Recipe » Thai Papaya Salad

Each month we invite another food blogger to tip us with one of their best recipe’s, inspired from a country or place they have been. This month we highlight a recipe from Culinessa.

This Food Blogger has Asian roots and she sure knows how to create a colourful and spicy Papaya Salad (Som Tam), inspired by Thailand!

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Papaya gives this salad the sweetness to balance out the spice

Ingredients:

1 green papaya, sliced or grated
2 big carrots, sliced or grated
1 clove of garlic
9 long beans, cut in to 5 cm pieces
1 red chili / rawit for extra spice
3 tsp palm sugar
1 big tomato, in quarters
4 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp fish sauce
some roasted peanuts

Recipe Thai Papaya Salad

Start by pounding the garlic together with the chili. Don’t pound the chili to hard. Add in the palm sugar. Now add in long beans and tomato and bash them a little bit. Add in the tomato and don’t pound to hard. Season with lemon juice and fish sauce. Last but not least add in the papaya and carrot. Pound everything together and mix up well. Taste and add additional sugar, fish sauce, lemon juice if necessary. Top off with some roasted peanuts.

* You can always add in extra chilies for more spice.

Love,

Vanessa

*Vanessa is a food blogger from the Netherlands with roots from Indonesia, If you love some spice and you’re into Asian cooking, check Culinessa.com

 

5x Vegetarian Recipes using only Non-Perishable Ingredients

While there is no need to hoard goods while quarantined, we might want to limit our visits to the grocery store. Restricted access to fresh produce, makes cooking diverse and nutritious food a little trickier, so we’re here to help. 

Under these circumstances, here are 5 easy recipes using only non-perishable ingredients, so you can always make something at home. Who knew that you could make so many delicious meals with the stuff you always stored in your food cabinet!

Pea-pesto pasta

Ingredients
500g pasta
250g canned or frozen peas
30g nuts (pine nuts, cashews or walnuts)
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar
50g nutritional yeast or parmesan (optional)
Salt and pepper

Method

1. Get a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Cook them based on package instructions. Set aside some pasta water for later.
2. For the pesto, drain and rinse the peas if canned or thaw the peas if frozen, and place in a blender along with all the other ingredients. To avoid big pieces of garlic in the pesto, chop it finely prior to adding it to the blender.
3. Blend until smooth. Add water as you go if the mix is too dry. Taste and add salt as needed.
4. Pour the pesto onto the cooked pasta along with half a cup of the saved pasta water (it helps make everything super creamy). Get it all back on the heat and toss until everything is hot and coated in green goodness.
5. Serve, maybe top up with a few nuts and/or parmesan, and enjoy.

Recipes with pantry


Couscous and chickpea salad

Ingredients
Serves 4
400g dry couscous
400g canned chickpeas
400g canned diced tomatoes
1 red onion
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon salt
Olive oil

Method

1. In a pan over medium heat, add a splash of olive oil. Cook off the onions, chopped up, until transparent. Add the spices and a pinch of salt, toast them off for 1-2 minutes.
2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas before adding them to the pan. Stir everything until the chickpeas start to crisp up. Take off the heat.
3. In a salad bowl, add the couscous, diced tomatoes, the content of the pan as well as some salt and pepper. Mix until everything is coated in tomato (the moisture of the tomatoes will rehydrate the couscous) and cover the bowl.
4. Refrigerate for at least an hour (or until the couscous is fully puffed and fluffy). Add salt and pepper to taste. You can add some chili if you like spicy. In an ideal world, fresh herbs take it to another level.
5. Serve up hot or cold, whatever you feel like.

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Chinese-style tomato egg-drop soup

Ingredients
400g canned peeled tomatoes
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 vegetable stock cubes
2 eggs
2 tablespoons corn flour (cornstarch), mixed with 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Salt and pepper

Method

1. In a large pot over medium heat, add oil and cook off a diced onion. Ideally this would call for 2 spring onions, but for the purpose of this article, any onion will do.
2. Add in the tomatoes and crush them with a spatula until left with bite size chunks of tomato.
3. Grate the garlic or finely chop it and add to the tomatoes. Stir for 1-2 minutes.
4. Pour 1.5l of boiling water in the pan along with the stock cubes. Stir until dissolved.
5. In a bowl, crack the eggs and lightly whisk them to break them up. Slowly add the to the simmering soup while stirring to create a vortex. This gives the eggs a lacey consistency rather than creating poached lumps.
6. Add the soy sauce and the corn flour slurpy to the pot and give it a few minutes to thicken.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.


Red lentils indian dal

Ingredients
Serves 4
400g red lentils (can be substituted with other lentils and pulses)
1 can of coconut milk (~300ml)
2 onions
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chilli powder or flakes
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 cube vegetable stock (or just use salt)

Method

1. Finely chop onions and garlic. Rinse and drain lentils.
2. In a medium pot on medium heat, add a splash of oil or butter. When hot, add onions and garlic and stir until soft. Add the spices and a pinch of salt stirring for another 2 minutes.
3. Add lentils to the pot and toast them off without adding any liquid for about 3-4 minutes.
4. Add coconut milk, stock cube and tomato paste, stir until all is dissolved and nothing remains attached to the bottom of the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer, reduce the heat to low and let the dal cook for about 30-40 minutes while stirring every so often. Add water if you see it become too dry.
5. It should then attain a creamy and thick consistency and lentils should break down and become mushy. Turn off the heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Serve with rice, naan or pita. Add a squeeze of lemon and fresh coriander if available.
7. Enjoy!

recipe lentils


Coconut-milk pancakes

Ingredients
Serves 4
200g flour (any should work)
300ml light coconut milk*
½ tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder (makes them fluffy, but you can do without)
1 egg**

* If you don’t have light coconut milk, use half coconut milk half water. It can also be substituted with any other dairy or plant-based milk.
** not non perishable, but will keep fine outside of the fridge for a while. Alternatively, use flaxseeds and water to make flax egg, a tablespoon of applesauce or skip the egg altogether (the pancakes still hold shape quite well).

Method

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. I’d advise passing the flour through a sieve to avoid lumps in the batter.
2. Whisk together the egg and the milk in a separate recipient.
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Combine by whisking until smooth.
4. Heat up a pan with a little fat of your choice to avoid sticking. If you have butter, that’s the tastiest, always. Otherwise coconut oil or an oil such as canola or sunflower (olive oil has too strong of a taste, I’d avoid if possible. But desperate times desperate measures).
5. Scoop a bit of batter into the pan. When little bubbles form at the surface, flip and cook the other side until golden brown. Adjust heat and pancake size accordingly (the first pancake is never perfect) and repeat with the rest of the batter.
6. Serve and top with whatever you like and have available; nutella, maple syrup, jam, fruits (heated up frozen fruits are delicious on pancakes), that part is up to you!

Recipes with pantry, coconut pancakes

After all, it’s OK to treat yourself a bit in those dark days!

Distantly yours,

Mathilde

Mathilde is a professional content writer based in Utrecht. To balance out the serious content she produces, she tries to bring a little laughter in the world with her comical animal facts on Instagram @dailymooseletter.

Meneer Potter and NODA open their doors in the Neude Library

Located at ’t Neude in the former Post Office, Utrecht’s newest hotspots has opened the city café Meneer Potter and the food bar and deli NODA.

Meneer Potter and NODA may be located in the same building, but both have a unique and unique character.

Meneer Potter

You will find genuine Utrecht conviviality and a healthy dose of positivity at the Meneer Potter city café. This homely café has open its doors on the 13th of March on the ground floor of the library. A place where all of Utrecht meets. Mister Potter is the neighbour who is always ready with a cup of coffee and a fresh newspaper, who is always up for a short chat and ensures familiar conviviality. From early in the morning until evening, for big, small, student or retired.  Hungry peeps walk in for a sandwich and groups of friends finish the day with a drink and some Spanish pinxtos. The hasty “Utrechter” is also at the right address when it comes to coffee, after all, a coffee to-go is easily made. Meneer Potter is the caretaker of the city and gives the feeling of coming home. Where time passes without realising it.

Studying suddenly becomes a lot more attractive while enjoying a nourishing breakfast and a shot of caffeine.

Meneer Potter Utrecht

NODA

NODA is the beating heart of the library and is located on the second floor of the building. In the middle of the library – surrounded by wise words – you can enjoy the international atmosphere and an amazing view of the Oudegracht all day long. NODA represents an eclectic mix of colours, scents and textures. A nice reference to the diversity of cultures within Utrecht. And that is also clearly reflected on the menu. The extensive menu consists of small worldly dishes that are ideal for sharing. From a lamb tagine to a steaming bowl of Thai tom kha kai, spicy Old Canal Cheese and an Okonomiyaki from Japan – all continents come by. The deli’s sandwiches, wraps and smoothies are ideal for people on the go. NODA has its own entrance on the Oudegracht and will happily continue when the library stops.

Find out about these amazing brunch spots in Utrecht!

NOD Utrecht

For more info check Meneer Potter and NODA online.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Our top 10 favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam

To be fair, there are too many great lunch and brunch possibilities in Amsterdam, but a few standout! 

We’ve handpicked our favourite 10 lunch spots in Amsterdam because they have that extra little thing. More importantly, we have also selected our choices by these important pillars:

  • They serve topnotch food
  • Provide excellent and friendly service
  • Good quality at reasonable prices
  • Great vibe
  • Inspirational or unique design

1. COTTONCAKE, 1e van der Helstraat 76-hs

This Concept store in the Pijp has it all! No need to travel to Paris,  Berlin, Melbourne or New York – Cottoncake brings all influences together in their store and café. They put all their love in fine organic food & smoothies. Besides food & drinks you will find a mix of fashion, design & lifestyle. From lovely handmade jewelries of Mimi et Toi & Monocraft, organic creams of La Bruket, to lovely basic shirts of Samsoe & Samoe and beautiful knits of Sita Murt.. I really fell in love with this concept store; you can sit down and relax, enjoy their organic healthy food and find that special item that you have to try on and you will keep for ever. cottoncake.nl

CottonCake
source: www.cottoncake.nl

2. BAKERS & ROASTERS, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54

Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland are known for their great coffee shops and these two friendly owners of New Zealand & Brasil brought the caffé culture to Amsterdam. This New Zealand style café is a very nice place where they serve fresh fruit salads, healthy juices, hot pies fresh from the oven, eggs, granola and is packed every day and we totally understand why! They do not except reservations, but it’s worth to wait.
Don’t forget to take a coffee, since their crafted coffee is a selection of Roasts from Ozone Coffee. They establish relationships with all their growers, batch roast & dispatch daily to ensure maximum taste & freshness. http://bakersandroasters.com

Lunch spots Amsterdam

3. VINNIES DELI, Haarlemmerstraat 46 | Nieuwezijds Kolk 33

Are you looking for tasty & healthy lunch where they use organic, fair-trade and sustainable products? Then Vinnies Deli is definitely the place to be for you! It’s no surprise this is one of our favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam. It’s a small cozy lunch/coffee room where you can eat your hart out! I have two favorites on the menu: eggplant with buttermilk sauce and pomegranate, and smoked mackerel with grapefruit chutney. But they also serve delicious cakes & coffees. Vinnies Deli is open from 7.30m in the morning and does take a killer take away and delivery. Do you like what you see inside? All the designer furniture is for sale! vinnieshomepage.com

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4. GARTINE, Taksteeg 7

In the hectic city you will find this secret’ place in Amsterdam, Gartine, a cute, cozy and lovely restaurant that is known for it’s high tea! From the garden to your plate: The special thing about Gartine is that they produce vegetables, fruits and herbs from its own garden. Almost all products are produced locally and everything is organic. They serve high quality breakfast, lunch & high tea dishes on flower-printed china plates. You need to make a reservation upfront since they only have 7 tables in total. gartine.nl

gartinesource: www.gartine.nl

5. CANTINA, Joris van Den Berghweg 107

In case you were looking to escape the city, Café Cantina is one of our favourite all time spots in Amsterdam. It’s not close to the city center and you can only reach it by car and bicycle. Therefore it’s never crowded and popular with locals. The organic café is also part of “Het Rijk van de Keizer” which is a location that can be used for weddings, parties and special dinners. You chill in the sundeck on a fatboy, hammock or even sit in an old car wreck. Find a spot in the shade under umbrella’s tucked away in between the trees. Don’t be surprised if you see chickens walking around, this is normal! Read more about this amazing spot.

Favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam, Cantina

6. SLA

If you want to eat something healthy and nutritious and organic, SLA is the place to do it. Currently, they own x locations in Amsterdam and they are still growing. Our favourite location is the one on the Amstelveenseweg because it’s large and next to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Every season they change their salad options, so you won’t get bored and they have more than 12 choices! It’s also one of our favourite workspots in Amsterdam, and furthermore, they offer free tea refills! ilovesla.com

Lunch spots in Amsterdam, SLA
Source: SLA

7. KARAVAAN, Kwakersplein 2h

To begin with, this place is brand new. It’s large, warm and the staff is extremely friendly which can be rare these days. In terms of people, you will find it all here. Couples, friends, freelancers, you name it. Find out more about this favourite lunch spot in Amsterdam.

Karavaan, lunch spot Amsterdam

8. BENJI’S

One of us has Indonesian roots, so we especially love Benji’s Toko. That being said, all of their locations are magnificent!  Best of all, all locations are full of plants and greenery, making you feel like you are in a tropical location.

Benji's

9. DROVERS DOG, Heemstedestraat 25 | Eerste Atjehstraat 62

This Australian café/restaurant has been around for many years now, but is still popular with locals and visitors till this day. To be fair, their service is excellent and the kitchen produces delicious comfort Aussi style food. In fact, two Australians and a Dutchman set up this great spot. In addition to the fact that a Drover is a well-known dog breed, the name has more to do with what these dogs do. They bring large herds of cattle together in Australia and bringing them together is what is important at  Drovers Dog. It is always cozy and full of friends, couples and families. Everyone who works there speaks English fluently and often with a strong Australian accent. (Oh, how we love it). 

10. BAR LELY, Cornelis Lelyplein 4

It’s one of Elke’s favorite workspots in Amsterdam at the moment, and situated at a brilliant location in Amsterdam West. Bar Restaurant Lely is so much more than just a restaurant next to Lelylaan train station. The restaurant opens at 8am, so early birds can drink a quick coffee and have some simple breakfast such as granola & yoghurt or a croissant. For lunch they serve simple but very tasty options and I must say that the avo on toast with a poached egg. 

Bar Restaurant Lely Amsterdam

Happy eating!

Wander-Lust

These are the best High Tea spots in Amsterdam

When it’s cold outside, it’s no surprise we start to crave more warmth. What better then to enjoy a hot infusion with a bunch of delicious snacks & bites! We’re talking about High Tea.

You can enjoy it all year round but it’s even more satisfying on a rainy Sunday afternoon with your friends surrounded by sweet pastries and sandwiches. Therefore, Wander-Lust has selected the best high tea spots in Amsterdam.

High Tea Amsterdam

Wanna feel like Alice in Wonderland?

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 an 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! 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..

Afternoon Tea at Okura Hotel

One of Amsterdam’s finest and most luxurious hotels is finally offering an afternoon tea with a Japanese twist! Honestly, you can’t compare this high tea with any other. Firstly, the different tea’s are served by a Japanese lady dressed in a traditional kimono. The tea selection depends on the season but we were served Green, Jasmine and Darjeeling tea.

High tea served in kimono

For starters, you get a small bowl with a fruity amuse to neutralise your taste buds. If you are vegetarian, no problem! We enjoyed a hot falafel, sushi-no-sushi Temari style and a traditional Japanese egg royale “chawanmushi” with Dutch asparagus. After that, it was time for the sweetness, a whole lot of it! At Okura they bring out a big box filled with coffee macarons, yuzu-thyme Madeleine, chocolate and cookies. The details on the cakes are impressive that you almost don’t want to eat them (spoiler; we did and brought home a doggy bag). Okura’s Afternoon Tea is served every Saturday or Sunday between 3 – 5pm in the lobby from €48,- per person.

Best high tea in Amsterdam. Okura Hotel

Gartine

This tiny but cozy lunchroom is a hidden treasure in Amsterdam. It’s tucked away in between Amsterdam’s 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

Café Americain

This café dates back from the 50’s where it used to be a place to meet each other, read newspapers and enjoy the hustle of the Leidsesquare in the center of Amsterdam. Now, many years later, this iconic spot is still used as a meeting place and chitchat, but they have evolved in so much more over the years. For instance, you can enjoy a wonderful High Tea here, complete with veggie soup, sandwiches (try the cheese with truffle mayonaise), and sweets that include mouthwatering macaroons. Their tea is carefully selected Dammann Tea and you can order a warm Tea Cocktail that I can highly recommend! You pay €26,50 per person and you can add bubbles for a €12,50 supplement. Café Americain’s interior will pleasantly surprise you, we love their art deco retro style. (The lights are original Tiffany lamps). www.cafeamericain.nl

Café Americain
Café Americain

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 high 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 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 afternoon tea is being served inside the cozy Library ‘Or’ of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. The hotel where all the foreign stars sleep, de crème de la crème. 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 from €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

Happy Happy Joy Joy

This newcomer is serving a daily Asian High Tea from mid-February. The snacks are served in a bamboo basket, filled with small peking duck bao’s, gyoza, spring rolls, lucky bags and sweets, such as sticky rice, sesame balls, mantao and traditional spekkoek. In addition to the snacks, a pot of  jasmine tea is served for sharing. This Asian High Tea will cost €19,95,- per person and reservations need to be made at least one day in advance. www.happyhappyjoyjoy.asia

Asian High Tea
High Tea at Happy Happy Joy Joy

Love,

Elke

 

WINTERLICHT AT PAMPUS ISLAND | UNUSUAL DINING

A gem with a capital ‘G.’ An UNESCO World Heritage place with a lovely scenery and a surprising pop-up restaurant. Get ready for an incomparable culinary experience. 

Ever heard of the annually recurring dining experience Winterlicht on fort island Pampus? (you can also exclusively camp on the island during summer) It’s one of the most special hidden gems of Amsterdam.

Winterlicht, a super exclusive concept

With the festive season full of fabulous foods, blinking lights, a dose of youthful memories and lots of snow (fun) – OK we wish we had that last Christmassy one – behind us, it’s high time for some New Year’s good-for-you goals. What about enjoying life more? Having more special and, above all, unforgettable moments together with your loved ones, for example. 

Fort Eiland Pampus

Restaurant Winterlicht deserves a spot on your bucket list for 2020.

For those who’ve never heard of Winterlicht. It’s a full evening’s culinary adventure on Pampus Island. An experience that deserves the claim ‘one size fits all.’ Firstly, it’s a perfect getaway for a social gathering with friends or family or for a heartwarming date night for two. However, we didn’t know what to expect, so with expectations on mode zero we jumped on the cosy clipper Sailboat. And so the 5-hour Winterlicht adventure begun!

An unforgettable culinary experience

Together with all the other guests you sail from IJburg, Muiden or Almere (depends per date) to Pampus around 18:00 p.m. You’ll set foot on the island in approximately 30 minutes. Expect a warm welcome from the Winterlicht crew, some ins and outs about the night and a short tour through the half-hidden historic fortress. After the historical walk and talk through the enlightened fort corridors, it’s time to find two of your not so ‘cheesy’ starters in this charming atmosphere: a hot steamy Dutch cheese fondue and mini pancakes overloaded with…well see it yourself. On the other hand; don’t overeat yourself with this heavy kickstarter. Just sayin’!

Oilcan with fire

Sneak peek of what to expect at Pampus’ Winterlicht

Around 20:00 you’ll be warmly greeted by the crew of the islands’ pavilion. A surprising seasonal 3-course dinner – fixed menu – is waiting for you. It’s lovely to hear they cook exactly the same as they did years and years ago: as sustainable as possible, eye for superb quality, and they make use of local products. For the vegetarians, vegans or the ones with a food allergy, don’t you worry. Although they serve a fixed menu, suitable alternatives without juicy meat, lactose or whatever you prefer aren’t a problem at all. Share your preferences in time, and you’ll be pampered. Mark my words.

Winterlicht menu

And what about the ambiance? Well, it’s exactly what you want during the wonderful winter time: a cosy, warm, laidback and welcoming vibe. Everything but pretentious. Looking sharp or comfy, come as you’re. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it?

Winterlicht knows how to pamper their guests after short river crossings

toetje Winterlicht

Winterlicht versus Zomerlicht

Although Winterlicht is hibernating for now, they’ll be up and running again every Friday and Saturday between the 21st of February till the 28th of March. Can’t make it this winter? No worries! During summery days there’s also ‘Zomerlicht’, Winterlicht’s little sister. Instead of fire baskets, lovely red wines and X-mas carols, you can have a cosy outdoor escape with a picture perfect picknick, summer breeze and tropical drink on the side. All things considered, for the exact information, please check out the up-to-date information on the website, or keep an eye on their socials. Claim your spot before it’s go go and get enchanted by the overload of charm.

In essence, we thank Winterlicht for having us, it was an amazing experience. Let’s forget the humdrum of daily life, make beautiful new memories and jump on the Sailboat soon!

Winterlicht
Pampus Island, Amsterdam
Website 

Package price €67,50 (crossing, culinary tour through the fort, a 3-course dinner and contribution to preserve the historical heritage.)

*Photo’s by Tony Perez

Cheers,

Sharmaine

*Sharmaine is one of our guest editors from Amsterdam 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!

 

 

FACTORY GIRL AMSTERDAM

What would you think of a stylish Berlin breakfast and lunch spot that spreads her wings to the Netherlands? Nine years after founder Sofia Sözen started her culinary journey in the capital of cool, she proudly popped up a second ‘+Factory Girl.’ This time in another trendy district: De Pijp, Amsterdam. A youngster with a lot of potential!

Treats for belly and eyes

Let’s be honest, breakfast is the best meal of the day, right? So, it won’t be a surprise Factory Girl’s all-day breakfast concept immediately grabbed me. A spot with lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free delights. The idea of this boutique brand was born and raised in Berlin. I know what you’re thinking. Why ’Factory Girl’ and a ‘+’? Sofia’s first store had an architectural factory texture. The place where she created the magic. And the plus sign? It’s a creative outburst to show the simple extensibility of the concept. A concept that can be seen as a small package which you can unpack everywhere. In every country, every city. Because Sofia admires the open-minded and vibrant lifestyle of Amsterdam – feels like home -, she had to listen to her gut feeling. And so her second shiny food spot was a fact.

Food for thought at Factory Girl Amsterdam

+Factory Girl is situated nearby the slightly touristic Ferdinand Bolstraat. You must have heard about this lady otherwise there might be a change to miss this cool tasty hotspot. And hidden gem it is. A modern venue designed to ode to the ever-growing healthy eating culture and to revitalise the ‘all-day breakfast concept.’ A very welcoming, friendly environment jam-packed with comfort and bliss. The atmosphere bursts with warmth, charm and friendliness. Upon entry you’ll be surprised by the spatial and urban, industrial vibe. Without too much fuss, but with an eye for details.

Lunch at +Factory Girl Amsterdam

+Factory Girl: 0% bullshit, 100% goodness

+Factory Girl is the perfect place to pamper yourself. The place where you can begin or break your (work)day in style, or only to drop by for a kaffeeklatsch. But treating yourself doesn’t mean lots of needless E numbers, unnatural ingredients and very few nutrients. Their raison d’être? The +Factory Girls believe in a healthy lifestyle with a planet-friendly attitude. That’s why the concept provides daily fresh, healthy vegan and vegetarian food with an infinite amount of ingredients, spices and herbs. Distinctive recipes but still conventional tastes. And above all, running business with a BIG smile!

Pancakes for breakfast
Factory Girl’s pancakes, yumminess to die for!100% goodness captured in this ‘egglicious’ shot

How lovely if you can mix the tasty with the healthy? +Factory Girl is here to impress you with an abundance of goodness. Goodness without bullshit. Mix and mingle whatever you prefer. Start daydreamin’ about some of their pieces of happiness: fit & sexy mueslinola, not benedict like benedict, three brothers no sisters, the Dutch senator sandwich and Sofia’s salad. Not to mention their…pancakes with chocolate drizzle and some little dark chocolate chuncks inside. Genius! A delicious fresh ginger tea on the side, and they had me. Even the most fussy eaters will fall in love with this super tasty concept. An everyone’s friend. Still thinking of skipping a wakey breaky? Think twice! This venue knows how to rumble, aficionados.

Factory Girl’s signature dish, a must-try!

Meet your new addiction: Coco Anjéla

Coco Anjéla, remember that name. Even if you only can make a very short pitstop, please promise that you’ll try the Coco Anjéla. Coco whut? It’s +Factory Girls’ signature dish. I can tell you, my first rendez-vous with this finger lickin’ good treat tasted like more. A healthy, addictive delicacy created by Sofia herself. Pure vanilla, a pinch of gluten-free flour, a little coconut sugar, vegan cream and cookies. Mouthwatering! It’s kind of an Italian panna cotta in different flavours. Let’s say the healthy, vegan little sister. Did I mention you have to try this pretty girl?

In short, +Factory Girl really is a culinary escapade for the non-vegetarians and non-vegans. But I can tell you, a world is opening up for you! Discover meatless treats, and whole new taste variations which will saturate all your morning and lunch craves. Absolutely worth the try both for the light ánd more dark green eaters!

Love,

Sharmaine

+Factory Girl
Saenredamstraat 32, Amsterdam
Opening hours: every day from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm
Website

Amsterdam’s Best Apple Pie

There is one place in Amsterdam, where the Apple Pie is so famous, people line up for it. 

Where can you find Amsterdam’s best Apple Pie?

Well, it’s in central Amsterdam and right across from where the Noordermarket is based. The always busy cafe is called Winkel 43 alongside the Westerstraat. Be warned; you won’t be the only one trying to taste this amazing apple pie. Don’t worry though, there is always some pie left as they continue to bake them all day long! Besides their pie, they also serve lunch and dinner. Combine your visit with the Noordermarkt on Saturday and sit outside when the sun comes out.

Winkel 43 Amsterdam
Source: Winkel 43 Facebook

Secret Recipe

Their famous Apple Pie has been voted the best of all by several magazine and online platforms. The secret? Well, it’s crunchy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside with some delicious whipped cream on top. When you take that first bite, it takes you back to your monthly visits at your granny’s house on a Sunday afternoon. 🙂

The only way to find out if it’s indeed Amsterdam’s best Apple Pie, is to try it for yourself! Be sure to visit Winkel 43 on your next visit to Amsterdam!

Winkel 43
Noordermarkt 43, Amsterdam
www.winkel43.nl

Love,

Elke

WesterVilla Amsterdam | Boutique Hotel & restaurant

Tucked away in a hidden, yet beautiful part of Amsterdam, you can find the newly opened WesterVilla. A luxurious building that will feature as a hotel, restaurant and bar.

The villa, that dates back to 1896, is located next to the Vredenbrug cemetery and has been completely refurbished. Westervilla is now ready to receive  its first guests.

A PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO UNWIND, WHERE COMFORT IS KEY, AS IS HOSPITALITY.

The Restaurant

For the purpose of all day guests, WesterVilla has build the restaurant area in the glass veranda. This results in a wonderful view and the perfect place for breakfast and lunch if we may say so. In total there will be space for about 70 guests, a large terrace, plus there will be a private area big enough for 50 people that will also be used for the cemetery. The menu will mainly consists of international dishes with Italian influences, which is good news for food and wine lovers! (who doesn’t love Italian food, right?) On the breakfast menu you’ll find avocado on toast but also vegan pancakes or granola. For lunch you can feast on burrata, antipasti, sandwiches and much more.

Lunch WesterVilla
Not the best presentation, but it was tasty!

WesterVilla Restaurant

The Hotel

In total, the hotel has 7 beautiful rooms, all designed with classical features. The interior has been designed by House Your Brands in collaboration with stylist Sanne Uivel. Rooms are not available to book yet, but we will keep you posted on that one.

Bedsheets Westervilla

In essence, WesterVilla is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

WesterVilla
Haarlemmerweg 369, Amsterdam
Open from 8AM- 10PM

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More Amsterdam?

These are the best fine dining restaurants in the world 2019

The best fine dining restaurants in the world have been selected. That is to say, according to TripAdvisor travellers. The list contains of 25 restaurants and we’re proud to say that Amsterdam made it to the list! 

Consequently, fine dining restaurants vary from French and British to Japanese, Fusion and Organic, it’s all there. Obviously, it’s gonna cost you, but you’ll probably talk about one of those meals for a long time. Check out which restaurant is near you and book a table! We’ll be sure to see these restaurants fully booked for the next year or so!

Here are some of the winners:

Au Crocodile, Strasbourg France (1st place)

La Colombe, South Africa (6th place)

Best fine dining restaurants

David’s Kitchen, Chiang Mai, Thailand (12th place)

Ciel Bleu, Amsterdam (20th place)

This fine dining restaurant has 2 Michelin stars and is located on the top floor of the Okura hotel in Amsterdam and they didn’t get their stars for nothing! Dine here with a stunning view over the city and enjoy a minimum of 7 courses! www.cielbleu.nl

Best fine dining restaurants
Source: Ciel Bleu

Daniel, New York, USA (25th place)

All things considered, you may wonder what other destinations made it to the list. Check it here!

Love,

Elke