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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?

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 🙂

The Dominican

The Dominican is a luxury hotel in the heart of Brussels. It’s located right behind “La Monnaie” in a quiet non-traffic street. It’s a beautiful design hotel with elements of the painter Jacques-Louis David (who used to live in the building) and the cloister it used to be; a combination of modern and historical elegance. The room rates of this great hotel are a little too high for my budget, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it. Sometimes it seems that people think you can only go to a hotel’s restaurant or bar when you are staying there, but that is absolute nonsense. They love to have you over either way. Next time you visit Brussels, don’t skip the bar and/or restaurant of The Dominican.

Christmas marketTwo weeks ago I visited Cologne. I already blogged about the very impressive Kölner Dom but of course there is more to this city. I mostly went because of the Christmas market in Cologne. It might be a bit early to already start thinking about plans for next year around Christmas time, but if you like planning ahead you might already want to start considering going to Cologne at the end of the year! Seven different Christmas markets were taking place in Cologne and the nice thing is that each market has its own feel and look.

2015Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great night and that 2016 has started off with a blast. Since it is the first week of 2016 I thought it was time to flashback to 2015 and have a little preview of what 2016 (hopefully) brings. This blog officially launched in October 2015 so of course that was a big highlight for me. I was so excited to get this baby going and together with my best friend (who did all the awesome designing and website building for me) I have been working on it for such a long time. And this year it finally launched!

seafoodinedinburghEdinburgh is situated right at the coast of Scotland. The city has its own harbour and is not unknown to fresh fish and seafood. Many restaurants serve fish and seafood. And no, I don’t mean fried fish at the pubs (which is a must try in the UK anyway at least once). During my visit to Edinburgh there were two fish/seafood dishes that I loved, thatyou should definitely consider trying too.

FoodfestivalAmsterdam

Last weekend the Foodfestival Amsterdam took in place in the convention centre the Rai. More than 80 different foodtrucks, restaurants, and food related companies where represented. You could basically get anything ranging from a grasshopper (yes really!) to a burger, and from a fancy glass of Moët et Chandon to a good old glass of beer. I visited on Sunday, the last day of the festival (apparently some of the other days have been crazy busy!), where there was a nice and relaxing vibe. I went together with a friend and we looked around the different stalls and tried a great variety of different bites and drinks.

Yoghurt Barn

I love a good high tea to catch up with friends or family. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so this is definitely up my alley. But sometimes I feel that high tea’s kan be too “sugary”. After a few chocolate bites we are usually full while there is still a lot left to taste from. Some restaurants manage to balance it out a lot more with sandwiches, savoury bites, or…YOGHURT. I have been following Yoghurt Barn for quite a while on Social Media and earlier this year I finally booked for a high tea with friends at their Utrecht store. They also have locations in Amsterdam and Haarlem, and store openings are planned for The Hague and Den Bosch! Make sure to visit their website for more information on the exact locations.

GlasgowVsEdinburgh

A travel wish of mine was to visit Scotland. Earlier this year that dream finally came through. We considered visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh for this trip. Eventually we did both and I’m glad we did so. My favourite out of the two in the end was Edinburgh for sure, but combining them in one trip seems like a good deal to me. I’ll talk you through the pros and cons of both cities.

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