About last week

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Last Tuesday I attended a picnic at NEST, the new roof terrace of Hotel Casa 400. It was cold and rainy that afternoon but we made the best out of it. We got a tour of their edible garden and got a taste of their delicious menu. It has a great view of the city. So if weather permits, it is worth a visit!

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In the evening, I went to the launch of the Food Network at the College Hotel. If you have Ziggo, you will be able to enjoy it starting in July. I miss those kinds of cooking shows I used to watch when I lived in the States. Maybe it’s time for me to change TV providers!

On Wednesday, I took over Broste Copenhagen’s Instagram account. It is a brand that offers many gorgeous items for the home. It is one of my favorite interior brands and I have been using their tableware for a while now.

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On Thursday, I got up very early to get a tour of the Febo factory. We learned how the typical Dutch croquettes are made and how fresh all of their ingredients are. Later we had a guilty pleasures photo shoot with food from Febo as props (and our lunch). You can see the video underneath.

In the evening, I went to try the new menu of restaurant Anna in the red light district. It was such a delightful evening! You can see the whole review here.

The weekend was reserved to work on our new apartment, search for a floor and a bit of time for ourselves. We biked around the city for a bit since it was such a nice day (first picture).

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De Proefparade Food of 2016

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This food press event took place last Sunday at the beautiful Andaz hotel. It was an interactive event where many brands where presenting their products and it was organized by Mister Experience Creators.

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And of course since it was about food, it was filled with tastings. It was my first time attending this event and I really enjoyed it. My favorite stand was the one with the Nittaya Thai Red Curry Paste which I am looking forward to try at home. There was a fun Alpro stand where you could make your own smoothie. I tasted alcohol free wine by Barrels and Drums, delicious farmer’s cheese by Passie & Trots and activated nuts by Raw organic foods. It was the first time I’ve ever heard about activated nuts and they tasted better. They are less bitter and crunchier. And they are supposed to be healthier and easier to digest. It was a lovely event filled with foodies.

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Boretti Valentine’s Lunch

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Last Friday I was invited to a Valentine’s day lunch at the Boretti showroom. I was very excited to go considering my kitchen is practically my office. And since we recently bought an apartment here in Amsterdam but we won’t receive it till June, we are busy looking and planning how we are going to remodel it and fill it up. As it was for Valentine’s, I could bring my husband. We arrived at the showroom which was not far from Amsterdam and I immediately felt like a kid in a candy shop. While I was going gaga over the kitchen stoves, ovens and fridges; my hubby was going gaga over the BBQs.

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The lunch was divided into two groups, one group helped make the appetizers while the other was given a tour of the showroom. We were the first group to be given the tour. Boretti is known for their kitchen stoves which come in a gorgeous range of colors and styles. Lately their BBQs have become quite popular. They are big, American style BBQs. One even comes with a mini fridge. A dream for anyone who likes to cook outdoors. They also make coffee machines, induction cooktops which are getting more popular nowadays and wine coolers. They also produce the M-system line which is more affordable and is produced in the same factory. After buying a Boretti product you can visit this showroom where they can provide you with extra information or instructions on how to use and take care of your product.

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After the tour was done, it was our turn to help prepare the next course. Chef Ben Van Beurten made some delicious pasta and salmon. He was telling us how his preference for cooking goes to the induction cooktops because it’s faster to cook with them and it’s easier to control the heat. After we ate, we learned a bit about latte art. This is something we were very excited about since we’ve been trying it at home with no luck. We actually made hearts and we were quite proud of ourselves. At home however is another story, we just need to practice more.

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Boretti

De Dollard 17, Watergang

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Companion Workshop – Mr Porter Amsterdam

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Yesterday afternoon I got to try some Bacardi cocktails by Anya Montague at Mr Porter in the W hotel in Amsterdam. Anya is the assistant bar manager there and she is competing at the Bacardy Legacy bartending competition. At only 23 years of age, she has already lived in 8 different countries where she has worked as a bar consultant. A very opposite direction than she had planned, since she was studying to be a primary school teacher. If you don’t find her at the bar, she will most likely be in the kitchen experimenting with syrups and infusions for her next creations.

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She made us lemon daiquiris as she introduced herself. A fresh, not overly sweet drink, made with fresh ingredients. Then she made us the Hemingway daiquiri. A drink sweetened with maraschino liqueur which contrasts nicely against the tart grapefruit juice.  Finally, she introduced us to her signature cocktail, the companion. Following the story of Hemingway; this drink is inspired by Hemingway’s wives, his companions over the years.

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The companion is made with Bacardi Carta Blanca, vermouth, pear puree, lime juice, honey and black pepper. An inviting and very accessible cocktail, which you can order at the Bar of Mr Porter (Tip: it has a nice view of the city). And no event is complete without a goodie bag. Anya was kind enough to make us all a little kit to make two companions at home. I made the one in the first picture and I’m excited to make the last one for my hubby. Those white chocolate you see in the picture are the companion cocktail in chocolate form. A delicious treat, part of a collaboration Anya had with Solid Cocktails.

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You can follow Anya’s journey through her Instagram account the @travellingbartenders and her Facebook page Companion – Bacardi Legacy.

Mr Porter Amsterdam

Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam

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Genius Gluten Free Bread

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Yesterday I got invited to a lunch at the botanical garden Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam by Genius. Genius is a brand that produces gluten free food. It was created by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, whose son is gluten intolerant. She wanted to create bread without gluten that tasted as good as any sandwich bread. And she succeeded.

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I like experimenting with different flours to create gluten free recipes. But this was the first time I tried gluten free bread and I was quite impressed. I first tried their triple seeded bread. The texture was soft like any sandwich bread, and the flavor was good as well.

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It was a very interesting lunch, learning of the challenges to make gluten free bread and how you need the right mixture of starches and fibers to create a bread that tastes, feels and looks like it has gluten.

The first picture was my breakfast today. Toasted Genius brown bread with goat cheese, avocado, a poached egg, chili flakes and Himalayan pink salt. And a slice of toasted Genius Fruit loaf with goat cheese, strawberries, blueberries and an edible flower.

In the Netherlands, you can find the Genius products at the bakery section of the Albert Heijn.

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Gin & Tonic Sorbet in Amsterdam

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Mister Cocktail and Metropolitan Deli have developed 5 different combinations of gin & tonic sorbets. I was very excited when I got invited to taste them last Tuesday. I mean, a cocktail in dessert form! Who doesn’t like that? They are made with 5 different kinds of gin: Mombasa, Bobby’s, Sloane’s, Gin Mare and Sipsmith, and different kinds of Fever –Tree tonic. A real adult treat. They are very smooth on the palate. You can taste the alcohol as if you were having a drink. My favorite was the one with Mombasa gin. You can get a scoop or two at Metropolitan Deli in Amsterdam. They are open every day from 9 till 1:00 am.

Metropolitan Deli (Warmoesstraat 135, Amsterdam)

 

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Mussels, Bubbles & Prawns Night by Chef and the City

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Chef and the city hosted a Mussels, Bubbles & Prawns night yesterday. It was an evening full of unlimited prawns, mussels and homemade fries. The event took place at Room 66, which used to be a small restaurant. The location matched perfectly with the concept. Small and cozy, where you could just serve yourself and have a casual evening with friends.  We were welcomed with fresh oysters and cocktails. Not a bad way to start a Thursday night, if you ask me.

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As the theme was unlimited food, it just kept on coming. The nice smell was impossible to pass, as I couldn’t help myself and had another serving every time a new platter full of freshly made mussels would arrive at the bar.

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Chef and the city is an interactive catering company owned by Aleksandra Polski, where if you choose to, you can also learn new culinary skills such as making sushi or decorating cupcakes. She will most likely be hosting similar events like the Mussels, Bubbles & Prawns night. You can check her Facebook page to keep up to date for future events.

Happy Friday guys!

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Waterfront Chill & Groove (beats & bites)

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This past weekend was the Waterfront Chill & Groove culinary event at the Restaurant Het Bosch located in Amsterdam. The location of the restaurant is beautiful, close to the Amsterdam Forest and by the water. The restaurant was renovated a few years ago and their Waterfront area is open on the weekends during the summer months. I attended the event on Friday with some fellow bloggers. We started the night with some nice bubbly. We were incredibly lucky with the weather as it was very pleasant to be outside till late at night.

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There were two open kitchens. One with the crew from Het Bosch and the other one, ran by Julius Jaspers. Beautiful food and great live music. We finished the evening by drinking some gin tonics. A great way to spend a Friday night!

 

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Markthal Rotterdam

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This is a new indoor food market that just opened in Rotterdam. Here you can find fresh produce stands, food shops and restaurants. It also has an Asian supermarket. It is a nice place to get lots of different bites to eat. I really liked the lemon cannoli, the pork bun, dried mini sausages in a cone and mini donuts.  It is open everyday.

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Website: http://www.markthal.nl/

Address: Ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298, 3011GZ Rotterdam

 

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