Posts tagged ‘London’

May 16, 2014

Home; Beautiful city of Amsterdam.

My home.

Beautiful city of Amsterdam.

During a cycle ride yesterday I made the shots below . I keep on writing about other places I love; Croatia, Slovenia, London, Barcelona and I don’t want you to think I don’t love my city.

 

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

 

 

Don’t you think Amsterdam is beautiful too?

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April 8, 2013

Food Markets

The best food markets I’ve ever visited were in Barcelona and London.

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria (Catalan pronunciation: [ɫə βu.kəˈɾi.ə]), is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona,CataloniaSpain and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.

La Boqueria by DLCS Management

La Boqueria by DLCS Management

La Boqueria

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in SouthwarkCentral LondonEngland. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, and sells a large variety of foods from all over the world. 

Borough market by DLCS Management

Borough Market

Borough Market by DLCS Management

Borough Market

Have you ever been to any of these two markets?

What is according to your opinion the best food market in the world? 

More info about my favourite market in Barcelona: http://www.boqueria.info/index.php?lang=en

More info about my favourite market in London: http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/

June 21, 2012

Snowapple in London

One of my favourite bands from Amsterdam is currently in London. I’m jeallous. I  want to go back to London!
If you are in London, I would like to recommend you to visit one of Snowapple’s concerts. You will not be bored or dissapointed, I promise!

I wrote about them before (they’re just really really cool!), check: https://dlcsmanagement.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/christmas-carols-and-goosebumps-snowapple/
  and https://dlcsmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/de-tanker/

Here’s the info I just copied from their newsletter:

Snowapple is now in London! We would like to let you know that we are doing a really great theater show with lots of musicians and lots of great new and old songs. We might even surprise you with some opera. Please let all your friends and (music/theater/film) contacts know.

Check out the flyer below and for a sneak preview, see: 
Vital coordinates are as follows:
Tuesday 26th June, 8:00 PM at
The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London ((http://space.org.uk/))
Entry: £12/ £8
Keep Music Live,
Una, Fanny & Laurien
Revieuw:

“These three talented young multi-instrumentalists and singers from Amsterdam are full of musical surprises – I caught this trio of Dutch songbirds by chance, playing a short impromptu set at The Runcible Spoon restaurant in Bristol in the autumn, where they charmed their audience with sweet harmonies, light up-beat numbers with a country feel and most of all their quirky, joyful delivery. SnowApple’s music is infectious and has a feel-good quality that will put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.”

Rina Vergano, Venue Magazine

ALTERNATIVE FIXTURES
June20/06/12 Snowapple at the Troubadour, London
Wednesday the 20th of June, 8:00 PM at The Troubadour, 267 Old Brompton Road

£6

27/06/12 Snowapple at Lumiere, London

Wednesday the 27th of June 8:00 PM, at Lumiere, 88 Chatsworth Road, Hackney
Free Entrance
http://lumierelondon.blogspot.com/28/06/12 Snowapple at AAA, London
Thursday the 28th of june, 8:00 PM at AAA, 11-13 Kensington High Street
£7/ £5
http://www.aaa.uk.net/whats-on/discovery-2-present-snowapple/

30/06/12 Snowapple at Different Folks, Proud Camden, London
Saturday the 30th of June, 6:00 PM at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town
July01/07/12 Snowapple at The Boogaloo, London
Sunday the 1st of July, 6:00 PM at Sunday Sundae in the Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road
£5
Snowapple Lon flyer

Snowapple Lon flyer

If maybe perhaps (possible, right?)  you don’t like the music in the clip- above,  you should go to one of their concerts anyway. I’ve never experienced any artist as versatile and different (already at this age!) as Snowapple performing live before…

www.snowapple.nl

June 12, 2012

All day breakfast at The Breakfast Club in London

I could have made this up; a place where it’s possible to have BREAKFAST ALL DAY.Sometimes you just feel like having breakfast. Sometimes you’re in a different rythm. Anyhow, breakfast is always good. Recommended to me by Tiller’s Tale over here , I thought I didn’t have enough time left to visit the place, so I kind of forget about it. Until we were looking for a place to have lunch, in the pooring rain in the vicinity of Liverpool Street Station (Spitalfields) and ran into The Breakfast Club Cafe.


Having had my first Full English the day before….. and some toasts and homemade English marmelade this morning for breakfast, it was time to have something very filling again. I ordered bangers on a roll with sweet onion chutney and a portobello mushroom (We call a roll a bun on this side of the sea), with a ginger beer. The ginger beer was great! I wish I could buy that over here!

My brunch at The Breakfast Club

My brunch at The Breakfast Club

My brunch at The Breakfast Club

My brunch at The Breakfast Club

My brunch at The Breakfast Club

My brunch at The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club  serves up everything from the traditional English to Pancakes and Eggs Benedict. They even take into account those worried about fitting into their skinny jeans; they serve mueslis, porridge or fruit salads too. As the day progresses they move on to a range of wraps, burgers, burritos, pies, sharing plates and salads. All this washed down with fairtrade lattes, smoothies and a range of beers, wines and cocktails.

The Breakfast Club Cafe's menu

The Breakfast Club Cafe’s menu

Interesting detail; when my brunch-partner ordered a glass of tap water, it was served in a Grolsch (beer) beugelfles. Very stylish, like the rest of the establishment. I love the looks of the place. The design is beautiful and I definitely felt at home.

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior - Ladies room

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior – Ladies room

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior - Ladies room

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior – Ladies room

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

The Breakfast Club Cafe Spitalfields interior

http://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com

June 12, 2012

Vietnamese street food restaurant Pho in Soho, London

The only Vietnamese food I ever consumed are Vietnamese loempia’s (springrolls). This changed when I visited London. From now on I love Vietnamese food like I love Indonesian (got some of my grandmoms leftovers for lunch at work today, woohoo!), Thai, Malaysian, Japanese and Chinese food. But when I think of it…is there any Asian kitchen I don’t like? I’m not very familiar with Korean  food for example yet but I’m sure I’ll like it too, for me it’s never too exotic…..

Pho opened in Clerkenwell in June 2005 as London’s first Vietnamese street food restaurant.
They’re family run, small, informal and serve great value, deliciously healthy and authentically prepared Vietnamese food . They specialise in the Vietnamese national dish, pho, an amazingly tasty and nutritious noodle soup, as well as other wonderful Vietnamese foods, coffees (served Vietnamese style including the renowned weasel coffee! ), beers and fresh juices. They now have 5 restaurants in London and one restaurant in Brighton. Pho Soho is right in the middle of Wardour Street in a listed building once home to a famous furniture designer of the 1790’s. It’s a uniquely shaped restaurant with lots of character – original brickwork, old sash windows and 3 fireplaces. Pho Soho seats around 58 and offers Pho’s full menu eat in and takeaway seven days a week.

Check the menu http://www.phocafe.co.uk/files/menus/eatin_soho.pdf

We entered the busy place around 2200 pm, were told to have a drink at he bar, but we were already seated after 5 min. We kicked off with some kroepoek; prawn crackers with chilli sauce. I ordered Bun Bo Hue, a hot ad spicy brisky beef soup or pho, served with a chilli shrimp paste (This dish tasted like it was made especially for me! It contains everything I like!)  accompanied by a homemade lemonade with limes & Vietnamese Hanoi vodka. It tasted like an unbelievably good lemonade without vodka. I saw the waitresss poor in the vodka, it was definitely there. I’ll have to figure out how to make such a lemonade before the picnick season starts again (it’s rainy. Very rainy.). TIPS?

Pass by Poh if you would like an affordable & filling & very tasty dinner. Or lunch ofcourse.
More info:
Monday to Saturday 12 – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 10pm
Address: 163-165 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WN,
http://www.phocafe.co.uk/



So… What is your ultimate lemonade-recipe (Don’t worry, child-friendly-lemonade is perfect, the rest comes later.) ?

June 8, 2012

Abraxas at Covent Garden London

Last weekend when I was in London, we  went for a walk in Covent Garden. We arrived by tube via James Street Station on the Piccadilly Line. What a lovely place!


Covent Garden by DLCS

Covent Garden by DLCS

We ran into a live concert and listened to some beautiful classical classics with a modern and funky twist. The musicians were playing with passion. These guys really enjoyed performing and I totally enjoyed their performance.


String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond - by DLCS

String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond – by DLCS

The Abraxas Ensemble was formed in 1999 as a string quartet,  has a large variety of repertoire to suit all tastes, from classical through to jazz, traditional and pop arrangements

Christian Halstead leads the Abraxas Ensemble.  I got in touch with him through Abraxas’ website, to ask who were the artists performing. Here’s a part of his reply:
Our group is run as a ‘collective’ of players, as we are not always all available! Four out of five of the players on Friday can be found on our website; myself (Christian Halstead), Margaret Jackson, John Garner & Philip Kelynack. The viola player depping with us on Friday was Amanda Drummond.


 I hope to see you on your next visit to Covent Garden.
With best wishes,
Christian


String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond - by DLCS

String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond – by DLCS

The way Amanda Drummond, the viola player, as well as the rest of the band present classical music, I love.  They were playing, they were having fun.. I did not grow up with classical music. I had to learn to apreciate it. The experience I had when I hear Abraxas, makes me love classical music.

I read a review of a concert Amanda Drummond played at recently, where the writer of the article, Alison Bentley describes perfect how I felt; http://londonjazz.blogspot.nl/2012/06/review-courtney-pine-europa-at-bath.html ,

Amanda Drummond‘s viola had at times a classical/rock sensibility, like the Kronos Quartet playing Hendrix, or bluesy jazz-folk, like Regina Carter. The audience loved her gypsy passion in the Eastern Deuteronomy.
Covent Garden by DLCS

Covent Garden by DLCS


Definitely do pass by Covent Garden when you are in the neighbourhood.
http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/
http://abraxasensemble.com/
http://londonjazz.blogspot.nl/

June 7, 2012

Lon V

London was simply amazing. I love that city! I liked it much more than I expected.

Some things are really tough to get used to though, I can manage crossing a street without getting hit by a car, I simply look into every direction before I cross ;) .

Look right by DLCS

Look right by DLCS

But on the tube (which made me apreciate my bicycle and the max. 25 min. cycle distance with which you can reach about any place in Ams, even more) I get lost. You walk on the right sight of the left stairs. My brains didn’t seem to want to understand this. I was non-stop in the way of other people in a hurry and then they apologised to me after bumping into me, the Londoners are soo polite! Another thing I didn’t understand in London was why most bathrooms have a separate pipe for hot & cold water? I had never seen this before…

 

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June 3, 2012

Lon IV

Haha :p

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June 3, 2012

Lon III

Borough Market; heaven In London. The coolest place in Lon. Yes, even more cool than Camden Market! The best market I’ve ever been to….

Not sure if it was a good or a bad thing I came here after my English brekkie…

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To be continued.

June 2, 2012

Lon II

My 1st English breakfast in London!

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