Recipe: Christmas Cranberry-Vanilla Cocktail

Last year's Christmas I created a cocktail that blew my guests away. I served the cocktail as a welcome aperitif as the guests dripped in for dinner. Because of the success I couldn't not share it with my readers this year. It's actually quite easy to make and you don't need professional cocktail utensils to make it. All you need is a shaker, prosecco, vanilla syrup, fresh limes, cranberry juice and vodka and crushed ice. It's a real winter cocktail yet not spicy or strong like most of the other … [Read more...]

Hotspot: Mama Kelly Amsterdam

Mama Kelly Amsterdam

The buzz of Amsterdam last week was the highly anticipated opening of the restaurant Mama Kelly Amsterdam. It's the pink sister of the edgy and more robust urban bistro Mama Kelly the Hague.  Being a regular customer in The Hague, I knew upfront that they would hit the ball out of the park with the decor. Designed by design studio De Horecafabriek, it's interior is a girl's dream. Everything is pink, floor to ceiling, to the velvet seats and the pink bar. Brass lamps and palms make it super … [Read more...]

Amsterdam hotspot: Restaurant Hoed & Krelis

Hoed en Krelis Amsterdam

Amsterdam has another gem in the bustling De Pijp area. Restaurant Hoed & Krelis opened June 29th just around the corner of the Albert Cuyp market. The menu is packed with delicious French inspired dishes. From breakfast to lunch and dinner, Hoed & Krelis is open from 0900 a.m till 03.00 a.m. But what really drew me in was their super glam interior with Parisian flair. A brass and pink marble bar, green velvet chairs, pink leather bar stools and pink marble tables, what more can a girl … [Read more...]

How to create the perfect charcuterie board

charcuterie

Summer beckons for relaxing evenings outside in the garden or on the terrace. And what better way to enjoy that summer cocktail or bottle of wine you picked up on your vacation (e.g. France or Italy) than with a charcuterie board? Creating the perfect charcuterie board isn't rocket science, but there are a few pointers that will enhance the flavours. By pairing the right meats with cheeses and condiments, you will create an explosion of flavours and textures. Also, presentation is everything so … [Read more...]

Café Georgette: A slice of Parisian chic in the heart of Amsterdam

I instantly fell in love with the interior design of Café Georgette on my first visit in April. Since then, it has become one of my favourite places to go for coffee in Amsterdam. Once inside you imagine yourself to be in Paris. Café Georgette, the baby sister of popular Café George, has all the ingredients that the brasseries in the French capital have. Its chic interior with marble, brass, metro tiles and velvet benches exudes timeless elegance. Flos lights and a breezy, soft colour palette … [Read more...]

Hotspot Den Haag: Hofhouse

Hofhouse Den Haag

After Amsterdam now also The Hague has its own food court with the opening of Hofhouse. In a breezy and light space of 1.000 m2 meters and with a chic and sleek design by Rem Koolhaas, The Hague took the concept food hall to the next level. There are 8 different food experiences in an open kitchen style setting, including 2 pop-ups that will change throughout the year. With 350 seats and an outside terrace there's always room for a quick bite. Not enough time to sit down? No problem! All … [Read more...]

Hotspot Rotterdam: Hangar 85

Hangar 85 Rotterdam

Rotterdam has a new kid on the block in its hip 'Wijnhaven" district. The new wine bar/restaurant Hangar 85 is the new place to be for delicious wines and gourmet food.  The restaurant concept not only offers an excellent dinner menu with culinary delights and delicious wines, but guests can also drop by for lunch or drinks. Classic dishes with a cosmopolitan touch Hanger 85 is a 'gastrobar' with the accessibility of a wine bar. The dishes on the menu are best described as classic … [Read more...]