Food of The Hague, Have it Slowly…

Food of The Hague, Have it Slowly…

Eat, Travel
National Food Soused herring On many aspects, Dutch food shares similarities to the British cuisine. It, too, has fish and chips, but instead of having the fish covered in batter and deep fried, they love their soused herring, which is raw fish preserved in brine and seasoning. Caramelised waffle Friets: Frietwinkle The chips, known as 'friets' are another national dish. At Frietwinkle, chips are cut using a press, then blanched, followed by frying. Step 1: Cut Step 2: Blanch Step 3: deep fry, then toss with salt  Step 4: Enjoy, yum yum There are different sauces to go with the fries, we had the satay sauce. Can you guess what the hole on the arm of the chair for? I am sure you already guessed it. It acts as a holder…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 5: The Hague

Backpacking through Europe Part 5: The Hague

Art, Backpacking through Europe, Travel
When I told my friends that The Hague was one of the destinations, they all tried to persuade me to go to Amsterdam instead. I was told that there is not much in The Hague, and it is quite boring. Well, I am so glad we stuck with our decisions, and visited The Hague. The place did not feel very touristy, and there were plenty of beautiful architectures and art works to see, exactly my cup of tea. The Hague, or Den Hagg as the Dutch calls them, locates at the West coast of Netherlands. It is the 3rd largest city, just after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It is the home of the Dutch government and the Supreme court, although not being the capital city itself. The reason would have to…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 4: Keukenhof

Backpacking through Europe Part 4: Keukenhof

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
My earliest idea of Netherlands was it being the hometown of tulips. Such that, visiting this place has always been on my bucket list. So on the third day of our European trip, we set off to Keukenhoff, also known as the Garden of Europe, where millions of tulips are exhibited every year. There are two organised bus tours, one taking off from Amsterdam, and the other the Hague. We hopped on the latter one. On the way there, we already saw miles and miles of colours, all of which were the tulip fields. These tulips are often cultivated for the bulbs rather than the flowers.   Keukenhoff opens from mid-March to mid-May, with April being the best time of the year to visit. However, the preparation starts much earlier than…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 3: Anterwerp

Backpacking through Europe Part 3: Anterwerp

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Visiting Antwerp was not in our initial plan. We were going to the Hague that day. Antwerp was just on the way. Why not, so we decided a little detour. Upon the arrival at the Central Station, we were already impressed. This station, designed by Louise Delacenserie, was probably the most beautiful one I have encountered. So majestic, no wonder Antwerp was once the richest city in Europe. Here, the backpack is making its first appearance. Yup, we carried the bags on our shoulders that day. Luckily, we packed very light.  The name Antwerp, or Antwerpen literally means 'hand to throw'. The legend has it, that the river of Anterwerp was guarded by a giant. If the passing boatmen did not pay their toll, the giant would cut off one of their…
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Food of Brussels

Food of Brussels

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Since human civilisation, culinary art has been an integral part of people. Food tells so much of a country's history, culture and its people. For us, food is a very important element of travelling. We often find if the place doesn't offer good food (i.e something unique of the place), it would feel like something is missing.   Moules-frites (Mussels and fries) To certain extent, Moules-frites is the national dish of Belgium, just like how Fish & chips is for Britain. Many theories surrounding on why frites are so popular in Belgium. Some have suggested this maybe because that the Belgian farmers were the firsts to embrace potato farming, hence the early access. Yet, some have stated that the frites were suppose to be substitutes of fish back in the 18th century.…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 2: Brussels

Backpacking through Europe Part 2: Brussels

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Have you checked out the first stop of of our European trip? If not, I suggest you click here Now onto our second stop of the backpacking trip, the capital of Europe: Brussels! Brussels was very quiet compared to Bruges, perhaps, because of the Easter holiday weekend. To summarise Brussels: impressive architecture, but underwhelming 'pissing boy', known as the Manneken Pis I was taught about the little boy in primary school; the boy saved the whole village by urinating on explosives, becoming the national hero of Belgium. Sure, there are many versions of the story. In my mind, the statue is the symbol of Belgium. Many people aggregated in front of this bronze statue. I was very excited, but only to find it was not how I imagined. The statue…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 1: Bruges

Backpacking through Europe Part 1: Bruges

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Written by Cotton's Daddy. Bruges has always been a place I really wanted to go, due it being a UNESCO world heritage site and the amazing photos that I've seen. However, as this being the first leg of our journey, I wasn't sure what to expect. Walking down the cobbled streets and looking at the river running through the town reminds me of rural England. Going further into the city centre reveals the beautiful architecture Bruges has to offer, really showing the wealth of the city and its heritage. No wonder why Bruges has been known as "Venice of the North". Although you may want to call Venice "Bruges of the South".   What Bruges has that Venice doesn't though is the world renowned Belgium beer and Chocolate, which you can find…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 0: Preparation

Backpacking through Europe Part 0: Preparation

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
2 backpackers, 10 kg, 40 liter, 13 cities, 16 days Note: my bag is actually smaller... So, not quite 40 liter... Have We Gone Crazy?!?! A wedding invitation from a dear friend called us to Spain, so we thought we might as well take a small holiday. The original plan was to have a lazy and relaxing holiday in Spain. Then boyfriend, aka Cotton's Daddy, had an eureka moment--"Why don't we backpack through Europe!!!"   What???? The idea of dingy hostels, duvets infested with fleas and dirty shared bathroom sent shivers through my spine. Plus, I have to walk with heavy backpack. No way I am doing this!   "Look. I do not do this kind of stuff anymore. I have to have comfy beds and powerful hot showers." This was…
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Ideal Home Show & Eat and Drink Festival

Ideal Home Show & Eat and Drink Festival

Eat, Travel
This is the first time I went to the Ideal Home Show. It took place between 24th March and 9th April, in Kensington Olympia. This is the third time I attended a show in Olympia, yet this time is by far the most enjoyable one for me, because the exhibition not only included furnitures, different products and demonstrations, but also food. Ok, I plead guilty, whenever there is food, I am happy. So let's start with the food. Food As part of the Ideal Home Show, guests also gain free entrance to the Food and Drink Festival. It is one of the newest foodies' events in London. It was on the top floor of the exhibition centre, and consisted of street food, artisan drinks, live demonstrations, and music. There were…
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Lowestoft: all those days by the beachside

Lowestoft: all those days by the beachside

Travel
  Certain things can never be wiped away from memory, Behind the beautiful pictures, there are often stories... We might stop remembering, but we never truly forget… All those lovely mornings, walking along the beach, probably the purest moments of my life. Close my eyes, the sound of the seagulls still rings in my ears. Sometimes, it felt parts of me faded with the tide. Yet a tiny tiny part still remained. All those memories... Neptune Lowestoft The pier Sunrise Tanks on the beach Morning surfers Pebbles Seagulls The lonely fisherman With the ease of travel, many people nowadays opt for holidays abroad, instead going to the English seasides. We often forget how beautiful British seaside can be...  
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