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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Reizen…reizen naar andere steden, landen, maar ook fictieve werelden. Het uitproberen van nieuwe gerechten of iemand compleet zien opgaan in de wereld van cosplay, voor mij is het allemaal een onderdeel van reizen. Ik neem je maar al te graag mee op al deze “journeys” hier op de blog. Ik schrijf regelmatig over nieuwe hotspots en mijn reizen, evenals fotodagboeken van dit alles. Reizen jullie met mij mee?

Lisbobn for foodies

Lisbon is a true paradise for foodies. I actually didn’t even know that it was one of the most thriving cities in Europe when it comes to food trends, but the handy magazine in the plane told me so 😉 We had done our research so we knew some places we wanted to go to beforehand and also stumbled upon some great experiences. Ready to dive into the food & drinks heaven called Lisbon?

Amsterdam Kookt

The sun is finally shining! Or well..it has been shining. It’s The Netherlands, the weather changes here more often than I care for. The more reason to soak up the sun when you can though. What better way to celebrate the good weather with great food, music and lovely company? So, I spend my sunny Sunday with my sister at the festival Amsterdam Kookt! Amsterdam Kookt is a music & food festival which takes places three times during the summer, obviously in Amsterdam. All three festivals take place on different locations and the last one was at the Oosterpark, situated in the eastern part of the city.

Shoot!

Unfortunately at this point the book is only for sale in Dutch.

While exploring the world, I love to take photographs to capture certain memories – that beautiful beach, an amazing cosplay at a convention, or that irresistible plate of pasta. In order to keep improving I’m glad to browse for practical tips and utilise those in new photos I make. Recently, I received the Dutch book Shoot! by Anki Wijnen from my sister. It’s a practical photography book with many tips and challenges to further your skills.

HappyHappyJoyJoy

Many blogs have already written about this hotspot in Amsterdam: HappyHappyJoyJoy – a restaurant owned by chef Julius Jaspers. HappyHappyJoyJoy serves dishes from a variety of cuisines, namely Malay, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, and Korean. And not only the dishes are from different countries, so are the drinks. And all of this is inspired by street food and shared dining – this screams like the perfect evening out, right? Last week I finally went there together with a friend, and jummy, really you need to go there the next time you visit Amsterdam.

Toukoul

Every part of the world, every country, they all have their own cuisines and dishes. Have any of you ever tried the Ethiopian cuisine? I hadn’t until 2 years ago when I lived in Brussels. We went out for a goodbye party of a colleague and she had picked the restaurant Toukoul. Most of us had never tried any Ethiopian food so it was a bit of a guess, but it turned out to be delicious! Toukoul is situated at rue du Marronnier, which is close to Place Saint-Catherine, in the centre of Brussels. Easy to reach when you are in the city centre, so really no reason not go.

Borough Market

Time for another London post. There is simply so much to show and write about from this city. It is easily one of my favourite cities in Europe. I’ve already shared some foodie places from my visit to London and I want to add another one: Borough Market. British cuisine isn’t the most refined (or healthy) and I wouldn’t necessarily associate it with wholesome food or organic products. But they know their way around those kind of products on markets. Borough market is a good example.

Fortnum & Mason

Last week I already wrote about Choccywoccydoodah which is a shop on your “must visit” list if you have a sweet tooth. Don’t stop with one store! Fortnum & Mason is another you will want to try when you are in London. I’ll admit, bring a thick wallet, it’s not cheap to shop around here (though still les expensive than Harrods 😉 ). Tea, chocolates, cookies, wine, champagne, fruit, it’s all there and it all looks delicious (and I’m pretty sure it is too). I can at least vow for the quality of their shortbread biscuits!

Choccywoccydoodah

It’s been almost two weeks already again since I came back from my short get-a-way to London. I went over for four days to visit a close friend. She moved there in January so I had all reasons to go by and explore the city together (again). One of the places on our must vist list was Choccywoccydoodah – London’s chocolate heaven.

Choccywoccydoodah…TLC viewers will know what this is all about. This chocolate store started out in Brighton and since a couple of years they are also located in London. Why did I mention TLC? They have their own TV show which features all the crazy and delicious cakes they make. Choccywoccydoodah is famous for their sculpt and ruffle work from chocolate. I can guarentee you, you won’t be dissapointed seeing their creations!

Whiskey tasting

When you think about whisky you probably think about Scotland. And when you think about Scotland, no doubt whisky comes to mind as well. No surprises probably when I tell you we did a whisky tasting when we were in Scotland last year. I have to admit that I never tasted it before we went to Scotland, but the friend I travelled with had and she rightly so convinced me to have a sip 😉 The best way, like with any tasting of local products, is to go to the source – in this case a local brewery. Unfortunately, if you don’t have your own (rental) car in Scotland it is hard to reach most of those place. Edinburgh has a solution for this: The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Burger

I’m a sucker for a good burger. As a foodie I love trying new kinds of restaurants, experiment with dishes, and explore local food, but I will never turn down a tasty burger. Luckily, nowadays there are good burger restaurants around everywhere – no need to get a tasteless one at McDonalds. Nope, gourmet burgers are the way to go. I’ve written down a couple of my favourite burger places in Europe but I’m also curious about yours! Make sure to share them 🙂

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