Hotspot in Rotterdam » WES Eettentje

Last month our new guest editor Katrin, visited recently opened WES Eettentje in Rotterdam. The guys behind the all-day breakfast joint, By Jarmusch, opened their 2nd food business this summer and attracts locals for coffee, mediterranean food and chitchat. 

WES Eettentje is a café, restaurant and bar in one, located in the “Oude Noorden” of Rotterdam, a picturesque local neighborhood. In the busy Rotterdam Noord, WES quickly became a popular hang out spot for locals and visitors alike. This is the perfect spot if you like Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. They offer a wide range of healthy and delicious dishes (also a lot of vegan options) with a little twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

WES Eettentje
Photo by ©TITIA HAHNE

It is a lovely decorated and cozy café with seating options inside as well as outside.

WES Eettentje
Photo by ©TITIA HAHNE

Smoothies and Salads
Inside at the counter you will already find a mouth watering display of cake, fresh salads and smoothies making it very hard to choose what to go for. If you find it hard to decide the mixed platter is the perfect choice. It’s perfect for sharing as a starter or a nice option for lunch if you are keen to try a wide selection of spreads, salads, falafel etc. As main course they have a lot of delicious dishes to choose from such as grilled fish, lamb, chicken- the food is inspired by Jewish and Persian cuisine. In this culture hospitality and food plays a very important role and WES perfectly mastered both.

food at WES Eettentje Rotterdam

TIP: If you wish to get some of the things as takeaway and bring your own container, they give you a discount. A great way to take extra care of the planet!

From coffee to cocktails
Of course WES also has a large selection of drinks available. Along with delicious coffee, tea, freshly made smoothies and juices, they also have alcoholic drinks on their menu such as wines, beers and cocktails. Whether you are just dropping by to have a coffee or fresh smoothie outside in the sun, want to get some work done while grabbing a bite to eat (yes they have fast WiFi) or a dinner in the evening with friends- Wes is for all occasions. It is open from Thursday to Monday from 10am till 10pm.


Photo by Mitchel van Voorbergen

WES Eettentje Rotterdam

Whether you are from Rotterdam or planning to visit, put this new hotspot in town on your list.

WES Eettentje
Benthuizerstraat 94a, Rotterdam
Website / Facebook

Love,

Katrin

*Katrin is our guest editor based in Rotterdam. She lives there with her boyfriend and when she not home, she is traveling the world. Being a flight attendant, she combines her love for food and travel and publishes on her blog TravelersLittleTreasures. Follow her on Instagram!

10 x delicious Pizza in Amsterdam

PIZZAAAA: definitely my number 1 (food) guilty pleasure. Who’s with me? Luckily there are many pizza places in Amsterdam where you can eat delicious pizzas. From golden to glutenfree or vegan pizza’s. Time to find out where to score the best pizza in Amsterdam.

1. Pizza Beppe
Roelof Hartstraat 27, Amsterdam

Pizza Beppe is the first restaurant in the Netherlands to be accepted by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. It means their pizzas are prepared the authentic Neapoletean way. By honouring the original recipes and guidelines of the inventors of pizza, they pay respect to a tradition that has been “perfected” and passed on for generations. My favourites ones are the Pizza Tartufo (with truffle, LOVE) and Pizza Verduro. They also have some tasty vegan options!

Pizza Beppe Amsterdan

2. YamYam
Frederik Hendrikstraat 88 – 90, Amsterdam

At Yamyam it always seems to be full of people, regardless the time of the day. Their pizzas are deliciously baked in the very first brick oven of Amsterdam West. They also serve pasta and delicious desserts.

3. Mama Dough
Beukenplein 21, Amsterdam

Mama Dough serves you surprising pizzas, paninis and other Italian delicacies. The menu is traditional but they play with ingredients. The chef has created a special whole-grain pizza dough making the bottom nice and crispy. The drinks menu is filled with fine wines, special beers, exciting cocktails and fresh gin-tonics. Also worth mentioning: They have a big outdoor terrace where you can sit in the sun (when the weather is good..)

The word “pizza” dates back over a thousand years—it was first mentioned in a Latin text written in southern Italy in 997 CE.

4. Fiko Pizza
Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 60, Amsterdam

Fiko Amsterdam is a restaurant where you can eat pizza in a luxurious setting. The interior is sleek in black and the ceiling has lots of golden details. If you want to throw yourself completely into the luxury vibe, order the golden pizza. (HEH, GOLDEN PIZZA?) Yep, Fiko serves the Gold Ricchezza which is a pizza with buffalo mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, truffle cream, 23k white truffle nuggets, 23k golden leafs and caramelized cherry tomatoes. You can also go for a more affordable, classic Italian pizza of course.

5. La Perla
Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14 & 53, Amsterdam

La Perla is a cozy restaurant in the middle of the Jordaan. Simplicity makes this place a winner. Pizza is a dish where you can be 3 steps ahead if you have good base ingredients and La Perla is fully aware of this. The dough is baked in a stone oven with a delicious tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella. The ingredients that are sprinkled on the pizza are always fresh and you can taste that right away. The restaurant is small, so I would advise to make a reservation in advance!

6. Mastino Vegan
Eerste van der Helststraat 78, Amsterdam

Mastino Vegan is the first glutenfree and vegan pizzaria in Amsterdam. No wonder that they have become very popular over the last year. They believe in quality using locally sourced organic products from the south of Italy. Their pizzas topped with vegan cheeses and vegetables to give you a true Italian experience, even without the traditional dough.

Vegan pizza

7. Sugo
Ferdinand Bolstraat 107, Amsterdam

Sugo serves pizza al taglio: a rectangular pizza that is served in small slices. Delicious as a snack or – if you take multiple portions – as a main course. It is a simple dish, but therefore so sensitive to good preparation and use of high quality ingredients.

Humans aren’t the only ones who love the taste of pizza: There’s even a mini pizza for dogs called the “Heaven Scent Pizza,

8. De pizzabakkers
At De Pizzabakkers you will always find 13 pizzas on the menu: 12 fixed and a monthly changing pizza. They have 8 different branches in Amsterdam, so there’s always one in the neighborhood!

Italian Pizza
Italian inspired

9. Pazzi
De Clercqstraat 93, Amsterdam

At Pazzi you have the classic pizzas but besided that you can also go for a more creative one. (I’ve tried one with bacon, pineapple and onion, it was pretty good!) The restaurants (there are two, one in Oud-West and one in the Jordaan) have a warm industrial design. On the menu you can choose between anti pasta and pizza.

10. Pinsa’s
Spaarndammerstraat 772, Amsterdam

The Italian Marie and her son Danilo learned some pretty good bakery tricks in their homeland and decided to take the love of traditional pizzas to the Netherlands. Pinsa’s was rewarded three times with the title “best pizzeria in the Netherlands” and finished as number 11 on the world championship pizza baking which takes place annually in Parma.

The Hawaiian pizza was invented in 1962 by Sam Panopoulos, a native of Greece who ran a pizza place in Canada.

Pizza night anyone?

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.

ĂnĂn Saigon » Vietnamese Streetfood in Utrecht

Walking into ĂnĂn, you are instantly hit with the smells and colours of a busy side street in Saigon… or in Utrecht! The vibe is alive and the place is dotted with wait staff running between tables and the kitchen carrying steaming little plates of mouth-watering Vietnamese treats.

On top of the tables are typical of what you would find in a local Vietnamese eatery – colourful plastic trays filled with sauces, chop sticks and napkins. The chairs are also in style – bamboo. We are told that AnAn in Vietnamese means ‘eat eat’. Yes please.

ĂnĂn Utrecht

ĂnĂn literally means Eat Eat

The menu is impressive with so much to choose from. The small dishes are designed to share (something all Asians like to do) and 2 to 4 dishes are equal to a full meal. And let’s all put our hands together for their extensive choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes too. 

Asian Beers
Asian beers at ĂnĂn 

ĂnĂn Vietnamese Streetfood

The food starts to come out and it smells amazing. The vegetables are fresh and the broths and sauces are salty and sweet, leaving a warm feeling in the throat. They have a selection of ‘Banh Hoi’ – roll it yourself dishes. The ingredients are crunchy and when put together, the aroma and taste of that first bite are so good. The great thing about Vietnamese cuisine (besides the prices) is that because the dishes are so light, there is always room to sample more. The duck curry is a power house and rocks our taste buds, as is the udon dumpling soup with vegetables.

ĂnĂn Saigon » Vietnamese Streetfood in Utrecht

ĂnĂn is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. You can always walk in and try your luck, but it is recommended to book as it can get quite busy.

ĂnĂn
Voorstraat 23, 3512AH, Utrecht
Website

Love,

Rahima

*Rahima is one of our new guest editors from Australia who lives in Utrecht and loves everything “gezellig”! She will write about the best and most delicious hotspots in Utrecht! Follow her via rahimasaikal.squarespace.com

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!

 

Marxito is Paris’s latest Hotspot (and it’s pink!)

Do you ever want to have street food but fear the quality of the vendors? Also, does the term ‘fast food’ makes you immediately think of oily, fat and bad quality food? Worry not, chef Thierry Marx is about to alter your perception and make fast food great again! Say hello to Marxito by Thierry Marx.

Refreshing concept
With a growing emphasis on healthy eating, many restaurants have come up with organic and vegan menus to attract the increasingly health conscious consumers. Author of seven cookbooks and chef at many luxury hotels, Thierry Marx is one of the most prolific and innovative figures in the culinary world. Along with the renowned interior designer Ora Ito, the pair created a charming little place in the heart of Champs-Elysées (perfect for refuelling after a shopping spree). Marxito is not only an experience for your mouth but also for your eyes.

Marxito

Do not underestimate its size! They fill you up quicker than you’d think

Simplistic all-day menu
The menu is simple and with only four different savoury ‘Marxitos’ – including meat, fish and veggie options, a favour to those who have a hard time deciding what to eat (me!) The ‘Marxitos’ are the chef’s attempt in putting a Japanese twist to the classic French crêpe, turning it into a healthier and tastier ‘fast food burger’. Do not underestimate its size! They fill you up quicker than you’d think.

Marxito Paris

Marxito ice-cream

The restaurant also does breakfast ‘Marxitos’ with egg and cheese or with jam, for the those with a sweet tooth. All ingredients are sourced organically and naturally! You can witness the whole process at the see-through counter. Even the ice creams are made to order, ensuring everything is fresh and of the highest quality. Each savoury Marxitos cost only €10 to €13. I recommend trying the Pastrami one! It has the most flavour and is the most filling. For lunch, you can make it a menu with a drink and a dessert for only a few extra euros! Probably the healthiest and most affordable lunch you could find in this area.

Petit Dej Marxito

Instagrammable design
Here in Marxito, pink is not restricted to Wednesdays. As you go in, you will be overwhelmed with an explosion of pink, from the counter to the tables. The design is minimalist yet beautiful, slightly resembling the famous restaurant Sketch from London, but less over the top and more welcoming. The fast food restaurant is usually quiet, perfect for those who wish to enjoy their meal and work simultaneously but do expect a long queue of people during lunch hours, as they hurry in for a quick sit down meal or a takeaway.

Chantelle at Marxito
Trying the ice-cream at Marxito

Delightful staff
A culinary experience would not be complete without good service. The staff were friendly and helpful, plus their recommendations are spot on!

Located just at the roundabout of Champs-Elysées, Marxito is the new spot in town for you to grab breakfast, lunch or just a quick snack during the week. They also have an extensive (non-alcoholic) drinks menu.

Marxito
1bis Rue Jean Mermoz, 75008 Paris, France
Website / Instagram

Love,

Chantelle

*Chantelle is one of our guest editor from Hong Kong. She has lived in three different countries and have travelled across many continents. Having been in England for the past nine years and graduated with a Law degree, she is now taking a break in Paris for the year as she figures out her next step in life. Always passport ready, she is an expert at traveling light and on a budget, although she still enjoys the occasional indulgence in a luxurious holiday. You can follow her 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

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.

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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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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..

Chicken Feet Hong Kong
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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Dancing fish

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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!

Food stall
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

Hungry? Check out our travel inspired recipes!

5 x Foodie Events in Amsterdam this weekend!

We already published our Amsterdam Event Calendar for this month, but this weekend, there are some tasty events you shouldn’t miss out on. Grab your rain jacket and go eat! 

Amsterdam TAPT, Rembrants Park
On Friday 21 & Saturday 22 September you can drag your colleagues to the Rembrandtpark, which will be transformed for the third time into a playground with beer, foodstands, chill area’s, games and dance! Expect a delicious beer line-up, good food, music for dancing, games and a big party. Tickets are free but you can buy them via the Facebook Page. Times: Friday from 17:00 to 23:00 / Saturday from 13:00 to 23:00 Facebook Event

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Umami Park Asian Food Festival, Oosterpark
The Japanese food culture will stand central this weekend, but you can find many other Asian influences here. The location is next to the Oosterpark, so please also bring your kids and dogs! More info here.

Souk & Co Festival, Sloterplas
On 22 and 23 September  there is going to be a party in Amsterdam Nieuw West!
The Souk & Co cultural food festival is setting its sights on the most beautiful spot in Amsterdam Nieuw West, on the banks of the Sloterplas. The festival merges with the Sloterplas late summer festival (Nieuw-West district) and offers you a whole weekend of entertainment for the whole family. One can enjoy a wide range of food trucks and a wide musical program in collaboration with Paradiso and the large price of the Netherlands. The little ones can enjoy a richly filled children’s program. Entrance is free! https://soukenco.nl

Pure Market, Amsterdamse Bos
This market on Sunday, is a place to explore, discover, taste and learn about all the different foods of Holland (and the rest of the world). Try some Dutch Gouda cheese, Surinam roti, Indian curry, American pie or a freshly chucked oyster. Order an organic beer, coffee or wine to go with that and take a seat on one of our many terraces throughout the market. Enjoy the sun, music and if you are one of our young visitors a spin in our solar powered merry-go-round. Facebook Event

Amsterdam BLEND FoodShare Festival, Batjanstraat
On Burendag (Neighboursday) we celebrate together the colors, smells and flavors of the city! Party with your city neighbours during the Amsterdam BLEND FoodShare Festival – the city’s social food festival. This year for the first time in Amsterdam East together with BatjanBuren! This day revolves around free exchange of stories, tasty dishes and talent. This way you will get to know the neighborhood and your neighbors in an accessible and pleasant way. Everyone is welcome! Share your favorite dishes, enjoy delicious snacks from the Free Food Market and join in with activities. More info here.

Enjoy eating this weekend!

Wander-Lust