Monday, April 24, 2017

A colorful family lunch


A couple of weeks back I had a little family lunch with my dad, brother, uncle and auntie at a local restaurant Slot Oostende. I love family joins because there's usually lots of food involvement especially when eating out together and also because usually my dad or other grown up will take care of the bill... Cough. Anyway.

Slot Oostende is also a new restaurant with a brewery inside. I even saw that they have 'beer soup' on the menu! I didn't take that one but I'll definitely order that next time. Check down below what me and my foodie family has eaten at Slot Oostende.

Een paar weken terug had ik een familie lunch met papa, broer, oom en tantes bij `t restaurant Slot Oostende. Ik ben dol op familie bijeenkomsten want meestal gaat dit gepaard met lekker eten en bij buiten de deur eten is het helemaal een feest. De feit dat papa of door iemand anders de rekening in handen nemen, maakt zulke familie uitjes extra plezierig... kuch.

Maar goed! Slot Oostende is een nieuw restaurant met een eigen brouwerij. Ik zag dat ze zelf 'biersoep' op de menukaart staan die ik graag voor de volgende keer wil bestellen en proeven. Voor nu heb ik voor jullie mijn familie en onze lunch bij Slot Oostende. 
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Say hi to my family!
And we ate
1 shrimp croquettes dish // 1 Chef`s Lunch special // 1 pasta scampi // 1 healthy club sandwich // 1 pizza fungi

1 apple juice // 1 orange juice // 3 cappuccino // 1 `witch` tea
Papa had the fresh pasta with shrimps and was lovely. My aunt shared the homemade shrimp croquette dish with my uncle. We kind of shared our dishes together anyway and so I had a taste and a bite of everything including the shrimp croquette which were very yum.
My other auntie ordered the `healthy` styled club sandwich which consist slices of tomato, cheese, ham, cucumber and egg drizzled in curry mayo. Then my brother ordered the `chef lunch special` and it`s basically one compact lunch of a bowl tomato soup, chicken satay and a toast with egg on a nice wooden platter.
Then there was me
I could`t decide between their homemade shrimp croquette and the pizza but after knowing that my aunt will order the shrimp croquette (and knowing I`ll get my share too) I went for the pizza fungi without ham but with extra mushroom. The pizza looked artisan made because it didn`t looked perfectly round. Like any realItalian pizza the bottom has charred bits to it. Since I haven`t had a good pizza in a long while, this pizza was a nice treat again.
Check out this gooey shrimp croquette with tiny shrimp meat, so good!
This herbal tea called `witch` tea and because I was struggling with the tea strainer, all my tea went floating in my cup #beinghuman.
A restaurant with a brewery
Restaurant Slot Oostende is not just a restaurant but has a brewery as well! You can actually book a tour through their brewery. Their modern interior with touches of medieval here and there is great.
The sink in the toilet.

ADDRESS: Singelstraat 5 4461 HZ Goes - THE NETHERLANDS

FOOD: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
INTERIOR: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
SERVICE: ••• 3/5
PRICE: ••••∙ 4/5

Friday, April 21, 2017

My current sleep favorite: the neck pillow


How does your sleep surroundings look like? Mine is pretty basic with not to fancy yet lovely bedding but most importantly I do like and want to sleep good in quality mattress and pillow. Because a good sleep will most likely makes (instead breaks) your day am I right?

I've been waking up with neck and shoulder pain for some while and I really don't know where this is coming from but it sure makes my mornings a bit moodier than usual. This is where Dekbed-Discounter, a Dutch brand specializes in sleep & bed products came to the rescue, read it all down below!

Hoe ziet jou slaap omgeving eruit? De mijne is nog wat basic maar wel fraai naar mijn smaak maar het allerbelangrijkste is toch wel een goede nachtrust op kwaliteit matras en kussen. Vooral voor iemand als ik die 5 dagen achterelkaar werk, heb ik alle goede slaap nodig die ik kan krijgen.

Een tijd geleden werd ik wakker met nek- en schouderpijn en geen flauw idee waar dit allemaal vandaan komt, want dit is wel funest voor mijn ochtendhumeur. 
Dit is waar Dekbed-Discounter, een Nederlands merk gespecialiseerd in slaap- en bedproducten tot de redding kwam, lees het allemaal onderaan! 
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Dekbed-Discounter is a Dutch webshop that sells anything sleep related such as bed sheets, covers, mattresses and pillows and when D-D approached me if I was interested in a product review I was tempted at first and eventually we joined forces together because guys, sleep is important! Especially when you are working 5 days in a row like me then a good night rest is for me a big necessity if I want to wake up rested every morning and ready to function 100%. Since D-D is Dutch, it only ships within the Netherlands and Belgium only so far.

The pillow
Admitted, the greedy-me hoped to able to pick out a bed but I was only allowed to pick any item of €40 of worth. Still fine by me! I end up picking a comfy and fluffy looking neck pillow (€49,95) by their home brand `Orange Line`. Since the pillow exceed the agreed price, I end up paying the extra €9,95 - a small pay that I was willing to give because sleep is important and because I was dealing with neck pain.
D-D reached me just in time actually because picking the neck pillow was a no-brainer and felt like redemption. Product link:
The verdict
Meanwhile I`ve received, washed the pillow and my head has been resting on it for a good two weeks now and so I think I can write an legit and honest review about it. Judging by the blogtitle already it`s a positive one.
After our first night together the neck pain in the next morning has decreased by more than half and boy I was relieved! Literally a load falling off my shoulders. The following days the pain just getting smaller and smaller and eventually went away. Good riddance and hello good mornings.
A good neck pain killer? Yes!
The pros
The onlineshop Dekbed-Discounter

- the fast delivery because when you place and pay the order before 11:45 PM the order will receive the next day. Awesome!
- good custom service policy which portraits in my case the fast email response and the openness on their website
- good amount of choices and variaties of products
- 14 days of return time with refunds.

The pillow

- made in Holland
- made with anti-allergic material
- washable at 60C degrees
- pillow filling is refillable and adjustable - came with discount coupons
The only con
The case that the pillow is wrapped in and put in the parcel was dirty and torn apart. Was this a return item...? Nonetheless I have washed the pillow for the matter and the pillow made me a better morning person now and that was the whole point of the pillow am I right?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Homemade: Easter Bunny Egg Tart (cheat)


Happy Easter holiday and hurray 4-day long Easter weekend break! Just like Christmas I like to eat wealthier at the dining table and therefor I like to spoil myself and my family with good food during Easter even I am not religious at all. If you're like me then you should try out this recipe down below! It's a really easy & fun and delicious recipe to make, and great for the last minutes kitchenprincess/princes among us. 

Vrolijk Pasen en godzijdank heb ik daarnaast ook een 4 dagen lang paas weekend. Net als bij Kers eet ik graag wat 'welvarender' dan normaal en onze paasontbijt, brunch en lunch is dan ook een groot eetfestijn. Ook al ben ik niet gelovig. Als je net zoals ik een lekkerbek ben dan raad ik je `t recept hieronder aan, want hij is leuk, makkelijk en lekker. Vooral als je van de last-minute ben in de keuken is dit recept top!  

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250 ml milk (or 200 ml milk and 50 ml cream to make it extra creamy)
40 to 50 gr sugar
1 tbsp. corn flour
½ tbsp. cold butter
The cheat & the fail
This Easter recipe is a cheat because half of it I did not make it myself but it is store bought: the puff pastry shells. If you`re a food nerd like me, then you know that making puff pastry from scratch is hella hard and time consuming.
But if you`re food lover like myself who loves making life in the kitchen easy then it`s ok to buy store bought food and the Easter bunny puff pastry shells are just too cute am I right?
My plan was to make egg tart with these adorable store bought Easter bunny puff pastry shells. The HK-style egg tart filling is what I went for and it is a liquid mixture, and as you can see the filling just spilled out with ease. Even the attempt of adding layer of chocolate inside did not block the egg-force. Sigh. So I just have to thicken the filling up with... corn flour!
Scroll down to read the entire steps of this recipe.
A quick process
A trick to check the milk has thicken up is by dipping the spoon in the milk and when it coats the back of the spoon evenly then it is done.
Warm or cold
You can indulge in two ways!
The Steps
1. Whisk up the eggs in a large bowl. In a sauce pan add the milk and warm it up (not boil!) on medium heat. Once there are bubbles forming along the side of the pan, add the sugar and the cornflour and stir constantly with a spoon until the milk mixture has thicken up. You can check it by the spoon, if the milk mixture coats the back of the spoon entirely then you are good to go. Remove from heat.
2. Gradually add the milk mixture to the eggs while whisking until combined. Pour the egg mixture back to saucepan and and heat it up on medium-low heat. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes as the egg mixture will thicken up. Remove from heat and add the butter.
Preheat oven to 200ºC and place the puff pastry shells on a baking tray. Pour the egg mixture through a sieve into a jug (I used measure jug) and from there pour it into the puff pastry shells. You can fill it up just below the edge.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven then remove to cool down a bit. You can eat it warm or cold!