Sunday, March 26, 2017

HOTSPOT: Round & Round


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Last week I was back at Round & Round also my favorite café of Rotterdam because they had a weekend specialty in their menu. It was matcha  (green tea) involved and it's no secret that I like to try out new sweet matcha things so here are my thoughts and happening about it.

My other times at R&R:
 Date with Elisa -
Date with Jessy -

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Vorige week was ik terug bij Round & Round, oftewel mijn favoriete café van Rotterdam want ze hadden een weekend specialiteit op het menu staan! Het was met matcha (groene thee) en ik probeer sowieso nieuwe zoete dingen. Vooral met matcha dus hieronder mijn bevindingen erover.

Mijn andere keren bij R&R:
- Date met Elisa
- Date met Jessy

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Round & Round - Rotterdam - The Netherlands


Matcha azuki bean chiffon sandwich &
spicy chai tea
Or as the Round & Round girls says: `green in a pack`!
Matcha azuki bean chiffon sandwich

This was a weekend specialty and I just had to try it out and so I went to R&R last weekend what appears to be sold out at first! What!? Luckily one of the R&R ladies told me that the next batch would be ready in 5 minutes and of course I have the patience for that. I was super relieved! Maybe it was a great timing after all because this also means I get to have a super fresh cake. And no sooner said than done, the chiffon sandwich was done and served within the announched time ready to be eaten. Hurray!

The chiffon sandwich was wrapped up nicely in paper and the azuki bean filling was generously filled up. The cake itself was amazingly fluffy and not too sweet with subtle green tea flavor sending my belly to a happy place. Yum!
Spicy chai tea

Alongside with a nice cuppa tea. Could have been more spicier in my opinion but overall very refreshing one!
Because most tables were taken, I had to share a table with a company that had hightea together. Actually I was the one crashing this party but o well, the company didn`t seems to be bothered but I made sure I finished my food faster.
New menu look!
Address: Hoogstraat 55A, 3011 PG Rotterdam - THE NETHERLANDS

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

DIY: Slouchy beanie

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Back again with a brand new DIY for you! Crochet yourself this easy slouchy beanie style and is also great for beginners in crochet too. You can use any desired type of wool though a tip: use a thick yarn by the size 3,5 - 5. The type of yarn I have used are fair-trade handmade sheep wool who are woven by women from Nepal. Thanks to a fair-trade organisation these women receives a fair and square loan  which gives me an extra good feel when I bought these wool. These wool feels warm and rough and apparently suitable to create felt balls as well. Nice!


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Ik ben weer terug met een nieuwe DIY! Dit keer leer ik jullie hoe je een stoer en nonchalante beanie kunt haken en de patroon hiervan is ook zeer geschikt voor beginners. Daarnaast kun je elke soort wol gebruiken, maar ik heb wel een tip voor jou: gebruik naald formaat 3,5 - 5. Ik gebruikte onder ander een prachtige bolletje schaapjeswol die fairtrade is, gemaakt door de vrouwen uit Nepal. Deze vrouwen verdienen een eerlijk loon dankzij deze fairtrade organisatie. Dit gaf natuurlijk een extra fijn gevoel toen ik deze wol aanschaf. De wol voelt lekker warm en ruw aan, en het schijnt ook geschikt te zijn voor het maken van viltballetjes. Leuk!

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You`ll Need
3,5/4/5 sized yarn - hook 3,5 to 6 mm - pair of scissors - stitch markers
fair & square wool
These are beautiful handmade woven wool by women from Nepal.
These women also gets a fair wage earning by making this wool thanks to a special fairtrade-organisation called `Tilingo` and that is of course wonderful! The wool are also available in many other colors and each ball of wool of 50 gram costs €3,95.
I knew I wanted to make a beanie once I saw this amazing color.
I bought 2 balls of yarn just in case but you can actually make 1 beanie from 1 ball of yarn.

Yellow makes me...
...happy
Instructions
1. Begin with a magic circle.
R1: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), add 11 doublecrochets in circle, join to top of chain 2 and pull loop tight (12)
R2: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), add another doublecrochet in same stitch, add 2x doublecrochet in each stitch, join (24)
R3: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), 1x doublecrochet in next 2 stitches, 2x doublecrochet in next stitch, repeat these steps throughout this round, join (32)
R4: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), 2x doublecrochet in next stitch, 1x doublecrochet in next 3 stitches, repeat these steps throughout this round, join (40)
R5: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), 2x doublecrochet in next stitch, 1x doublecrochet in next 4 stitches, repeat these steps throughout this round, join (48)
R6: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), 2x doublecrochet in next stitch, 1x doublecrochet in next 5 stitches, repeat these steps throughout this round, join (56)
R7: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), 2x doublecrochet in next stitch, 1x doublecrochet in next 6 stitches, repeat these steps throughout this round, join (64)
R8: chain 2 (counts as first doublecrochet), 2x doublecrochet in next stitch, 1x doublecrochet in next 7 stitches, repeat these steps throughout this round, join (72)
R9: chain 2, 1x doublecrochet in all stitches, join (72)
R10 - R29: repeat steps of R9.

NOTE you don`t need to finish to R29 because from R10 you can depend how long (or how slouchy) you want. The more rows you create, the slouchier your beanie will be. For myself I have made 15 rows in total. Basically just crochet these rows until you reach your preferred length.
R-- : chain 1. 1x singlecrochet in each stitch in the backloops.
R-- : repeat the previous row in the next 4-6 rows. Fasten off and leave a tail. Tuck the tail inside the beanie.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

sushi, ginger tea and pie

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Here are 3 mini Hong Kong hotspot reviews (A Nice Gift, Genki Sushi, Zoë) because on each on its own they contain just to little blog material to have their own blogpost each, so hence this merge together solution. I hope these hotspots will trigger inspire you for your future planned HK trip and otherwise I hope it triggered your hunger. It does to me at least because I am craving for good sushi meal right now.


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Hier zijn 3 mini Hong Kong hotspot reviews (A Nice GiftGenki SushiZoë), want als ik ze apart met ieder hun eigen blogpost moest doen, gaat het niet lukken. Ik heb namelijk te weinig blogmateriaal om het blogpost-waardig te maken. Ach ja, vandaar deze fusering met z'n drieën! Hopelijk dient het ook als een inspiratie voor je toekomstige trip naar HK en anders hoop ik dat ik je goed-honger heb gemaakt. Ik althans wel, want tsjonge ik snak enorm naar sushi nu.

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 A Nice Gift - Wanchai - Hong Kong 
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Ginger tea with fish balls
`A Nice Gift` is a Taiwanese inspired and based tea & coffee shop with little snack offering such as fish balls and noodles.
Not sure anymore but you get 10 pieces of these yummy fish balls with simple but really good seasoning on top. Especially the pepper is really good.
And of course my ginger tea who was made by my dearest cousin G. was nice, has a good amount of heat, not too sweet and refreshing. Thanks cousin for the little behind the scene at the counter as well!
 Genki Sushi - Wanchai - Hong Kong 
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From left to right

longfin tuna with spicy sauce // deep fried oyster // salmon sashimi
veggie udon // veggie croquette // eel & cheese roll
eel handroll // edamame // scallop skirt

 Zoë - Tsim Sha Tsui - Hong Kong 
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I walked to Zoë for a dessert after supper and it was quite late in the evening already and because of that the cake display looked empty. But I can image how 10x pretty it might look like when it`s fully stocked.
Simple but delicious banana cream pie.
Accompanied with good yarn work and good berry flavored tea.