Arriba Arriba, the new Mexican hotspot in Amsterdam!

Are you ready for a new South American hotspot in Amsterdam? Arriba Arriba will open its doors on the Rozengracht on the 1st of February.

Arriba Arriba is a Mexican street food hang-out with South American influences. You can go here from noon for quick taco’s or to dine extensively, 7 days a week. All dishes on the menu are created for sharing. Perfect for two or with a large group of friends. Arriba Arriba is a concept created by the IQ Creative team, that also brought you Happyhappyjoyjoy. For the concept and interior, they have joined forces with architects Concrete and JPS.

the word streetfood or ‘antojitos‘  literally means cravings

A quick bite or a long meal
In a country where 50% of the population buys their food on the street, the word streetfood or ‘antojitos‘  literally means cravings. At Arriba Arriba you will have the option to go for a quick mean taco or lunch. All tacos are created with authentic Mexican tortillas from Taiyari and baked according to the method of the old Aztecs. The toppings vary, from crispy pescado with crispy cabbage and lime, to rib-eye with chimichurri and avocado, or pulpo ‘octopus’ with sweet potato and pickled onion. You will also find healthy salads, and other bites such as oysters on the menu.
Starters and main courses do not exist here, just pick and choose want you want to try. Good to know that all tortillas and tostada’s are gluten-free!  The menu also offers plenty of choice for vegetarians.


Mexican street food? Yes please!

A typical Mexican restaurant with a modern twist

Modern and Mexican interior
We haven’t seen it yet but word is that it’s going to look and feel like a typical Mexican restaurant with a modern twist. The inspiration for the interior comes from the Mexican architect Luis Barragán, who works a lot with color, light and shadow, without losing any subtlety. The elongated space on the Rozengracht will becomes an atmospheric and cheerful place with areas of color. The decoration will consist of modern objects and will be filled with natural materials such as cactus and rattan. It’s also going to be quite spacious as the restaurant easily seats 150 people and is also perfect for people that just want to drink a Mexican beer or Margarita.

We can’t wait to visit this Mexican hotspot!

Arriba Arriba
Rozengracht 114 , Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke

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Everything green at Matcha Bar in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam couldn’t stay behind, it’s Matcha everything at the new Matcha Bar and we love it! 

What is Matcha?
I first tried Matcha when I was in one of my healthy periods where I would try pretty much any weird superfood. I used Matcha powder in my smoothies but that was about it. I discovered it again when I was in Hong Kong several years ago. Matcha tea and Matcha coffee. I liked it immediately and noticed the little green stuff also gave me a boost, something that coffee does, but this boost felt a bit stronger. Ok, Matcha is something special I guess.


Matcha tea

So what is it? It’s finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It contains both caffeine and theanine. This combination of chemicals is for the (calm) energy people might feel from drinking matcha. It originated in China but is used is many Asian cultures such as Japan.

Being the city of hotspots, Amsterdam picked up this trend  and The Matcha Bar opened their doors a few weeks ago. Here you can eat and drink Matcha until you see green. Literally.

What’s on the Menu?
Matcha Latte’s, tea’s (including Japanese bubble tea!), waffles, cakes (in all shapes and sizes), pastries and even Matcha pudding. You can feast your eyes on the green stuff and the funky pastel coloured interior. Come inside, grab a seat or take out. 


Yes please!

The Matcha Bar
Albert Cuypstraat, 89, Amsterdam
Open from Wed – Sun 12 – 8pm
Website

*Header photo credit: @flavorist_and_crossfiter

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8 x New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam

The end of the year is nearby and the stress about where to go or what to do on New Year’s Eve is also closing in. We love a house party with friends and family but if you feel like going all out and dance until the early hours, then these are our recommendations for the best New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam.

King of the Gypsies, Rozentheater
If you’re looking for something a bit weird but wonderful, you need to go to this party on New Years Eve. It’s held in a theater with four different rooms right in the heart of Amsterdam where you can wonder, take on a game of armwrestling, listen to violin battles, drink absinth and dance to Balkan bands and magnificent dj’s. Yes, we said weird. Tickets are available here.

King of the Gipsies, New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam
Theater and dancing

2000 & Chin – New Year’s Eve, Chin Chin Club 
The recently opened Chin Chin Club is a combination between food, drinks, games and dance. It will be crazy, loud and festive. There will be a mega countdown, Chinese confetti and you can dance to house and disco hits. Located at the Rozengracht, it’s perfect for a night out that could last forever. For all the info check out Facebook

Kriss Kross New Year’s Eve, Elementenstraat
The boys from Amsterdam certainly know how to party and it’s no surprise that they are hosting a new years eve party this year. The dresscode is the Big Gatsby so you can go all out! The boys are hosting three stages; Mainstage, Old School and purple reload. Rumor has it that their famous Dutch uncle (Hennie Huisman), will take the stage for a mini playback show. Be prepare to jump, join moshpits and be covered in sweat. This one is going to be wild. Check Facebook for info and tickets while they are still available!

Kris Kross new years eve parties in Amsterdam
One of the craziest New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam

NYE Around The World 2018, Westerunie
Vunzige Deuntjes, Rewind Amsterdam, Het Partyfeest, Friendzone Amsterdam en Klerenbende are joining forces for this event. What makes this event so special? They will celebrate NYE is 7 different countries which means there will be a countdown every hour (in a different language), every hour confetti, champagne, kisses and hugs. It seems like they are trying to copy an exclusive December party Oud & Opnieuw, but ey, who cares, it sounds like a lot of fun! The final release tickets are almost sold out so hurry! Website

Edel’s Oud & Nieuw Spektakel, Het Sieraad
This party is being held at a schoolbuilding in Amsterdam West so there are different rooms and hallways to dance through. Everything will be golden this year. Gold glitter, gold confetti and golden oldies. The only downside is, that we personally think that the sounds isn’t too good at Edel. This has something to do with the shape of the venue. A positive thing is, that the tickets are not crazy expensive. For 37,50 you have yourself a great night out. Website

Loveland New Year, Mediahaven
This one is for the techno lovers amongst us. Loveland is always hosting a great party until the early hours. Line up includes Alan Fitzpatrick, Oliver Koletzki B2B Reinier Zonneveld, Mathias Kaden, Egbert and Lövestad Facebook

Loveland New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam
For Techno lovers, this is the place to be

 

New Years Eve at The Winterparade, Rai
Remember when we told you about the largest Christmas parade in Amsterdam? Well, they are also hosting a New Years Eve celebration. Experience this special night at an ice-skating ring, a mega ferris wheel, fireworks show and an overflow of champagne. Tickets are only €13,85 and includes a glass champagne and a tasty oliebol! The party will last until 2am so it’s perfect for those who want to take it easy. Website

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One of the most chill New Years Eve parties in Amsterdam

NYE At The Bierfabriek, Bierfabriek
Dinner, dance and cheers. That’s what you can do here. Expect all the biggest hits and best tunes of 2017 feel free to dance on the table! The Bierfabriek is known for it’s great atmosphere and comfort food. For €50,- p.p you can have yourself a 3-course meal and limitless drinks until 12am. Plus everyone get’s a free glas of champagne at 12! It’s also possible to come and join the party after 12am. In this case, entree will be €12,50 at the door. More info here

So where will you celebrate this year?

Have a great one!

Wander-Lust

OMG, Nutella will open up a Christmas Bakery in Amsterdam!

Nutella lovers all over the world will be pleased to hear this; on the 20th of December, Nutella will open a pop-up a Nutella Christmas Bakery where families, couples and friends can bake cookies together!

Nutella cookies for everyone!

Believe it or not, Nutella has never had a location in The Netherlands before so this is a rare and special occasion. With this pop-up bakery, Nutella want to bring people together during the Christmas period and show that they are more than just chocolate paste in a jar.

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The Nutella Christmas Bakery is open until the 28th of December except during the 2 days of Christmas. You can visit the store and start baking Nutella cookies after you’ve registered. It’s free of charge and you can pick one of three daily time slots. If you buy a Nutella jar in your local supermarket, you also receive a free cookie stamp so you can continue at home.

The Nutella Christmas Bakery
Elandstraat Amsterdam
Facebook Event

All we want for Christmas is.. this new hair treatment by The Color

Going to the hairdressers is something we all do on a regular basis right? Euhm, well, I didn’t. I used to cut my hair twice a year because I was afraid it would be too short, so ignored the split ends and everything that comes along with it. What I did do however, is to freshen up my look with a new color. Getting a new “shade” for your hair has never been more popular and even the brightest of colors are walking around in Amsterdam. One of the best colouring salons in Amsterdam, The Color, is a leader in the pack when it comes to the latest hair colouring trends. They now offer something called …. I went to try it out.

The Color
Founded in 2016, The Color (first known as Colorista) first opened in De Pijp district and another location followed soon after. Color specialists can turn your dull hair into something funky or pretty like it’s magic. Color is their focus but you can also get your hair cut as they are all trained hairdressers. Besides the hair treatments, The Color is also a college for trainees that want to learn the magic of new hair colouring techniques.

Wander-Lust at The Color
Back in February when The Color turned my dark brown hair into a grey/blond tone

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The Magic Treatment!
At the Color they keep on developing and explore new hair concepts. One of those is the Cellophanes treatment. The Cello what? You can describe it as a lipgloss for your hair and is also known as a semi permanent coloring method. Good to know is, that Cellophanes is made out of natural ingredients and therefore free from ammonia, alcohol and peroxide. It also strengthens hair, preserves natural moisture balance and protects against UV.

I needed to try this and last week I booked my first Cellophane treatment. After a conversation with my Color specialist, we decided to go for a little bit champagne gloss and after a wash, the Cellophane was applied and heated with a blower around my head. This way your hair cuticles open up and absorb everything better. After about 20 minutes and another wash, I was outside the door with extremely shiny, healthy hair. 

Cellophane Treatment
Shine bright like a diamond! 

The color and shine will fade gradually overtime but you can enjoy it for at least 3 months. Just in time for Christmas girls! 

The Color
Van Woutsraat 121 / Bilderdijstraat 207, Amsterdam
Wesbite

 

UberTREES is back to deliver your Christmas Tree!

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

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

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

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UberTREES is back!

HOW IT WORKS

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

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

Love,

Elke


New in Amsterdam! Wine Yoga

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

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The lovely ladies behind Girls Who Drink

Wine Yoga Event Amsterdam
According to the GWD-ladies yoga is a serious affair, but wine can make the sport enthusiasts looser and smoother. The two together makes it doubly relaxing. During the wine yoga event I was welcomed with a glass Faber bubbles. Ever heard of it? It’s a totally alcohol-free wine with 50{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} less calories than normal wines. I really liked my first sip, didn’t thought there wasn’t alcohol in it, good job. With a tipsy head exercising a downward-facing dog wasn’t going to happen. And yes, no hangover the next day!

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Faber bubbles

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

Bottoms Up!

Sharmaine

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

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

Back in Amsterdam » Modern Asian Cuisine, Umami by Han

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

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

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

Umami by Han in Amsterdam
The open kitchen

Bar Umami by han, Amsterdam

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

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Beautiful balanced food for a small price

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Scallops à la Umami by Han

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

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

Umami
Overtoom 31H, Amsterdam
020-2801379
Website

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16 x Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017!

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

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

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

sissy Boy Kerstmarkt, Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

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

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

Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

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

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

Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

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

Floor 17 christmas market

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

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

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The Winter Fair will be something huge!

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

Ice- Skating in Amsterdam

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

Near Amsterdam: 

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

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

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

Enjoy Christmas this year in Amsterdam!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Must visit store, DIY Soap

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

DIY Soap

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

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The corner of ingredients!

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 the products online (www.diysoap.nl) and in several stores across The Netherlands and Belgium (concept store Hutspot being one of those).

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Trying my DIY Wanderlust Coffee Scrub

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

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

If you want to surprise your loved one with a DIY Soap gift, you can use code DIYCHRISTMAS until the 31st of December and receive a one off 10{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} discount in the webshop or when you visit the store!

Good luck!

Elke

DIY Soap
Van Woustraat 48, Amsterdam
Website