Category Archives: FOOD

MEDITERRENEAN SUMMER COLORS

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I am holding on to summer with these mediterranean pictures from the portfolio of photographer Romain Ricard. I hope we still have some beautiful summer days left before the leaves start falling. The frist two photos are from stylish hotel Masseria Cimino, which is a 18th century farmhouse that has been transformed in a stylish boutique hotel in the Puglia region in Italy. You can read more about this hotel here.

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THE PERFECT SPOT FOR A LAZY SUMMER DAY

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It has been raining a lot in this part of the world. I don’t want summer to be over and I keep posting summer inspired posts until Fall really is here. Today seven perfects spots for enjoying a lazy summer day.

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A COZY SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRY KITCHEN

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I’m loving this beautiful country kitchen in a Swedish garden cottage. It looks so warm and cozy. To get this country style you can use copper pans, a (vintage) butcher table and rustic wooden chopping boards. Similar chopping/bread boards are available from Le Souk. These are handmade by artisans in the north of The Netherlands. Perfect for serving and presenting beautiful food!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: MAISON ESTATE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Maison Estate is a beautiful vineyard and restaurant located in Franschhoek, South Africa. It is dedicated to three simple pursuits: the production of beautiful wines, the making of delicious food and the appreciation of great design. The wine-producing vineyard includes a stunning new tasting room and restaurant where you can relax in a space that engages all the senses. Owner Chris Weylandt is also the owner of well-known South African furniture and homeware store Weylandts. He has seen the world, and as an avid wine connoisseur the decision to produce his own collection of wines from his Franschhoek farm is one of his long-time dreams. Renowned for his attention to detail and organic design philosophy, Weylandt’s wine production is an eco-conscious labour of love. The restaurant is beautifully decorated (simple yet elegant with lots of wood) and there is also a venue that can be rented for weddings and events. Have you seen that wine bottle chandelier in the first picture? Isn’t that stunning?!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: AUSTRALIA’S COFFEE SCENE

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When I was in Australia years ago I was surprised by the amount of coffee bars and great restaurants. And this was in 2001/2002, at that time it was very hard to get a descent coffee here in Amsterdam and there I was in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney where I could get a perfect espresso on almost every corner. I was in coffee heaven! Now the coffee culture is probably even more thriving and I can not wait to visit this wonderful country again some day. Another thing that I remember was the decor; most coffee places and restaurants were beautifully decorated in a modern yet cozy style. The two coffee bars featured in this post are designed by Melbourne based studio Larritt-Evans. The first four images show ESPL in Surfers Paradise. Coffee bar Market Lane (Therry St) in Melbourne is pictured in the botton four images.

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THE CULINARY FILES: COPENHAGEN RESTAURANT HOST

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Copenhagen (Denamark) restaurant Höst has been choses as best restaurant by Travel & Leisure magazine. This beautiful restaurant designed by Norm Architects and Menu use local, organic and sustainable ingredients for their New Nordic cuisine. The decor is a mix of modern and rural farm style. Industrial lights, rough plank ceilings and tables, windows recycled from an old hospital, wooden cutting boards give the place a unique yet cozy feel. Dinnerware in white, grey and blue has been especially created by Menu. The place is definitely on my ‘places-to’go’ list!

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A WINTER BBQ IN A DUTCH BARN

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SIMPLY SLOW, a lovely community initiating small get togethers, recently organized a winter BBQ in bio dynamic farm ‘De Stadshoeve’ in Zunderdorp (which is by the way not far from where I live). During this get together the participants learned to make a loaf of bread. They were taught how to knead the perfect dough with just some basic needs: flour, water, sourdough and a little salt. From experience I know that this is all you need to make delicious bread. It is very simple but you just have to know how to do it. In the meantime a warm fire was lit outside in the yard where kids baked their bread on large sticks. Inside the barn glühwein (mulled wine) and hot chocolate was served. SIMPLY SLOW: “Simple life was embraced with warm companionship, honest laughter and pure food.” I just wish that I was there to enjoy this wonderful initiative..

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