Friday, November 17, 2017

HOTSPOT: Hoeked Doughnuts


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My last time eating a square shaped doughnut was in NY 7 years ago.
So to my surprise when I have accidentally discovered a doughnut shop called 'Hoeked Doughnuts' in Antwerp that sells square shaped doughnuts I just couldn't believe my eyes and I was immediately hooked.
And because it is squared it has automatically the perfect fitting for your Instagram feed which is just great! 
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Mijn laatste keer dat ik een vierkante donut heb gegeten was in NY 7 jaar geleden. Dus toen ik in Antwerpen was en tot mijn verbazing een donutwinkel genaamd 'Hoeked Dougnuts' tegenkwam die toevallig vierkante donuts verkoopt was ik gelijk verkocht. Ik moet en zal je opeten! Uiteindelijk heb ik 2 smaakjes op en omdat ze vierkant zijn, hebben ze gelijk de juiste formaat voor jouw perfecte Instagram kiekje. Geweldig!

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hoek [hoeken]
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1. means corner in Dutch



Their shop in Antwerp may be small yet very appealing to look at because the interior is cleverly designed plus the wrapping and packaging is just great!
 #hoekeddoughnuts #hoekedantwerp #hoekedonhoeked 


MatchaMatcha & Bittersweet
Once at home I immediately unpack my doughnut box happily to see my two hoeked doughnuts intact and beautiful. It`s time to taste!
So as you can see the `bittersweet` one which is the chocolate one looks a bit bigger than the `matchamatcha` one but anyways. The bittersweet has big nice chocolate flavour but more importantly the doughnut itself which is fortunately pillowly and fluffy. Very trés yum!

The `matchamatcha` however has a totally different dough texture and has a bagel/bread texture mouth feel. Later I have learned it is made of spelt flour with seeds which makes this doughnut a healthy one. Bonus! I would have liked a bit more matcha powder flavour to it. #matchaholic
They were €2,90 per each (the daily specials €3,20) which I thought were a tad pricey. O well I`m someone who`s adventurous and willing to pay for new kind of food even it`s on the pricier side. As long it`s tasty and worth the money I would come back for sure and would I come back to Hoeked? O yeah for sure!
ADDRESS: Oudaan 4 2000 Antwerp - BELGIUM

FOOD: •••∙ 3,⁵/5
INTERIOR: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
SERVICE: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
PRICE: •• 2/5

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pre-Christmas DIY with Papercloud


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When someone asks me to come over to craft. I'll simply say: yes. Because I'm by no secret a lover of craft and creations and so when Papercloud - a Dutch puzzle and craft magazine publisher - asked me if I was interested in creating DIYs from their new upcoming Christmas crafting book I frinkin` said yes of course what an honor! I had to take 2,5 hours train to Amsterdam but it was all worth the experience.

Eventually, I have arrived at Papercloud headquarters and I wasn't alone and met other bloggers as well namely Fleur, Ivette and Irene and they were such lovely ladies! Not to mention they were all mums as well! This was new to me because I thought blogging was a teenage kind of thing and don't get me wrong, these mums were looking young! Blogging should be open at all ages anyway but this was the first time I witness blogging mums in action and how big their influences they are in the blogging world. At the end of the day we all shared the same passion: being creative.

Let's check out the behind the scene moments at Papercloud down below! 
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Wanneer iemand mij vraagt om te komen knutselen dan kom ik. Meteen! Lekker creabea zijn is wat ik 't liefst doe namelijk en toen Papercloud - die onderdeel is van de welbekende Denksport magazine - vroeg of ik geïnteresseerd was om iets uit hun nieuwe Kerst knutselboek te maken, was het antwoord meteen duidelijk. Maar natuurlijk wil ik dat! 't was wel in Amsterdam en ik moest er 2,5 uur in de trein gaan zitten maar het was het waard! O jawel!

 Ik kwam aan bij Papercloud hoofdkantoor en ontmoette gelijk ook andere bloggers: Fleur, Ivette en Irene en wat waren zij leuke dames zeg! Het waren ook allemaal moeders en dit was verrassend voor mij want ik heb altijd gedacht dat bloggen meer voor de jongere generaties was. Niet dat deze dames oud waren want ze zagen allemaal piepjong uit! Hierdoor leerde ik dat bloggen onder de doelgroep moeders een belangrijk speelt en een groot invloed heeft. En dat is best gaaf om te weten. Uiteindelijk gaat het erom dat we allemaal creatievelingen zijn, ongeacht de leeftijd!


Zie hieronder het hele proces achter de schermen bij Papercloud!


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3D Christmas Bell Origami
With DIY`s I like to get challenged so I went straight down with the most difficult one which is the 3D Christmas Bell. This DIY is quite advanced because firstly you need to make 120 individual pieces and secondly you assemble these 120 individual pieces. This took me literally 5 hours to finish the whole thing and if it wasn`t for the great help from my co-bloggers I`d have quit.
I was so happy when it was done! All the DIY that me and the other bloggers made was a sort of a final test round just to see if there are any typo`s in the instruction, misplaced photo`s and printings before Papercloud print the whole final thing and sell it at stores.
The final results will be also published as well which is super awesome of course!
120 pieces
Ready? Set? Go!
What do you need: just a pair of scissors and doses patience. What I have learned throughout this DIY process is that using a glue is not a bad idea at all because during my 120 pieces assembling, they come loose very easily and so glueing them solves this problem.

whoops, wrong move
So folding the 120 pieces was a piece of cake even though it`s a lot. Then comes the assembling time and that`s where I went wrong. I prefer images/video/real life instructions than a written text and this DIY was a written one and even though I have tried my best to read with full caution I just couldn`t wrapped my finger around it. I keep stacking the 120 pieces on top which is where I went wrong because you don`t stack it on top BUT next to each other in rows (thanks to the help of my fellow blogger).
The Answer
1. Stack it next to each other
2. Connect the end with the beginning to form a ring. This is round 1
3. Place on top of round 1 the next ring.
4. Here comes a tricky part. Flip the entire thing inside out carefully without falling apart. Once it is done continue stacking on top the origami pieces the same thing with step 1
Finished!
Can you believe that this 3D Christmas Bell has over 120 small pieces init? Pretty cool right!
The rest
A look behind the scene moments and other DIY results.
A lovely Christmas tree that instantly cheer up the entire table. Made by:

Bloggers in action!
Wonderful star mobile. I mean you can`t go wrong with stars am I right? Created by:
These 3D ornaments looking beautiful! Made by:
Fleur 
Order the Papercloud Christmas craft magazine online:


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HOTSPOT: De Pasta Kantine



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The Pasta Canteen as the Dutch name refers to De Pasta Kantine. It's an affordable Italian chain restaurant in Holland that me and Jessy went for dinner as first timers. As I was digging for background info (like a professional blogger would do) on their website, the restaurant aims for coziness, low-threshold and no-nonsense which I have definitely tasted there.

After Vapiano which is also an affordable Italian chain restaurant I wasn't too impressed by it anymore. It's a bummer because I used to like eating at Vapiano. Vapiano is still fairly cheap but the food has become so salty and the flavour has just become monotonous. I was very keen to try out De Pasta Kantine but mostly I was hungry and pasta is always a good thing am I right?
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Een tijd geleden gegeten samen met Jessy bij Italiaans restaurantketen De Pasta Kantine. Volgens de website staat gezelligheid, laagdrempelig zijn en no-nonsens voorop en deze had ik zeker geproefd in de eerste keren bij De Pasta Kantine. Fijn! 

Voorheen zou ik naar Vapiano zijn gegaan wat ook een Italiaans restaurantketen is, maar Vapiano is voor mij helaas #notdone. Ondanks de nog steeds betaalbare maaltijden, lijkt het zoutgebruik hoger en meer te zijn elke keer dat ik bij Vapiano kwam eten. De smaken maken hierdoor eentonig en dat is jammer want ik kwam graag bij Vapiano eten. Maar goed De Pasta Kantine is daarentegen een fijne vervanging. Sowieso is pasta een favoriete comfortfood voor velen nietwaar?  

     


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De Pasta Kantine

The BILL
1 bitter lemon
1 ice tea green
1 ginger ale
1 lasagne con zucchini (vegetarian lasagne)
1 linguine alle cuori (linguine pasta with mussels)
1 tiramisu

TOTAL DAMAGE: €36,10
Judging by the clothes people were wearing here you can tell it was Summer time. Oh long live the blogging delay.
Never a boring time with my girl Jessy.
liguine with mussels

So Jessy took the pasta with mussels cooked in beer. Because we are supporters of sharing = caring vision so I got a taste of this delicious looking pasta dish too and it was truly delish! The subtle beer taste makes it special and the amount of mussels is generous. The majority of the people around our table also ordered this dish and that pretty much says how well this dish is.
Surprisingly I can`t find it anymore on their menu? Lets just hope it`s a seasonal dish.
vegetarian lasagne

I too almost took the pasta with mussels but I restrained and took something else. Another dish that I wanted to try out was their vegetarian lasagne. I haven`t had lasagne in such a long time so I was pretty much craving for a good layered past dish. The lasagna was filled well (with layers of fried eggplant, homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella and Grana Padano cheese) and was not too salty either. I did sprinkled some table pepper on top because I just like to heat things up.
tiramisu

Eventually dessert which me and Jessy shared a classical tiramisu together.
It was a nice tiramisu but for me personally it could used a bit more coffee & liquor in it.
Meanwhile me and Jessy were wondering about the shoes hanging in the tree.
By the way, we ate our tiramisu inside because we got cold and the chills when we were outside. This table switching was not a problem at all as one of our young service led us to a new table inside. Happy that it was not a big deal at all, woo!
ADDRESS: Veemarktstraat 45 4811 ZD Breda - THE NETHERLANDS

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