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...]

An afternoon at Strand Zuid in Amsterdam

Strand Zuid Amsterdam

Last Wednesday, my friend and I and the kids spent the afternoon at the newly opened Strand Zuid in Amsterdam (translates: Beach South). Since I only work part-time I try to enjoy my days off as much as possible, especially in summer. I like to go outside and explore new restaurants, stroll through Amsterdam, or go to the beach. I was therefore super curious about the new city beach in Amsterdam that is all of the aforementioned combined. My friend and I met for lunch and spent the whole … [Read more...]

Summer drink: Lolea sparkling wine

There's a new drink I'm very enthusiastic about which is perfect for summer. It's the Lolea sparkling wine. I was already a fan of the Lolea sangria, but this one is even better! The bottle alone is so pretty and elegant. The Lolea rosé has a distinctive floral taste with a tone of ginger and hibiscus flower. It is made from the Spanish Grenache and Tempranillo grapes. It's fresh like a white wine, but also has character and depth like a red wine has. It's a harmonious and delicate blend of … [Read more...]

Summer Party Food Ideas

I love to throw summer parties. However, lately I have been so swamped with work that I haven't had the time to plan one for my friends. Nonetheless I do collect ideas for delicious bites and snacks at other events and parties which I can use or alter for my own parties at a later time. This week I had two business related occasions where they served the most delicious, - and not so difficult to make myself - summer bites. Moreover, I think they were worth sharing with you. After all, the summer … [Read more...]