www.floor17.nl/rooftop-terrace

Floor 17 ice skating

Christmas Ice Village, Museumsquare
When?  Until the 30th of December
From December 17th – 30th, Amsterdam hosts the magical and tasty Ice Village Amsterdam at the Museumplein. A true adventure of warm winter chalets who offer you a variety of lifestyle, fashion, Christmas gifts, live entertainment and delicious food. Info

Haarlem Christmas Market
When? 8th & 9th of December in Haarlem
Not in Amsterdam, but only 15 minutes away and so worth visiting! The main square and streets are filled with more than 300 Christmas stalls, food, wine, lights and music. Bring the whole family and go shopping. www.facebook.com/HaarlemKerstmarkt

Which ones are you visiting?

Love,

Elke

 

 

 

5 x Amazing Turkish Breakfast in Amsterdam

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the Turks know this like no other.  In Turkey, breakfast is a culinary ritual that contains different cheeses, olives, egg dishes, jams, grilled sausages, fruits and many cups of sugar infused black tea. Lucky for us, Amsterdam has a few places where you can enjoy such a wonderful Turkish Breakfast, and we have selected the best ones!

Meram Osdorp
So far, this place has been our favorite Turkish breakfast that we have tasted. Wow. They offer an open buffet-breakfast from 9am till 2pm. It’s only 12,50 per person, and you eat as much as you can. Kids under 6 years old eat for free! The buffet seems like it never ends. Fresh fruit, grilled zucchini, mushrooms, traditionally eggs heated in yoghurt (must try!), pancakes, olives, fresh orange juice, and of course the Turkish black tea. Meram Osdorp is located right next to the Sloterplas, so you have one of the best views in the area. It’s on a walk-in basis, so make sure you arrive in time during the weekend, especially Sunday is very busy. They also serve a Turkish breakfast buffet at their Bos & Lommer location, but we prefer the Osdorp location because of the interior and view. www.meram.nl

Turkish Breakfast Meram Osdorp
Our favorite thing; Turkish Tea!

Breakfast buffet Meram Osdorp
The impressive breakfast buffet at Meram Osdorp

It’s more than just eating, it’s catching up, and enjoying each others company

Mozaïk
No buffet, but this Turkish Breakfast is served per table when you order. Your table will be filled with all the favorite Turkish dishes to keep you full till after lunchtime. It’s served only during the weekend from 10am until 3pm, and when the weather allows it, you can sit on the outside terrace.  www.podiummozaiek.nl/cafe-restaurant

Podium Mozaïk
Photo courtesy of Mozaïk

Florya
Another big favorite for a tasty (and generous) Turkish breakfast is Florya. Located in Bos & Lommer, this restaurant also offers an outside terrace with a wonderful view of the water. They also serve delicious cocktails, soups, salads and grilled dishes, but for breakfast they offer a buffet. The buffet is open from 8am until 2pm, and refilled, so you won’t miss out when you arrive a bit later. You pay only €10,- per person and kids from the age 4 till 9 years old, only pay €4,95,-. www.floryarestaurant.nl

Florya Amsterdam
A walking buffet at Florya

Hanimeli
This Turkish restaurant in Amsterdam North, is not specialised in a huge Turkish breakfast buffet, but they open at 10am during the weekend, and serve their wonderful soups, pide’s, tea and freshly made pomegranate juice. www.hanimeli.nl

Hanimeli Amsterdam
Photo courtesy of Hanimeli

Erva
At Erva you can also enjoy a daily Turkish Breakfast, but for 17,95 for 2 people. You will get a table full of sweetness and savoury dishes that you can share. A Turkish breakfast is all about sharing the food with the people. It’s more than just eating, it’s catching up, and enjoying each others company. www.ervacaferestaurant.nl

Erva Amsterdam
Breakfast at Erva

Afiyet Olsun! (Enjoy your meal!)

Wander-Lust

Moxy Amsterdam, the Hotel for Millennials

Want to go for a swim? Sure you can! Up for a game or two? What about seven? Want to have a workout at the gym? Of course. Looking for that amazing breakfast buffet? You’re at the right address. We checked out the Moxy Amsterdam. This place will meet more of your needs than most of the hotels you’ve stayed.

A Quiet Location
The closer you’ll get to the hotel, the more you’ll feel lost. Don’t get me wrong, this definitely is a good thing. In the Amsterdam I know, you have to watch your back so you don’t get run over. This part of Amsterdam was new to me: quiet and serene, but still warm and cosy. From Central Station it takes around 15 minutes by bicycle and 20 minutes by public transport to get to the Moxy Amsterdam which is located at the Houthavens, an area in Amsterdam that is under major development. The building is not easy to miss in the industrial area by the waterfront, it’s the only building lit up in purple.

This is a place where you can enjoy yourself endlessly

Moxy Amsterdam

Each corner has its own vibe
While checking we could barely keep our attention towards the receptionist. There is so much to do and see in the lobby. Plants, ropes, funny lamps and chairs hanging around. The vintage corners that will take you back in time and invites you to play a lot of fun games like huge Jenga and ‘What do you Meme?’. Overall, this is a place where you can enjoy yourself endlessly and take many Instagram-worthy photo’s.

Larissa in Moxy Amsterdam

the bar is open 24/7

Good food for good cravings
Good news for the wicked ones who don’t need any sleep: the bar is open 24/7. And also for those of you with serious night cravings, we all know how annoying that can be. Even at 3 a clock at night you’re welcome downstairs for a late night snack, so after you can step back into that heavenly bed to catch your beauty sleep.

Eat more of what makes you happy

Speaking of food, the breakfast is amazing. Breakfast is the first thing I look for in reviews of a hotel. How you begin your day is important and fortunately, Moxy Amsterdam understands that. With an open buffet, you can eat as much as you can. Healthy choices as fresh bread, eggs, cheese, greens, yoghurt, fruits and granola, but also not so healthy but delicious choices as waffles, bagels, cinnamon buns and croissants. As Moxy quotes: ‘Eat more of what makes you happy’

pool moxy Amsterdam

Staying in?
Most of the time we book a hotel to get ourselves a bed to sleep in at night. Nothing more, nothing less. Of course the Moxy Amsterdam also provides you in this need, but there is so much more to do here. In the neighbourhood you won’t find a lot of things to do, so everything happens at the Moxy. Get yourself in shape in the gym, book a massage, have a morning swim, relax in the sauna, enjoy yourself with a lot of fun games to play in the lobby and take place at the computer table if you still have some work left to do.

Bed Moxy Amsterdam

Moxy Amsterdam
Danzigerkade 175, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Larissa

*Larissa is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She is only 22 years old, and just graduated, but already runs the two lifestyle magazines BLVD and MisterDaily for two years. Her dream is to write a book one day, but now she’s focussing on her writing and content creation for brands and magazines among which Wander-Lust. Follow her on Instagram!

New Restaurant in Amsterdam! The Veronicaschip

Pretty sure you’ve ever heard of the offshore radio station Radio Veronica, which was settled on the eponymous ship back in the 60’s and 70’s. After a huge makeover and many wanderings later, since five years the pirate ship is docked in the NDSM wharf of Amsterdam. What started with Club Noorderschip, is from now on extended with a promising café-restaurant, Veronicaschip.

Veronicaschip

Aye Aye Captain
Even though I mostly associate Amsterdam North side, considered as one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the world, with a lot of travel time, Veronicaschip is just an one-minute walk from the NDSM ferry. From Thursday till Saturday you can enjoy a local and organic ‘fish, veggies, wine and cocktails combi’ dinner with a so-called circular movement in mind. They want to do the best for the guests, farmers and environment. Every product is used from top to bottom, thumbs up. Fine portions to share are in the lead. 

Veronicaschip

Eat & Dance
Close your evening out with a drink and swing at the dancefloor which sits underwater at the boat’s hull. On weekends they’re even up and running for a (hangover-busting) brunch and lunch. What kind of food they’ve in store for you? For example daydream about sea bass as a ceviche with kiwi berry and a sweet touch of white chocolate or wild kingfish served on stew of Jerusalem artichokes, salsify and Chinese radish. And also the glimpse I’ve got of the dessert department doesn’t lie: vegan cake soaked in syrup and with a fresh pear compote. I’ve had a bit of a few things, and it tastes for more, chef Bryce Steba!

herfst menu Veronicaschip

Veronicaschip

food Veronicaschip

A spot for a lot of chitchat, food, drinks, beats and dance moves, but it doesn’t stop there. During the week you can drop by for inspiring, cultural (evening) programs. So keep an eye on Veronicaschip, a perfect place if you’d love to escape the urban chaos.

Don’t be afraid for sea-sickness, Veronicaschip won’t float away. Brunch, lunch and dinner with a beautiful view, it’s definitely worth the ferry trip!

Cheers,

Sharmaine

Veronicaschip
NDSM-pier 1, Amsterdam
Website / Facebook

Opening hours: Thursday: 16:00 – 02:00
Friday: 16:00 – 05:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 05:00
Sundays: 11:00 – 01:00

*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 Instagram!

 

Deer Mama Vegan Mylk & Burger Bar

The vegan hotspots are currently poppin’ out of the ground like mushrooms, and we don’t mind at all! With the focus on animal welfare and climate change, people are more open than ever to try something vegan. Good news for those who love this “green” trend, because this Friday, Deer Mama Vegan Mylk & Burger Bar will open up in Amsterdam.

Not Just Burgers
The people behind vegan hotspot Dophert, wanted to create a fresh concept, that would be approachable for everyone, vegan or not. During the day you can order all day breakfast, lunch and cakes. When the evening comes, it will turn into a funky burger bar with vegan mylkshakes and local draft beers. A good juicy vegan burger is not always easy to find, so we can’t wait to taste the Deer Mama burgers that are offered on their menu. But besides the burgers at Deer Mama, you can also order miso glazed cinnamon buns, peanut butter brownies, donuts, sweet potato meringue pies, brownie bottom banana cheesecake, cookie dough cookies, mama’s spiced pineapple cake, YOU NAME IT. 

deer mama burger


Vegan Mylkshakes

Deer Mama Amsterdam bar

Guilty Free Eating
Eating something that is better for the planet, your body and animal welfare, is earning you personal karma points. Years ago, vegan food may have been a bit plain and tasteless, but nowadays the flavours are incredible and most of the time, all natural. At Deer Mama they work with natural ingredients 

Deer mama vegan mylk & burger bar
Feast your “vegan” eyes!

The Interior
We are pretty confident that you are going to love this. It will be full of happy pastel colours such as pink, mint and blue. There will be plants everywhere, and there will be a American diner style bar where you can order beers and vegan ice-cream. Very Instagrammable! 

Deer Mama Amsterdam

Dear Mama opens this Friday at 4pm, so get ready to stand in line! 

Deer Mama Vegan Mylk & Burger Bar
Ceintuurbaan 71, Amsterdam
Website / Facebook

Love,

Elke

Curious to some more lesser known vegan spots in Amsterdam? Click below!
https://www.wander-lust.nl/5-vegan-spots-in-amsterdam-you-probably-havent-heard-of/

LUST Spots

Create our own organic skin products at 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).

diy soap products
The corner of ingredients!

DIY Soap Oil
Adding some oil

DIY Soap
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 sustainable products like re-usable make-up removal pads. If you don’t live in Amsterdam, you can shop the products online (www.diysoap.nl) and in several stores across The Netherlands and Belgium (concept store Hutspot being one of those).

DIY Soap, coffee scrub
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!

diysoap-kerst

Elke

DIY Soap
Van Woustraat 48, Amsterdam
Website

Vondelpark3 Amsterdam launched their new Keto Menu!

Vondelpark, one of the most beautiful (green) gems of Amsterdam. A perfect place for a lazy Sunday walk, a giant playground for dogs, or for a really surprising lunch or dinner at Kitchen & Bar Vondelpark3. Even as a local resident, I’ve never eaten here before, so this had to change. Let’s zoom in on the so-called ‘living room of the vondelpark’ that has just launched a new “interesting” menu.

Vondelpark3, home away from home
With expectations on mode zero and totally soaked, my boyfriend and I walked in for a date night. Immediately, my eyes were caught by a couple of cognac colour Chesterfields, absolutely loved it. Furthermore, the wooden interior with a touch of pastels was on fleek. And what about the ambiance? From entry it really felt like home away from home. Let’s say ‘laidback’, ‘cosy’ and ‘warm.’ They had set the tone with their unique identity!

Food at Vondelpark3

In short, Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers lots of health benefits.

Menu based on the Keto diet
The brand new menu is inspired by the Ketogenic diet. Keto what?! To be honest, I had never heard of the Keto diet. Searching on the web gave me an overload of scientific data, I was even stumbled on a diet buzzword. In short, Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers lots of health benefits. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state which stimulates to use fat as a primary fuel source instead of the carbs. Heya fat burner! A couple of months ago the sympathetic chef Dave was inspired by one of Belgians most cutting-edge vegan and Keto chefs. With his wealth of experience – from brown café till Michelin-starred restaurant – he was motivated to do something quite different ánd healthy. Et voilà, a menu based on the Keto diet was the outcome.

Vondelpark3 new menu

It’s up to you whether you pick a real Keto dish or a healthy dish with just a little bit more fat or carbs.

Healthy food without compromises
Curious what’s on the ‘wholesome pleasures’ menu? What do you think of Cauliflower Power, Wealthy Wagyu, Tempting Tempura or Shocking Choco. Whatever you choose, colourful veggies are in the lead. Carbs don’t take centre stage. It’s up to you whether you pick a real Keto dish (marked with a ‘K’) or a healthy dish with maybe just a little bit more fat or carbs. So, something for everyone. By checking out the rich menu your eyes will caught by the nutritional values. They’ve nothing to hide. And why would they if all their food is high in vitamins. The Keto menu is a dinner concept. But I’ve been told that also their breakfast and lunch contain healthy and even vegan options.

food

This spot really deserves the claim ‘one size fits all.’ From a runner who needs a coffee with apple pie break till a relaxed business dinner. Looking sharp or comfy, come as you’re. Thanks for having me Vondelpark3, it was a great pleasure!

P.S. Mark the 15th of November in your agenda, because they’ll organize their first wakey-wakey event: Prework. Early birds expect live beats, hearty and healthy breakfast and a talk from an inspiring TEDx speaker. Stop hitting the snooze button, kick-start your workday.

Cheers,

Sharmaine

Bar & Kitchen Vondelpark3
Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam
Website

Opening hours: Mondays till Tuesdays 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesdays and Saturdays: 10:00 – 0:00
Sundays: 10:00 – 20:00

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These are the best High Tea spots in Amsterdam

Winter is coming and so we start to crave more warmth. One of the things I love during this period is to drink tea. Lot’s of it actually! What better then to enjoy this hot infusion with a bunch of delicious snacks & bites! I’m talking about High Tea. You can enjoy it all year round but it’s even more satisfying on a rainy Sunday afternoon with your girlfriends surrounded by sweet pastries and sandwiches. These are by far the best high tea spots in Amsterdam.

The Duchess
Everything is just wow about this place. Sarah and I enjoyed the opening last year and had not been back until my high tea experience. The beautiful elegant room of velvet interior makes it look like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. Sit warm near the fireplace and enjoy the excellent and well informed staff at the Duchess. Now then, the high tea. They offer a selection of the Coco Chanel of tea’s from French tea house Mariage Frères. This tea is only available at a interior store in Amsterdam on appointment (yes, it’s that exclusive!) Make sure you haven’t had lunch because what you will get is enough for the day! I brought bloggers @hashtagbylilly and @LarissaBruin to enjoy the feast with me. Homemade scones, crab croquettes, french cheese mini quiches and freshly bakes cookies. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the macaroons! Wanna feel like Alice? Check out the Tea Room in the Duchess this winter. www.the-duchess.com/the-tea-room

Feeling like Alice at tea room of The Duchess
Feeling like Alice..

Gartine
This tiny but cozy lunchroom is a hidden treasure in Amsterdam. It’s tucked away in between Amsterdam busiest shopping districts, the Kalverstraat. If you want to enjoy high tea, you must book in advance because they are always full. (the same applies for lunch!). Everything is homemade and they’ve done it with love. They also support the foundation Adopt a chicken, so all their eggs are organic and they work with products of the Ark van de Smaak/SlowFood. Gartine’s high tea prices vary between €17,50 and €24,74 and is available between 2pm and 5pm.  www.gartine.nl

Hotel de L’Europe
The So Dutch Afternoon Tea is inspired by the traditional afternoon snacks and Hotel de L’Europe have worked their magic on this 4-course menu. From a beef of almond veggie broth with a simple toasty (that tasted so good!), to croquettes, salmon, eel, and a plateau full of Dutch sweetness. They also include 2 larg gingerbread cookies inspired by the Amsterdam’s traditional architecture. And the view.. priceless! Nice to know; they also accommodate vegetarians, just let them know when you book. I’m vegetarian and I loved it all! This makes Hotel de L’Europe one of the best high tea spots in Amsterdam. You can book this afternoon tea from Thu – Sun from 1 till 5pm. You can enjoy this high tea from €39,- p.p, or include champagne for €49,- p.p. www.deleurope.com

So Afternoon Tea at Hotel de L'Europe

Conservatorium hotel
Enjoy their Royal Afternoon Tea from 3pm until 5.30pm in the hotel’s brasserie. You can feast on sandwiches, scones and sweets for €42,- per person and if you add a  glass of Veuve Cliquot Brut Champagne you pay €57,-.  If you really want to complete the rest of your day, you can opt for a visit to their amazing Akasha Spa which I enjoyed several times. (they have the best massages evur!) www.conservatoriumhotel.com/brasserielounge

conservatorium-afternoon-high-tea
For royalty

De Bakkerswinkel
Very Dutch and very good! With several locations in Amsterdam and the rest of The Netherlands, De Bakkerswinkel is kind of famous for their high Tea and popular with groups. You have a choice between 4 high tea’s. If you ask me, you should go for the The Late Afternoon Royal with “home made” cakes, pieces of quiche, small sandwiches, fresh fruit a large pot of tea, 3 drinks  (Wine, Orange Juice or soda), cookies and the list goes on. For this one you will only pay €27,50,-! You can also order a high tea box that you can enjoy at home. www.debakkerswinkel.nl

De Bakkerswinkel High Tea
Source: facebook

Mozo
Now this is a bit different but worth trying! This Moroccan High Tea is so tasty and brings you to another world. Restaurant Mozo is located in Amsterdam East and serves their high tea in a Moroccan style room where you can enjoy pastries, rgajef kefta pancakes and sweets. This for only €19,50,-!  www.restaurantmozo.nl/hightea

Hight Tea at Mazo Amsterdam
Moroccan high tea

Sofitel Legend Le Grand
This restaurant is stationed inside the Sofitel Grand hotel of Amsterdam. The hotel where all the foreign stars sleep, de creme de la creme. This high tea is very traditional and stays true to the English roots where high tea originated from. You can choose between 3 options starting at €37,- that include a glass of champagne. During spring and summer you can enjoy it outside in the courtyard which is a unique spot in Amsterdam. Check their website for more info. www.bridgesrestaurant.nl/afternoon-tea

Love,

Elke

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The Health Food Wall in Amsterdam

The typical Dutch snack wall concept, has been re-invented into a healthy option; Health Food Wall. And you can find it in Amsterdam West.

If you’re not Dutch, this needs a small introduction. The Dutch like to snack. Deep fried croquettes, hot cheesesoufflé, burgers, you name it. If you’re hungry, and crave for a quick snack, you walk over to your nearest snackbar, and you may just find yourself a wall full of small glass doors that you can open with 1 or 2 euro. Behind the glass is a warm (mostly deep fried) snack. It’s a thing that has been around for decades and the “food from the wall” has become part of the Dutch culture. 

The Health Food Wall
Anouk Snelders took this popular concept, and turned it into something healthy, for everyone! She founded the world’s first Health Food Wall and opened on the 1st of September 2018. In her first flagship store, located on the kinkerstraat in Amsterdam, you can not only enjoy our vegetarian and vegan meals from the infamous wall automat, but you can also great coffee, tea, juice, smoothies, breakfast bowls and vegan sweets. 

Healthy food

The Health Food Wall works digitally, and you can find the menu on the wall and on a screen, where you can select. The menu consist organic, and local ingredients to make sure that it’s tasty and nutritious. All meals are prepared in the kitchen located on the first floor, where you can also lounge on the pink sofa or chairs. 

Health Food Wall

Health Food Wall
Select, pay and eat

Health Food Wall

The veggie and vegan menu keeps changing per season, and as of the 1st of November you can choose between homemade beet burger with feta spread, or black rice noodles with tempeh. Feeling lazy to 

Health Food Wall
Kinkerstraat 66a, Amsterdam
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Love,

Elke