Amsterdam Food Guide

Welcome back to my new blog!

After what felt like a long wait for me to transition and change the layout. I finally made it happen. As some of you may know over the period of no blog posts, I have been keeping consistent with producing content on my social media channels. It actually helped me find myself a bit too. Sometimes, we all need a break and a chance to start at fresh. Over a few months, I found one of my true passions, which is cooking and all things food. I’m a foodie at heart and I never thought it was something I loved so much until I truly discovered, how passionate I was in my element. Which was simply, making a meal or going out to eat and being in awe of the presentation, as a result of wanting to take as many pictures I could to get the best shot.

I knew I loved cooking since university, but I never thought It was something I was passionate about or would even develop. Now I have great big dreams of a career in Food. I recently incorporated videos and created my new YouTube channel based on food and lifestyle videos. So stay tuned guys – Link to my youtube channel

In my last post I promised you guys I would do a Food Guide, so I will be doing just that…

In July, I travelled to Amsterdam to celebrate my 22nd birthday and obviously as the foodie that I am. I visited a few different restaurants and was eager to try out some of the staples I had been seeing on the gram!

WYERS Restaurant – Lunch (Day 1)

On the first day, we arrived just after breakfast and decided to stroll around the town and explore all the different shops, hangouts and place to visit. Whilst doing so we happened to find one of the restaurants, on our list of places to visit, Wyers Restaurant. This was recommended in KikeAj’s vlog (thanks for that sis! lol) I must say the interior design was gorgeous! I could just imagine how beautiful it would look at night for a cute dinner date or special occasion. I managed to take some cute pictures of the terrace that I might insert somewhere here:

Overall what were my thoughts on the food? Well, I wish I didn’t get the hot dog tbh. It was too spicy for me and way too filling. Ideally, I should have got the burger as that looked way more appetising. But I previously heard a lot about Dutch hot dogs and how nice they are so I thought it would exceed my expectations. The worst thing is, I didn’t even finish it either :/ Most times, I prefer to stick to what I know, to be honest, but I was feeling quite adventurous that day.

Rating

Food: 5/10

Service: 7/10

Comfort/Environment: 9/10

MR CHURROS

Churros are dotted around the place in Amsterdam so make sure you try them out. we found a cute place in town where all the big shops like Primark, H&M etc were. If you do go to that part of Amsterdam make sure to look out for this sign in the picture! The CHURROS were amazing!

 

Hard Rock Cafe, Amsterdam – Dinner

The Hard Rock Cafe has always been on my list of places to visit! I have never been to the one in London but I thought why not experience it elsewhere first. So we did. We decided to get the Jumbo Combo Platter. When they said “JUMBO COMBO” they really weren’t lying, because this platter was huge! We were going to get a main and possibly even dessert but this topped it off. The onion rings, chicken wings and strips, were so delicious but its a shame there wasn’t enough of it. The spring rolls and bruschetta weren’t nice in my honest opinion, it tasted very dry and weird flavoured. Not my cup of tea. Everything else was great. The service was amazing, our waitress was so welcoming to the fact that we were tourists, recommending us a few hotspots and top places to visit if only I remember her name. One of the team members also took such an amazing picture of us both which I will insert below =D

Our incredibly huge onion ring stack!

Myself and Benni =D                                     Me being indecisive lol

Rating

Food: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Comfort/Environment: 7/10

Mook Pancakes – Breakfast (Day 2)

Mook Pancakes was a blast of an option for breakfast. As recommend again on social media as one of the hotspots to visit when in Amsterdam. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The pancakes were incredibly fluffy and topped off with unlimited maple syrup which is handy when having fluffy pancakes. I went for a mixture of berries on mine as I’m not too keen on bananas at times. The service was very welcoming once again and also very accommodating to my blogger needs haha! To accompany such great tasting pancakes we ordered fruit teas, which we actually thought they were ice teas loool, then realised they were “hot” tea. Which were great tasting too! I must comment on the great music choice they played. A variety of hip-hop, RnB was also very fitting whilst enjoying such a lovely breakfast. My overall experience was lovely and I would definitely visit again!

Rating

Food: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Comfort/Environment: 8/10

Sir Adam Hotel – The Butcher – Lunch

The hotel which we stayed at had a restaurant. Due to us being very full we decided to have a cocktail and chicken wings. I must say they were really good! The cocktails were strong and refreshing! The presentation was lovely too! If you know me well I’m quite particular with the presentation of food. The service was pretty simple as we didn’t order a whole meal.

Rating

Food & Drinks: 8/10

Service: 6/10

Comfort/Environment: 7/10

and that’s all folks!

I’m sure there was plenty more to explore but we didn’t have much time, so this is all we managed to get up to! I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to comment if you visited or will visit any of these restaurants or if you enjoyed this kind of blog post! =D

Love from, Bose xo

St James Club Morgan Bay Resort, Saint Lucia

Diamond Waterfalls

Hello Everyone,

Its been the longest time and I sincerely apologise…

As some of you may know I have recently flown out to one of my home countries ‘Saint Lucia’. My mother is Saint Lucian, raised in such a beautiful island. I’ve taken a few trips down there before but never have I experienced it as much as I did this time around. The experience was beyond my expectations and far from what I could have imagined. I was able to share this with my family and my lovely boyfriend, which was our first holiday together, so we were pretty excited as this was like a reward from all the stress we have been put through in university.

We stayed at the beautiful St James Club Morgan Bay Resort in Choc, close to the capital – Castries and the town Rodney Bay. The package we went for was all inclusive as we didn’t really want to spend so much money elsewhere, on food and drink. This had its pros and cons, as we realised that we wanted to try different food other than in the resort, which we did eventually did, but not to the extent we wanted. However, the pros outweighed the cons because we enjoyed waking up in the morning and having the option of trying up to 6 different restaurants in the hotel.

They even had a coffee shop! This was another great feature as it reminded me of Starbucks (which If you know me well, I absolutely love!). I was constantly having hot chocolate, ice tea and frappuccinos (UNLIMITED)! I was so addicted, hence why I put on so much weight lol!

Luckily, they had a range of activities to keep active and burn off those calories after you eat. From a tennis court to gym, to yoga, water aerobics (you name it!) they had it all!

The first week was full of fun packed activities:

  • Watersports: Jet Skiing, Kayaking, Tour Boat Ride, Snorkelling, Water Skiing and the Amazing Banana Boat.

  • Sulphur Springs: which is commonly described as a mud bath where you immerse yourself in sulphur from the volcano! As you can see in the picture below (Don’t worry it doesn’t erupt, it has been inactive for many years lol)

  • Tour Boat Ride: the tour took us to the most amazing attractions within St Lucia even to a new resort called Sugar Beach, is one the most expensive resorts on the island. Which was then followed on with snorkelling and heading to Diamond Waterfalls, topped off with a cute brunch in one of Soufriere’s Mountains. The boat ride was organised by a company recommended by the hotel called ‘Joy Cruise‘ They definitely gave us the time of our lives by accommodating us so well, from brunch to having rum punch on the boat which eventually led to a super fun boat party!

The best bit of this excursion was jumping off the boat in the middle of nowhere. I finally faced my fears and swam in what I call the deepest part of the ocean.

I would definitely recommend utilising as many excursions as possible to keep active every day. Our trip was filled with activities to the point where a lay-in was impossible, we were up early from 7/8 am every day. The resort also provides unlimited access to water sports as it is inclusive in your stay. The only thing we paid for was jet skiing (which was also worth the thrill).

Another highlight was the Groselet Street Party (Jump Up) every Friday night. This was so fun as they played a wide range of different music, with food and drink stalls alongside some live entertainment. It was quite interesting to experience, as we got to the party and get down like the locals, almost like a mini street carnival. There were also quite a few tourists so you wouldn’t feel intimidated or out of place.

The hotel usually has entertainment going on every night which consisted of live bands (who were actually pretty good), karaoke and the most popular, beach party on a Wednesday night. The Beach Party was another highlight to this trip as I’ve never experienced such an event before. It was beyond beautiful. The bonfires on the beach with a sunset view while you eat, drink, dance and enjoy the vibe. It’s definitely one not to miss when staying at the resort.

Most especially I can’t miss out the spectacular sunsets every night at the hotel’s private beach. I can’t even exaggerate, I’ve never seen a sunset so beautiful in my life lol!. To see this, head over to my Instagram, I posted while I was out there!

Beach Party Bonfire

Overall, you can tell that I had a swell time at this resort and would recommend it to anyone when visiting Saint Lucia as it was worth every penny we paid. We absolutely loved it. I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted to of the resort itself, but I hope to put out some more content on this trip soon. This has been quite a long post but I just thought that I would share some of my experiences with you whilst on my trip. There are more posts to come so be sure to stay tuned and keep posted!

Outfit details:

Khaki Swimsuit – H&M

Sunglasses – Primark

African Print Dress – Somewhere online, my mum bought it for me

Sandals – Primark

Ruffle top – H&M (last year)

Shorts – River Island

Converse – Primark