Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Windmills at the Zaanse Schans


The Windmills at the Zaanse Schans

As a resident in your own country, you don't normally visit local touristy attractions. Except when your name is Jaklien. I like exploring my own back yard, but one place was still missing on the list; The windmills at the Zaanse Schans.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Five Weird Museums in Amsterdam


Every trip to Amsterdam will have the Van Gogh, the Anne Frank and the Rijksmuseum on its agenda. However, visiting these will include queuing for a couple of hours. If you don’t fancy that, here are some alternative albeit weird museums to visit in Amsterdam.

The Cat Cabinet


Housed in a beautiful period canal house, this museum is dedicated to everything feline. Besides catty sculptures, drawings and paintings by Rembrandt (!) and lots of other artefacts, there are actual cats wandering about this very quirky museum. Only in Amsterdam.

Five Weird Museums in Amsterdam

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice


I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Sri Lankan food at Ale and Spice in Balham. I decided to stay near home and support the local community businesses. Ale and Spice is located on the quiet side of Bedford Hill, which might explain why it was so quiet. Not sure if it gets busier on the weekends, but on this Wednesday evening, we were the only eaters there.

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice



We settled for the poppadums with mango chutney as a starter leaving all the more space to pig out on mains. According to the menu thali is the typical Sri Lankan way to enjoy food as it is a great way to try out a few different dishes. Kind of like Sri Lankan tapas, I suppose.

I went for a fried aubergine salad tossed with onions and tomato pieces and masala spices. I also had the kanavai which were little pieces of fried squid, marinated in a rich and very spicy sauce. My third thali dish was a beef stew with a yogurt based gravy spiced up wth garlic, ginger, chilli, cashew, raisins and finished with crème fraiche.

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice

I also tried the utterly spice, devilled pulled pork thali and the chicken lanka my friend ordered. We also ordered a side of estate rice, which was white rice tossed with bits of jack fruit, raisins and cashew nuts and a cheesy naan bread.

The three little pots the food came in, didn’t look like much at first, but I wasn’t able to finish mine and ended up taking a doggy bag home. Keeping the Sri Lankan foodie experience going till the next day lunch.

I thought the food was amazing and slightly different from your regular curry house. I guess the spices used in Sri Lankan dishes are what make them authentic. It do hope this place gets enough punters to stay around, as they do know how to cook awesome food.

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice

We didn’t stay on for dessert, but headed to the (in)famous Bedford Pub where things were slightly more lively.

Next week: Bangladesh!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

An Afternoon at Grim's Dyke Hotel


Yesterday a group of bloggers and I, were invited to come and spend an afternoon at the Grim's Dyke Hotel in North London.

An Afternoon at Grim's Dyke Hotel