We had our Spring Break holiday this past week! 😃And now that I finally had a bit of free time to explore my surroundings, I decided to spend an afternoon in Amsterdam with my friend Emmie. 👯
It's been just over a month now since I came back to the Netherlands - which means that I got to celebrate my birthday here again this year! 😊
What's more, this year I had something new to celebrate - I decided to move to the Hague! 😃
On a recent trip to Chiang Mai province in the northern area of Thailand, my friends Sue and Yuden took me to the night market for some shopping. We were walking through the rows of stalls when Sue directed our attention to an ice cream stand located at the back of the market. But this wasn't just any ice cream stand - it was an ice cream stand selling Thai-rolled ice cream.
A while back, I had a sweet-tooth craving, and started the hunt for a café where I could enjoy a slice of cake.🍰 I asked a few people from school for suggestions, and the name Bliss kept coming up.
So I decided to try it out, and together with my friends Woo & Choden💑, we went to Bliss one evening for a late lunch/early dinner.
Having lived in Thailand for over a month now, I can safely summarize my eating-out experience so far in 3 sentences:
i) Eating out here is cheaper than preparing a meal at home.
ii) Local dishes are much tastier than junk food (e.g. fries, pizza).
iii) Regardless of the cost, the food is always of good quality.
I've grown up eating home-cooked meals, and with time I've learnt to prepare most of them myself. I find that regardless of how good a meal at a restaurant tastes, there are not many that can compare to a meal prepared at home. So when I heard that I'd probably have to eat out all through my stay in Thailand, I was a bit worried...
I have to admit: when I first heard of Mama Rocks, my first thought was, "What kind of a name is that for a restaurant?" Nevertheless, I was intrigued by it, and I was eager to try it out. 😊
The first time I heard about Kaldis Coffee House, it was from a friend who couldn't stop singing praises about their high quality service. The conversation I had with him over a year ago came to mind earlier this week when I had a late lunch there with my friend, Yvonne. 👯
I've dined at Kaldis before, but I didn't fully enjoy my eating-out experience then, seeing as the one I went to was quite busy and noisy.
So when another friend told me about a different, quieter branch located in the Nelson Awori Building on Ralph Bunche Road, I decided to give it a try. 😊
Pannenkoekenhuis (Pancake House in English) is a small restaurant in Leiden that serves the largest pancakes I've ever eaten in my life! 😯
The first time I tried one of their pancakes was a few weeks after I had moved to the Netherlands. By then I'd already made the decision to step out of my comfort zone in terms of food, and to try something new every now and then.
So I chose to have a savoury (as opposed to my usual sweet) pancake fried with bacon, cheese, mushrooms and onions. But after trying that combination, I decided that sometimes it's best to just stick to what you're used to. Lol. 😉
Eager to wash the bad taste of my first experience out of my mouth (quite literally 😄) , I decided to try yet another pancake at Pancake House, but this time I decided to go for a sweet one...
So one Spring evening, my lovely roomie Paula and I made our way there after class. 👯
My friend Noor recently introduced me to a small restaurant in Zaandam city called 't Groene Pandje (It's Green Pawn in English). It's Green Pawn is a café that looks more like a small, green house 🏠 from the outside, but the inside fits the description of an eating establishment quite well. Right at the front, there's a long wooden table that seats about 8-10 people, and the cutest little light-bulbs hang right above it. 💡 We sat at the back, though, where lamps are used for lighting instead, and where there are smaller tables that seat a range of 2 to 6 people each.
I've never been one to throw a huge party on my birthday. If anything, I prefer to spend it with fewer and fewer people as the years go by.
This year was no different.
I had made plans to have dinner with my friend, Paula at a restaurant called David's Burgers, and I was super excited about it! 😄
I'd previously been to a restaurant owned by the same family, and had thoroughly enjoyed the food there. So I had high hopes for the food at David's Burgers.
Finally, February the 23rd came! 🎉🎉🎁🎈 And I can't think of a better way for my birthday to have begun...
First thing in the morning, I received a stream of sweet, thoughtful messages from family and friends, and I was greeted by the most beautiful rainbow I'd ever seen - right outside my window! 😍 I always seem to have such bad luck with rainbows, lol, always catching them just as they are disappearing. But this one was so clear and visible that I had to look at it for a while to make sure that I wasn't imagining it! What a view! 🌈😃
As I always say, "Food is my love language!"😄 And I believe a memorable eating-out experience is worth sharing, and a good recipe is worth passing on.
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