Seafood bar

Gisteravond gegeten bij een van onze favoriete restaurants in Amsterdam Zuid. Kan eigenlijk niet misgaan, altijd goed. Krijg alweer honger als ik de foto zie. 

Van de week maar weer eens een nieuw restaurant proberen…

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Gemberbolletjes

Gisteravond heb ik dus geëxperimenteerd met gember bolletjes. Reden was dat deze al een tijd in de kast stonden en ik niet zo goed wist waarvoor ik ze moest gebruiken, dus toen heb ik er maar recepten bij gezocht.

Ik heb kipsaté gemaakt, en bij de satésaus gember gebruikt. Daarnaast heb ik witlof gemaakt met gember, ik dacht dat dit een goede tegenhanger zou zijn voor het bittere van de witlof.

De satésaus was echt heerlijk, die kan ik echt aan iedereen aanraden. Ik heb het recept gevonden op Smulweb (hier te vinden). De witlof combinatie met gember was O.K., maar daar is dan ook alles mee gezegd. Ik denk dat ik gemberbolletjes in de toekomst toch eerder gebruik bij bakken dan bij koken, uitgezonderd satésaus dan 😉

Kleine E. heeft haricot verts en aardappeltjes gegeten, met ook een beetje kip met satésaus, waar ze direct erg fan van was. Als ik aardappels voor haar maak, kies ik altijd voor kleine krieltjes. Deze hebben zoveel meer smaak dan grote aardappels, en E. eet ze met schil, waar veel vitamines inzitten. De satésaus was dus een kleine hit, wat ook niet zo gek is aangezien het erg zoet is. Het feit dat er suiker in zit (2 eetlepels bruine basterdsuiker), zorgt er toch voor dat ik dit niet heel regelmatig aan haar zou voorschotelen.

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Sindskort krijgt ze ook een toetje na, aangezien ze zo’n eetlust heeft dat ze vaak honger houdt na t eten. Vanavond had ik griekse yoghurt met gepureerde aardbeien en daarnaast nog stukjes aardbei en granaatappel.

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on holiday at the moment in southern spain, which is absolutely lovely and gorgeous. At the moment, however, were encountering a not so sunny day, so i decided to spend it reading my countless magazines I never have time to catch up with during the year.

They range from magazines on home and garden, to beauty magazines, to, yes, mom and baby magazines 🙂 My husband is out for his first golf lesson, so he will be out all afternoon.

this gives me some time to catch up on my magazines and my blog of course, which I have neglected completely over the past months. The next blogs might be a bit unorganized, but I am trying to catch a lot of information that flows freely through my mind at the moment.

One of my favourites: Rose’s Cantina

Last tuesday I went for pre-birthday dinner in one of my favourite spots in Amsterdam: Rose’s Cantina. Rose’s Cantina has been around for decades, but recently it has had a make over and the results are quite stunning I must say. Rose’s Cantina opened over 30 years ago as the first Mexican restaurants in Amsterdam, and set a standard for all Mexican restaurants to follow.

After the make over Rose’s is not solely a Mexican restaurant anymore, but the menu quotes ‘Pan-American’. Owners of Rose’s Cantina, restaurant company Dobson & Uzcudun (known from the Rancho restaurants in town), teamed up with Casper Reinders (known for his popular formulas like Jimmy Woo, Bo Cinq, Bar Paul etc.) to make Rose’s one of the new hotspots in town.

Before I continue I must say that I might not be completely objective, as my boyfriend works for the company which owns Rose’s Cantina. That said, I would never recommend a place I didn’t believe in myself.

149346_551166621561865_882664826_nFirst of all, the interior looks quite stunning. The dark green walls and the hanging lights from the ceiling give the place a magical touch. What adds to the magic is a huge toy airplane above the entrance.

Roses Cantina airplaneRoses changes her menu every once in a while, to keep surprising the guests and challenging her chefs. The new menu has just been introduced, and it is full of new dishes, such as the Philadelphia cheese steak, and the Ceviche acapulco. The menu has the look of a newspaper, with all the latest Rose’s news.

foto 11For starters we had the Ceviche Acapulco and the Penne Arrabbiata. The ceviche acapulco is an extended version of the traditional ceviche, accompanied with avocado and octopus among others. The ceviche of the day was swordfish. As always the ceviche was exceptional, although I must say I like their cod ceviche better than swordfish.

nb. note that the pictures might seem a bit vague, I only had my iphone camera with me. Better preparation next time! 

Ceviche acapulcoThe penne Arrabbiata was also great, although maybe a bit heavy for a starter. If you’re not a big eater, don’t try this one. If you’re very hungry, please do! The arrabbiata had the right amount of spice, but beware, not for the faint hearted.

penne arrabiataFor main course we tried the Fish of the day, which was a turbot. It tasted great, and the presentation was wowie as well.

TurbotMy partner tried the Rib-eye steak. As you can expect from Argentinian owners (Dobson&Uzcudun) the meat is imported from Argentina, and as tasty as you could wish for. The waiter didn’t ask how we wanted the steak done, but the chef cooked it medium-rare, which is the absolute best for a proper rib eye steak.

rib eye steakTo top the joy, Rose’s Cantina serves my favourite wine; Petit Chablis. 2 years ago I went to France and did a wine tour in the Chablis area. As the top wines from the Chablis area are the premier and grand cru, I fell completely in love with Chablis’ baby sister, Petit Chablis. It is very high in minerals and has a slightly more acidic taste than the other Chablis. Roses is one of the few restaurants in Amsterdam that serves Petit Chablis (my boyfriend might have has something to do with that 😉 ), and I recommend trying it to everyone.

Furthermore Roses is the perfect place for a night out, drinking cocktails, have fun, relax, enjoy.

SO…. What are you waiting for? Go check that place out! With love from Rose, xoxo.

Challenge again!

To keep challenging myself I will spend the next 30 days on yet another 30 day challenge. A little different from the last time, this 30 day challenge will consist of 1 challenge that I will keep up with for 30 days. My inspiration came after I watched a TED-speech from Matt Cutts, a google engineer. For inspiration, check it out here.

Matt’s advice is to start simple, so I will save the ‘no coffee’, ‘ no sugar’ and ‘no alcohol’ for somewhere in the foreseeable future 😉 I will start with something that I will do, instead of something that I will not.

My first challenge will consist of taking at least one picture every day, and showing it here. Seems doable, no? To get it started, I selected some pics from the past few months that will serve as a start, as I prepare myself for this challenge.

Here they are, ENJOY.

p.s. – It had been a while since I last wrote. I was inspired to post again since my dear friend Welmoed started a food blog. Check it out here, its pretty sweet! and very mouthwatering I might add 🙂

 

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the always lovely Amsterdam, at sunset
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During our skiing holiday in Konigsleiten, Austria
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Lovely food at the seafood bar, BEST seaafood bar in Amsterdam
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the loves of my life, our cats
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Visiting a primary school during work, I saw these lovely colorful parrots on the wall
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Sunset in the Vondelpark last week
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Last month I bought a tiny macro lens for my iphone. I tried the lens on one of my parrot tulips, beautiful eh?

 

2013 resolution: superfoods

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new year’s resolution for 2013: live healthier.

In my case this has nothing to do with losing weight, just with the fact that I want to appreciate my body more, and feed it with what it needs and what is good for her.

That means less fat, less alcohol (!!), less snacks.

But it’s not only less, it’s also more fruit (smoothies yum!), and more superfoods.

Superfoods are foods with a high nutrient content, and low on negative properties. Superfoods contain among others antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and they help you to detox your body. Examples of

superfoods are blueberries, broccoli, kiwis and pumpkin. Superfoods are perfect to start a healthy living.

Amsterdam has two superfood stores, that also sells lots of superfood seeds and grains, next to the fresh superfood fruit and veggies. Quinoa, for example, is one of these superfood grains.

To support my resolution, and to make sure I keep it, I also started with a home study on healthy food.

I will keep you posted in the future on my healthy living quest. I hope I can inspire you to do the same!

Enjoy, xo Rosie