Nieuwe ronde nieuwe kansen

Ik ben niet een regelmatige blogger, sterker nog, ik denk dat ik niet echt een blogger ben. Maar ik vind schrijven wel heel leuk, en daarnaast vind ik het altijd leuk om terug te lezen wat ik in het verleden schreef, dacht en deed. Daarom een nieuwe poging, in het Nederlands dit keer. Ondanks dat ik met Engels misschien een breder publiek bereik, is het bereik van mijn blog vrij minimaal, en in het Nederlands schrijf ik nu eenmaal makkelijker dan in het Engels.

Ik zal schrijven over wat ik meemaak, en over dingen die ik belangrijk, maar bovenal leuk vind. Mijn dochter E., gezonde voeding voor kinderen, opvoeden, dagjes uit met een dreumes, want ze is inmiddels 1 mijn dochter. Maar ook over de omschakeling van het leven met zijn tweeën naar een gezin, de ‘struggle’ tussen werk en gezin, en de minder leuke dingen van moeder zijn. Een eerlijk verhaal.

Zoals ik al schreef, onze dochter is net 1 geworden, we wonen (nog) in Amsterdam, en ‘we’ zijn mijn man en ik. We werken allebei full time, mijn moeder past veel op, en we proberen in onze vrije tijd zoveel mogelijk met eten bezig te zijn, want dat is een passie van ons beiden, en we hopen dit ook over te brengen op onze dochter. Tot nu toe gaat dat aardig, want t is een klein bouwvakkertje, en ze eet bijna alles.

Voor vanavond wil ik haar kennis laten maken met de smaak van gember. ik heb geen idee hoe dit zal vallen, ik ga aan de slag met gemberbolletjes, en die zijn volgens mij vrij zoet, dus ik reken op succes. we gaan t zien 🙂 Ook moet ik nog iets met het doosje aardbeien dat ik vanochtend op de markt haalde, maar die komen either way wel op. Wordt vervolgd.

 

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2014, cheers to peace and quiet!

2014… Wow. I am so excited for this year to begin. I love new beginnings, always have. It gives me the feeling of a clean slate, a fresh start, new chances for new beginnings.

And that’s why I always have tons of New Years resolutions, of which most usually fail, but hey! It’s better than having none and don’t try at all, right?

This year I only have one. Getting peace and rest in my head. Work is so busy, life is crazy hectic, I’m going to marry the love of my life in July and the wedding planning causes quite some stress. The pressure of having to perform and the pressure I put on myself to use every second of the day efficiently and wisely, puts an enormous amount of stress on my body and my mind. I have constant headaches and sometimes don’t know where to get my energy from.

That’s why I’m gonna try to get peace in my head. I believe it starts there, and then the rest will follow. So as of this weekend I will pick up yoga again. There’s this nice little yoga school around the corner of my house, yogay yoga, and they offer various classes from intense to relax and energized. I think I will start with the relaxation class and then maybe after a while pick up the more intense classes.

I have tried yoga before and I remember that it brought me a lot of peace and serenity. I hope it will again.

My New Years resolutions never start of January 1 as I’m usually too tired from the night before to function properly and alter my lifestyle. So from tomorrow on I will focus on peace and rest.

Today I am just as lazy as my cat, see picture.

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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.

30 day picture challenge update

day 15: I went for dinner in Rose’s Cantina, a lovely restaurant in the city centre of Amsterdam. We go there a lot, not the least for their gorgeous cocktails. Tonight, I had a margerita on the rocks.

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Day 16: my football team won the league this season, which is traditionally celebrated by a boatride through the canals of Amsterdam.

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day 17: The day after Queensday my boyfriend and I finally bought racing bicycles. We had been planning to for a while, but we finally did it! Sunday morning the fifth we went for a ride through the north of Amsterdam, called Landelijk Noord (Rural North).

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day 18: This might seem a bit of a weird picture, but if you look closely you can see a bird flying in the sky. During my lunch break I walked into the park, and I saw a stork fly. I realised I had never before seen a stork fly (city girl…) and I took a picture of it. Must say the picture is a lot less impressing than the actual sight.

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day 19: Walking towards the train station for a work meeting in the Hague I past some girls in a boat. They had a rope tied to a tree on the side. Cuteness.

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day 20: After a football match on a wednesday evening me and my team mates went to a bar in the east of Amsterdam, called Ruk en Pluk. I can’t say the bar has any class or style, but their ceiling is definitely the happiest and most decorative of all bars in Amsterdam.

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day 21: Ascension day is a holiday in the Netherlands, so me and my boyfriends took our brand new bikes in the car to Drenthe, where my mum has a house. There we enjoyed a lovely bikeride of 46 km.

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day 22: nom nom nom… home made curry for dinner

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day 23: Wow I feel old saying this, but I was amazed by the picture below. Saturday afternoon I spent in Hanneke’s boom, a bar/cafe near central station. They have a great outdoor area where kids can play, but I guess kids these days prefer to stay in and play on their phones.

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day 24: The perfect sunday! spoiling my skin with a face mask, I had my first tasty soy latte ever (a tip on the internet to add honey and cinnamon did the trick!), I drove over to my mum’s to deliver a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for mothersday, and I finished the day off with a delicious pasta with asparagus, Serrano ham, and pesto sauce.

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day 25: my classy boyfriend, even when playing football 😉

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day 26: Today I did something I have been wanting to do for the past 10 years. And finally it was possible again! Cycling through the Rijksmuseum passage! I was so excited!! The museum has been closed for 10 years for renovation, and now that it has finally opened everyone expected the passage to open again as well. But the director of the Rijksmuseum was a big pain in the *** in this issue, and used many excuses to block cyclists from the passage. Finally justice prevailed, and it might seem a small indifferent thing, but for me it really meant a lot to bike through the passage again. I went in with a smile, and came out with an even bigger one!IMG_6867 IMG_6868 IMG_6869 IMG_6872

So the last 4 days of my challenge are approaching. It’s been a blast, and I will definitely keep trying to make pictures to supplement my blogposts.

xo

photo challenge continues

Below are my 30 day challenge pictures day 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. The emphasis is on the preparations for Queensday, the coronation and of course Queensday itself. Like every year it was legendary once more!

Day 7: Amsterdam is getting ready for the coronation of our new king, Willem Alexander

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Day 8: My favourite sushi place, Kagetsu, in the centre of Amsterdam. Really really really good sushi here.

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day 9: I was very shocked to find out my phone decided to become judgemental about my bar-going behaviour 😉

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Day 10: Oyster hunting! Last sunday we went on an oyster tour in the south west of the Netherlands, Zeeland. It was so much fun! I can highly recommend everyone to go on an Oestoer (http://oestour.marcelschouwenaar.nl/).

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day 11: Tradition on queensday is the fleamarket all over town. People reserve their spot days in advance by drawing BEZET signs (‘ taken’ ) on the sidewalks. In some parts of town they even place chairs and tables to make sure no one takes their spot.

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Day 12: Queensday!!! Fabulous day.

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My mom and the Dutch flag

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Me in front of the fleamarket in the south of Amsterdam

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To get and idea how busy it was on the canals, look above

day 13: Today me and my boyfriend went shopping for a racing bicycle, and we succeeded! We both bought a bike. On friday they will measure us up and put everything in the right adjustments, and then on sunday we’ll go out for a little ride to test the bikes. I’m sure that’ll make some nice pictures! To be continued.

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day 5 and 6

 

Continuing my picture challenge. Day 5 is a picture of the recently re-opened Rijksmuseum. I haven’t been yet, but I hope to visit very soon. IMG_6519

Below is a picture of my morning coffee as I get it every morning. At the cafe in my work building works a guy that is very devoted to decorate the coffee with smileys and hearts, it makes my morning every day! Maybe it’ll make yours too? 🙂

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picture day 2 and 3

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Day 2: This picture was taken at bar Brandstof in Amsterdam, I was having friday afternoon drinks with my dear friend Welmoed (www.thirstforfood.org) Very cool wall art I might add. Roarr…

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day 3: This is a viola flower in one of my mum’s flower pots. It was taken with a zoom lens added to my iphone camera.