Friday, November 29, 2013

To Travel - Gjelina Los Angeles

I was very flattered when when of my readers asked me tips about San Fransico and Los Angeles.

Can't believe i never shared my favorite places around the gold coast with you!!

To start of:

Gjelina and Gjelina Take away!
I mean,

just look at those pictures, and you'll know why I was drawn to test eveything in this place!
an absolute must go in Venice!


pictures sources: internet

To Eat


1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sinterklaas is coming to town!

Looking for your not-so-typical kids present for Sinterklaas?

Make sure to check out this website!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

To Cook - Pink Soup

Never ever ever thought about mixing up beets with coconut milk and avocado,
but damn it works!!

got the recipe from one of my favorite new foodblog discoveries,

This is the recipe
but make sure to check out the rest of 'bookmark'-worthy blog

Pink Soup with Roasted Onions and Broccoli
2-3 small to medium beets – peeled and cubed
2 garlic cloves – minced
sea salt
2 small to medium red onions – peeled and quartered or cut into eighths, depending on size
grape seed oil
1 head of broccoli – cut into bite-sized florets
2 cans Thai coconut milk
pinch of chili powder or a dash of cayenne
1/2 lemon – juiced
1-2 ripe but firm avocados
freshly ground black pepper
arugula leaves for garnish

1. Add beets to a medium-sized saucepan along with the garlic and a pinch of salt and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until beets are tender.
2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F (180 C). Place onions on an oiled baking sheet, lightly brush with oil and roast until golden, for about 20 minutes.
3. While waiting for the beets and onions to cook, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil and blanch the broccoli for 3 minutes. Immediately transfer into an ice-water bath to stop the cooking.
4. When the beets are tender, add in coconut milk and a pinch of salt, bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Add in the broccoli, stir to heat it through and then remove from the heat. Squeeze lemon juice over the soup and adjust salt if needed.
5. Cube the avocado. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with roasted onion wedges, avocado cubes and arugula leaves. Serve with sourdough and/or sprouted bread avocado toasts.

To check out:

Tuesday Tune - Broken Bells

Broken Bells - Holding on for life

Monday, November 25, 2013

Travel - Fat Radish - New York

It has been on our side bar must do list in New York since forever,
but it was writing about The Leadbelly that made me realize that I haven't written about the Fat Radish.

There isn't a day that goes by I don't think about their dukkah on flat bread!!

Dukkah what?

Bought dukkah at Ottolenghi in London after I saw a recipe in their book.. and just had to have it!
Didn't know what it exactly was or what it tasted like, of what its uses for but the ingredient list sounded very promising!

So I played around with it,
but it wasn't until I tasted The Fat Radish Dukkah on Flatbread dish
that i had a Dukkah revelation!!!

Dukkah mixed with olive oil, salt flakes, flat bread,
It was like salty healthy nutella!!

Words cant descibe it!
But let me tell you!

Not a day goes by! Not a day!!

short recipe to make it
For the dukkah
70g hazelnuts, with their skins
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp dry green peppercorns (or white, as an alternative)
3 tbsp coriander seeds
1½ tbsp sesame seeds
½ tsp nigella seeds
½ tsp Maldon sea salt
1 tsp paprika

So exept for the dukkah ( that got me hooked in a sec) I actually love everything about this place!
Amazing dishes, seasonal, market to table vibe, beautifully decorated, great little touches here and ther ( a bike, those truckers cap, a fat radish as a starter and some great piece of artwork

Put this place down on your must do list!!

To Eat
Check some of their recipes online: