Heineken opens a bakery!

Heineken is the leader of the pack when it comes to beer but when they announced that they are going to open a bakery this month, we were a little surprised.

But actually it’s not such a crazy idea. Heineken isn’t the first that is using their yeast to created tasty bread. A couple of students created BrouwBrood, where they use the rest products of beer to create tasty buns. This way they avoid food waste and create a healthier bread.

Heineken opens a bakery

Heineken are using their so called “A-Gist” (yeast) to create this bread. In order to give it the best opportunity, they have asked master boulanger Mark Plaating to create the bread. Curious on how it will taste? You can try it yourself between the 18 -21 of March on the Vijzelgracht 37 in Amsterdam. Watch the video here:

Heineken Pop-Up Bakery
Vijzelstraat 37, Amsterdam
Open daily from 12 til 9pm

Did you know that you can drink beer made out of rainwater? This beer brewer did it!

Beer made out of rainwater

Koala Republic Amsterdam

Innovating seats, a Scandinavian and Japanese look plus healthy homemade food. Koala Republic has opened their doors on the Jan Evertsenstraat in Amsterdam West.

The Jan-Eef, as locals call it, is one of the most developing streets in Amsterdam at the moment. 5 years ago it may have looked a bit miserable, but once the Mercatorsquare was re-done, the rest of the neighborhood followed the example and new entrepreneurs saw the light. One by one, new shops and coffee bars started opening (like T’s where we love to drink our popcorn tea!)

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Innovating seats at Koala Republic

Koala Republic is one of those new hotspots and you may discovered it by chance because it’s a bit tucked away next to a döner shop and a jewelry store. We walked inside for a quick peek and immediately took note of the cool interior. There is a sky high table for 2 where you’ll need to climb the stairs, and there are seats with swings for your feet. You can also sit on the bright orange cushions, chill at the bar or grab a larger table in the back.

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Where will you sit?

The food menu at Koala Republic is very healthy but far from being boring. Everything is homemade. From eggs to a Indonesian style chicken broth (Soto) and a corn tortilla wrap, they even serve healthy fries made from vegetables served with a wasabi mayonaise. Besides eating in, you can also buy some of their products like coffee and peanut butter. 

Menu Koala Republic

Go and check this new place out, even if it’s only to climb up those stairs and drink your coffee from a new perspective.

Koala Republic
Jan Everstenstraat 115, Amsterdam
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Love, 

Wander-Lust

5 x The Best Breakfast Spots in West Village, New York

In a completely food-obsessed city, the West Village seems to be a breakfast focal point. Not only is the food incredible, but the environment of that particular neighborhood gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to kick off the start of your day. Instead of skyscrapers, you’ll find brownstone, pre-war buildings complete with classic New York fire escapes and every tree-lined, cobblestone street seems to be the home of some cozy, quaint restaurant packed with people looking for a delicious meal and good coffee. Although I’m sure there are dozens of fabulous options to choose from, here are five of my favorite Breakfast Spots In West Village.

Hundred Acres – 38 Macdougal St
Located right on the borderline of the West Village, SoHo and Greenwich Village, Hundred Acres is a Mediterranean style restaurant that never disappoints at breakfast time. Unlike a lot of other typical NYC breakfast spots, Hundred Acres is spacious so a good choice is you have a large party – and they have a backyard garden area! They also take reservations on OpenTable which is super convenient when looking for the right place to eat. The lemon ricotta pancakes and the cinnamon rolls are both superb! www.hundredacresnyc.com

Hundred Acres, best breakfast spots in West Village

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Monument Lane – 103 Greenwich Ave
Any place with chicken & waffles on the menu gets an automatic thumbs up in my book. With outside seating during the warmer seasons, Monument Lane is a great place to people watch. Good food, friendly staff and a varying menu with plenty of different options to choose from – what more could you ask for?! They also give you an adorable little notebook to sign when you get the bill – it’s all about the little details and one of the reasons why it’s one of my favorite breakfast spots in West Village. www.monumentlane.com

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Waffles & Chicken at Monument Lane

Bluestone Lane – 30 Carmine St (*multiple locations)
A casual, Australian cafe that serves great coffee and simple brunch items. One of my favorite things about it – the staff are all Aussies! I like that this cafe gives me a taste of a different part of the world, all the way down to the carefully chosen decor. The avocado smash and the berry bowl are both delicious! www.bluestonelaneny.com

Bluestone Lane, Breakfast Spots in West Village
Love the interior!

Bluestone Lane breakfast NY

The Wild Son – 53 Little W 12th St
This restaurant is located on the border of the West Village and The Meatpacking District right next to the Hudson River. It’s small, so not ideal for large parties, but if you’re looking for a place to grab a coffee and some breakfast with a friend, this adorable restaurant is a great choice. They don’t take reservations, but stop in to put your name down and take a stroll along The High Line while you wait. You can’t go wrong with the blueberry corn waffles! www.thewildsonnyc.com


The Wild Son, Breakfast Spots in West Village
Always busy and cozy!

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Their signature dark lemon soda. Source

Cafe Cluny – 284 W 12th St
A trendy, upscale West Village brunch spot that you go to when you want to be seen. Covered in charming and tasteful decor, this modern French restaurant is a complete embodiment of the vibes of the village and could be a good location for a celebrity sighting. www.cafecluny.com

Cafe Clunsy, best breakfast spots in West Village

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Delicious and healthy! Source

Love,

Casey

*Casey is one of our guest bloggers from New York. She’s a 25 year old that grew up in Long Island NY. After graduating college, she moved into NYC and took a job in marketing. She and her large friend group of about 9 girls are all about trying out trendy restaurants and keeping busy with all this amazing city has to offer. She also has her own personal blog, Adolescent Adulthood. She will publish an article in the beginning of each month.

Now open » Food Canteen Yumler

I live in Amsterdam New West and although this is outside the infamous “ring” road in Amsterdam, it is slowly becoming a place for new businesses, start ups and cool places. Last year De School and restaurant Bureau proved that New West is developing and the locals love it. This week it was time to add another name to the area and Yumler openend. Time to check out what this place is all about.

Eat In, Take Out & Delivery Concept
You can describe Yumler as a fancy/ hip & happening food canteen. It’s a 3.0 canteen version that is now situated in an old building that used to function as the gymnastic class from a technical University. The idea behind Yumler is that the food is good, healthy but reasonably priced. There is no table service but you order and pay at the bar where you can take your own drinks and sandwiches to your table. The concept was designed for the YOUNG URBAN CITIZEN that doesn’t always have the time for grocery shopping and cooking. You can eat in, take out or use the Yumler app to order your food and get it delivered at your doorstep.

Yumler Canteen

“Yumler  is not there for the ‘guilty pleasure’. We are here for all those other times in the week, when you want to eat healthy but do not have the time to cook. ” – Andras Caron, founder Yumler

Yumler is an idea from entrepreneurs Andras Caron (son of French chef Alain Caron and founder of big events like Valhalla and Amsterdam Open Air) and Jan Willem van der Kuip (co-founder of the Vondel Gym). Their inspiration comes from chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi, Donna Hay en Jamie Oliver. A lot of variation, low key, tasty and affordable. The most expensive dish on the menu is €12,-. The menu will change on a weekly basis and the dishes are nutritious and healthy. 

Sandwiches and wraps at Yumler Amsterdam
Grab a tofu wrap or a chicken curry sandwich

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Yumler Food. Picture by Yumler

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We really love the interior which features a lot of green combined with trendy lights, steel furniture that will make this canteen look slick yet cozy. Andras Caron told us that they will also use the space to host parties and Friday after work drinks. And even better, they have a huge terrace that will open as soon as the sun is out. We can’t wait for the app to be live so I, Elke can finally order some decent food even though I do not live inside “The Ring” of Amsterdam.

YUMLER
Jan Evertsenstraat 747, Amsterdam
Website
Open 7 days per week from 10.00 till 22.00 and in the weekend till 00.00.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Recipe » Vegan Pumpkin Curry inspired by India

I looove curries. Not just because they taste so damn good, but also because of the colors and the many ways you can prepare them. I have never been to India but their cooking style inspires me. They use a lot of herbs into one dish, sometimes more than 10 (!) and it can take up to 4 hours to prepare the perfect curry. But let’s face it, we live an active lifestyle and we do not always have the time. I decided to share this easy to cook Vegan Pumpkin Curry recipe with you so you can enjoy a little taste of India in just 30 minutes!

Ingredients for 4 people:
» 1 pumpkin
» 1 aubergine (I’ve added this in my recipe but you can also do without)
» 1 chopped red onion
» 1 chopped glove of garlic
» 400ml coconut milk
» 1 tin of chopped tomatoes in their juice
» 1 sachet of fairtrade curry paste
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400g of chickpeas
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fresh coriander for garnish

Ingredients Vegan Pumpkin curry
Always go for the fairtrade option! 

Preparation:
Pretty simple actually!
1. Cut the pumpkin into small squares, remove the skin and wash.
2. Fry the onions and chopped garlic into some coconut oil until glazed.
3. Add the pumpkin and a dash of coconut milk and stir for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the rest of the coconut milk and the curry paste. Add the tin of tomatoes, bring to boil and let the whole bunch simmer for about 20 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes you add the chickpeas. Leave for another 5 minutes and turn off the stove.
6. Add a bit of salt, pepper and coriander if you like to.
7. Serve it with rice, couscous or quinoa (I know, that’s not Indian, but hey)

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Voila! You’ve got yourself a vegan pumpkin curry! For the best flavor, you let it cool down, add the pan into the fridge and enjoy it the next day when all the flavors are even better.

This recipe will cost you around 6 to 8 euro’s and it’s sooo easy to make!

Love,

Wander-Lust

The First Ever Vegan Food Court Will Open in New York

We love New York because it’s constantly evolving and discovering new trends. Food is a big thing over there and even though New York is a big city with lot’s of pollution, it’s also becoming more conscious about sustainability, health and animal welfare. We were happy to hear that the big apple will open the world’s first vegan food court!

vegan food court. Photo: danielle-macinnes

Unfortunately we need to wait a while before we can all enjoy this vegan walhalla because they are planning to open in early 2019. The food court will be named Home Food Hall and will be the first permanent food hall serving totally plant-based foods. They are now looking for 15+ vendors from all over the world to take part in the first vegan food court. Some of the vendors are already signed up and among these are the popular Beyond Sushi and Cinnamon Snail, both based in New York.

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Beyond sushi will be one of the vendors in the first ever Vegan Food court.

Besides the food they will also open a boutique fitness space hosting yoga, pilates, dance, meditation, kickboxing classes and more. They will also rent spaces where you can host get-togethers, events or private screenings. Home Food Hall will be established in Midtown East.

Follow The Home Food Hall on Instagram or Facebook to follow the updates.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Amsterdam Brewer Creates Beer Out Of Rainwater

When Amsterdam brewer the Prael released their rainy beer Code Blond earlier this year, they could only hope it was going to be a succes. Well, it was such a success that the Prael decided to switch their beer production process entirely on rainwater.

So how does it work?
Brewing beer with rainwater is sustainable and solves the problem people have with flooding of rooftops. Something that Amsterdam can have a problem with from time to time. For 1000 liter beer made out of rain, they need 1200 liter rainwater. The water is then being filtered to make sure all bacteria are eliminated. 

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Cheers to beer out of rainwater! 

Brewing beer out of rainwater isn’t so new as you may think. Back in the middle ages Dutch brewers settled themselves next to churches and cathedrals to catch the rainwater from the rooftops. People preferred to drink beer because it was cleaner than water in that time. ” When people actually tasted their previously released Code Blond beer, they said it tasted softer and even sweeter. People really liked it, ” says Joris Hoebe, the person who came up with the initiative. 

The brewery will get a second location in the Houthavens in Amsterdam.  In order to realize their ambitious plan this second location is needed so that they can collect 200 thousand liters of rainwater to brew enough beer.

We are looking forward to it and hope that more beer brewers follow this great example!

Love,

Wander-Lust

5 x New Hotspots in Amsterdam for January

I compare Amsterdam to New York and London sometimes because there are so many new places that open up these days, it’s almost impossible to keep track of. Here are 5 new hotspots in Amsterdam that are all open or opening this month!

Sticky Fingers
Coffee, cakes and bites and it’s as simple as that. Sticky Fingers is a place where you will run into a lot of bloggers because it’s very Instagramable. (is that a word?) It’s new on the Amstelveenseweg near the famous Vondelpark so perfect for a break after a walk. The interior is pretty cool because they have a white wall where they molded in some recycled furniture. Amsteveenseweg 3, Amsterdam, www.stickyfingers.nl

Sticky Fingers Amsterdam

Stach at the Overtoom
Stach is a wonderful food and drink store with several franchises around the city but a few days ago they’ve opened a new store on the Overtoom. They will prepare different kinds of healthy foods like  Poke Bowls, Poke Salads, Sushi, Sushi salads, Springrolls and Vietnamese streetfood. Besides all that, they also sell lot’s of ingredients, ready to go meals, chocolate, cookies, healthy bars, coffee and more. I’m glad this store is closer to my home now and I will visit them soon! Overtoom 112, Amsterdam, Facebook

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Stach Overtoom has a cute little seating area too!

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Source: Stach Facebook

Lavinia 2
Another very tasty and healthy hotspot that we love! Lavinia 2 is also located on the Amstelveenseweg (new hotspots in Amsterdam galore here?) but a bit closer towards Hoofddorpplein. Lavinia is serving homemade meals and cakes that are all organic. They offer catering and attract all sorts of people that a a little conscious about their health. Like the first Lavinia in the Kerkstraat, you can hire the place for private events in the evening and they also host a number of events. Amstelveenseweg 192, Amsterdam, Website

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Libertine Cafe Cafe
Another trick out of box of the biggest food and drink entrepreneur in Amsterdam; Casper Reinders. He recently also opened restaurants Bo Nam and Blue Boy and he just added Libertine Cafe Cafe. They describe themselves as “a place for locals and wanderers alike”. Sounds like us! Situated in central Amsterdam’s 9 streets, it’s a perfect location to say the least. Come here for all day breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Wolvenstraat 22, Amsterdam, Facebook

De Biertuin Prinsengracht
A beer garden in the middle of Amsterdam? Yep, it’s happening. Well, it’s a second location but the first one was in East so a bit far for some residents and visitors. This one is located on the spot where BoCinq used to be. It’s near the Leidsestreet so very easy to reach. They will serve a lot of beers, burgers (also veggie), sausages, salads, chips if you have to believe it, a great atmosfeer! They will open this month is all preparations go to plan. Prinsengracht 494, Amsterdam, Facebook

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There you go, 5 x fresh and new hotspots in Amsterdam you can visit this month!

Love,

Elke

Le Petit Bistro » A bit of Paris in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is full of wonderful hotels. Big, small, luxurious and boutique. Little do we know that a lot of hotels have some of the most amazing restaurants located inside. One by one I am trying to figure them all out and discover the food these restaurants have to offer. One of which particularly got my attention; Le Petit Bistro in Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand.

Wander-Lust at Le Petit Bistro Amsterdam
Looking out over the garden

The lunch room was founded in 2014 and is part of the well renowned restaurant Bridges (inspired by Ron Blauw). Where at Bridges you can enjoy a fine dining cuisine (the restaurant has a Michelin Star), you can enjoy a wonderful laidback lunch or dinner at Le Petit Bistro. You look out into the hotel garden and the marmer tables and leather chairs give it a true Parisian ambiance. There is enough space for 28 guest and you can also sit at the bar first where guest can enjoy oysters, amuses and a drink before they sit at the table. Hotel and guests of Bridges all sit here.

The Menu
You will find classic dishes on the menu but with a modern twist. I got to enjoy a starter, in between dish and a main course. First up the amuse at the bar of course! This bar is open from 5 till 11pm. New head chef Andrès Delpeut started about in August and managed to create a menu that is very accessible for everyone. Fish, meat or vegetarian, you can feast your taste buds over here. My amuse was a caprese salad on puff pastry and my starter was a rich burrata cheese with small artichokes. For mains I had a colorful vegetable risotto (you can wake me up for this!) and my date had a traditional Boeuf Bourguignon, Parisian mushrooms and bacon. Each plate is different from one another and I enjoyed a surprise menu so I didn’t realize I also received a in-between-dish. For this reason I didn’t managed to find the space for a dessert but if you go here you MUST check them out! (Especially the white chocolate with a grapefruit snowball) Besides the food, they serve some amazing wines and if you want to stay healthy you can order a slow pressed juice from sapje.

The Petit Bistro Amsterdam Amuse
My amuse

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Buratta and smoked salmon for starters

Le Petit Bistro Amsterdam
Yes, it’s more than just a carrot!  Seasonal veggies with a vegetable marbré and basilicum crème.

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Enjoying the vegetable risotto while you can see the traditional  stewed meat dish across

You can make it as pricey as you want and a set 3-course menu is already available at €36,50. Le Petit Bistro is open 7 days a week from 12am till 11pm. Valet parking is possible but ey it’s still Amsterdam so let’s grab your bicycle and cycle to Paris!

WIN A LUNCH AT LE PETIT BISTRO FOR 2 PEOPLE!
We want YOU to enjoy a bit of Paris so you can win this fantastic 3-course lunch du chef for 2 people! Just tag the person you would like to take along with you on Facebook or Instagram and tell us why you are in need of a bit of Parisian flavor in your life! The competition runs until this Sunday the 8th of Januari 2017. Winners will be notified on Facebook or Instagram.

Le Petit Bistro
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, Amsterdam
Website @lepetitbistroAmsterdam

Love,

Elke

Cafe Zurich in Amsterdam West

Cafe Zurich has been around for a number of years now but it’s right to say that this place really changed the face of the Mercatorplein in Amsterdam West. Where before it was an empty dull square, is now a vibrant area where adults chat, eat and drink and children play. During spring and summer the large outside terras is never empty and one of the largest in Amsterdam West. During Autumn and winter it’s a cozy place to drink hot chocolate by the fire place.

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Cozy and stylish

Cafe Zurich is easy to reach by tram 17 or 13 and there is a parking lot right underneath the restaurant if you come by car. The building has been there for about 90 years and was meant to serve as a place where the neighborhood would come together. Since the new opening of Cafe Zurich, I have been enjoying my latte’s, lunches and dinners here. But due to my busy schedule, I haven’t had the change to pop in for food in a while. Time to find out what the new menu is all about! 

The New Menu
I had the privilege to taste several dishes from the menu and I started with a mousse of sweet potato with cauliflower and my boyfriend tried the mackerel with dille, crunchy croutons and lime mayonaise. He got an extra dish of wild deer with red cabbage and mustard gravy. For mains I got lentils with different mushrooms, poached egg and Parmesan cheese. We also tried cod with seasonal veggies plus the my boyfriend tasted the duck with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Oh, and you should definitely order some of the homemade fries of fries with truffle, yummie! Gosh, my belly was about to pop but I could not resist the banana cake with white chocolate mouse.. oh yes, this was a good dinner. 

Dinner at Cafe Zurich
My starter with sweet potato and cauliflower

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Lentils with mushrooms, celeriac and Parmesan cheese

I remembered that I should pop in more often and enjoy these evenings with good company and great food! The special Christmas dishes are on the menu until the 30st of January.

Cafe Zurich
Mercatorplein 2b, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke