Have 24 hours in Amsterdam and willing to pack in what you can? Here’s what you can do: Continue reading
Dining al fresco by the River Weser is the way to go if you are in Bremen, Germany. If you like steak, seafood, pasta and good drinks well then Le Gril by Loui & Jules is the place for you.
Beautiful view, great atmosphere and excellent service.
The French/Italian food is served with Continue reading
“You have to eat at Solbar.” After hearing this repeatedly I made my way to Solbar a Michelin Star-rated restaurant in the Solage Resort in Calistoga. A huge outdoor patio full of beautiful trees and surrounded by mountains is a great way to take in Napa. The 95 degree day prompted me to sit inside but the large windows, vaulted ceilings and rustic chic vibe was just as enjoyable.
The 95 degree day made an easy choice of the chilled sweet corn soup. It was refreshing and the chunks of avocado with the magic combination of lime juice and cilantro gave the soup an extra creaminess and zing.
The organic Coke Farms baby lettuce salad was ripe and crunchy Continue reading
A taste of the Yellow Tomato Gazpacho served with celery and fennel relish, Hass avocado, citrus crème fraîche is perfect for a light summer bite. The Broiled Wianno Oyster was a rich bite with Pernod Creamed Spinach, smoked bacon and gremolata. Last and definitely not least, the Lobster Croquette was rich and full of flavor and texture with crunchy corn, smooth gravy and roasted shallots.
We had dinner with friends in the impossibly cute Jordaan neighborhood at Seasons in Amsterdam. To get an inside peek and a close up of all of the food check out the Tastemade video I made.
As you can tell by the name there is a seasonal menu, the service and prices are great. This is a good place for a relaxed dinner with its cozy feel and laid back diners. Make reservations as it is small. Continue reading
Walking down the Prinsengracht, one of the three main canals dating to the 17th century in Amsterdam, on our way to the Rijksmuseum hunger hit us right as we passed a cute cafe called Henk. The sun was out and it was a beautiful day to people watch so we grabbed one of the two tables out front. We sipped our delicious cappuccino while we decided between the quinoa or chicken salad, vacations can be so stressful…
We decided on the salade met kip, doperwten, tomaat en avocado a.k.a. salad with chicken, green peas, tomato and avocado. It was fantastically simple but packed with flavorful with the extra kick of the rich parmesan shavings. The green peas were edamame and the tomatoes tasted like they were picked from the garden that morning.
Henk is small with a bar featuring wooden boxes for shelves in the front of the restaurant and a small dining room with white walls and wooden chairs. The vibe guarantees this is a cool place for a drink or dinner. If you find yourself on Prinsengracht definitely stop by Henk.