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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About last week

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Last year I went on G’s Brunch boat with some family and had a great time eating poached eggs & drinking cocktails while cruising the Amsterdam canals. So when I got an invite to come last Tuesday, of course I said yes.

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The weather could have not been better either, so I just enjoyed a delicious bloody Mary and some pink lemonade while catching up with some friends. It is a really nice activity, especially if you are visiting Amsterdam.

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The boat sails on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00. You can check out their website to make a reservation.

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On Wednesday I met some friends for cocktails at the Vault Bar at the Waldorf Astoria. Their menu consists of very unique cocktails. You can check more about it on this blog post.

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably already seen a video I posted of going to the Febo factory and a gym photoshoot. I never got to explain properly what it was. Febo is very famous here for their snack bars and their Dutch croquettes. My friend Paultje, who is a health blogger and model coach from My Model Workout and Lavinia from Lavinia cooks organized the event. He wanted to make a point in having a good balance, that you can lead a healthy lifestyle without depriving yourself. Hence the fast food shots while working out. It was a really cool event and we all had so much fun. You can see the article he wrote plus all the pictures here. And you can check my video here.

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About last week

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It has been crazy lately with work and the renovation of our new apartment. Our weekends mean at least one trip to the hardware store. We still need to paint and place the new floors. Not to mention that we also need to start packing since we need to leave our rental apartment at the end of the month. That’s something I am not really looking forward to and have been postponing since the beginning of the month.

On Tuesday I attended a cake workshop at the Grand Café Krasnapolsky. We were divided into 3 groups and we each made a different dessert. At the end, we were treated to a sweet feast. They placed so many desserts along the marble table we were working on before. A dream for anyone with a sweet tooth!

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It was so much fun. And I also got to take some cheesecake back home. It had been a long time since I wore a chef’s coat. I was just looking at my old Paul Bocuse album from the time I was in France in 2006. I can’t believe it was 10 years ago already!

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I created a new chocolate recipe for a port campaign. The picture below was the aftermath of the shoot. You can check out the recipe by clicking here.

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We had such nice weather on Sunday that we decided to just wander around the city in our bikes. We spotted the Amsterdam flag in the background and I just had to stop to take a picture.

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24Kitchen Summer for Food Lovers

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One of the things I love about summer is being outside. After months of cold weather, suddenly everyone is at a terrace or at a park. Last week I attended a gorgeous and very healthy 24Kitchen picnic at Vondelpark. It was the perfect set up. Large cushions on the grass, a long table and lots of dishes and juices to share. It was a lovely afternoon with the perfect weather!

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24 Kitchen is now offering “Summer for Food Lovers”, an initiative with new TV shows to inspire you to cook together with friends and family. It’s all about sharing! If you want to be part of this initiative you can share your pictures of cooking and eating together with #SocialMEALia. If you are looking for more cooking inspiration, they also just launched two cookbooks. One about salads and the other about BBQ.

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The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

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Located at the newly relaunched Hotel Krasnapolsky, The White Room is led by 3 Michelin star chef Jacob Jan Boerma. The menu is based on his personal preference towards the use of spices and acidic tones. The team that carries out his vision is composed by chef de cuisine Arture Dalhuize, maître Richard Eerhardt and sommelier Isabel van Bueren. The room where this restaurant is located is registered as a monument and it is considered one of the oldest restaurants in Amsterdam. The name comes from the “Witte Zaal”, the original name of the restaurant when it first opened its doors in 1885.

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We started the evening with a lightly smoked macaron, structures of cucumber, salmon and a cream with herbs, and a tomato bonbon with spicy merengue. A little explosion of flavors in the mouth.

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Then we had the yogurt with beet and basil. The very airy and tangy yogurt complemented very well the sweetness of the beet.

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It was followed by the mackerel with herbs, yogurt and sea buckthorn. A light and elegant dish. I could have gone for seconds.

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The fish course was the trout with chlorophyll, crispy potato, green mustard and young garlic. A succulent piece of trout with julienned green apple and petit brunoised potato, which added a nice combination of textures to the dish.

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The meat course consisted of beef with ponzu and black garlic. The beef was very tender and flavorsome.

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Finally a dessert made out of lemon with aloe vera and buttermilk. A refreshing dessert with just enough amount of sweetness.

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Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. Each dish was well-executed and beautifully presented. The service was outstanding.

The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

Dam 9, Amsterdam

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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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Restaurant Anna

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This hidden gem located in the Red Light district is run by chef Andrès Delpeut. He just renewed the menu and I was very excited to try it out. We were hungry after a very busy day so we went for the 8 course menu. We skipped the wines since we were also very tired.

Our amuse bouche was a mousse of white asparagus, a potato chip and mackerel rillette.

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Our first course was a tuna tartare stuffed in a cylinder of sesame seeds, wasabi cream cheese and soy dressing (first picture). This was one of my favorites of the evening. I love tuna tartare and this one was delightful. The crunchy and slightly sweet tuile of sesame seeds complemented the tuna very well.

Then we had the soft shell crab with sweet & sour radish and papaya.

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It was followed by the red mullet with trofie pasta in basil pesto, foam of bisque, saffron mayo and a sauce of razor clams. Seafood goodness!

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Afterwards, we had the truffle risotto with mushroom foam and a poached egg. Creamy and delicious!

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Next came the lamb chop with lamb wonton, asparagus and lamb broth. The lamb was very tender and juicy with crispy skin and the lamb wonton was very rich.

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It was followed by the duck liver. It was served with rhubarb compote, radish and an apple chip. This was another favorite of mine. The sweetness of the apple chip and slightly tang of the rhubarb compote was paired perfectly with the tender duck liver.

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Then we had the pre-dessert. Strawberries Romanoff with vodka mousse and a raspberry crackle. It was so good. The crackle reminded me of a candy from my childhood.

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The first dessert was a Vlaflip, a take on a very Dutch dessert. It had yogurt, pastry cream, red fruit, caramelized apple and vanilla ice cream.

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Our last course was the apple tarte tatin with caramel sauce, almond tuile and Tahiti vanilla ice cream. It was a great way to end the evening.

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Each dish was very well crafted and needless to say, we left every plate pretty clean. We went on a Thursday night and by the time we left, the restaurant was very busy so I advise you to make a reservation. I also saw a very large table, so they do take groups.

Restaurant Anna is open for dinner from Monday through Saturday from 6pm till 12am (the kitchen is open till 10:30pm). The prices are very reasonable. A 4 course menu will set you back 47.50 euros. A 5 course menu costs 55 euros and an 8 course menu costs 65 euros.

Restaurant Anna

Warmoesstraat 111, Amsterdam

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Tunes Bar (Conservatorium Hotel)

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This has been a very exciting week for us. On Wednesday, we got the keys to the apartment we bought and yesterday we finalized the papers for the remodeling we are going to do. Today we had a bit more time to ourselves and that meant, finally time to celebrate.

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We went out for lunch and cocktails at the Tunes Bar. It is known for its Asian tapas, sushi and Gin tonics. I’ve come to this hotel to eat a few times already, and the food has always been great. So I am always looking forward to coming back and trying new items from their menus.

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We started with the edamame with an aji amarillo dip which I love, and 2 gin & tonics. One Gin Mare with Indian tonic, basil and orange. And the other one was with Geranium dry gin, elderflower tonic and edible flowers. A great way to start the weekend!

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We also ordered the daikon roll salad. Veggie rolls served over a wild ginger sauce. So light, crunchy and delicate. Then we got the tuna tataki and the soft shell crab roll. We pretty much inhaled them, they were so delicious!

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For our final round, we ordered the tuna sashimi, Scottish salmon nigiri and the salmon avocado roll. All the Asian tapas here are served with freshly grated wasabi which has the heat without the harshness.

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If you are looking to have some drinks in Amsterdam and you like sushi and Asian dishes, this is the place to go. It doesn’t hurt that the service is always impeccable.

Tunes Bar at the Conservatorium Hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam

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Honey Afternoon Tea (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)

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Last week, I went to the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam to try their Honey Afternoon Tea. When the name Waldorf Astoria comes to mind, I think of opulence and grandeur. And with a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant under its belt, I knew I was in for a treat. This was a especial afternoon tea, since we got to visit the beehives located on the roof of the restaurant Librije’s Zusje.

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The declining bee population is nothing new. Honeybee pollination plays an important role in the environment and our food supply. Their loss of habitat, climate change and use of pesticides are weakening their population. The hard working bees fly 150,000 kilometers and visit about 50,000 flowers in order to make one dessert spoon of honey. By having these beehives, the Waldorf Astoria supports the foundation Beelease.

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During the month of June, the afternoon tea gets a touch of honey. It includes a madeleine with honey & pecans, a honey canelé, a macaron with honey & lemon thyme, a pofiterol filled with swiss cream, strawberry, lavender & honey and a mini tart of raspberry, honey & caramel.

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Among the savory treats were a duck liver lollypop, a quiche with pine nuts, blue cheese, leek & smoked chicken, a cucumber wrapped sandwich with goat cheese, honey & walnuts, a cracker with smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives.

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Every treat was a pleasure to eat and the service was outstanding. To spend the afternoon enjoying some delicious tea and treats, while overlooking the garden on a beautiful spring day. That is hard to beat!

You can enjoy the Afternoon Tea daily from 15:00 to 17:00.

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam