HOTSPOT REVIEW - OSTERIA VICINI ROTTERDAM

I used to go to Rotterdam a lot as a child and teenager but since I live in The Hague, my visit ratio went down. Luckily I was invited by Debbie from Deb's Bakery & Kitchen to have lunch in Osteria Vicini in Rotterdam. It is a true hotspot and is an absolute recommendation if you are in the neighborhood. Osteria Vicini is an all day restaurant and the name is chosen as they want to be the 'go to' restaurant in the neighbourhood. A living room away from home as the Italian name osteria already says. It literally means restaurant for the neighbourhood. It is situated in a former garage and the roughness and industrial elements of it origin are kept. Antipasti We were first served many differen

RECIPE - PUMPKIN CHEESE FONDUE

One of the nicest streets to go shopping in London is Marylebone High Street. I love to wonder around in the Conran Shop, look at the travel section of the beautiful Daunt Books or buy some tea at Kusmi Tea. And when you are shopping you also need some lunch. Our favourite place is La Fromagerie. The name itself already reveals a lot. First of all it is a cheese shop with a special cheese room! They also sell cured hams, jams, wines and organic vegetables. In between these goods you can also have lunch. I already made the celeriac salad that they always serve with the cheese boards. La Fromagerie, Marylebone London It goes without saying that La Fromagerie offers different kind of cheese pla

RECIPE - RASPBERRY DUCK BREAST

This dish was one of the first meals my husband ,who at that time was still my boyfriend, prepared for me. He took it out of a French cookbook but since then the recipe is save and sound in our own cooking book where we keep all our precious recipes. I love the combination of sweet, savory and tart. We serve it with a celeriac purée. Ingredients (for 4) 4 duck breasts 2 teaspoons sea salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 4 teaspoons brown sugar 250 ml red wine 150 ml creme de cassis 1 tablespoon maizena 250 grams raspberries (frozen are good too). Leave some raspberries to dress the plate How to Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius Score the skin side of the duck breast with a knife. Take care

REVIEW - HOTEL MOLITOR PARIS

Since the 1920’s Molitor was a well known and popular swimming pool in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. In the 80’s it was abandoned and it soon became a place where graffiti artists showed their work. Since 2014 Accor group took the building under their care and turned it into a beautiful MGallery hotel. Foodies Have Arrived went to Paris to check out the impressive Hotel Molitor. The indoor and outdoor pool are still the heart of the building and the Accor Group embraced its’ history to the fullest. With lots of details of the glory days with stained glass windows, old photography and art deco furniture. The more recent history can be seen in the graffiti art that is a striking element in

RECIPE - CHICKEN VEGGIE LASAGNE

There some of these weekdays that you just don't have any time to prepare a healthy meal. This chicken lasagne with lots of veggies without any pasta (so gluten free) is easy to prepare. When you come home you just have to shove into the oven. Some oven can even be controlled via wifi. How easy is that...coming home and immediately dive into this tasteful lasagne. Ingredients 1 aubergine (or eggplant) 1 courgette (or zucchini) 4 mozzarella balls 400 grams chickenthigh olive oil 1 tin tomato cubes 250 grams cherry tomatoes 200 gram Crème fraiche Basil Pepper en salt 50 grams of grated Parmesan cheese How to Take a mandoline or a really sharp knife and cut the aubergine and courgette in thin s

HOTEL REVIEW- LA BELLE JULIETTE PARIS

Don't you think Paris is magical? Especially when you see the river Seine and the Eiffel tower. I just love this city. We try to visit Paris at least once a year. However it was the first time in these unaccountable visits we stayed at the Rive Gauche. Before we always stayed in hotels in the first arrondissement. Close to the Seine and close to many shops. However when you see such a nice boutique hotel as La Belle Juliette it's a perfect excuse to break some habits. It's Sunday morning and we take a taxi from Gare du Nord. It's so quiet in the city and within 10 minutes we already see the Louvre and the Notre Dame. It feels like coming home. While driving through the neighborhood of the ho

RECIPE - APPLE TURNOVERS

The summer is officially over and the autumn has introduced itself. Luckily it's also the time for apples and all sorts of apple baking. I have already made my Dutch Apple Pie twice and as I still had some apples left I also made these apple turnovers. Ingredients (for 8 turnovers) 500 grams apples 80 grams sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 100 grams raisins pinch of salt 1 table spoon rum (leave out in case you make them for children) 8 sheets of puff pastry (10x10 cm) extra sugar How to Peal the skin off the apple, take the core out and cut the apple in 8 pieces Cut thin slices of apple But them in a seal bag or a bowl Add the sugar, cinnamon, raisins, a pinch of salt and rum Toss well and leave

RECIPE - CHINESE AUBERGINE STEW

We had loads of aubergines (or eggplants) that were so called 'buitenbeentjes' or misfits that weren't good enough for the regular market. So I wanted to come up with a recipe which uses at least 2 aubergines. Nearby The Hague we have a huge oriental supermarket called 'Amazing Oriental'. They have more than 20 branches in The Netherlands and they also have a webshop Here I bought the ingredients for this recipe but I am sure you can find a lot of them in your own supermarket. Ingredients (serves 4) 400 gram cooked babi pangang or fresh pork belly. The cooked version can be found in the freezer of Amazing Oriental oil 400 grams chopped aubergine (1/2 cm cubes) 1 onion 250 grams mushrooms 2 t

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