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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Elderflower & Grapefruit Gin Tonic Sorbet

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I know it’s not sorbet weather yet but since I was testing the New Magimix Gelato expert, I thought of making my drink of choice at the moment into a sorbet. It is fresh and not overly sweet. The sweetness of the elderflower cordial balances the tartness of the grapefruit. This is great if you have a dinner party and don’t feel like baking a dessert.

This recipe makes about 1 litter of sorbet.

Ingredients:

100ml of water

150grs of granulated sugar

100ml of gin

500ml of tonic water

1 shot of elderflower cordial

Juice and zest of 1 large grapefruit (I used ruby red)

Decoration:

Edible flowers

Grapefruit slices

 

Place the water, sugar and grapefruit zest in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook while stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature. Then place it in the fridge until it is cold.

Once the syrup is cold, pass it through a sieve and discard of the zest. Then add the elderflower cordial, tonic water, gin and the grapefruit juice. Mix well. Pour it into your ice cream machine and let it churn according to its instructions. I used the manual mode on the Magimix Gelato Expert, you can see my review by clicking here. It took about 40 minutes of churning and it was firm enough to be scooped right away.

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You can serve it with edible flowers and grapefruit slices. If you are not going to eat it right away, just store it in an air tight container in the freezer.

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Gin & Lime Chicken Tacos with Grapefruit Salsa

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One of my favorite ways to enjoy a gin & tonic is with grapefruit. So for this Taco Tuesday, I marinated some chicken thighs in Hendrick’s gin, lime juice and lime zest. And to go along with it, I made a grapefruit and avocado salsa. If you don’t feel like eating it with tortillas, you can also eat it with some rice.

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This recipe is for 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

500gr of chicken thighs, skinless & boneless

12 small tortillas

2 tablespoons of olive oil

For the gin & lime marinade:

1/3 cup of gin (I used Hendrick’s)

Zest & juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ teaspoon of salt

Pepper

Pinch of cayenne

For the grapefruit salsa:

1 large ruby red grapefruit, peeled, sliced into segments and then chopped

1 avocado, chopped

Juice of ½ a lime

2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ red onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon of honey

2 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Salt

Pepper

 

 

First chop the chicken thighs into small cubes.

In a medium bowl, mix the gin, lime zest, lime juice, brown sugar and spices. Place the chicken in the marinade. Cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To make the salsa, first carefully peel the grapefruit making sure to discard of any white parts. Then cut it into segments and carefully chop them. Chop the avocado, onion and coriander

In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lime juice, red wine vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Place the avocado, onion, coriander and grapefruit in the dressing and carefully mix it.

Once the 30 minutes have passed for the marinade, take the chicken out of the fridge.  Remove it from the marinade. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, cook half of the chicken until lightly browned.  This will only take about 4 minutes.  Then repeat for the remaining chicken.  Add a bit of salt to the cooked chicken.

To serve, warm up the tortillas in a pan. Serve them with the gin & lime chicken and the grapefruit salsa.

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Hendrick’s Glühwein

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Christmas markets are now everywhere around the city and they usually have at least one stand selling mulled wine. The lovely smell of spices always draws me in, but I prefer to make it at home since it’s so easy to make and you can adjust it to your liking. This time I added a shot of gin per serving to kick it up a notch. A good way to keep warm if you ask me.

This recipe makes 5 servings.

Ingredients:

75cl of red wine

2 cups of apple-elderberry juice

2 star anise

3 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange, thinly sliced

1/3 cup of sugar

Juice of 1 mandarin

Juice of ½ a grapefruit

5 shots of Hendrick’s Gin

Extras for serving:

Cinnamon sticks

Star anise

Candied orange slices

 

Place all of the ingredients except for the gin in a medium saucepan. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then divide it among 5 glasses and pour a shot of gin into each one. You can decorate each glass with a cinnamon stick, a star anise and a candied orange slice.

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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)