Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Peachy beachy day


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June was by far the hottest month of the year with temperatures such as 30°C and up. If you can withstand and enjoy the heat like I do, then the last couple of weeks were a bliss in Holland. And I took the most possible way out of it. Like going to one of the (cleanest) beach of Holland with your bestie. A couple of weeks back I was sunbathing and relaxing at the beach called 'The Veersedam'. 
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Juni was echt wel de heetste maand tot nu toe van het jaar en omdat ik ook nog eens in `t zuiden woon, kwamen er temperaturen van 30°C plus met gemak voorbij. Op zich niet erg, want I love de hitte! En daar haalde ik zoveel mogelijk plezier uit. De een gaat BBQ'en en de ander naar `t strand met je beste vriendin. Net zoals ik. Een paar weken terug was ik dus te vinden op het strand `De Veersedam`. 

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Heavy relaxing material
While increasing our gun muscles carrying all of this: a huge beach umbrella, a cooler with food, 1 liter water, our beach bags filled with the inevitable such as towels, reading material, a paper bag with more food, my knit bag and what else? Oh and our technology devices of course.

Life is good
Me and A. did put on sunblock but when I came home my entire back was red and burned sadly.

Anyway lets move on to lunch.
Just a little picnic with:
Homemade pasta salad with quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, boiled eggs with selfmade honey mustard dressing (yum!). That`s the healthy part. The other not so healthy part is the Doritos and their newest flavor. I also brought chilled water with mint and lemon to wash down our food.
Cyan, red and a tan
With attempts of Victoria`s Secret meets Baywatch style #butfails.
❝No, it`s not, it`s cold.🙷
Me and A. both brought strawberries from home. The question is: who got the best strawberries? Me obviously (because hers had been frozen) and luckily A. agrees.

White dungarees: Primark // bikini: H&M // straw hat: from an Anime Exhibition (One Piece - Luffy`s hat)

Our cute (English speaking) beach hottie next to us.
Yum yum! Thank you A. for this delicious goat cheese & leek quiche pie! A little snack before heading back home.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Turkish delight


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When I was in Utrecht with K. and A. last month we wanted to leave early to arrive early in Utrecht because after all it was almost 2 hours driving from home up to Utrecht. Mainly because we wanted to explore Utrecht as full as possible because Utrecht is small but gorgeous Dutch city.

Arriving early in Utrecht means we got the chance to eat breakfast. We decided to go for an early Turkish meal and because our friend K. is Turkish we trusted her taste buds at a buffet restaurant Kebap Factory. Ok fine, and because we were starving from that 2 hours driving and the sound of buffet with visions in our mind filling the plates up to the ceiling may affect the breakfast place.
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Vorige maand was ik samen met K. en A in Utrecht en we wilden perse extra vroeg vertrekken om extra vroeg aan te komen in Utrecht. Het is immers 2 uur rijden vanaf huis naar dit mooie centrale stadje van Nederland en we wilden natuurlijk een leuk en lang dagje uit van maken.

Eenmaal vroeg gearriveerd in Utrecht betekent ook dat we konden ontbijten in Utrecht. Deze missie is in ieder geval geslaagd. Het werd dus een Turks ontbijt. Aangezien onze vriendin K. van Turks afkomst is, vertrouwden we op haar smaakpillen bij een restaurant genaamd Kebap Factory. Ook het idee dat het een buffet ontbijt is met onbeperkt opscheppen, deed de beslissing nemen voor het restaurant keuze sneller. We waren namelijk uitgehongerd na die 2 uur rijden.

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But first: buffet
Me, K. and A. decided to go for a Turkish breakfast buffet.
The interior is modern, spacious, neat looking and practical. Just nice.
For less than 9 bucks
To specific: €8,90 precisely which is to me quite a breakfast bargain.
Kids up to 5 years old even eat for free!
So this was my first round and frankly this was the only full round I went for. I thought I could handle 2 or 3 more rounds but I was full after this tray of food and my 2nd round only consist of 1 croissant and Turkish coffee with an Oreo dessert that I have shared with K. and A.
The food was well seasoned but cold mostly but that`s mainly because I picked salads (dur) and such. The boiled egg had a light gray edge around the yolk and was clearly overcooked (boo) and as for the bread, they were bone dry mostly.
That`s when the spreads came around to save the day because Kebap Factory does offers bread spreads. Like `tahini molasse which is basically sesame syrup and is it so delicious on bread!
Though my Turkish friend K. has had better tahini molasses before than this one.
Delicious savory rolled up filo pastry snack (savory) called `sıgara böreği`.

Round two: cafeïne
2 Turkish coffee, 1 latte macchiato and 1 Oreo dessert for 3 glutton-caffeine addict.
We want to start our day energetic with coffee. That`s a must. Unfortunately! The €8,90 buffet deal doesn`t include Turkish coffee or any kind of coffee except tea. The dessert section also is not part of the €8,90 deal but that`s ok that`s understandable but coffee? Come on! It`s always tea & coffee am I right?

Mighty sweet Oreo dessert which we all believe that we could replicate it at home with no doubt.
Address: Moskeeplein 88 3531 BX Utrecht - THE NETHERLANDS

FOOD: ••∙ 2,⁵/5
INTERIOR: •••• 4/5
SERVICE: ••2,⁵/5
PRICE: •••• 4/5

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Peek into my life 78


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Somewhere from the period late April to early June 2017.  
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Ergens tussen de periode van de late april en de vroege juni 2017. 

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Good girls with good
coffees
Location: Middelburg, my favorite Zeeuwse town.
This lemon meringue pie was pretty good, tangy and sweet. Along with the latte macchiato I have ordered which was unfortunately not that good: too creamy and milky! I kind of felt sick afterwards.
``wait a minute, I still have not yet my caffeine today!!´´ I said a bit panicking to my friends when I finished this delicious cup of beetroot latte at my favorite local coffeeshop Expresszo. The colorful beetroot latte was also vegan, lactose- and sugar free!
Cake & sushi
For this bestie of mine because she turned 27! Welcome to the club ha.
So! Like any birthday gal or guy they deserve a cake. And this birthday gal of mine received my homemade cake: a two layered vanilla and rose water cake with a bit of matcha!

In return, our birthday girl treated her party guests with
a...
SUSHI TOWER!
!!!
But wait! There`s more! There`s a sushicake! A cake of 3 layers with: gold leaf, rice, avocado, salmon, chili, tamago egg, edible flower, seaweed and teriyaki-ish sauce. Very yum! I am considering to get a sushicake for my upcoming birthday.
Very nervous to serve my cake to the other 10 party guests who is about to try out my food for the very first time. They all seems to like it!
And her heart grew 3 times bigger that day. So does our belly.
Snippets from phone
All from work: Easter egg hunt // a lunch // the annual toy cleaning

The annual Kingsday
Dresscode: orange! Must-visit: market strolling. Cannot miss: a good lunch.
This picture melts my heart every time I see it.
Inked
But temporary.
My recent favorite guilty combo
Like this valuable sushi dinner with French fries.
Of course there`s my recent yarnfoods.

The passing smells from the kitchen
This way please for the recipe of this sweet potato tart:
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Homemade black charcoal bamboo cross buns from way back Easter. (sorry but no recipe available)

How I relax
In wide perspective.
With caffeine.
With sun basking and crochet.
With the feels of `sky is the limit`.
With impressive street art.
With surroundings of old.
With childhood cravings.
With IKEA (veggie) meatballs and food from La Place.
With city trips of anywhere in Holland. (more of me in Utrecht:)
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With the summer vibe.
With attempts of daily 8 hours sleep.
With waking up seeing art every morning. (thank you M. once again for this beautiful henna art!)
With not missing my long out of shape hair.
With the knowledge of going to France for a week in the summer with friends.