Recipe » Healthy Moroccan Couscous Salad

With Marrakech on our minds, we had to share this delicious recipe with you. A Moroccan friend of mine loves to cook and creates the most amazing recipes. One of her dishes I really like is her Moroccan Couscous Salad. The taste is amazing; full of different spices & herbs, fresh and.. healthy! 
This inspired me to create my own version..

Boring salads are a thing of the past! I created my own healthy fresh vibrant Moroccan couscous salad packed with protein.Besides the fact that I really like couscous it’s also contains healthy essentials such as whole grains and fiber! You can make various couscous salads, but have a look at my version.
Say hello to this tasty Moroccan style couscous salad, Let’s go!

Ingredients for 4 persons:

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» 8 chicken thigh breast filet (Or add some extra roasted veggies)
» 1 diced union
» 1 bell pepper
» 1 avocado
» 1 lemon
» 1 lime
» 1/2 cucumber
» handful of peacon nuts
» 1/2 mango
» 50 a 60 gram per person couscous
» 1/2 tsp kerry powder
» 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
» fresh coriander (as much as you like)
» feta cheese
» olive oil
» handful of lamb’s lettuce

This is how you make it:

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A few steps

1. Put chicken stock on the stove until almost to a boiling point.

2. Put the couscous in a bowl and add the double amount off hot chicken stock, than cover with cling film. Leave for 10 minutes.

3. Put a pan on the stove with some sunflower oil. Sweat of the diced union and bell pepper cubes for a about 1 minute, then add the spices (turmeric powder & curry powder), leave on the stove for another minute.

4. After leaving the couscous for 10 minutes add the union, bell pepper and spices to your couscous and mix well.

5. Squeeze half a lime in the couscous and add the zest of the lemon, add olive oil and if it needs salt than add that as well.

6. Put a grill pan on the stove and grill your chicken until nicely crisp on the outside and tenderly cooked on the inside.

7. Add the rest of the vegetables, feta cheese, pecan nuts and the fresh coriander to the couscous and mix gently. Garnish with some lamb lettuce and cut the chicken into nice pieces and put these on as well.

The result:

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Ready to enjoy!

You can leave the chicken breast out or instead you can add fish like raw mackerel or even grilled zucchini.

Enjoy!

Love

Sarah

7 x Weirdest Travel Foods Around the World

When you travel far and wide, you come across the strangest foods. I’ve been to a lot of countries and even though I’m a vegetarian, I see some weird stuff passing around the table. Let’s check out 7 of the weirdest travel foods around the world.

1. Chicken Feet in Hong Kong, China
The first day I arrived in Hong Kong, these lovely..eh Chicken Feet were served at my table of DimSum. The guy next to me dared and ate a few. He told me the next day that he spent most of the night on the toilet. In China this is an absolute delicacy. They are fried and served hot or cold as a snack before dinner. To me it was one of the most disgusting things I had ever seen..

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Chinese chicken feet, served on my table…awesome. (Bleh)

2. Shirouo no odorigui (dancing ice fish) in Japan
A friend of mine traveled through Japan and came across the most amazing restaurants. The Sushi is overflowing and taste fresher than ever. He was willing to try everything and usually he let the chef surprise him. 
It was when he stayed at a traditional guesthouse when he was served one of the weirdest travel foods he had ever tried. Shirouo no odorigui. Small, almost transparent, fish that swam in a bowl of water. The idea is that you dip them into soya sauce and then eat them alive. (yes, alive!) The fish “dance” in your mouth, which explains the name! My friend tried it, but told me he wouldn’t do this again anytime soon..

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My friends traditional Japanese meal with the dancing fish top right

3. Witchetty grub, Australia
When I backpacked through Australia, I was offered this nutritious travel food that the aboriginals eat as a snack. Witchetty Grubs are basically fatty larvae who you may recognize from The Lion King, when Simba meets Timon and Pumba. (I love that movie!) Anyway, I was walking though the outback and my tour guide dared me to eat one if we found them. I said yes. Thank god we didn’t find any.


Juicy Witchetty Grubs..

4. Balut, Philippines
I’m off to the Philippines in a couple of weeks and I am really curious about the food they serve there. I’ve been told that I will have a hard time coping as a vegetarian-going vegan, because they serve a lot of meat. But one of their infamous delicacy’s is Balut. So what is it? It’s an egg. Not bad right? Wait for it.. Balut is a fertilized duck embryo boiled in the shell. So you’re basically eating a baby duck. Enjoy! :-s

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Not for me!  (source: http://dustincolephotos.com/)

Did you know that insects contain more protein then beef, pork or chicken?

5. Snake wine, South East Asia
What about some wine tasting in Southeast Asia? Not common right? Well, they do have a very special wine on offer. Snake wine. This popular alcoholic beverage is believed to have important restorative properties in countries including China and Vietnam. They sometimes mix the alcohol with the snakes bodily fluids, such as blood. Salut!

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You want some Sssssssnake with that?

6. Haggis, Scotland
You may think that all the weird stuff come from the Asian countries. Not quite. In Scotland they eat something rather…disgusting if I may say so.
his mixture includes sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, onion, oatmeal, spices, and stock. This traditionally stuffed-into-a-sheep’s-stomach-dish, dates back to the 1400’s and is served as a main course on Robert Burns Day.

7. Fried Insects, Asia + Worldwide
When you walk around Khao San Road in Bangkok, you will see a dozen hotdog-like-stands, selling fried insects. Scorpions, Crickets, Larvae, Cockroaches and in some cases even Spiders (God help me). A few years back, people were shocked to see these disappear into someones mouth but times have changed. They now sell insects at trendy food markets and in some supermarkets all over the western world. I tried a worm croquet and a fried cricket once before, and believe it or not, it actually tasted pretty good. Good to know that insects contain more protein and less calories as beef or pork. If we would eat more insects and less meat, we could help mother earth a great bunch actually. This could well be the food of the future. Try it!

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Crickets for dinner? Not so weird after all

Are you brave enough to try these weird travel foods? I rest my case.
Enjoy your meal!

Love,

Elke

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This Café in Seoul looks like a Cartoon

We’ve seen a hello kitty café, a unicorn café, and even a cat café. But have you ever been in a café where everything looks like a cartoon? In Seoul, you can find Cafe Yeonnam-dong, where you literally walk into a cartoon world.

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The café’s look and feel has been inpsired by the popular Korean TV show W – Two Worlds, where the main characters find themselves in a fantasy cartoon world. It was a clever move by the owners, because this is known to be the first ever cartoon café in the world so far.

Give your Instagram feed a cartoon upgrade

Looking at these pictures we are totally feeling like singing Take On Me. 

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Is it real?

Cartoon Café Seoul

Cafe Yeonnam-dong
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Love,

Wander-Lust

5 x The Best Breakfast Spots in West Village, New York

In a completely food-obsessed city, the West Village seems to be a breakfast focal point. Not only is the food incredible, but the environment of that particular neighborhood gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to kick off the start of your day. Instead of skyscrapers, you’ll find brownstone, pre-war buildings complete with classic New York fire escapes and every tree-lined, cobblestone street seems to be the home of some cozy, quaint restaurant packed with people looking for a delicious meal and good coffee. Although I’m sure there are dozens of fabulous options to choose from, here are five of my favorite Breakfast Spots In West Village.

Hundred Acres – 38 Macdougal St
Located right on the borderline of the West Village, SoHo and Greenwich Village, Hundred Acres is a Mediterranean style restaurant that never disappoints at breakfast time. Unlike a lot of other typical NYC breakfast spots, Hundred Acres is spacious so a good choice is you have a large party – and they have a backyard garden area! They also take reservations on OpenTable which is super convenient when looking for the right place to eat. The lemon ricotta pancakes and the cinnamon rolls are both superb! www.hundredacresnyc.com

Hundred Acres, best breakfast spots in West Village

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West Village draws fashionable crowds to its designer boutiques and trendy restaurants

Monument Lane – 103 Greenwich Ave
Any place with chicken & waffles on the menu gets an automatic thumbs up in my book. With outside seating during the warmer seasons, Monument Lane is a great place to people watch. Good food, friendly staff and a varying menu with plenty of different options to choose from – what more could you ask for?! They also give you an adorable little notebook to sign when you get the bill – it’s all about the little details and one of the reasons why it’s one of my favorite breakfast spots in West Village. www.monumentlane.com

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Waffles & Chicken at Monument Lane

Bluestone Lane – 30 Carmine St (*multiple locations)
A casual, Australian cafe that serves great coffee and simple brunch items. One of my favorite things about it – the staff are all Aussies! I like that this cafe gives me a taste of a different part of the world, all the way down to the carefully chosen decor. The avocado smash and the berry bowl are both delicious! www.bluestonelaneny.com

Bluestone Lane, Breakfast Spots in West Village
Love the interior!

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The Wild Son – 53 Little W 12th St
This restaurant is located on the border of the West Village and The Meatpacking District right next to the Hudson River. It’s small, so not ideal for large parties, but if you’re looking for a place to grab a coffee and some breakfast with a friend, this adorable restaurant is a great choice. They don’t take reservations, but stop in to put your name down and take a stroll along The High Line while you wait. You can’t go wrong with the blueberry corn waffles! www.thewildsonnyc.com


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Always busy and cozy!

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Their signature dark lemon soda. Source

Cafe Cluny – 284 W 12th St
A trendy, upscale West Village brunch spot that you go to when you want to be seen. Covered in charming and tasteful decor, this modern French restaurant is a complete embodiment of the vibes of the village and could be a good location for a celebrity sighting. www.cafecluny.com

Cafe Clunsy, best breakfast spots in West Village

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Delicious and healthy! Source

Love,

Casey

*Casey is one of our guest bloggers from New York. She’s a 25 year old that grew up in Long Island NY. After graduating college, she moved into NYC and took a job in marketing. She and her large friend group of about 9 girls are all about trying out trendy restaurants and keeping busy with all this amazing city has to offer. She also has her own personal blog, Adolescent Adulthood. She will publish an article in the beginning of each month.

TIP: Traveling to the USA and you are in need of an ESTA

Australian Vibes in Utrecht: Surfbar De Rode Vosch

Australian restaurant de Rode Vosch (the Red Fox) has been an Australian hotspot in Utrecht city for almost two years. This last weekend they opened a cool surfbar in their restaurant. If Australia is one step too far away, but you do want to have a taste of Australian culture, this is the place to be!

The Australian restaurant is known for its nice Aussie vibe and delicious Australian meals. They serve a variety of small dishes, so you can taste and share dishes during the evening. Sharing is caring is their credo.

There is good news for TimTam lovers

The Australian kitchen has many elements of different cultures. The restaurant calls their kitchen Mod Oz, modern Australian. You can order smoked salmon, chicken parma, bangers & mash, watermelon salad, haloumi cheesy fries and spicy shrimps. But their most special dishes are the kangaroo sashimi and the kangaroo loin. Talking about exotic! And there is good news for TimTam lovers: they serve a nice cheesecake with these traditional Australian chocolate cookies as dessert.

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Since the Australian culture is all about surfing, the people from De Rode Vosch decided to open a surfbar inside the restaurant. There are surfboards on the walls and the place is decorated with typical Australian touches like boomerangs, a didgeridoo and koalas. The ambience is really laid-back and it’s a nice place to enjoy Australian booze and various cocktails. They serve many Australian wines and 10 (!) different Australian beers. If you want to drink cocktails with friends, you can order a nice pitcher full of cocktail goodness. How about a pitcher of Mojito, Gin Fizz or Blue Lagoon? If you go there on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. you can get 2 cocktails for the price of one!

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Cheers mate!

Love,

Merel

De Rode Vosch
Voorstraat 14, Utrecht
Website

HappyHappyJoyJoy South is Open! (And they serve rainbao’s!)

Hotspot alert for all Asian food lovers: Julius Jaspers’ HappyHappyJoyJoy has opened her third hangout in Amsterdam! The vibrant ‘De Pijp’, is the lucky place where they’ll bring you the very best of an everlasting Asian food fest. Dim sum, rendang, pad thai, the world’s first “rainbao’s” and off course…ice cold Bintangs. Get ready for a dose of Asian goodness guys!

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Even though I’m not the biggest Asian food fan, I really recommend this bustling spot.

High time for some Asian soul food? Definitely drop by at this kind of a newbie. At HappyHappyJoyJoy South you’ll find everything that makes you (and your tummy) smile. Think about some typical Asian cities, and the first associations that will pop-up are probably ‘the overload of bright colors’, ‘sizzling woks’ and ‘enormous turbulent streets.’ Even though I’m not the biggest Asian food fan, I really recommend this bustling spot. You ask me ‘why?’ Because of their huge variety of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami yumminess with Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indonesian influences. They absolutely have enough appetizing street food dishes in store for you, no doubt. And how did the Rainbao’s taste? Delicious actually! Too cool too eat maybe, but great for sharing! HappyHappyJoyJoy are the first restaurant in the world (as far as we know) that serves these colourful bao’s.

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Source: HappyHappyJoyJoy 

For me it was like a staycation for one night in the heart of Amsterdam. Sounds great right? Go and get that lovely feeling too!

Cheers,

Sharmaine

HappyHappyJoyJoy South
Ceintuurbaan 256, Amsterdam
Website / Facebook

 

Bardak » Tel Aviv in the heart of Amsterdam

Have you ever eaten ‘Grilled Okra’? At Bardak, near The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, you can discover the taste of the Israeli kitchen.

The place is a organized chaos and that’s exactly the vibe they want to create in the restaurant. Get ready for some extraordinary tapas. The owners want to give you the real Israeli experience. You’ll get the real local foods on your table like ‘Burnt Eggplant’. I personally didn’t like the taste but it was nice to try it out. The ‘Grilled Okra’ is a real favourite. Not something you can order everywhere but very tasty and definitely worth trying.

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This is the real deal

For the meat-lovers: Arais. This is a signature dish of the restaurant. Juicy lamb shish kabob in a crusty pita… The pita absorbed all the fat of the lamb which makes this dish very tasteful. If it’s too heavy you can always share it with your friends, you’ll get 4 sliced pieces. Room for dessert is very important, you don’t want to miss the ‘Honey Yoghurt’. Sounds simple, but it’s very appetizing.

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Tel Aviv! 

In Israel there’s a town named: Tel Aviv. (I’m sure you’ve all heard of it) The walls here are the canvas of many street artists, it’s (like Bardak) an organised mess. So I guess the name Bardak which means ‘organized chaos’, makes total sense. The restaurant is designed by Sheryl Leysner. She recreated the Tel Aviv style in the restaurant by some graffiti walls, pieces of bricks and corrugated sheets. In Tel Aviv you’ll find the best Israeli restaurants hidden in badly maintained market stables. In Amsterdam you’ll find Bardak in the heart of Amsterdam, De Pijp. The restaurant is open 7 days a week!


Cocktails you’ll have to try

In this cosy restaurant you can also enjoy some of the best cocktails in town for only 8 to 9 euro. Especially the Granny Smith Martini is a very luxury drink of high quality for this price. Made with fresh pressed apple juice, vodka and lime. So if you’re looking for some new acquired tastes, try the Israeli tapas here. You’ll be surprised!

Bardak
Ferdinand Bolstraat 12, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Larissa

*Larissa is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She is only 21 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!

6 x the most Instagramable Sweet Foods in Amsterdam

You must have seen them. The perfect hand shot over the canals of Amsterdam, holding something that looks so yummie, you want to get it instantly. Instead of scrolling through your insta timeline, we’ve selected our favorite insta worthy sweet foods in Amsterdam.

Van Wonderen Stroopwafels
Kalverstraat 190

To get the perfect shot over the canals of Amsterdam, you must buy one of these famous Dutch Stroopwafels. There are many on sale throughout the city, but no one makes them like Van Wonderen Stroopwafels. Sprinkled with marshmallows, m&m’s or chocolade, they taste amazing!


One of the most photographed and instagrammable sweet foods in Amsterdam

Polaberry
Prinsengracht 232H

The girl behind this wonderful new store on the Prinsengracht is Instagrammer @Polabur. She moved to Amsterdam a few years ago and was born in Russia. Polina (her real name), knows how to create the perfect sweet that looks amazing on your Instagram feed. Her formula is simple; strawberries covered in chocolate. We had a little taster and the berries were sweeeet! She sells handcrafted strawberries, chocolate bars, coffee and even bouquets made out of strawberries & chocolate. 

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Ree7 Amsterdam
Reestraat

Get your freak on, because they serve THE best freakshakes at Ree7. Located in between many boutique stores and eateries, Ree7 is THE place if you have a sweet tooth. They also serve healthier stuff, but if you want to impress your followers, you need to order yourself one of their freakshakes.


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Dunkin’ Donuts
Leidsestraat 45
The most famous doughnut store in Europe and not without reason. They come in different flavours and colors, and most of them are great for a quick snap with a pretty background. I say quick, because you want to eat them before they start melting!

Dunkin Donut Amsterdam

IJsmanschap
Van Spilbergenstraat 2hs
The first popsiclebar of the Netherlands and a rather special one. All their ice popsicles are handcrafted, 100% natural and sustainable. They only use real natural ingredient with no sartificial colors or flavors. Oh, and they look mega cute!

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I-Scream Waffle
De Hallen Amsterdam
You used to be able to find this tasty and good looking bubble waffle in De Foodhallen in Amsterdam West. But bad news, they stopped serving them sinds 2017, and we are still waiting for them to come back. 

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Have a great time snappin’, eh, we mean eating! 😉

Love,

Elke

*Header photo courtesy of @Polabur

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Back to Nature Tour with Moer Amsterdam

A few weeks ago I was invited to a special ‘Back to Nature’ event. Organised by restaurant MOER, a unique chance to find out where the food on my plate was actually coming from. On the 2nd of September, they are hosting the first event for consumers.

MOER is a restaurant in Amsterdam where vegetables take the centre stage. Is it vegan? No, but they do believe in smaller portions of meat and fish, and eat more vegetables instead. With the focus on sustainability, they avoid the big suppliers and strictly work with local farmers where they get their vegetables from. I was exited to meet some of the farmers, and see where their vegetables grow.

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Restaurant MOER

Green Vingers
We started the tour at restaurant MOER where taxi’s brought us to Amsterdam West where we drove into the meadows.. and on one meadow you’ll find Groenhartig. A lavish and pretty vegetable garden. Upon arrival, we walked into the garden where we could find a party tent with a large decorated table. After a welcome snack, which was vegetable ceviche, we enjoyed a matching wine. I could get used to this on a Tuesday! After a quick tour in the garden, we could pick our own vegetables which would later be prepared into wonderful delicious dishes. It’s so nice to eat food when you know where it’s coming from! After three courses we went back to the restaurant where we enjoyed our dessert. 

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Seasonal vegetables, prepared by the chefs of restaurant MOER

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Picking veggies at Groenhartig

Now YOU do the tour
It was such a great day, it felt like I left the big city for a moment and got to experience a full dinner experience! Groenhartig always opens up their garden, so take a peek if you will! If you do want to try the whole Back to Nature experience like I did, MOER is hosting this event on the 2nd of September, and has space for 25 people.

What do you get?

  • A free (electric) taxi ride to and from the location
  • 5 course-meal
  • Tour on the vegetable farm plus amuse
  • Wine paring
  • Cooking workshop
  • Several wines to accompany the meals
    You can apply here. Come hungry because they will be serving 5 courses!  and go back in nature for a day, because in a city like Amsterdam, you just sometimes need time for yourself and each other.

Love,

Michelle

*All pictures by Kirsten Van Santen unless stated otherwise

Branie, a surprise Indonesian restaurant with Balls

When I arrived at new joint Branie, on the Ten Katestraat in Amsterdam, I had no idea what to expect. The front window had a crack in it, and there was only a small sign. You would walk straight past it, to be honest. Once inside, I was welcomed by the owner and the wonderful Indonesian hostess (who is also co-responsible for the menu). I was totally blown away by the innovating dishes and incredible spices. Let me introduce..

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Branie stands for guts
I’m told that the name Branie is a combination between an Indonesian and a typical Amsterdam word. It means daredevil, but in a cheeky way. It totally reflects the menu and cocktails. Owner Remco, previously owner of secret cocktail bar Porem, tells me that he wanted to combine his Indonesian roots with the Amsterdam spirit.

Branie Amsterdam

Branie brani, b[a bakje]ráni, is an Malaysian word that means cheeky daredevil, someone with balls

The Menu
In Asian countries, people share their food. At Branie they do the same. You are advised to order about 4 to 6 different dishes and you are welcomed with some spicy popcorn. We decided to go for the soft shell crab bao (which is served as a whole crab), the tea salad, the squid, prawn wangton (available upon request), some traditional chicken saté, and the Jackfruit Semoor, that has a meaty texture but is completely vegan. The tea salad needs a little more explanation because it actually contains tea and is specially imported. It has a sour flavour and great as a cold starter. The magic truly happens in the kitchen and behind the bar.

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The Branie “KFC” mushroom bucket

Branie dessert

Remco is a cocktail master and gives a modern twist to his cocktails. From Pandan Daiquiri, to Crying at the Piscoteque or the Damsko Fizz. You must try at least three!

The decor still needs some finishing touches, but once the details are added (such as a neon light, and some plants), Branie is set to be your next “local” Asian with balls.

Branie
Ten Katestraat 26, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke