Tuesday, November 2, 2010

White Bean & Feta Burger

After seeing this recipe for White Bean Burgers I altered it to my taste buds (as in more veggies and extra spices) to create a White Bean & Feta Burger with home made taziki + Grilled Cougette. On the side, Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Lime dipping sauce!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Portugal: Beaches and Belem

Enjoying the summer sun in Lisbon 
should always include pistachio ice cream from Santini near the beaches at Cascais...

The custard tarts in Belem are a 'must-eat' kinda thing when visiting Lisbon,
but I can't say this was my favorite snack since I'm not a big fan of custard.
However, I did have a nice time people watching in the old cafe where they were served.

Looking back, there were moments where this felt like a bit of a long trek
for a somewhat disappointing snack but, but oh well.
As they say, you can't win 'em all, especially whilst traveling!

For cheep, scenic transport (from Lisbon to Belem) just take the tram.

I wandered through after the custard tart tasting. Aside from others taking a summer stroll, there was an amateur gymnastics festival going on...although it was not nearly as photographic as these pretty trees, which I relaxed under for a while before heading back to Lisbon.

All in all, it was a lovely day!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sail Away

Wow! This summer has flown by so quickly!
Here are a few images from the Sail 2010 exposition in Amsterdam...

Have you ever seen SAIL before?
I first visited these tall ships back in 2005 while visiting Amsterdam as a tourist.
I think it's fantastic that I got to see them yet again while living here.
Funny how life works out like that, isn't it? 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Via Mijn Fiets: Mini Mini

Dutch of the day: Street = Straat

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rock'n'roll is here to stay

Everyone enjoys a little surprise now and then... especially when music and booze are involved. I can now say in all honesty that my life in Amsterdam involves Sunday afternoons enjoying beers with friends at the Brouwerij 't Ij complete with an impromptu performance 
of 'Johnny be good' with a Dutch accent, of course.

Yes, that's correct. It's a car rigged with amps! This group pulled up to the beer garden to perform mid afternoon jams! Excellent! I love Amsterdam because random, delighful things are always popping up.

Spending time with friends is great. Add a few beers and sunshine to the mix and you've got an ever better situation. But most importantly, I'll never forget the guy who paused mid run (in 1970s short shorts) to show off some hilarious & enthusiastic dance moves. 

Anonymous-dancing-runner-guy then continued on his way as if supremely awkward leg wiggling and arm flailing hadn't just occurred. A roar of applause from the audience was aim especially at him!  I salute anyone with enough confidence to run around Amsterdam in disco booty shorts...especially those who can dance like a mad man while doing so. I was laughing too hard to snap a photo of this occurrence, but I promise it really happened.

This my friends, was a perfect Sunday Funday.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer Sweets: Ginger Berry Tartlets

These little treasures which I like to refer to as Ginger Berry Tartlets
are incredibly tasty and equally easy to make...

Simply mix 2 cups Marscapone with
1tsp. fresh grated ginger + 1 tbs. honey in the food processor.
 Fill the sweet pasty shells and top it all off with fresh fruit slices, yum!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Views from Lisbon's Miradouros

Lisbon is fantastic. I leave the flat terrain and clouds in Amsterdam and traded up for hilly, coastal views in Lisbon. I'm not gonna lie, it's exhausting, climbing up and down with steep steps in Portugal's capital city. But, aside from raising your heart rate, these hills allow spectacular views of the city. A variety of miradouros (viewpoints) around Lisbon are perfect spots to take a break, knock back an espresso for a quite caffeine boost or sip on sangria during sun set. These view points are also a great spot to people watch, since many locals gather here with friends. Or, spend an evening dancing in the moonlight with friends and wine while you pull an all nighter before your 7am flight back to Amsterdam.

After a little walk around town, I stopped at the Miradouro Santa Caterina for some sangria.

Then, met up with a Rotterdam friend from CouchSurfing...
we spoke Dutch while the sangria continued to flow...

The little park at the Santa Caterina view point

View across the city of Castelo Sao Jorge from São Pedro de Alcântara

Above Lisbon at the Miradouro de Senhora do Monte

Free Film Festivals in Amsterdam... All Summer Long!

If you're in Amsterdam looking for something fun (and free) this summer, check out a variety of film festivals happening around the city. Let's just hope it doesn't rain too much! You can get all the information here from the article I just wrote for

What are you favorite free summer activities?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

It's the Final Countdown!

Today is the day! Amsterdam is a buzz with excitement! It's not even noon yet and everyone is blowing vuvuzelas and honking their car horns. I'm about to trek outside soon and cover myself orange and look surprisingly normal. The celebrations last all day- and then again on Tuesday when the team comes home!

Here's some photos from the a variety of games that I've been watching all around Amsterdam. We started to watch the Netherlands vs Uruguay game at Museumplein but it was just too insane so we headed back to a friend's house to watch Holland win!

The wild scene at Museumplein.

And this is what happens after thousands of people cram together to watch football.

Please note that vuvuzelas are way harder to work than I thought!




Thursday, July 8, 2010

Via Mijn Fiets: Electricity

Dutch of the day: Electricity- Elektriciteit

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunny Days in Vondelpark

I recorded this over the weekend- the weather was absolutely perfect! 
We spent the 4th of July in the sun on a picnic blanket. 
There were a few sparklers involved, too. 
I just can't convey with words how many bikes there are here so I thought a videos would be sufficient! 


Friday, July 2, 2010

Hup holland hup!

Amsterdam is a sweaty sea of orange and beer! Oraaaaaaanje!!!! What an exciting time to live in Amsterdam!
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From Portugal with Love

I didn't exactly get around to typing up my adventure stories today because instead, I spent most of my time after work making this little gem. I don't like getting too personal on here, but I was a bit bummed that my mom couldn't make it to meet me in Lisbon. We had been looking forward to this trip together for weeks! 

Naturally, I wanted to capture every moment of the trip but especially to show her the scenes she had been anticipating for so long. So, I suppose this is some kind of digital postcard for anyone who wants to travel around Lisbon but can't make it over there just yet. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Via Mijn Fiets: Bike Love

Dutch of the day: Sweetheart- Schatje

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lisbon Favorites

After an action packed week in Lisbon, it's taking some time to sort out all my adventure stories.

Here are some of my favorites moments...

Stopping for a mid-day coffee or sangria at the Santa Catarina Miradouro

Blue skies 

Exploring ruins in the city

Enjoying Bario Alto with new friends by night

Summer celebrations 

Praca dom Pedro IV

Colorful tiles around the city

Bold, bright colors 


Drying laundry on balconies of colorfully tiled buildings

Climbing giant hills to see the sights from Lisbon's famous miradouros

Wandering around the city 

Art deco architecture 

Taking in historical scenes while riding Tram 28

Putting the fun back in funicular

Relaxing in shaded parks to escape the sun

Reading a book on the beach at Cascais

Stumbling upon free jazz festivals

Read more about my trip to Lisbon here

Let's Color!

I just got back to the Dam after a great holiday in Lisbon. Thanks to lack of sleep and a wonderfully sociable time in Portugal, I'm currently feeling a bit exhausted and overwhelmed with the combo of work plus writing articles and editing hundreds of photos from the trip. The city was drenched in sun and climbing the high hills killed my legs while providing spectacular views.

Here's a little something magical to buy some time before sorting out all my Lisbon adventure stories. I jut stumbled upon this organization called Let's Color. They're i the process of turning bleak grey areas into rainbows to encourage positivity around the world. Check out the videos below, they're sure to put a smile on your face.

"Grey is out. Gloom is gone. It’s time to live our lives in colour... A mission to spread colour all over the world. We are working together with local communities across the globe, rolling up our sleeves to paint streets, houses, schools and squares."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ola Lisboa!

Lisbon has a lot of adorable windy cobble stone streets, lined with candy colored buildings but the hills are so steep here!
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