Month: November 2015

A DAY FOR ART

I’m excited to tell you about my recent visit to the Escher Museum (or Escher in het Paleis) in the Hague. It is an incredible exhibition in what was formerly the Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands, which features prints by the famous Dutch artist Escher. Escher’s work is so unique and distinguishable. The way magic, perspective, and illusions are intertwined is fascinating. Go and see for yourself! What also impressed me is the palace itself. Absolutely gorgeous! Each room has a unique chandelier. The best is that the rooms can be hired for receptions, special occasions, and exclusive dinners. Pretty awesome, right? Advertisements

LOVE COCONUT

I am completely obsessed with this rich in protein tropical fruit, and there ain’t just one reason. Not only do I love the taste of coconut, but I am all for when it comes to its health and beauty effects. Coconut-derived products are increasingly being used in foods and home kitchens. The coconut contains coconut water when it is still young. This water turns into coconut milk when the fruit is left in the palm tree to mature. Below I share with you some of the health benefits of coconut and reasons why you should love it as much as I do. Promotes weight loss and boosts your immune system: Coconut contains the good kind of fat. It consists of mostly medium chain fatty acids, which are assimilated  well by our body and turned into energy. Some other benefits of the saturated fatty acids: they help deal with viruses and diseases, react with bacteria, and have antimicrobial effects. Workout: Coconut water acts as a great hydrator for your workouts, although be mindful that it’s not your best …

‘TIS THE SEASON

It’s that time of the year again. Christmas lights, gorgeous shop windows, sparkles,  and cosy moments – what’s there not to love!? This festive season, to beat the queues and stress around your Christmas shopping, make sure you plan and don’t leave everything till the last moment. I usually make a list but always stay open for new gems that come my way. And to add the finishing touches, De Bijenkorf, definitely a Dutch favourite chain, has a great collection and variety of handmade Christmas cards. All done! – Time to kick back with a glass of your favorite something. What is your shopping strategy this season?

SkyLounge Amsterdam

Just like every metropolis, Amsterdam has its SkyLounge rooftop bar with a beautiful terrace and breathtaking view of the city. It’s on the 11th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton, just a few steps from Amsterdam’s Central Station. I first visited the bar for after-work drinks with colleagues and in an instant I fell completely in love with it. Don’t forget to try the cocktails! ‘Meihana’ comes in a coconut shell (unfortunately not a real one) and tastes amazing. Although I very much enjoy the night view, the bar is a great place to go to any time of the day. It is perfect for coffee, lunch, or a quick bite.