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Dine on a special location

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The next three weeks, Berlin has one additional restaurant. Behind a battered door Tony Hornecker opened the new pop-uprestaurant “The Pale Blue Door“. Once inside, a cheerful ratatouille of tree houses, rickety stepladders and colorful tablecloths and curtains awaits you.

Pop-uprestaurants are improvised restaurants on a temporary location. The emphasis is on the temporal aspect, so you could call it guerrilla restaurants. Besides eating, perception is an important aspect. Because the locations of the restaurants are not particularly typical, decoration is very important.

The British set designer Tony Hornecker is  already an experienced  pop-uprestaurateur. Previously he opened (and closed) successful pop-uprestaurants in other major cities in the world: Santiago, Buenas Aires and London. He was also at the Glastonbury Festival in England. Each restaurant is unique, but some of the elements used are part of the basic. Thus, the pale blue door from Horneckers house in London.

I can not wait for Hornecker to come to the Netherlands. (i.e.: Rotterdam) As is now widely known, I have a great passion for good food and places can not be crazy enough, as long as they serve food and drinks. Unfortunately it is not known whether Hornecker will pop up in the Netherlands. Next year a tour of South America in on the agenda.

More information and beautiful photos of Tony Horneckers projects can be found at

The picture above was made by Manuel Vazquez. If you are interested to see more of his work, check out


Antichic and Boerengat: Runner up and winner of Restaurantweek August 2010

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Antichic: Winner of the local Restaurantweek prize in 2009 and winner of the national prize during the Restaurantweek in March this year. When I was asked where I wanted to eat at the Restaurantweek in August 2010, I did not need to think. And picking Antichic was certainly not a bad choice! The reception by the owners was good and cordial. Presentation and service were equally good and the food was delicious and very enjoyable. After the four-course dinner – we extend standard with an extra course – my table mates and I were unanimous in our opinion. An excellent choice, a very pleasant introduction, and rightly so that this restaurant was declared winner the last time.
I therefore eagerly looked forward to the unveiling of the (new) winner of this edition of Restaurantweek. Would Antichic again be crowned with ‘gold’ by visitors of the Restaurantweek? Unfortunately, AntiChic was overthrown by Boerengat. From experience I can say that this is no disgrace. On the contrary, because when I visited that restaurant last year, I was surprised by it’s sheer class.
As Rotterdam and lover of good food and fine wines, I am proud that Rotterdam is the home of these two wonderful restaurants. Both restaurants, I can heartily recommend. Boerengat, congratulations on your award, and at Antichic I say: this time silver, but I know you guys will not leave it here. I know where I am going to eat next year!

For more info about the restaurants: and

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September 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

Heerlijk Rotterdam

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It’s impossible to imagine that Heerlijk Rotterdam would lack in the range of the Rotterdam events. This year the summer edition will be held for the fourth time at the prestigious Parklaan. From August 19 through August 22, 2010 fans of delicious food and snacks can once again visit this culinary top event. Participating restaurants are carefully selected to ensure a high quality.

The list of participants shows clearly that Heerlijk Rotterdam was successful in its selection: De Zwetheul, Het Kasteel van Rhoon, Rosso, Little V, Boudoir, Devine, Mastika, Harbour Club and Puur Rotterdam are all restaurants with an excellent reputation. This festival offers them a stage to reach out to the public and to visitors it offers an opportunity to get acquainted with their high standards in a relaxed atmosphere.

Besides the exquisite cuisine of the chefs, Dutch Barista Champion Yakup Aydin will prepare the finest coffee, the latest trends in desserts will be shown to the visitors and at the stand of the oldest deli in Rotterdam, Vermeyden, one can enjoy the most delicious cheeses and hams.

Heerlijk Rotterdam allows visitors in a unique and affordable way to enjoy top gourmet of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam area. Pamper your taste buds with high signature dishes prepared by the best chefs.In addition top brands and exclusive products that the chefs use to prepare their dishes with are presented at the event. Heerlijk Rotterdam is a culinary spectacle that will really excite all senses.

This year there is room for something new in the program:  “dining in the dark.”  In the ‘experience’ restaurant, visitors are taken on a captivating journey of taste, sound and touch. To enjoy, without seeing:  the ‘experience’ restaurant is pitch dark, but guests of Heerlijk Rotterdam  need not have fear of the darkness. The waiters are very experienced. This “Black Brigade” is composed of people who are visually impaired and therefor accustomed to proceed cautiously. Dining in the dark is a unique experience where taste, feel and sound come together.

Ticket sales for this culinary event is launched. In the presale  the damage is limited to  € 10, – Tickets at the door cost € 12.50.

Rotterdam in the palm of your hand

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Rotterdam has introduced a city guide app. The Rotterdam app gives visitors and inhabitants constant access to convenient city info via their mobile phones. It provides access to a city guide with information on attractions, museums, hotels, restaurants and shops and it also includes a city map and a dynamic events calendar. To download the app, users need to open with their mobile phone.

Once the app is installed you can explore Rotterdam on-the-go  on your mobile phone.  This mobile city guide highlights the very best that Rotterdam has to offer. Using the application will not require an internet connection or additional roaming costs. The content is stored in the application including the offline maps and the entire events calendar is downloaded at the first time use. You only need an Internet connection to  update the events calendar or if you want to interact with the Web.

The application offers information and images for over 500 locations in the city. You can call the location directly from the app. View the calendar for each location to see what’s on or save the location as a favorite for later reference.

The Rotterdam app is available for almost any mobile phone, including Java, Blackberry, iPhone and Android phones. The app is available in the Apple Appstore, via i-Tunes or in the Android Market. Features may differ per mobile platform.

Southside Cuisine

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Wijkkeuken van Zuid has opened its doors in May at ‘t Gemaal. Chef Cooks Harmen and Hendrikus Sliep are in charge and  they organize weekly activities. During market days, every Wednesday and Saturday it has a terrace with a fair priced menu and where you can enjoy a snack and a drink. Each time a product of the market is highlighted for example, kohlrabi, fennel, fruit, nuts. Several methods of preparation are shown. One dish is for sale and other dishes are offered to the public to taste. From Sunday to Monday the kitchen is open to chefs, local caterers, and people like you and me. The idea is to combine all the flavours that Afrikaander market has to offer. (that is from all the corners of the World!)

Open Kitchen is open to all residents with good cooking ideas! More information on: or

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June 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

In anticipation of the most beautiful terrace in Rotterdam

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Borgo d’Aneto is doing well. Their website states that they are often fully booked on Friday night, so that they now also open on Thursday! See for details.
But there is more good news! My favourite Trattoria finally gets the lovely terrace, where we have been waiting for so long!

Look at the beautiful quay … The drab gray of the river is beautifully reflected in the stones. The Dutch sky with kind white clouds is ready to welcome the newcomer. And The Hotstepper can not wait. Say goodbye to the improvised terrace.

Today it looks maybe bald, but tomorrow they start working on it and with a little luck he drinks this Whitsun weekend a soft red house wine on the terrace. Or, perhaps that lovely chilled white wine? The view is spectacular anyway! Barges sail back and forth and occasionally a floating crane passes through. Across the skyline of Rotterdam radiates:  Delftse Poort, Town Hall, the Laurens,  De Hef, you name it …

See you soon at Rotterdam’s Most Beautiful terrace!

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May 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Q-Day tasting at Van de Boer

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Especially for people who do not like the bustle of the city: between 12:00 and 15:00 Van de Boer serves a tasting of the best the farm has to offer! And only on Queen’s Day, they serve a special Q-Day dessert!

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April 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm