Must-go in Valencia: Horchateria Santa Catalina

The best place for Spanish sweet delicacies like horchata, churros, fartons, and hot chocolate in Valencia is hands down Santa Catalina. This place has been around for over 100 years. The interior alone is something to see, as it is decorated with gorgeous colorful tiles. Besides the best hot chocolate in the city, they also serve the popular signature drink of Valencia: Horchata! Horchata is a sweet almond lemonade you just have to have when in Valencia. Santa Catalina is also the place to be … [Read more...]

Hotspot Valencia: Bluebell Coffee

Bluebell Coffee Valencia

The best place for Sunday brunch, and a popular healthy food spot in Valencia is Bluebell Coffee. The cosy hotspot with a sunny courtyard garden is situated in the Ruzafa neighbourhood in Carrer de Buenos Aires no.3.  For breakfast and brunch you can choose from different smoothies, an acai bowl, pancakes, and granola, just to name a few. During lunch they serve delicious salads, avocado sandwiches and more. Besides that everything is super yummie, it is also presented in a pretty way with … [Read more...]

Hotspot Valencia: Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche Valencia

Before going to Valencia, I researched the places I shouldn't miss once there. On every blog, and in every magazine, I read about this place called Dulce de Leche. So it was with high expectations that I cycled to neighbourhood Ruzafa. The Ruzafa area is a trendy and upcoming neighbourhood with lots of coffee and lunch places, and independent boutiques. After passing the super cool lifestyle store Gnomo, I spotted Dulce de Leche from afar because of its outside corner terrace that was full of … [Read more...]

A Historical Journey of Flavours at Restaurant Sucede in Valencia

Restaurant Sucede Valencia

While staying at the Caro Hotel in Valencia, I also had dinner at their fine dining restaurant: Sucede. Dinner at Sucede guarantees a historical journey of flavours and ingredients. I had the Valencian sample menu that takes you on a journey through the different decades of the city with its different cultural influences. The small appetizer-size dishes take you from the Roman occupation, to the Arabic influences and ending with the Christian Spanish era. But not only the flavours transport you … [Read more...]

Ombre Poached Pears in white wine and red port

ombre poached pears

What is December without poached pears? The juicy and plum fruits are just the perfect side dish with slow cooked meat, and even a better winter dessert. I like to combine them with vanilla, pecan or cinnamon ice cream, but they also pair well with chocolate cake or brownies, or with crepes. The possibilities are endless. This year I made ombre ones, poached in spiced white wine and coloured in red port. It looks very fancy but actually is quite easy to pull of. And the syrup you are left with … [Read more...]

Dinner at Brooks Brasserie in Amsterdam

Brasserie Brooks Amsterdam

I have a new favourite restaurant in Amsterdam Oud Zuid: Brooks. With its super cozy atmosphere, a deer head and fire place, Brooks is the perfect go to restaurant after a day of Christmas shopping. The menu that changes regularly celebrates the season with yummie seasonal comfort food and desserts that make you crave for seconds. For starters my friend and I had a go at the crab cakes with fennel, Granny Smith apple and lemon mayonnaise. Nice but it didn't blow our minds. What did fire … [Read more...]

Dinner at the Amstel Boathouse

Amstel boathouse

Amsterdam has a new hidden gem in the restaurant scene: The Amstel Boathouse. Located a few steps from the Amstel river, and just around the corner of the De Miranda aquatic center I instantly felt a connection with the restaurant. :-) The restaurant has an ambiance that transports you right to the Hamptons. The interior is super cozy with a fire place surrounded by inviting armchairs, warm wooden tables, navy blue dining chairs, and many nautical accessories. In winter the perfect sanctuary for … [Read more...]