Monthly Archives: November 2013

HUGO’S BAR & KITCHEN

– M

Remember how happy we were when, a few months back, Franklin Bar & Kitchen settled in Amsterdam? Now double that feeling because the owners opened a second Bar & Kitchen: Hugo’s!

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Located at Hugo de Grootplein, this latest edition to Amsterdam’s hotlist has it all: exquisite food, nice crowd and great atmosphere. Did I mention the food already?

Because that’s something which absolutely stands out: you can choose from quite a range of dishes and pick the small or larger version. Luckily, us millennials are used to making lots of choices plus the good thing is you can never go wrong here at Hugo’s.

We started off with some homemade bread and eggplant caviar, then shared a salad with brussels sprouts and shrimps, guinea fowl with couscous, figs and hazelnuts and a tartare of scallops. All gone in no time, that good!

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And no perfect dinner without dessert. We went for, what’s called, the ‘After Dinner Dip’, and since this one is all about chocolate, sharing was out of the question. This is the kind of dessert which instantly makes you smile and think about those days when you were helping out your mom baking goodies, when actually all you did was lick the spoon! See for yourself: 

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Hugo’s is not only worth a visit for the food, it offers a cozy place to have (outstanding) cocktails and, bonus, they serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday!

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Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen. Hugo de Grootplein 10.

http://barhugo.nl

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HAPPY FRIDAY

– M & N

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you enjoy your weekend to the fullest.
Let’s start by watching this 24 hour music video of HAPPY. We promise it’ll make you smile!

HAPPY

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FISH TACO’S

– N

You know those evenings where you want to eat something really good, simple but it won’t take up too much time to make?
Well, then I have just the recipe for you. These fish taco’s are just too good really. They are healthy and wipped up in a heartbeat. I must confess that I made them a little bit more naughty by adding a bowl of nachos with cheese and jalapeños from the oven… I just couldn’t resist, oops!

What you’ll need:

2 firm fish fillets. You can use halibut, catfish, sea bass, basically any white fish you like! If you can, get ’em fresh from the market.
Dried chilli flakes
1 tbsp lime juice
Oil
Lettuce
Tortillas
Sauces:
Lime and coriander mayo
Guacamole 

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Start by rubbing your fish fillets in the chili flakes, lime juice, oil, salt and pepper. Make sure both sides are done.
In the meantime, grab your bag of nachos, sprinkle a good layer of cheese on top. Decorate them with some jalapeño peppers and put them in the oven. They’re done once the cheese is melted nicely. (I could so make a bowl right now…)

Now, it’s time to make your dips.

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Guacamole:
Chuck your avocados, lime juice, salt, pepper, chopped onion and red chilli pepper into your blender. Press the button for about 5 seconds and your guacamole is done!

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Lime & coriander mayo:
Grab a bowl and add about 4-5 teaspoons of mayonnaise. Add a handful of coriander leaves, some lime juice and salt & pepper. Mix it all up and you’re good to go!

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Now, that’s all done, you can heat up a pan and lay your fish fillets in.
Bake them until they are cooked well.

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Your nacho’s should be good by now, so you can take them out and put them on the table.
Use your heated oven for your wraps, they only need about 30 seconds to heat up.

Cut your fish into manageable taco-sized bits.
Put everything on the table!

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Now, all you have to do is make a nice little wrap for yourself

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And DIG IN!

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H&M X ISABEL MARANT

– M

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Within 24 hours, H&M will open its (virtual) doors to the exclusive H&M X Isabel Marant collection which means we have exactly 1,440 minutes for final preps. If this collaboration meets the success of previous ones like Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Victor & Rolf, we need a plan.

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The French designer Isabel Marant is praised for her Parisian chic style. A style with bohemian, urban influences, yet elegant and full of ‘ je-ne-sais-quoi’. Signature pieces like the wedge sneaker or the suede boots were instant hits. She recently teamed up with H&M and created a stunning collection of must-have pieces.

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Given the fact that the H&M stores will show endless queues and the online items will be sold out in no time, it’s important to know what you’re after. Luckily, we have picked our top 5 pieces to help you create a shortlist:

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One can never have too many black leather pants. Goes perfectly with this red sweater.

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An oversized winter coat to keep us warm.

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Basic white tee, to wear with the silvery jacket.

Make sure to call in help from your friend/colleague/neighbor to be ready steady go when sale starts tomorrow!

H&M X Isabel Marant

http://www.hm.com

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NOVEMBER FAVOURITES

-N

The leaves have turned into these beautiful shades of yellow and orange, the air is getting crisp, most of the days the rain is tapping against our windows: oh yes, autumn has sprung upon us. It feels like it has only just begun, but we’re already heading towards serious winter colds. Luckily though, this morning it has been sunny and beautiful. It does feel like it has suddenly become a bit more chilly, but I love it. It’s time to turn up the heat at home and to grab yourself a nice comfy sweater. I have been doing some serious research for you and here it is: my favourite november outfit!

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Gotta own a maxi skirt! They are so comfortable and you can either glam ’em up with high heels or turn it into an edgy look with all stars or biker boots.

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This white T-shirt from T by Alexander Wang is just simply the perfect white tee.

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A wool cardigan to keep you warm from Brandy Melville. I think I could live in this one!

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A cool jacket to complete your outfit.

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My all time favourite biker boots. They are available at Cottoncake and always sell out fast, so be quick!

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Top it all off with a small cute bag from Modemusthaves.

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And as us Dutchies do everything on our bikes, we need some good gloves to protect our hands from freezing and falling off…

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And last but not least: Diptyque candles for you home.
I think you’ll be ready for November now.  And we promise to go all out with different favourite posts in December; from christmas gifts to party dresses. So keep an eye on our blog!

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GLUTEN FREE GOODIES

– N

It’s gluten-free blogweek! 19 Dutch gluten-free bloggers will blog about different topics for 7 days straight.
And as one of my very close friends has her own gluten-free blog, GLUUTS, we decided to do tackle this one together. Given our mutual love for yummy goodies (ahum, understatement) and my history in baking, we chose to make something deliciously sweet, packed with flavour and of course gluten-free. We tried and tested two different recipes, but one of them was just simply a winner for me.

Ok ok, I won’t leave you in anticipation any longer…
I present to you: fudgy pecan brownies.

What you’ll need:

90 grams of unsalted butter
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
350 grams of chocolate chips
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup chopped up pecans

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Preheat your oven to 175 degrees and line out your baking tray with parchment paper.
Grab a bowl and whisk the cornstarch, cocoa, cinnamon and salt together.

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Set the bowl aside and get a small saucepan. Now heat up your butter and chocolate chips, let it melt completely until it’s all soft and creamy.

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I know you want to dive in already, but keep yourself together. The best is yet to come.
When it’s all melted, stir in the sugar and then add the eggs one at a time.

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You won’t need a mixer, you can just use a fork, a spatula or a whisk.
Add your chocolate heaven into your other bowl and mix it all up until it’s nice and smooth!

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And now, to top it all off, add your pecans. It will give your fudgy brownies a nice crunch.

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Pop ’em into the oven for about 20 minutes. If you insert a toothpick, it should come out with a couple of sticky crumbs. Then you know you’re good!
In the meantime grab a cup of tea, chat away with your friend, have a giggle…

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And when you hear the *ding* from the oven: run, take out your brownies, leave to cool for a bit and DIVE IN!

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If you want to know more about gluten-free week or just gluten-free living, have a look at Valentine’s blog on www.gluuts.nl.

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