Monday, December 31, 2012

A touch of snow

The last day of the year has arrived and we've only had a touch of snow here in Amsterdam! 
You won't hear any complaints from this Florida girl,
but a little snow always sets a nice tone for the holiday season,
which has all to quickly come and gone. 

Earlier in this month, we had some snow flurries so, I headed over to Vondelpark with a friend
to snap some pictures during our afternoon winter walk.
Later, we warmed up with a few glasses of mulled wine over at the Blauwe Theehuis.

Good thing we did we took our chance,
 since this turned out to be our only snow for the entire month of December!

The last day of the month (and year!) seemed a fitting time to share a few snowy photos...

It's been so balmy lately, that I'm even a bit worried for whats to come in the following months...
maybe frozen temperatures and tons of snow like a few seasons ago??

I'm so curious for what 2013 has in store!
  Happy New Year + Gelukkig Nieuwjaar everyone!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Around Town: Marits Huiskamer Restaurant

The Marits Huiskamerrestaurant is a quaint, neighborhood spot that has been on my to-list for a while, after discovering it through the blogging grapevine (thanks for the suggestion Amanda!)

I quickly embraced the idea of a lovely home cooked (vegetarian) meal with family and friends... without having to do any of the preparation or dishes!

When November rolled around, this was the perfect place to take my mom and my Dutchman in celebration of their autumn birthdays.

With a set menu that changes seasonally, the delicious vegetarian dishes are prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients.

We relaxed in Marits' cosy living room restaurant, with a bottle of organic red wine and good conversation. It was the perfect combination of a friendly atmosphere, good company and of course, fresh, tasty food!

Marits was such a friendly and gracious host and as a testament to her cooking, still I can't seem to get the sage ravioli off my mind, yum!

Marits Huiskamer Restaurant
Andreas Bonnstraat 34H
1091BA Amsterdam

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weekend Wanderings: Kröller-Müller Museum

Nestled deep within the De Hoge Veluwe, a 5,500 hecter woodland, the Kröller-Müller Museum is home to a vast collection of 19th and 20th century artworks.

My mom chose a visit to this museum for her birthday outing so, along with my friend Kate (another Floridian expat) we made the hour-long trek from Amsterdam east towards Apeldoorn.

We proused the forest grounds, snapping photos of autumn leaves and if the weather hadn't been so drizzly, we would have definitely taking a spin on the the white bicycles available for visitors to borrow.

Instead, we captured leaves and pinecones for our (then) upcoming Thanksgiving party and then once the cold started to bite our fingertips, we headed inside to browse the gallery. 


The three of us were really looking forward to viewing the huge Van Gogh collection.
Actually, this private collection boasts the most Van Goghs in the world! 
It was unbelieveable how many well recognized paintings were part of this collection.
If only I had millions to support a massive art collection...

Helene Kröller-Müller collected more than 11,500 artworks and in 1938 she and her husband open the doors to their museum-home. The grounds also come complete with a gorgeous hunting lodge that, unfortunately for us, was under construction at the time.

Oh Mama, you sure do make me smile!

The autumn colors were absolutely stunning despite such dreary weather (thanks, a lot Holland),
here are a few more photos of the surrounding forest...


Although I love the convenience of living in Amsterdam's city center,
and the added perk of cycling just about anywhere,
there's just something special about taking a road trip.
Maybe that's the American in me?

 I'd really like to check a few more museums around the Netherlands off my list
and thanks to my museum card most of the are free to enter!
Plus, staying inside finding inspiration in artwork is a great excuse to avoid cold weather.

Do you have any recommendations? I'd love to hear them!