Posts Tagged ‘food’


August 27th, 2014


At Artte in the l’Eixample district of Barcelona art comes together with great food and tea (that explains the two t’s in the name). In the restaurant there’s a stage where they organize poetry, theatre and music performances, they also have a website where you can support local artists and throughout the whole property you will see beautiful pieces of art. The tropical print in the cafe is definitely striking. It’s only temporarily, because every few months they paint it white again and another artist gets the chance to fill the wall. Nice! Then there’s Read more…



August 18th, 2014


Let’s start this week with a world premiere! An inside look of Nino Viejo: the newest restaurant of Albert Adrià and Paco Méndez in Barcelona. Only open for two days when I went there for dinner on Friday and I want to shout it from the rooftops: you must go here when you’re in Barcelona! Vale, let’s start with a short introduction before I tell you about my experience. Albert Adrià is the brother of Ferran Adrià, the man behind the legendary El Bulli restaurant, and he is rapidly changing the Sant Antoni and Poble Sec neighborhoods into a gastonomic heaven. First there was restaurant Tickets, then Pakta, Bodega 1900 and now there’s this new Mexican kid on the block called Nino Viejo. In this last restaurant Adrià works together with chef Paco Méndez. Born in Mexico, worked for El Bulli and now he has the ambition to be the best Mexican restaurant in the world – outside Mexico. Nino Viejo means old child which means that we should never lose our young spirit: therefore there’s no stiff atmosphere in this taqueria style restaurant, but it’s rather loose and casual but with extremely high service. If you, for example, take Read more…



June 14th, 2014


Foodcourts. Often uninviting places with fluorescent light where you don’t go for some inspiration. Then there’s K25 in Stockholm. Foodcourt new style. With a fantastic design: you don’t have a large open space with uninviting chairs and tables, but several corners to sit down. For example, immediately to the left of the entrance you will find magazines hanging on the wall for you to read when you order a cup of coffee from Kura Cafe from New Zealand. There are long communal tables where you can get a burger of Vigarda. There is Read more…

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May 16th, 2014


Today I went to The Hague for Design kwartier, a new festival with a focus on slow design, food and lifestyle. In the Zeeheldenkwartier, an up and coming area in The Hague, you will find a lot of pop up shops, food events and you can see what the designers who live here are working on right now. I love to share my favorite discoveries with you:

Let’s start with the one thing you can’t miss and that’s an inside look at how the editor-in-chief of Eigen Huis & Interieur (a Dutch interior magazine) lives. She opened the doors of her home and well: you immediately get why she’s working in the design business. It’s a Read more…



April 29th, 2014


3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you want to follow in Kate & William’s footsteps. The Royal couple recently hired the Cheval Blanc Randheli for their holiday.
  2. If you are into a romantic getaway – this is definitely honeymoon material.
  3. If you like to eat: they have eight restaurants. And ofcourse a fantastic spa.

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April 26th, 2014


Most striking feature:

Nomad is located in Surry Hills and when I enter the restaurant the whole bar is full of wine glasses and wine bottles. This afternoon, there’s a wine tasting going on, so they are already preparing the event. The restaurant is not only a good place to try the Australian cuisine, but also the wines coming from Australia. And if you know that chef Nathan Sasi previously worked for Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner, I don’t need to explain something about the quality of the food. That’s outstanding. What they want Read more…

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April 25th, 2014


Most striking feature:

The pots on the ceiling. No less than 4000 (!) of them. You almost get dizzy when you look at it. From the manager of Gazi I learned that the entire installation was made in a large hangar and from there they moved it with a truck to the restaurant where they had to attach it to the ceiling. It has to be made this way because how else would you get the wave motion in the installation? It’s very impressive! But what I also find very impressive is Read more…

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April 9th, 2014


Most striking feature:

Just like Wheeler’s Yard this spot isn’t really located in the center of Singapore (at United Square), but as I described earlier, the homemade Strawberry Basil Soda was to die for. So delicious. And since your day evolves around food in Singapore I had to try something of their menu, although I already had lunch at another address. So I’ve tried the panna cotta with chocolate and that was really good too. Extra Virgin Pizza is a new style pizzeria: no red/white checkered tablecloths, but a sleek interior with nifty details. You can go

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December 30th, 2013

Balls & Glory Antwerp

Most striking feature:

Their meatballs ofcourse. Balls & Glory began their mission of introducing the finest meatballs to the Belgium public in Ghent a few years ago (and after that in Brugge). When I was there last year there was a line of people waiting to get in. That shows how popular they are. Wim Ballieu (what’s in a name?) is the owner and recently won a Golden Palm for most innovative restaurant concept with Balls & Glory. There wasn’t a lot of time to celebrate because he had to work on the opening in Antwerp. The newest Balls & Glory is Read more…

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November 25th, 2013


Most striking feature:

The interior, the service, the graphic design, the perfect breakfast? Holybelly Paris opened a few weeks ago in the area around Canal Saint Martin. I spoke with one of the owners called Nico and he told me that he and his girlfriend went to Melbourne for quite some time. He worked as a (food) photographer for magazines such as Kinfolk, but the Melbourne coffee culture got him badly. He learned everything there is to know about coffee and how to make it. So when the couple travelled back to Paris, they decided to open Holybelly: to bring a bit of Melbourne into Paris. It’s not all about good coffee, because the Read more…

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