October 29, 2013

Last few random shots of Amsterdam

Just a few random shots I thought I would share.

Loved the cheese tasting...

October 22, 2013

Autumnal

Autumn - the season of red and orange landscapes, rain, boots, trench coats, knitwear, scarves, warm drinks, pumpkins, tartan and halloween.

My favourite season, without a doubt.

Here is some autumn inspiration for you...

October 14, 2013

Amsterdam Part 5: Headfirst Coffee

Headfirst Coffee was definitely the coolest, trendiest and modern coffee shop of the bunch. They share the space with another company called Harvest & Co that sells all sorts of vintage furniture and accessories and it turns the place into a rather one of kind space with a rustic and modern feel at the same time. It looked like something you would see in one of those lifestyle magazines.

As we went during the early afternoon, the shop was quite light and airy, but also quite inviting. The staff were super friendly and the coffee was so good, I wanted another cup (but I restrained myself).

I swear this is my last coffee in Amsterdam post! So hopefully, my posts would have given you some options, if you find yourself in Amsterdam and you love coffee. Let me know if you have any other recommendations, on the off chance I find myself back there... I hope.

October 11, 2013

Amsterdam Part 4: Coffee Bru

I'm still not done with Amsterdam posts. Expect another 2 maybe after this one?

One of the coffee shops that I really wanted to try, was Coffee Bru, mainly because of the name. In my mind, it had to have some connection with South Africa, given the name :)  And I was right. During a friendly chat with the baristas and thanking them for the lovely breakfast and coffee, I asked them if there was a connection and apparently the owner lived in South Africa for a while, before opening the shop. It's such a clever name, I love it. Plus, the decor was appropriately African themed.

One thing I thoroughly enjoyed about Amsterdam, is being able to understand most of the Dutch words everywhere, it being so similiar to Afrikaans. So, reading menus was absolutely no big deal at all. Having deciphered the Dutch menu, I had granola with yoghurt, dates and figs. This came with seperate honey and "gembersiroop" i.e, ginger syrup. Never would I have thought to pair dates with natural yoghurt, but oh my goodness - so delicious with honey drizzled on top.

Husband loves his croissants with butter and jam, so that's what he had plus we had a pain au chocolat which we shared. We had cappuccinos (the usual), which was really good. I definitely rate it and would recommend their coffee any day.

What I loved about this place, besides the coffee and food, was the fact that its quite roomy with lots of available seats, a dedicated kiddie area and hooks for your coats. It's not in the busiest part of the city, so its fairly quiet. It also has outdoor seating and obviously free wifi.

Can I just say Amsterdammers are the nicest people ever? Seriously, so friendly and accommodating. Coffee Bru was no different - the staff were lovely.