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...]

Kusadasi Wine Tasting and Winery Tour

Kusadasi wine tasting

A personal highlight of my trip to Kusadasi was a wine tasting, winery tour and dinner at the Seven Sages winery (7 Yedi Bilgeler). The winery, which is also a restaurant and hotel, is only a 20-minute drive from Kusadasi. Set amidst rolling hills the estate offers a spectacular panorama with view on the vineyard and mountains, especially during sunset when the sky lights up tangerine. I instantly fell in love with the place because of its tranquility and authenticity, and would love to stay in … [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...]

Best lunch spot in Coconut Grove Miami

My favourite lunch spot in Coconut Grove Miami is hands down the Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latin Grill. After a 4 hour drive up from Key West, it was the first restaurant I spotted and walked up to from my hotel in Coconut Grove. The outside terrace was packed, and after a glance at the dishes served, and a peek inside their tropical decor, I was convinced this would be good. It was more than good, it was fantastic!  First, the ambiance is great! The Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar is just … [Read more...]

Hotspot Miami: LuLu in Coconut Grove

Lulu Coconut Grove

While in Miami my favourite neighbourhood restaurant in Coconut Grove was Lulu. For one, I love the name since it is my own nickname. But mostly I loved it because of the fantastic food and cocktails, and the excellent location and friendly vibes. The outside terrace is always packed and that's no surprise because it's a perfect spot for people watching on the corner of Commodore Plaza. Whether you go there for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner, the vibe is always fun and friendly. At night the … [Read more...]

Beaching and eating at beach club blooming in Bergen

Yesterday I blogged about my wonderful weekend escape to blooming hotel in Bergen. The highlights of the weekend were a memorable group dinner, and a relaxing lunch at their beach restaurant blooming beach. This is not the ordinary beach club where they serve greasy food and chips, but expect to be treated to finger-licking flavours and dishes with fresh ingredients. Whether you sit inside or on the outside terrace, you are guaranteed to find yourself in a chill mode by the time you are served … [Read more...]

Hotspot Amsterdam: The Avocado Show

the avocado show amsterdam

New in town, and already a big hit. The first European avocado restaurant is drawing in crowds in Amsterdam. Everything on the menu is made with the healthy fatty fruit. From avocado burgers, to pokebowls and ice cream. Even the brownies that are served with your latte are made from avocados, even though you wouldn't have guessed by the flavour and texture. The green dishes are super insta-worthy presented with edible flowers, beautifully stacked, or arranged as rose petals. And to finish … [Read more...]