Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HOTSPOT: IKEK



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Happy times happened during the summer because my smarty pants Jessy got graduated from uni and I'm mega proud of my girl! This asks for a celebration & quality time meet up! And the place we chose to do it was in Breda, one of my beloved Dutch cities.

Here we had lunch, tea time and dinner (more of that coming soon) because that's usually how we spend our time together. For tea time we have discovered a pretty cool place called 'In Kannen en Kruiken' which literally means 'In Jugs & Jars'. Come and scroll down and discover IKEK along with me down below! 
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Blije momenten werden in de afgelopen zomer gevierd want mijn knappe vriendin Jessy is geslaagd voor haar uni en ik ben mega trots! Dit moest gevierd worden en dus hebben ik en Jessy een datumprikker gedaan en al gauw hebben we een keuze gemaakt voor de plaats van ontmoeting: in een van mijn geliefde stad van Nederland Breda.

In Breda hebben we heerlijk geluncht, high tea gedaan en tot slot diner (meer hierover binnenkort). Voor nu ga ik het hebben over de high tea en deze hebben we gedaan bij 'In Kannen en Kruiken' en deze plek staat officieel in mijn favoriete to-go lijstje! Scroll gauw naar beneden toe en ontdek IKEK! 



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We Ordered:
1 beer
1 affogato coffee
1 cheesecake
1 orange tart  
( Did you know that IKEK bakes either gluten-, lactose or sugar free cakes and pies? And most of the ingredients are also organic! Bonus! )
Jessy and beer = a bit tipsy Jessy, haha cheers to our almost 3 years blogging friendship!
ORANGE TART

I was quite excited about this slice as you don`t see many orange tarts or cakes on menus in cafés. This orange tart is also a healthy one as it is made of almond, tumeric and pomegranate and the colors and the presentation of this slice looks really good to the eye as well! I can`t wait to dig in! As expected the tart happily tasted like orange but it was also dry unfortunate.
Bummer! Overall it was ok and I liked the idea of healthy baked sweet options.
CHEESECAKE

Our second sweet choice was this cheesecake and it`s made with cream cheese, coconut sugar and fresh raspberries. Yum that sounds like music to my ears! Again, like the orange tart this cheesecake looks pretty good to the eye and I took a bite. Since this cheesecake is supposedly a healthy cheesecake, the texture and taste is a bit different than the regular `naughty` ones. It`s less fatty, creamy and sweet yet this cheesecake is still smooth and has a good ratio in sweet & tard taste and I love the raspberry init!
Inside IKEK
Too be honest, if I live permanently in Dutch city Breda, I think IKEK (In Kannen en Kruiken) would be my weekend go-to lunch place because IKEK has a (city)indoor garden! Which was by the way the first thing that made me cross over the entrance of IKEK, dragging Jessy alongside with me because I just love the idea of having a cup of coffee in greenery yet at the same time in the city as well. Also love the vintage meets industrial interior touch inside.
ADDRESS: Veemarktstraat 45 4811 ZD Breda - THE NETHERLANDS

FOOD: ••• 3/5
INTERIOR: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
SERVICE: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
PRICE: ••• 3/5

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My attractions in rainy France



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Going on holiday is one thing but hoping for great happy weather is another. Last Summer when I was in France we had rain almost everyday, unfortunate. It didn't rain all day long luckily and me and my friends did absorbed some sun rays every now and then leaving some tan on our skin. Yay! That's when we enjoy going outside and explore the area!

But when it is raining well it's too bad but that doesn't stop us and we still went outside and explore because there's a saying that goes: "there's no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing".

Check out what me and my friends did on our rainy day in France here below.    
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Op vakantie gaan is een ding. Hopen voor een zalig warm weer is het volgende. Vorig zomer was ik samen met vrienden naar Frankrijk gegaan en helaas we hadden bijna iedere dag regen gehad. Het regende gelukkig niet aan een stuk door en wij hadden gelukkig ook wat vitamine D kunnen opvangen met als resultaat een kleurtje op onze huid! Dan is buiten zijn gewoon heerlijk!

Maar wanneer 't regent is het jammer, maar dan nog gaan we naar buiten, want er luidt niets voor niets 't gezegde: "slecht weer bestaat niet, alleen slechte kleding".

Hieronder lees je over wat we gedaan hebben op een van onze regenachtige dagen in Frankrijk.

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Musée Maurice Dufresne
When you rather stay dry on a rainy day and you happend to like history, art, dusty old things and don`t mind to learn a bit here and there then museum trips is a great time to spend your rainy day with. Me and my friends went to a museum called `Musée Maurice Dufresne` and it`s a museum with a huge collection of vehicle, machinery and other antiques. Honestly not my kind of museum I`d go to since I`m more an art museum person but this museum was still interesting and amusing!
This vintage fair candy stand is pretty! Probably my favorite piece of this whole museum.
I was also impressed by the area outside around the museum. So green and nice!


Basketland Theme Park
Ok just kidding it is not really a theme park but a town called: Villaines-les-Rochers and has around 1000 residents.

Small and very countryside yet super peaceful as well and there`s more to this little town! Villaines-les-Rochers is locally famous for their traditional handmade baskets and weaving which drawn my attention to: I want to score an awesome new basket/bag!

TIP: don`t go on a Sunday (like we did) because most of the shops were closed.
I don`t have problems with ants but this one is just terrifying!
Impressive? Yes. Expensive? YES. And I get it is handmade and all such and I love supporting local artisan but even the smallest bread basket was around €40! Sigh, too bad and disappointing because I was hoping to find a nice basket/bag.
Town decor
In lovely basket theme of course!
Home
Back at our old French house where A. made delicious pasta dish for dinner and where this old French house showed it`s shortcoming: leakage!
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Château de Villandry



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For my little trip to France last Summer, I made a little to-go list of places of want to see in France/Tours area. Which is what I usually do with every trips and vacation. I tend to try to make a small to-go list because I don't want to over-organize my trip that might leads to disappointment or frustration so instead I want to balance it out with a bit of 'go with the flow' kind of way. Lets see what kind of good surprises me and friends find in France right!

But one of the thing that I reaaaally was on to-go list was to see a beautiful château (means castle in French). In total we've visited two châteaus and one of them is called Château de Villandry. Read all about it below here! 
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Voor mijn trip naar Frankrijk deze zomer heb ik een to-go lijst gemaakt van plekken die ik graag wil zien in het gebied Frankrijk/Tours. Niet zo heel gek want ik doe dit bij alle trips. Wel probeer ik de lijst beperkt te houden en niet te afhankelijk van te zijn want 1. dat kan leiden tot teleurstelling en 2. frustratie. Het is tenslotte vakantie en daarmee is het soms ook fijn om gewoon onbevangen je dag door te brengen en zo nu en dan verrast te worden wat op je pad tegenkomt!

Maar een ding op mijn to-go lijst was wel zeker, namelijk dat ik moet en zal een château (betekent kasteel) betreden. In totaal heb ik dan ook twee mooie chêteaus bezocht en een daarvan is Château de Villandry. Lees en zie het allemaal hieronder!

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Entrance
I tried to bargain my way in by showing my `legally` studentcard. The ticket lady refused to give me student discount. Not that I was caught -cough- but apparently the age for being a students in France stops at age 26 (I`m 27). So that was a losing case anyway but anyways, worth to try.
My favorite rooms
As expected everything was perfectly set up, pretty much dustfree and polished! Lots of lovely art work and portraits of previous owners hanging around the walls as well and I really enjoyed the following rooms: the kitchen, the dining room and the bedroom.
You don`t see it well in the picture sadly but these glassware has a beautiful `oily` sheen on it and it is just too gorgeous to drink from.
This wooden flour is love!
This château has many bedrooms but this happen to be my most favorite. It`s less dramatic decorated than the other grand bedrooms and maybe because this is also a children`s bedroom. I also love this desk detail with actual homework stored
inside.
I'm in awe of this ceiling! (The Oriental Drawing Room)
An Alice in Wonderland garden
Just like the château and the rooms inside, the garden is also very pretty set up, well trimmed, very squary organised and just gorgeous.
Couple goal
Eagles point of view
Climb the Keep onto the rooftop and take a breath and enjoy!
Conclusion: Château de Villandry is like a little village on it`s own.
On our way out, the château also has this cute gardenershop with overpriced items.
LUNCH!
After the château visiting it was time for lunch! We went to a cozy small Frenchy town called `Langeais` where we entered our way in via this cool bridge!
'Pont de Langeais'


I have forgotten the name of the restaurant where we had lunch but everyone took the vegetarian dish except one meatlover amongst us who enjoyed his dish with rabbit leg or was it duck? Anyways it was a good lunch deal followed with a nice slice of lemon meringue pie!