Archive for March, 2012

March 29, 2012

Pop-Up Pork Buns Sale@Formocha Premium Tea,Saturday in Amsterdam

You read HERE how much I loved my breakfast on the 18th of this month. It wasn’t just that bun that was supertasty, I enjoyed the whole NeighbourFoodMarket that Sunday morning (read about it HERE). I love this  city, there are so many fun and tasty things to do all the time! Here’s another cool pop-up event;

On Saturday 31st March, from 11.30 – 6pm, chef FongYee Wong of the Bao Project will be representing her delicious pork (AND vega too, don’t worry!) buns at the Formocha Premium Tea shop. Pass by for a bun & a cup or pot of tea (I know I will!). Eat In (Limited seatings) Or Take-Out.

On the menu:

  • There will also be a SPECIAL: Check out on Saturday!
  • PLUS Tea from Formocha.

Formocha Premium Tea Shop, Binnen Dommersstraat 22-24HS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands . 
If you’re not familiar in Amsterdam; the tea shop is very walkable from Central Station.
TIP: Combine your breakfast or lunch at the tea shop with a visit to the biological Noordermarket/ Boerenmarkt, which is a few minutes walk away.

Old picture Noordermarkt- JH_Wijsmuller-Markt bij de Noorderkerk in Amsterdam

Old picture Noordermarkt- JH_Wijsmuller-Markt bij de Noorderkerk in Amsterdam



March 28, 2012

Food- festivals & events II

Did you notice? I really REALLY like food. Good food.  I’d like to travel the world experiencing food. That, one day will be my dream-trip.

World Food DLCS

World Food DLCS

If you “just” tuned into my blog, you may have missed my post on food festivals….. (I’m working on a way to make older posts more visible on the homepage,but I’m new to this!)

ANYWAY check out this post I wrote last year;  Food- festivals & events and drop me your opinion, info & comments!

March 26, 2012

International Jewish Music Festival & 3rd International Jewish Music Competition


Amsterdam’s International Jewish Music Festival (IJMF) is hosting the 3rd International Jewish Music Competition, October 11-14, 2012. IJMF will welcome approximately 100 musicians in 24 ensembles from around the world, playing everything from renaissance and rap to classical and klezmer. The competitions in 2008 and 2010 resulted in cash prize awards, recording contracts, and bookings, both at leading Jewish music festivals and at mainstream halls such as the Concertgebouw (the ‘Carnegie Hall’ of Europe). Registration is open until July 1, 2012.

The competition is for ensembles and individual musicians, 16 years or older, specializing in performing Jewish music with the goal of an international career. For the purposes of this competition, “Jewish music” includes all musical genres – classical, liturgical, folk, jazz, pop, world music, etc. – in which Jewish elements are clearly recognizable. Applicants for this unique competition, which takes place October 11-14, are required to submit sample recordings, a press photo and a short biography.

The prizes awarded during the 2010 competition were valued at more than 70,000 euros ($92,000). Besides a grand prize trophy made of alabaster and diamond and 5,000 euros ($6,500) in prize money, the participating ensembles competed for recording contracts, bookings and representation by a leading New York agency. Festival director Ken Gould expects the total prize value in 2012 to approach 100,000 euros ($130,000). “The Competition is a unique showcase in the Jewish music world, and this year we are inviting even more producers and promoters to come and scout among the groups.” The jury will be comprised of prominent figures from the music and recording industry. Past juries included Frank London, Hankus Netsky and Adrienne Cooper.

“These are some of the most motivated musicians I’ve ever seen,” says director Gould. “They come from all around the world at their own expense, which in turn motivates our team to make it worth their while.” But is it worth it, even for the non-winners? “Absolutely. Nearly all of our previous competitors say that participating in the competition has significantly boosted their careers.” With six months to go, IJMF is gearing up to receive applications. “More than a hundred ensembles have inquired about this year’s competition, so apparently word gets around.”

Complete information and the registration form are available online at

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March 26, 2012

To the Zoo with the sis

More than 200 species of trees and more than 900 species of animals.
A beautiful Sunday with the sis. Dankjewel zus! 

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The Royal Zoological Society Natura Artis Magistra in Amsterdam- since 1838

March 23, 2012

Heavenly! Neighbourfood market @Westergasfabriek, Westerpark Amsterdam

Last Sunday, the 18th of March, I woke up dazzled and hungry after a busy Friday & Saturday in which lots was consumed.

I was too lazy to get out of bed, too uninspired to make breakfast, so I stayed in bed, awake and browsed the IPhone. It was around 10. I was wondering what to do that day and didn’t feel very energetic. Or quick. Or awake, but I couldn’t sleep anymore. Then I read that there was a NeighbourFood market @ the Westergasfabriek, in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. I remembered I visited the 1st edition, I was not so impressed then. Then I saw something written like; “Did you go out? Are you hungry? Want to cure your hangover? Forget about making breakfast and come to the Westerpark to have your breakfast. Just make sure you wake up before 15h.” Hmmmm that sounded perfect… I hopped in the shower, jumped on the bike & went to the park. I got more and more hungry on the way….

When I reached the Westergasfabriek, I saw some marketstalls outside, there were some raindrops, there was a Dutch  girl baking very goodlooking hamburgers and I kind of  instantly decided I wanted one of those. The hamburgers were € 4,– or € 5,–; a very decent price for a hamburger in amsterdam. They looked tasty. They smelled great. There was also a stall with grilled vegetables on a sandwich, looked great too, but to kill my hunger I was really craving for some meat. The sweet waffles I saw I was not interested in. I decided I shouldn’t go for the burger immediately; there could be more choice inside, so I went into the factoryhall.

I immediately stumbled upon an Italian Mister from whom I bought a  heavenly capucino, decorated with a heart. With the coffee I walked around and was amazed by the smells, the decoration, the beauty, WHAT A WAKE UP! I wished I could visit this market every Sunday! I was happy I came so early, some people were still setting up their stands, it was not too busy too walk around and all the food was freshly made and actually in some stalls, still cooking…

The first stalls I was interested in, was ran by some Greek food-lovers. I spoke to the people of  De Groene Griek (The Green Greek), who import their olive oil from Greece. They told me about their oil and about the island of  Lesbos and said; “Too bad you’re drinking coffee, so you can’t try the oil”. I told them I’d go for a walk, finish my coffee and come back, after all, I had only just woken up.

Next I past an Italian stall… my eye fell on them ’cause their ingredients, many vegetables and breads, looked real. The boy & girl working at the stand didn’t have customers yet, were not used to standing at a market yet, and had to even call the owner of the place, Mondo Mediterraneo, to ask what was the price for the bread I wanted to buy. It didn’t matter. They were super-polite, I had time and felt relaxed. The stone-oven-baked-bread from Puglia looked gorgeous and indeed tasted much better than a Dutch bread. This is something I bought to take home. They do food and catering, I’ll check out their place soon.

I picked up a free Vega magazine and then I saw what was going to be my breakfast. Something much more heavenly than a hamburger; I was happy I didn’t immediately go for the burger outside. You may have seen a pic of my breakfast already, I posted it live last Sunday;  
It was similar to what the Dutch know as (Indonesian) bapao’s, but these “braised pork buns”  as chef FongYee Wong calls her very popular and very delicious specialty, are much tastier, very VERY heavenly I would almost say, I think they’re one of my new favourite foods! The pork meat is braised in stock, the steamed buns are excellent, she made pickles from rettich & carrot, added some chopped peanuts, grated coconut and  chillisauce too if preferred. After I ate this bun I felt regenerated. I later bought another one to bring home. I spoke to Ms FongYee Wong and the lady that acompagnied here, I just had to ask her where she’s from and where this food comes from. The explosion of flavours reminded me of Thai food, but I thought the two ladies did not look Thai (Not that I’ve met many Thai people in my life). She told me she’s from Singapore, and this food could be described as Malaysian food. I’d love to meet her again, I’d love her to teach me about food too. And if I ever organise a party or event, I’d hire her in a sec. to organise some pop-up food on location. I’m sold. Check out the Baoproject for these amazing pork buns. Chef FongYee Wong will present her buns at Claire Sullivans next pop-up dinner My Table too, so keep an eye on her! Unfortunately I will have to miss the April 3 one. When I do visit one of these pop-up dinners, of course I’ll let you know all about it. 

So I had coffee, food, I could finally think again.

I passed by the Groene Griek again, where I tried the very good olive oil from Lesbos.  I ran out of Croatian olive oil and when I came home I regretted I didn’t buy a bottle. It was obviously natural. They proudly showed me the picture of the old woman who makes the oil.

My eye then fell at their neighbour, Olivity, a Greek stall full of natural, vegan delicasies, made with olive oil, ran by Ms. Caterina Tzoridou. I loved everything she offered on first sight,  and was now ready to taste the olive oil delicasies.  I was totally impressed by the beet & walnut dip, for some reason I didn’t buy any to take home.   I did buy handmade vegan lemon-poppyseed cookies, suitable for sugar- and lactose- intolerant people, a piece of Tiropita; feta cheese crumbled pie and some coconut cake. Caterina Tzoridou, the owner and founder of Olivity, a very conscious food loving Greek woman, even gave me some cookies to try at home. Her store is in her house for now, so appointment required, but on her website you can get a bit of an impression of the well let’s say it again; heavenly Greek foods she creates.

When I left the place, with some food-goodies to test at home, I felt much better than when I woke up, and was ready to REALLY start the day. I felt tempted when I saw some stalls putting up cocktails, limoncello and prosecco, I thought it was a good time to head back home.

Haha how many times did I use the word heavenly in this post? Sorry for that!

NeighbourFood Market

NeighbourFood Market

Next edition; Sunday 22 April, from 10.00h (It’s always in the Westerpark, 3rd Sunday of the month, but the exact location in the park will change).
Do I see you there for breakfast????

More info (There are marketstalls available for the next edition too!); and

Mondo Mediterraneo

Chef FongYee Wongs Bao Project
and to stay up to date;!/BaoProject

Ms. Caterina Tzoridou’s Olivity
and to stay up to date;

Ms. Claire Sullivan’s pop up dinners in Amsterdam; My Table

March 21, 2012

For rent in Amsterdam

For rent

For rent


From April 1, a contact of mine is offering FOR RENT

55 m²

or storage- SPACE

in De Staatsliedenbuurt in Amsterdam West (The Netherlands).

If you are interested in sharing a space with (other) creative people and would like to know more details,  fill in the contactform HERE or leave a message below.

March 20, 2012


It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

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March 18, 2012

Breakfast. Good morning!

Another food fest. Pork belly bapao. Wow!


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March 15, 2012


Rokjesdag is the Dutch name for Skirt day. It’s the first day in spring that all the women and girls are suddenly wearing a skirt with bare legs underneath. A great and beautiful day is what Martin Bril thought. Martin Bril was a famous Dutch writer and columnist, who made the definition “rokjesdag” really popular in the Netherlands. Because of Martin Bril the definition “rokjesdag”  is nowadays established in Holland.

Rokjesdag in the Netherlands

The author, poet and columnist who died in 2009 will be honoured on the anniversary of his death with a special “rokjesdag”. This event consists of among other things of a skirt party a skirt exhibition and a skirt design contest. The collection “rokjesdag” will also be published.

I don’t think it’s skirt-day today yet, but it finally feels like spring is on its way… 




Thank You Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


March 13, 2012

Radio FIP

There used to be a time (Highschool time that was) that I spoke a bit of French. I was pretty good at it but didn’t develop my skills.

To not forget everything I learnt AND to listen to beautiful, jazzy- or world- and often unique music, I often listen to French radiostation FipFIP (originally France Inter Paris) is a French radio network, founded in 1971. It is part of the Radio France group.

Check it out, what do you think?