Category: Food

Lissabon, through the eyes of a local

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to another travel story on this blogspot. This time it wasn’t me that was travelling this beautiful planet earth.  Prepare yourself for all the great food hotspots, (who doesn’t like food??) in Lisbon! My friend Daphne lived in Portugal for 5 months and she wrote this amazing piece of work about all the must-visiting places in Lisbon.

”She said :After 5 months living close to Lisbon I am eager to share you my fav spots in this fantastic capital!”

Bambu
Let’s begin with this cosy place on the Avenida da Liberdade. This is a street with high-end fashion stores, it is a 10 minute walk from the city centre. At first sight, Bambu looks like an ordinary kiosk but in fact it has an awesome city vibe. Friendly staff, good music and even better tasty vegetarian-, Asian and Thai food.  Even locals will make a stop on the terrace of Bambu to enjoy the Thai curry soup, homemade ginger lemonade, vegetarian salad (picture), or an afternoon cocktail.  Already hungry? This are the opening times: Every day from 10:00-02:00, Address: Avenida da Liberdade 13. Good to know: Free Wifi

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Fabrica Lisboa
You are searching for a heavenly brunch? This is the place! Besides the best cheesecake in town they also have different croissants, sandwiches and salades. And not to forget fresh juices and a good espresso. Great way to start your day! These are the opening times: Monday closed, Tue-Fri 08:00-20:00 in the weekends from 9 am till 7 pm. Address: Rua dua Madalena 121.

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Gelados Santini
I think I can say I am a hardcore ice cream lover and in Lisbon I was searching for good ice cream and guess what?! I found the best! Santini is located in the Time Out Market as well in the city centre. Everyone wants a scoop of Santini, take note because the waiting line is very long. But I didn’t wait longer than half hour and it was totally worth it! My favorite flavors are raspberry, greek joghurt and mango. These are the opening times: Everyday from 11 am till noon. Address: Rua do Carmo 9 (city centre) and Avenida 24 de Julho 49 (Time Out Market).

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LX Factory
If you like the Foodhallen in Amsterdam or the Fenix Food Factory in Rotterdam you will love the LX Factory in Lisbon. As the name can tell LX was an old textile factory outside the city. It is well transformed into a wonderful mishmash of art, food and shops. Take the elevator to the roof terrace to have a great cityview (picture), get a fresh haircut at the hairdresser or take a look in the bookstore. These are the opening times: Everyday from 11 am till noon. Address: Rua do Carmo 9 (city centre) and Avenida 24 de Julho 49 (Time Out Market).

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Good to know: There is more to do in the weekends for example the first weekend of May there is a beer festival (Pátio da Cerveja) at the factory, must-see (and drink)!

Esplanada da mata
This hotspot is still a bit unknown so expect to see only locals here. If you need to escape from the crowdy vibe in the city centre just go the park; José Gomes Ferreira, also called Mata de Alvalade. In this park, near the airport, you can find the small bar Esplanada da mata. They have German beer, tasty sandwiches and real organic juices.  And if this didn’t make you enthusiastic enough, they also have great live music in summer. On their Facebook page you can see who is playing when. Opening times: Mon-Fri 12:00-22:00 and in the weekend from 10 am till 10 pm. Address: Avenida Almirante Gago Coutinho, Parque José Gomes Ferreira.

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Good to know: The bar doesn’t open when it rains

Lost In
Another hidden secret in the city is the Lost in. This hotspot is in Bairro Alto (‘’the Upper hood’’), a district in Lisbon with the best atmosphere, at least in my opinion. From the outside you will think it is a clothing store but if you walk through the shop all the way to the terrace you will be amazed! The umbrella’s and couches in all the bright colors give the small venue the extra touch and you just want to take a powernap in the shadow. But don’t forget to order the delicious homemade lemonade and dito spinach salade, you will not be disappointed.

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The place is always really crowdy with mostly locals so go early if you want to have a spot with a great city view! Opening times: Mondays from 4 pm till noon and the rest of the week it opens already at 12:30. Address: Rua Dom Pedro V 58. Good to know: Lost in also has a less fancier restaurant without terrace places on number 56. 


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Park
When your in the area of Bairro Alto you must go to the best roof terrace in Lisbon called Park. It can be a bit difficult to find because it is on the top of a garage. Just go in the elevator at the beginning of the garage and go to the top floor. Take the stairs to enter the terrace of Park. The view is breathtaking and also the atmosphere is so relax you just want to sit there all day. And why not? The place is also amazing in the evenings, just sit back and relax, drink a few Park cocktails and enjoy the live music. On the Facebook page of Park you will find an exact summermonths schedule with different DJ’s. Opening times: Mondays from 1 pm till 2 am and closed on Sundays. Address: Calcada do Combro 58

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Tartine
I already told you about a great brunch spot (Fabrica Lisboa) but nobody can have enough brunch spots right? With my roommate and good friend Joy we started our ‘Foodie day’ with breakfast in this place and it was so delightful I can recommend it to everyone. Joy had scrambled eggs and toast and I ordered granola with organic yoghurt. But we looked at the other full tables and everything they have looked tasteful. I can’t wait to return and have a grand brunch! Opening times: Mon-Thu 08:00-20:00 and in the weekend they open at 10 am. Address: Rua Serpa Pinto 15a.

Time Out Market/ Mercado da Ribeira
I hope I made you enthusiastic to visit Lisbon and if you do so there is absolutely one place you can’t skip. Mercado da Ribeira is one big modern indoor market with a lot of different high quality food stalls. I went there with Joy but also with my friends who came to visit and it always was a lovely experience.time out marktet 2

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‘’What do you want to eat today?’’ is the only question to worry about in this eat walhalla. The market offers –ofcourse- a lot of typical Portuguese food but you will also find delicious Pad Thai, sushi and ice cream (Santini). The prices are maybe a bit higher than you are used too but it will be one of the best markets you will ever visit!  Opening times: Sun-Wed 10:00-00:00 and Thu-Sat 10:00-02:00. Address: Avenida 24 de Julho 49.

 

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I hope you enjoyed my blogpost. I had fun trying and finding all this great food and hidden gems in Lisbon!

With Love, and have a great day Daphne.

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Quick bites (for at work)

Hello everyone,

I just started working at an office which I am really exited about. The only thing that concerned me when started working was eating healthy. I can be that very lazy person who will spend her (lunch)breaks in the canteen/cafetaria. I am a 100%  motivated to avoid that! Today I will share with you my quick bites which don’t even require a knife or a vork. These quick bites will keep you full and be able to live a healty lifestyle at work.

1. A good breakfast is key, if you start the day with something filling like oats and grains it will help you to feel awake, energized and full. Ready to start the day! I usually start the day with a bowl of oats with some low fat yoghurt. Another tip is to take time for your breakfast if you have trouble with eating in the morning because it is better to have breakfast than not to.

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2. Fruits & Veggies. Take a tupperware box with you or something you can keep your fruit and vegetables in. Take fruit and vegetables with you that you love to eat, then you are more likely to actually eat them during the day. I brought some cherry tomatoes and some grapes.

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3. Lets go nuts. Nuts are full of vitamins and will give you energy. You only need a handful to keep yourself healthy and fit. My choice of nuts are walnuts and cashews nuts.

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4. Go back in the day and make yourself happy with some raisins. As a kid I used to get raisins as a snack from my grandmother because it is a healthy snack. So why not use raisins as a snack when you are older? Raisins are full of vitamins, fibers and minerals.

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5. When it is 4 o’clock I need a pick me up. Fruit, nuts and vegetables will not do at this point. That is where I need my bouillon, or cup of soup. The saltness wakes me up!

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Have a nice day everybody. With love Irina ♡

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Scheveningen Pier

Hello everyone,

Just like the famous Santa Monica Pier in the United States, we have a less famous one in the Netherlands located in Scheveningen (the Hague). The Pier in Scheveningen opened in 1961 and was closed in 2013. After renovation this year the Pier is reopend in July 2015. There are many new cool things to do and look at on the Pier so I thought I would share some pictures with you. It is an absolute must do or see when you are in the neighbourhood, it feels like you walk into a foodfestival. Where there is food, life is good.

Here are some pictures of the bars & foodtrucks at the Scheveningen Pier.

On the 28th of August we ate burgers at Pickles, Burgers & Wines. It was soo goood. I actually want one right now! The seasoning over the fries is just to die for.

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The entrance of the Scheveningen Pier

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One of the bars at the Pier

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Lovely gelato’s at the Pier.

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Good looking spaces to chill out with a view over the sea.

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A Flammkuchen foodtruck, so many choices!

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At the end of the Pier there are two restaurants, the Pier North and the Pier South. Both spaces have something unique.

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When the weather is good you can also eat on top of the Pier.

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Come out and take a look lovely people!

Have  nice day, with love Irina


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Hotspot: Mama Kelly

Hello everyone,

Sunday the 02nd of August was my 24th Birthday! I had a blast, and celebrated it with friends on Solar Festival in the Netherlands. The next day I went out with my parents to grab dinner in one of the new hotspots in the Hague, Mama Kelly. The Restaurant opened in April 2015. Mama Kelly is located just outside the heart of the city on an industrial area near a canal. Plus side, because it is outside the heart of the city you have lots of parking space, for free! Mama Kelly is a bigger restaurant, or as they call themselves an Urban Bistro. The menu is quite simple, you can choose lobster or chicken, ofcourse there are also vegetarian options such as risotto and other options as fish and steak.

Mama Kelly

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Overall the main focus of the bistro lies on lobster or chicken. You can have your lobster or chicken in three different but all very tasty flavours, it is served with fries and salad. I had the lobster and it was amazing, I love to eat lobster when there is  a  special occasion. Mama Kelly is a great restaurant and the food is amazing. Because it was very sunny we ate outside on the terrace which is huge by the way!

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The service is great, it is so important for a new restaurant to have great staff it really can make or break your restaurant. Because it was my birthday I received a FREE yes, free bottle of prosecco with balloons on it from Mama Kelly. That was not all, on the bill they wrote a nice thank you note, and wished me all the best in the next year. That really made the whole Mama Kelly experience perfect.

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Overall, just go, eat, drink and have fun at Mama Kelly.

Wish you all a lovely day, Irina

 ♡

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Fit Food

Hello everyone,

Disclaimer: I do not write this post to say that people need to be skinny or should be losing weight. It is just that I adjust my food in order not to gain weight when I don’t have time to work out. Everyone is beautiful and it is just about the feeling you should have in your skin. Never judge others on their weight.

Since last year I kind of have been stuck with my ass on a chair to study, study and do some more studying. All my life I have been pretty sporty except from the period when I was 15 until 16 when I was a rebel teenager and found boys more interesting than working out. But for the rest of the time I was horseriding, for 15 years more than twice a week at least. After horseriding I discovered surfing from the age of 17, and I started kitesurfing when I was 20. Now, the last 3 months escpecially have been very sportless, and I don’t like that. Working out makes you happy, fit, feeling better in your skin and more energetic and I must admit I miss that feeling. Because I do not have time to work out in the coming weeks either because of my thesis writing process (which goes very slow) I thought I should plan my meals so that I don’t ‘over’ eat when I am not excercising. So Mike and I went onto the bodyenfitshop website and ordered some healthy stuff.

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To start off we bought some healthy bread spreads, you know we as Dutch people love our bread and cheese, but it is not the most healthy option everyday. We also bought some superfood meusli, you don’t need much you will feel very full after I promise! And some superfood rice crackers they always come in handy when you need a snack.
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We bought some vitamin pills for men and for women cause you know, we are getting older too, and we need those vitamins! Then I also got, and that is where I am the most exited about, the smart protein powder to make shakes! This powder can replace one of your meals during the day. It has all the important stuff your body needs but not the calories. This powder is what I use to stay the same weight as I am right now. The shakes make you feel full, so you can survive the afternoon without cravings for snacks.

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The good thing about the Body & Fit shop is that over a certain amount of money I think 30 euro you get some free gifts. This time we got pancake mix and a pink shaker bottle which I am obsessed with. For if you don’t know pink is my favorite colour.

Have a wonderful day everybody, and be sportive!

With love Irina♡

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Date Night

Hello everyone,

In this blogpost I wanted to write about how to make a date night fun!
Sometimes it can be hard what to choose, going out and do fun stuff, or stay inside and chill out. If you decide to stay inside I have a tip to make your date at home a success. Whether if it is your first date or with your boyfriend or your husband this idea will suit all couples or dates. Cooking toghether gives a topic to talk about if it is your first date. What kind of food do you like? Do you cook often? Are questions you could ask to break the ice. My tip to make a ”stay in” date night fun is to make pizza! My boyfriend and I do love the Italian kitchen especially pizza and pasta. Making pizza ourselves is kind of tradition because my mom always makes pizza herself, and it was always a feast at home since I was little. The making process together is so much fun. Flipping the dough in the air, throwing all the food you like onto the pizza it will definitely make your date a success.

Don’t forget girls, pizza making can get quite messy. Ofcourse you want to look beautiful for your date but put on some nice casual clothing which still looks good when messy! If you can’t have fun because your new expensive dress gets dirty it will ruin the date. Have fun, be yourself and you will be gorgeous naturally. It will make him fall for you, if not then he is just not the right type for you. But al least you have a good pizza to eat after to soothe the idea that this date will not turn into your future husband.

Hereby I insert a picture of the pizza we made last week.

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Good luck with baking people & enjoy your date night.

With love, Irina

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