Meet the Willem Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam

Work, work, work. It’s such a huge part of our daily lives that almost everybody strives for a dream job. For the most of us it won’t be more than day dreamin’. Just a splinter group has the power and drive to make their dreams reality and create their own dream job. A few weeks ago I met girl boss Willemijn. She’s the proud owner of Willem Pie Healthy Bakery – thumbs up for her cool brand name. Because I was touched by her fascinating, sincere story – ánd of course because I’ve fallen in love with her pies as a test taster (life as a ‘foodie’ is heavenly I can assure you) – I had to share her inspiring story with you! Say hi to Willem-Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam!

The story behind Willem-Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam
Willemijn has been a lover of baking since she was a little kid. Especially inventing her own baking’s made her enthusiastic and happy. Up from a year ago baking was just a hobby for the fun. But wat started as a fanatic hobby next to her full-time job at the HR department at accountancy giant PwC, grew out into a 24/7 job as a sweet treat maker, so cool!

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Willemijn at work

Please, please follow your heart and make yourself intensely happy day in, day out.

If we really want something, we always postpone it, crazy right? Sometimes something really has to happen before you’ll follow your heart. A few years ago the well-paid job at PwC came on Willemijn her way. But whether this was her dream job…? She continued and continued, because everyone was in the 6th gear and didn’t seem to stop. Until she was abruptly stopped by a serious burnout. That moment, that has changed everything! She was done by being an ‘office slave’ instead of doing what makes her really happy. Baking, that’s her daily fuel she needs. Bye bye PwC, Hello Willem Pie Healthy Bakery Amsterdam! Her message for you: please, please follow your heart and make yourself intensely happy day in day out.

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THE guilty free Cheesecake

Guilt-free guilty pleasures
Two years ago Willemijn met the healthy girls of the popular Green Happiness. From that moment she has changed her food lifestyle and became a happy vegan. Not because it’s such a trend right now through documentaries like ‘What the Health’ and so on. No, Willemijn is convinced by the impact of animal products, gluten and refined sugars on her mental and physical condition. Because she’s conscious of her diet, she also wanted to make guilt-free sweets, it’s closest to herself. For example, think of cakes and other sweets without lactose, gluten and chemical food additives.

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Banana bread

OK, in case you’re very hungry at the moment – sorry to make things even worse for you. All the sweet stuff of Willem-Pie is simply too delicious for your eyes, let alone your taste buds. Personally I really love to have a cheat day (or two), resulting in a sugar rush, and that’s too bad. But the more I find out that my belly and skin don’t like dairy and processed products, the more open I become to healthier alternatives. As a sweet tooth I really love cakes and the sweeter, the better. But as a test taster of Willem-Pie I tasted the best sweet creations without even noticing that there’s no shitty stuff in it, seriously. Cheating guilt-free, how awesome is that! So last weekend, I served my sister and boyfriend a Snickers cake and cheesecake (see header photo). Guess what? Both didn’t perceive they ate pretty healthy sweets, so Willem-Pie’s mission has been accomplished! Still prefer a cake with gluten, lactose et cetera? Of course, that isn’t a problem either for the baking mistress but it’s great that the option is there at least.

My birthday is in two weeks – hip hip hooray – so I know where to shop my cakes! In case your favourite sweet treat is not on the menu, Willemijn becomes very fanatic when you challenge her to make a guilt-free custom made guilty pleasure. What stops you? Go for it and experience the finger lickin’ good stuff of Willem-Pie.

Love,

Sharmaine

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*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on @sharriefromsandmountains!

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival is coming!

If you know one thing about Amsterdam, it’s that people love to sit outside whenever they can. When the first rays of sunlight appear, you will see outside terraces in each part of the city. To celebrate the end of an already fantastic terrace season, several cafe’s and restaurants are joining forces and will transform into the largest outside terrace at the Amsterdam Terrace Festival! (Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival)

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From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all!

On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September you will be able to find around 20 different cafe’s and restaurants at the festival, all with their own specialty and allure. It’s being organised by the same people behind popular party starters Het Amsterdams Verbond and Bevrijdingsfestival so these guys know what to do to create a successful festival with all elements. Some of the participants are ROEST, Brandstof, Terpentijn X JAJEM, ‘T Blauwe Theehuis and Het Paardje. From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all! Some of them will host a bar whilst others highlight their food.

Besides the drinks and food, there will also be some entertainment such as Karaoke from Duke of Tokyo, Silent Disco by Vondel Disco and DJ’s. There will be an ongoing competition where they can win the titel for best terrace, best bar host (men and female) and best served beer. (very important of course ;-))

Oh and one more thing, the entrance is totally free! Who will join us in September?? (and celebrate Elke’s birthday :-))

Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival
1 – 3 September in Oosterpark
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Love,

Wander-Lust

Bakers Dough is coming to Amsterdam!

Time to indulge yourself to the max because cookie dough bar Bakers Dough is also coming to Amsterdam.

After the successful opening in Rotterdam, the insta-famous Bakers Dough is finally coming to our capital city. Never heard of this sweet food trend before? Well, it’s pretty simple; remember the dough you used to secretly eat when your mum baked a cake? It’s just like that only this is the kind that doesn’t make your tummy hurt at the end. The cookie dough is topped with all sorts of things like chocolate, sprinkles, m&m’s or fresh fruits. They even have a gluten free and vegan option!

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The location in Rotterdam has visitors from over the whole world and it was only a matter of time before opening up a second store. The new location is still a secret but we will let you know here first!

Bakers Dough in Rotterdam
Bakers Dough in Rotterdam

For now you can visit Bakers Dough at the Pannekoekstraat 82A in Rotterdam. Check out their Facebook Page for more impressions.

Love,

Elke

*All the images in this articles are courtesy of Bakers Dough

More lusty hotspots?

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The Dutch Weed Burger Joint

You must have seen The Dutch Weed Burger at various food festivals, markets or events. If you haven’t, you should try it because it’s one of the most innovating burgers in the world right now. You could already order the special burger at many restaurants around the country but now it’s time for the venture opened it’s first vegan-seaweed-fastfood-bar in Amsterdam West called The Dutch Weed Burger Joint.

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The famous Weed Burgers Source

Sea Weed is a natural product and the food of the future

Come to this new vegan hotspot for a tasty bite with a beer in your hand and enjoy a 100% plant based menu. Besides the Weed Burger you can also order Seawharma, The Dutch Weed Dog and Wish ‘n Chips. The Joint will also serve freshly made Mylkshakes 100% vegan sweets like the Galaxy Doughnut. Sounds good!

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The new location. Source

So Why Seaweed?
The burger is made out of seaweed but don’t be alarmed, it actually taste very good plus there are a lot of health benefits. Sea Weed is a natural product and the food of the future. Sea Weed natural contains protein, omega 3 and minerals. Many scientists believe that this powerful plant could save the world if we run out of resources. It hardly needs any sweet water or space so it’s good for the environment. A win-win situation!

Dutch Weed Burger Joint
Nicolaas Beetstraat 47, Amsterdam
Open: wed – sun 11.00 – 21.30
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Love,

Elke

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NEW! A Vegan Ice-Cream Bar in Amsterdam

When it’s hot outside, we want ice-cream. But when you’re vegan, it’s not always that easy to find the Ice-Cream you want. If you are vegan or you’re trying to cut down on dairy, you will be happy to hear that the Juicebrothers are selling amazing vegan ice-cream flavors at their new location in Amsterdam!

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The Ice-cream bar at Juicebrothers Haarlemmerplein Source

In collaboration with Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream, they now sell delicious flavors like Black Sesam, Tumeric and even Spirulina! Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream is an organic brand that originated in Brooklyn New York. Besides their New York and Los Angeles stores, they are now making waves overseas. The vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. 

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Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream announcing their collaboration with The Juicebrothers

We’ll can’t wait to try it!

Juicebrothers
Haarlemmerplein, Amsterdam
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Love,

Wander-Lust

This coffee bar in Amsterdam serves Coffee In A Cone

Just when you thought you had seen it all in coffee land, there is something new to be exited about. Coffee bar The Cone Masters serves, well, coffee in a cone. We needed to try this out of course!

Besides the innovating way of drinking your coffee, you can also experience 3 different flavors into one! The inside of the cone is coated with chocolate and you can choose between milk, pure and white chocolate. Yummy!

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The Cone Masters Source

The Cone Masters are located in the Vijzelgracht in central Amsterdam and is a project from 4 students. They discovered the trend in South Africa and they brought it to Amsterdam. Clever thinking indeed! The bad news is that it’s a pop-up project so hurry if you want to try this cookie-coffee in a cup! The Cone Masters are here until the 18th of June. (They did just told me that they are planning on selling them online!)

The Cone Masters
Vijzelgracht 41, Amsterdam
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Love,

Elke

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ZAPPAZ Amsterdam » Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Zappaz Amsterdam is a brand new restaurant and cocktail bar with influences from Casablanca. It was time to try this new jewel on the IJdok.

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Vegan friendly » BarTack in Amsterdam West

Oh how I love Amsterdam West. I can’t get enough of it and it may has to do with the fact that I live there. Well, I live in Amsterdam New West (yes boys and girls, that’s outside the center of Amsterdam). But I also love it because it’s fast developing. Since I have a baby, I walk around a lot more instead of using my bicycle and by doing so, I discover new shops, restaurants and coffee bars. This is also how I discovered Bartack.

Bartack
You may have heard of Bar Spek on the Admiraal De Ruyterweg in Amsterdam West. Well, they are the same owners of Bartack, so when I walked past the other day I had to check it out. The look of Bartack is industrial combined with a little touch of vintage. Round tables, mixed with some big lounge chairs and small stools. The space is not wide but long with the kitchen in the back (or front, depending on which way you are entering)

Interior Bartack

The Menu
They are open for breakfast from 8am (go for the fluffy pancakes!), up to lunch and dinner. I noticed that the menu offers a lot of vegan options, something you see more and more of in Amsterdam. I love plant based foods so I was happy to see this. From soup to salads or a variety of filled pita breads, I decided to go for the vegan falafel with coleslaw and tajine saus. The open kitchen is always good news and this dish didn’t disappoint me al all! (yummie!) Oh, and another important note; the coffee is great! Yup, bad coffee will turn me off completely and that would have been a shame.

Falafel at Bartack

Add this one to your hotspot list!

Bartack
Postjesweg 124, Amsterdam
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Love,

Elke

The BEST Breakfast Sandwich You’ll Ever Have in LA

Los Angeles is a city of transplants, as many of us have uprooted ourselves from where we were born and bred to create lives in the Southern California sun. We come together to share traditions from our pasts, form new ones of our own, and are lucky enough to sincerely call this City of Angels home.

With the influx of people from all over bringing with them their unique backgrounds and cultural flavors, it’s no wonder the restaurant and bar scene has such an improvisational air to it. New hot-spots pop up almost daily; and, if you ask anyone for their advice on the U.S. cities with the most dynamic food, it’s no doubt that Los Angeles ranks high. But, what better to help a new place begin to feel like home than a dependable and familiar neighborhood go-to? I recently sung the praises of one of my top-choice beachy eateries, Playa Provisions (see the post here!) Still, with so many options right outside my doorstep, my list inevitably continues. Another contender for my favorite menu is nestled comfortably on Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice, and it’s a perfect reminder of the melting-pot that L.A. truly is.

Gjelina Take Away
Together forming a foodie trifecta in Venice are three restaurants, Gjelina, Gjelina Take Away, and Gjusta (the latter is the youngest addition to the family – a bakery inspired by an east-coast Jewish/Italian deli). Co-owned by Shelley Kleyn, Travis Lett, and Fran Camaj (Gjelina is named after Camaj’s mother, and Gjusta, after his aunt!), this trio of restaurants seamlessly combines traditional Italian cuisine with the contemporary farm-to-table California taste. The little sister to its neighboring restaurant, Gjelina, Gjelina Take Away (affectionately known as GTA) serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Offering a quicker experience than dining-in next door, GTA has all the perks of this popular establishment without the wait.

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GTA’s interior

Walking into GTA in the morning never fails to intrigue me, as the eclectic mix of patrons is rarely repeated. And, those who stumble upon this hidden spot find themselves faced with a gorgeous spread of daily items displayed to entice each passerby, and all made from seasonal, local ingredients.

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Behind the counter

In my quest to find the best breakfast sandwich in LA, GTA caught – and kept – my attention. Braised kale, melted gruyere, a crisp, yet runny, fried egg, thick-cut bacon, and hot sauce (if you want it!) on a grilled English muffin…this sandwich may look small, but it’s packed with mighty flavor. And, when I decide to give-in to my need for a treat, GTA’s version of the popular granola and yogurt option beats out its competition. Served with honey and seasonal fresh fruit, the granola is made in-house and is perfectly chewy, sweet, and salty.

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THE Breakfast Sandwich — so good.

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Satisfying house made granola, fresh fruit, and creamy yogurt.

So, if you’re planning a trip to L.A., you’ll be able to find authentic food from all over the world, no matter your taste. But, if a reliably-delicious breakfast is what you’re after, with market-driven ingredients and beautifully delivered dishes, this eatery has everything you’d hope to experience during a treat-yourself morning out.

Travelers’ Bonus: Gjelina Take Away puts you smack in the middle of one of the hippest shopping streets in Los Angeles, Abbot Kinney Boulevard. After you clean the butter and egg yolk off your face and fingers, pop into the boutiques and art galleries for trendsetting fashion, clever gifts, and musings of all sorts. You could easily spend a couple hours taking it all in as you digest your mouthwatering morning meal.

Gjelina Take Away (GTA)
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (two blocks north of Venice Blvd.)
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Love,

Shae

*Shae is our guest blogger from Los Angeles. An educator whose lust for experience influences her teaching, she travels with the desire to immerse herself in diverse cultures, seeking new adventure and inspiring others to engage with compassion and expand their world view. Follow Shae on Instagram! @seekvantage

NYC Hot Spot »The Standard Biergarten, High Line

Once the long winter comes to an end and we get into the early days of Spring, New Yorkers have one mission: to drink outside! The Standard Biergarten – located on the street level of the trendy Standard Hotel and directly under The High Line, is an unexpected outdoor oasis in the midst of the Meatpacking District. This area (typically known for its boujee nightlife scene) plays host to a relatable clientele of young business professionals, college students, and tourists. If you’re looking for a relaxed place to grab a beer, chat with old friends, and hopefully meet new ones – this is a great place to do it!

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Busy and buzzing!

The Standard Hotel has really added a touch of Europe with their Biergarten

After lining up at the door to buy food and drink tickets, $9 each, and settle in for a German brew and tasty snacks (bratwurst, currywurst or pretzels!), bar-goers enter an open brick-walled space filled with picnic tables and benches. Groups gather for fun-spirited conversation as a festive staff, dressed in festive T-shirts and Oktoberfest-inspired dirndls, serves rounds of beer. The communal tables add to the room’s chipper vibe and make mingling and flirting that much easier, while two free games provide a great ice breaker for meeting other trendy but laid-back neighborhood regulars.

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Although the place gets packed wall to wall and can be extremely noisy, the ambiance remains more playful and carefree rather than rowdy. Combined with the sociable crowd, open-air space, and casual atmosphere – makes The Standard Biergarten a solid, upbeat hangout for those looking to waste away the hours over a favorite brew.

High Line Walk
If the weather is particularly nice, make sure to take a walk along the High Line while you’re there! This 1.5 mile long, elevated park was built on an old NYC railroad line and is the perfect portrayal of urbanization. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become one of Manhattan’s most talked about attractions and possibly the best location for sunset viewing since it’s located on the West side and overlooking the Hudson River!

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From The Standard Biergarten to the Highline

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The View from the High Line

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Enjoy a bit of European fun in the middle of New York!

The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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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.