Food

Mexican soul food

 

popo-header-dame

If you want to eat Mexican soul food

I know a great place to go to!

Last weekend we went city tripping’ in Haarlem Holland. A weekend to remember. ☺
First of all, we love the city! situated nearby Amsterdam and Bloemendaal.
Haarlem speaks Magic! It’s such a vibrant place to be, with cozy restaurants, cafes, great shopping streets and lovely hotels.

After strolling the streets we decide to get a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants. Meanwhile passing a place called “Popocatepetl” a Mexican Cafe /restaurant offering a list of great cocktails.
We both agreed that we would get us cocktails later on… ☺

And so we did!

Popocatepetl named after the famous Vulcan in Mexico was fully packed and has a vibrant and friendly vibe to it. We were welcomed by Gerd the owner of the restaurant smiling and having a good time himself.
After a while, he served us tequila shots on the house…. We knew by then it would be an amazing night filled with laughter and drinks.
The evening carried us into fun, good-times, and many drinks, with the friendly staff en guests of Popocatepetl. But in a loving, funny haze we made sure we had a dinner table booked for the next evening.
Wondering if the Mexican dishes would be as great as their cocktails?

And Carambaaa!

The food was so good, tasty and real Mexican. Chicken so well cooked and fresh, it almost fell off the bones…. A tasty Mexican veal burger to dream off.
They serve different great dishes from empanadas, guacamole, and nachos to Pez Espada Veracruz, to name just a few.
The restaurant, its cocktails, great food, and cozy cantina interior happily surprised us.
But most of all their hospitality and vibrancy, It’s been a while that I felt so home in a city and a place

So whenever you are near Haarlem, make sure to go and visit them. I am sure you are going to have a great night, with or without a sombrero 😉

https://haarlem.popo.nl/

 

gril-steak

Hugs Tamar

xxx

Noël et Moi

NO1
For years, my friends and I complained about not having a day-time “hang out” a place where we could meet, have breakfast,  lunch or just a plain coffee…

But hey the universe heard upon our appeal and blessed us with “Noël et Moi” situated in the heart of Brasschaat.
A light, trendy and very stylish breakfast and lunch, hang out right around the corner!

Time to check it out…

Curious as a cat, wondering if their menu and service are as good as the stylish interior?

NO2

Upon arrival, I’m greeted by two friendly faces wishing me an upbeat ‘good morning’.

The interior reminds me of Scandinavian design. Airy, light and with grey and pink design chairs luring me to take a seat at the back, overlooking the entrance….

My eyes are captured by a big black and white picture of a sweet boy, that little kiddo must be Noël? And overhearing people sitting a table next to me. My intuition is right…

The owner of “Noël et Moi” Wenke De Bondt decided that after 17 years in fashion, a break-up and a cute little kiddo later she wanted to do something different, something she could easily combine with her co-parenting instead of late hours in fashion.

‘Noel et Moi was’ born, hence the name…

NO

After flipping through the menu, I decide to go for “The daily breakfast” fresh orange juice, coffee or tea. A bag of daily bread accompanied with cheese, Serrano ham, an egg of choice. A croissant, fresh cheese with strawberries to complete this daily feast!

For the ones who really want to indulge, go for the “Prosecco breakfast’ and if you want to bring your little ones with you? There is a wide selection of kiddie foods.

no4

For lunches, you can order sashimi, homemade Lasagne, a sexy selection of salads, tapas and more…

With their selection of wines, bubbles, spirits, and beers I’m sure lunch is going to be as great as my breakfast!

 Noël et Moi is the newest place to be! See you all there… ☺

 

Hugs

Tamar

 

Noel et Moi

Bredabaan 379

2930 Brasschaat

Food for foodies!

 

image

In the beginning of May, we went to ‘Food for Foodies’ situated in the heart and multicultural part of Antwerp (de Coninckplein)

You can’t miss the house, even blind folded you know where you have to go … Follow the screaming ‘here it is! Very pink house!…

Food for foodies organizes cooking workshops, not just ‘a how to cook?’ But a hands on, multicultural culinary experience … Together with the hostess you explore the neighbourhood, the locals and their localities.
Groceries you didn’t even know existed , heritage, culture and friendliness of the top line!

From the moment you walk into ‘food for foodies’ as a cooking addict like me, you’re hooked …

Ceiling high walls filled with cooking bibles, a dream of a cooking island, sort alike people, vibrancy and a long guest table … Happiness coming together and in this case, cooking together.

We went for the ‘Persian workshop’ similar to the Turkish cuisine … Or like most of us know as mezze … Tiny little dishes made with friendship and teamwork.

Food for foodies has a programme from Chinese, to summery Japanese, to modern jewish and streetstyle Vietnamese food.

You can also come with your own group and customize your cooking desires, as long you are willing to leave your comfort zone.
Food for foodies will lead you to a new cooking experience.

As I only write about things I like, love or things that captured my heart….

The dashing pink building just captured mine…

Hugs
Me x!
image
Here’s the Food for foodies website to find out more details

www.foodforfoodies.be

Israeli pasta salad

 

image

As a foodie I’m a sucker for foods!

Mediterranean, Perzian, Moroccan and Israeli dishes. I love the taste of herbs and how they mix orange blossom water into something heavenly.

So Today I want to share with you ‘my Israeli pasta salad’

A cold and very easy to make salad, after years of making this recipe its still loved by friends, family and me. You can eat this dish as a stand-alone or a side dish on a buffet or a summer BBQ. The main ingredients are farfalle pasta (bow-tie pasta) and feta cheese.

Here we go!

Ingredients
– 500g farfalle pasta
– 1 jar of feta in herb – oil
– 1 pack of feta cheese
– 2 red onions
– 1 cucumber
– 4 tomatoes
– 2 Sweet peppers (use different colors)
– lime juice<h/h6>
– small hand of chopped almonds

Additional
Olives for an extra Mediterranean taste – Few mint leaves for extra summer freshness

Recipe

Boil the water in a casserole, and cook the pasta al dente. After cooking let the farfalle turn cold. Meanwhile chop all de vegetables in small pieces and put them in a bowl. Chop the almonds with your mezzaluna (I think it’s easier as a knife) Open your pack of feta cheese, and cut in dices, mix it together with the vegetables. Open the jar of feta in herb-oil and use all the feta and half the oil (don’t forget this because the herb-oil gives the salad his specific taste) add the almonds and the lime juice.

Serve this Israeli salad cold, with a few mint leaves and chilled white wine.

Let the summer good times begin!

Me …

 

image

Spinach ricotta pancakes

ricottapancakes1

Time for yourself, and investing that time in cooking and creating something new.

At times it makes me happy to wander through supermarket corridors. In search for the right ingredients and to try out new flavours and new recipes.
Today I want to share this simple, but delicious meal with you…

Spinach ricotta pancakes

Ingredients
For the pancakes

– 125g.flour
– 25g.butter
– 300 ml milk
– A pinch of salt

Bechamel sauce

– 1/2 liter of milk
– 25g butter
– 25g flour

Spinach stuffing

– fresh spinach
– about 400g of ricotta cheese
– salt and pepper
– a handfull of basil leaves
– grated parmesan cheese

Recipe

First of all make your pancake dough and leave it to rest for at least one hour.
This way you will get the perfect dough and thus the perfect pancake.
Then bake your pancakes and set them aside.

Now make your spinach stuffing.

Wash the fresh spinach thoroughly and put it together with the ricotta and basil leaves in your casserole.
Cook it slowly, and keep stirring, this way you will keep it colored nice and green and keep al the flavours inside.

Spread the stuffing in de middle of your pancake and roll it, like a sushi roll.
Two pancakes per person will do as a main dish.

Now put the pancakes in an ovenproof dish and pour ‘Bechamel sauce’ over it.
Top it off with the grated parmesan cheese.

Put the dishes in a pré heated oven for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees.

Take it out of the oven, sit back and enjoy this blissfull meal with a glass of Chardonnay.

Hugs,
Me.