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London: Shakshuka at Nopi 

On a short business trip to London, I noticed that Nopi, an Ottolenghi restaurant, was located near our hotel, Le Meridien Piccadilly. We did not have much time, so I opted for brunch there. Of course, I can’t resist getting to know Ottolenghi!  The vegetable chef For those of you who don’t know Yotam Ottolenghi; he’s an Isreali chef, based in London, who wrote various cookbooks. He is well-known for his dishes in which vegetables play the biggest role. I actually read about him in a Sylvia Witteman column for Magazine Linda, I think, in which she complained that since Ottolenghi, everyone appears to add pomegranate seeds to every dish His bestselling book, Plenty, just had a successor: Plenty more. I’ve never tried any of his recipes, so a good introduction would be to eat at one of his restaurants:)  Breakfast or brunch Considering the limited time we had, I opted for brunch at 11. Which is, I now know, not really a brunch time. Oh well. Breakfast it is. The restaurant itself was quite …

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Pikaplant: funding to water my plants

I came home one evening and emptied my mailbox. To my suprise, between all the flyers (I still need a sticker on my mailbox. Note to self.) I found this little card. It had a picture of a beautifully designed plateau with lovely fresh plants. But what triggered me, was the “Kickstarter” logo. Kickstarter Several months earlier, I was introduced to kickstarter: a platform for crowdfunding. At that time, my office was working on our own crowdfunding platform, so ofcourse this one intrigued me. The products, and especially the movies of their really inspired creators, really energized me. I remember a man from Kenia who made belts and bracelets with a story: you were able to see where, by whom an how they were created. And supported the local economy by funding. Very Artisan. I also remember “Homey”, the voice controlled house automation. Siri – eat your heart out Online meets mailmarketing So, I was very surprised to see this product, that is on kickstarter.com, on a postcard in my mailbox. No stamp, no address, …

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The Lurch: my new asparagus peeler

This weekend, I was at Duikelman. For those of you who don’t know Duikelmans but love cooking, you’re missing out! This store – what, three stores in the same street – are foodlovers heaven. I was there to pickup my Kenwood Cooking Chef Juicer, but I couldn’t resist. And I found an excellent product… an asparagus peeling machine! Whoa… It is the season. I just lóóóve asparagus. A la flammande especially. They are healthy and lovely. (Okay, maybe not the sauce..) But, I hate peeling them. First of all, I am never very handy in maneuvering them so I usually cut more fingers than aspargus. And second, it takes sooo much time! Now, at Duikelmans, they explained that this was thé king among asparagus peelers. Instant result. I love timesaving lifehacks! Yep, now  The Lurch (funnily enough also The Adams Family manservant, try googling 😉 ) is installed on the kitchen table. And of course, we had to eat asparagus right away. To be honest, the time I saved on peeling them (you only need …

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Passion for Passionata

No, it’s not the lingerie. Though, it is certainly just as sweet… Meet Passionata. The bést Italian traiteur in Naarden Vesting. My sister and I like to spend our saturdays hunting for vintage treasures for my sister to sell in het webshop. There’s a place in Naarden Vesting where we always succeed. And no, I’m not going to tell you about that – it’s our little secret. But, getting back to treasures. Italian treasures. Passionata is a little store plus lunchroom. Which basically means, that you can eat a great meal and then buy more for later…  Why I love this place so much? Well, their Salade di Parma is thé best ever. We  always order the same… Made with fresh mozarella, tomatoes, excellent pesto, great black marinated olives, coppa di parma – I just can’t resist. Then, their store. Today I bought Torres crisps with truffel and herbs flavour, they are new to their collection. I was wondering whether this is the same Torres Brand, of the famous Torres wine. But when I googled them (www.patatastorres.com) …

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Glass, the exhibition

Today, I  was at the opening of Glass, an exhibition which my sister organized. Funny, how someone so close to you, can work in such a totally different artsy world. She gave us the grande tour. The exhibition was part of a larger one, about the World Conference. Little did I know about this. True, I do know some of the varia: only two of the artifacts especially built for these events – the Eiffel Tower and the Atomium – still exist. How’s that for trivia, eh? When I first heard about the conference, I though of glasswork like we all drink out of. As I recently visited the Hermitage and its collection of dinnerware for the Russian empress, I thought we’d stay in the same genre. This wasn’t the case however, it was all about the added value of t he material. Glass as part of lenses, that helped discovery of foreign planets. Or as part of lab ware, which helped medicine. Glass as part of anatomy lessons. Or as light bulbs. And… Glass …