Mama Kelly Amsterdam

Mama Kelly finally opened its doors in Amsterdam. If you have never heard of this restaurant, it is known for its Surf & Turf (Chicken and Lobster) in The Hague. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the restaurant already. They went very bold in terms of interior, as the whole restaurant is pink. I was not sure what to expect as I’ve never been to the one in The Hague, but the dishes were quite good. We had a tasting on the opening night. My favorite starters were the Lobster soup, Chestnut and Pumpkin soup, and the Burrata with avocado cream. Their famous rotisserie chicken with lime and parsley, and the lobster with butter were also nice. They also have a BBQ chicken which looked very good, unfortunately we didn’t try that one. And for dessert, the Blondie was a winner at our table. We asked for a second one to share. For now they only serve dinner, but starting from the end of November they will start serving lunch.

Mama Kelly Amsterdam

Olympisch Stadion 35
1076 DE  AMSTERDAM
020 – 225 26 84

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Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009

A couple of weeks ago, Dom Pérignon launched their Vintage 2009 limited Edition with a dinner at the Conservatorium Hotel.

Dom Pérignon has been working for years with well-known artists like Karl Lagerfeld, Andy Warhol and David Lynch. This year they enlisted the talents of designer Tokujin Yoshioka. Their Vintage 2009 Edition celebrates the sunlight that embraced the Champagne region during the harvest year. Tokujin reinterpreted the brand’s shield label into a three dimensional hologram that sparkles with iridescent color. He also created Prism, by working with his signature crystal prism to project a vibrant spectrum reminiscent of the sun that gave the wine its rich complexity.

As you guys already know, I am a fan of Chef Schilo’s cooking, and this evening was filled with delicious pairings. From Fruits de Mer, to Alaskan black cod with miso and Hida Gyu Wagyu beef bourguignon. The night ended with a chocolate, avocado and of course Dom Pérignon dessert. It was a very memorable evening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red King Crab, Ingredient of the Year at Taiko

Taiko, the restaurant of the Conservatorium hotel, annually celebrates its birthday by announcing its ingredient of the year. On previous years, Wagyu and wasabi were the stars.

And this year Chef Schilo van Coevorden chose the Red King Crab as the main focus. This particular kind of crab can weight up to 10 kilos. He has been fascinated with crab since the time he worked in Osaka and discovered a restaurant that only served this crustacean. The crab that he serves is sourced from a village in Norway and it is flown in to Amsterdam. Handled with extreme care, you can really taste the freshness of this ingredient. So much that you can eat it raw in sashimi. The meat is sweet and juicy, a real treat for the palate.

I had the pleasure to be there at the launch of the new menu and it was incredible. If you follow my Instagram stories you probably already saw some of the dishes. The first two courses came with an extra sensory experience. We were given a glass to smell as we took a bite of the dish. The first one smelled of lychee, and was paired with the king crab, roses, elder-flower and berries dish. Some of my favorite dishes were the cappuccino with young coconut and peanuts. One of Schilo’s specialties. The king crab tartare with green curry ice cream. The Thai flavors here were amazing. The crab gyoza with tamarind and kimchi. The smoked crab nigiri which came with a very generous piece of crab. The veal cheeks with BBQ crab legs. The veal just melted in your mouth. And of course, I couldn’t leave out the matcha dessert. The home of the crab, was a work of art.

 

You can enjoy a special 12 course kind crab menu until September 2018.

Taiko, at the Conservatorium hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam

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Xmas Lunch at the Conservatorium Hotel

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I can’t believe how fast this year has passed by. With Christmas just around the corner, lots of restaurants already have their holiday menus planned. A great alternative if you want to skip on the cooking. As much as I enjoy the whole cooking process, sometimes it’s nice to let others do it and just enjoy the meal and the company.

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Today I had a Xmas lunch at the Conservatorium Hotel. Our table was beautifully decorated and with live singing, it was impossible not to get into the holiday spirit. We started with the Hamachi sashimi with caviar, beef tartar with nashi pear, Alaskan king crab with avocado & blood orange, and a wild carrot tartar with ash & chardonnay vinaigrette. This was all to share. The first two were my favorite. I love a good steak tartare and the combination with pear was just delicious. And the Hamachi, well I ended up eating a bit of my neighbor’s as well.

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Then we had a cappuccino of roasted celeriac with white truffle. The soup was very airy and full of flavor with a surprise of citrusy mushrooms in the bottom. For a more traditional touch, the main course was composed of very tender and juicy beef Wellington with structures of mushrooms, Bordelaise sauce, mashed potatoes, poached pears and chestnuts in salted caramel sauce.

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fullsizerender-2And since there is no ending without something sweet, we had the winter wonderland dessert and some gingerbread men. I really enjoy Schilo Van Coevorden’s cooking. I’ve been coming here since early this year and it never disappoints.

The Conservatorium Hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27 , Amsterdam

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Restaurant Arles

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Last Saturday we tried out Arles for dinner. A new néo-bistrot very close to the Albert Cuyp market. The kitchen is run by French chef Numa Muller who was born in Arles, hence the name of the restaurant. I have a love from French cuisine, so I was very excited to pay them a visit. It is a charming restaurant, which is bigger than it appears when you see it from the street. It has a closed patio in the back and an open part covered in grape vines.

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Their menu consists of what the market has to offer. We went for the 3 course menu. We started with a dish with leeks, beets, Dijon and a 62 degree eggs. A super simple but delicious dish. We couldn’t help dipping some bread into the runny yolk.

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The second starter was the mackerel with cauliflower, lemon and olive oil. Very light and fresh.

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Our mains were the cod with salsify, coffee and almond. It was a lovely combination of flavors.

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And the chuck steak in red wine served with roasted and pickled carrots. No need for a knife to cut the beef. It was very tender and you could just tear it off with your fork.

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For dessert, we went for the chocolate with mint, hazelnut and olives. You would think the olives would have been a bit weird but it worked. And we also chose the lemon cream with strawberries and basil. A delicious palate cleanser and great ending of our meal.

You can’t really beat their 3 course menu for 34 euros. It is quite a bargain, especially if you think of Amsterdam prices. A little French gem in De Pijp.

Restaurant Arles

Govert Flinckstraat 251, Amsterdam

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About last week

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I often get asked where do I get my props. I often get them online, at little shops or sometimes at flee markets. I recently found a nice online shop from the States called Eating Tools that sells cooking and eating utensils. They are all handcrafted by different artisans all around the world, so each piece is quite unique. I got the copper bowl and titanium chopsticks in the picture above from that shop. You can find the recipe for the cucumber noodles with miso roasted salmon here.

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SNCKBR, the healthy all day cafe, now has a new location at the Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam West. I was invited to a dinner tasting, while they were still doing the final touches on the new location, hence all the tools in the background. The food they serve is really good and they have a good variety of vegetarian and some vegan options too. So it is definitely worth a stop if you are in the neighborhood. It was too dark to take a decent picture of everything that we ate, but if you follow my Instagram stories, you’ve probably already seen it.

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Last week I also went to a beauty event organized by Elle magazine and Yves Saint Laurent. It was to celebrate the launch of their new lipstick Vernis a Lèvres Vinyl Cream. So we got some tips from make up artists and got to try on some of their products. It was a fun girly afternoon with my friend Rosanna. And of course, no event is complete without a goody bag. I’m a big fan of the lipstick, it is very easy to apply and doesn’t dry my lips.

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About Last Week

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One thing I was missing here was a proper donut shop. I love them and grew up eating them, but I could never find a good one in Amsterdam. Last Thursday I found out that a new donut shop just opened here and I couldn’t wait to go and try it out. The next day I stopped by in the afternoon and they were almost sold out, so I could only buy 2 flavors. I got 2 crème brûlée and 1 lemon curd. They were so good! So fluffy and the filling was delicious. I want to go back to try the other flavors. The bakery is called Harewood Bakery and it’s on the Albert Cuypstraat. I go to the Albert Cuyp market often and it’s going to take some self-restrain to not pay them a visit too often, especially when the weather turns cold and my carb cravings go up.

My friend Marjolein from Sneakers and Smoothies interviewed me for Fashionchick (in Dutch). You can read the interview here.

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Sense Beauty & Lifestyle Store

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My hubby and I went to Barcelona for a long weekend. The day before, I started prepping for the trip and that meant also getting a mani & pedi. Especially since it was going to be very hot there (sandals) and I was going to use my hands for food pictures. I was looking online for some nail salons and Sense Beauty & Lifestyle caught my eye. Located right in the center of Amsterdam, very close to the Dam, it is one of those hidden in plain sight kind of gems. The store is beautiful and clean, and the staff is very friendly. The perfect place for some me-time. I went there for the royal manicure & pedicure. If you are in a rush, you can have them done simultaneously.

I had a paraffin wax bath which increases the circulation of the skin and opens the pores. This leaves your skin feeling very soft. I left very satisfied with the service. They also offer other treatments like facials, massages and waxing.

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Sense Beauty & Lifestyle Store

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 103hs

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About Last Week

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Last Tuesday I went to an early morning tasting at Frozz. I love their frozen yogurt and this time I got to try their dairy free versions. My favorite was their coconut frozen yogurt. It was really delicious and incredible creamy. I was sitting next to the daughter of the owner and it was really nice to hear how passionate they are about the quality of their products and creating new recipes.

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On Saturday we went to Gouda to look for antique furniture but we had no luck. So we decided to make a pit stop in The Hague before going back home.

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We got a bite to eat and went to the Pier to visit my husband´s old friends, who work at the Bungy Jump. This time we didn’t jump but it is a lot of fun if you are ever in Scheveningen. The picture below is a throwback when I jumped with a a dear friend of mine who came to visit from Peru.

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On Sunday we went to get ice cream cookie sandwiches at Sillers (First picture). I had been wanting to stop by ever since a friend told me about it a few weeks ago. They were delicious and the girl working there was super nice, especially since I was a bit indecisive with what combination to get. They have different kinds of cookies and ice creams to choose from, as they assemble it in front of you.

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Tinner

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Tinner is the new breakfast & brunch concept of restaurant Terpentijn. Think of poached eggs, pulled pork, French toast, banana bread and bloody marys.

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I went there for breakfast a couple of weeks ago. We tad the Tinner club, which is a club sandwich with bacon, lettuce, sriracha mayo, tomatoes, pulled pork, cucumber, crisps and a fried egg. The eggs tinner, an open face sandwich with the whole works. Poached eggs, mashed avocado, pulled pork, cottage cheese and hollandaise.

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For our dose of fruit, we shared a delicious acai bowl. And last but not least, I had to order a side of the sriracha bacon. I couldn’t see that on the menu and not order it. It was so good!

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Tinner is open daily from 10am till 4pm. After that it switches back to Terpentijn, which is also worth a visit if you like Asian Fusion. You can read my review of Terpentijn here.

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Rokin 103, Amsterdam

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