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Panini Diavolo at Assaggio Amsterdam

30 Apr

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As I was making my way to office this morning, I wanted to buy a sandwich on my way. However, there was a line at almost every place I entered and I wanted to make haste. Luckily I knew a place near the office and since I had never been there before, I found this a great opportunity to try some of their food.

The place is called Assaggio and it is located right in the centre of Amsterdam. Having had a quick look at their elaborate panini menu, I decided to go with their panini diavolo: a fresh ciabatta topped with spicy salami sausage (I don’t know what kind), parmesan cheese and rucola. The bread tasted really fresh as it was still crispy and not tough to chew. The spicy salami sausage was excellent, it was way more spicy than what is often called “spicy” in the Netherlands, and the parmesan was evenly great. The only downside was that they did not have rucola anymore (which was strange since I ordered my bun in the morning), so I got lettuce instead. And well, rucola just tastes better on a bun like this. But… since this tasted really good overall, I will definitely give them a second chance.

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Mi Rebus and Pisang Goreng for breakfast

25 Apr

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Bread or cereals for breakfast? No thank you! A bowl with warm noodle soup, vegetables and and an egg? Yes please! And some pancakes made from fried bananas? Oh yes please!

Those banana pancakes were especially good. Normally, pisang goreng (banana coated in batter and then deep fried) is eaten as a snack and for example sold by vendors. So when we were offered to eat a special variation of pisang goreng as breakfast, we had to try it out. What can I say? We had no regrets at all.

Breakfast at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel

27 May

This would be my last meal in The Philippines and whereas breakfast isn’t my favorite meal of the day, the Cebu City Mariott Hotel had so much to offer that it would become (almost) my favorite meal of that day.

Whether you wanted cereals, a freshly fried egg, rice or sushi, it was all there.

Above are all kinds of sushi displayed on the plates.

Want something more exotic like fried fish heads? No problem! Oh and those red, round looking things on the most left green plate were very sweetly tasting, delicious sausages.

Compose your own breakfast-salad? Sure thing!

And above is just a whole lot of more food.

This was what I settled for (for my first plate). And those yellow drinks? Those were freshly made smoothies that you could get by a smoothies bar. You could order your smoothie at the bar where they would freshly made them and then best of all: you could sit down and they would serve it to you at your table. What’s better than some service at your breakfast right?

A piece of crustless bread, ultra crispy bacon, white rice, egg and bacon quiches and fish heads. If that isn’t a strange breakfast combination than I don’t know what is.

Here’s a messy picture of some of the breakfast-goodness. Rice and meat, delicious!

Whatever you like for your breakfast, there’s a good chance that they have what you crave at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel. I left fully satisfied after this breakfast.


Breakfast at Le Panorama Restaurant, Panglao

15 Feb

After waking up we went to Le Panorama Restaurant. This restaurant is part of the resort were we stayed and it really does live up to its name. This panoramic view was what I saw while eating my breakfast:

It was indeed a nice way to start the day. But make the picture complete, my breakfast was good too. The breakfast was a buffet style breakfast. For drinks we could get some orange juice, pineapple juice or mango juice and of course tea and coffee. The food was also quite varied. You could get cereals with milk or yogurt. Some flavored yogurt as well. If you were more into some noodle soup as breakfast, they had that as well. I personally went for the more English kind of breakfast:

Before going to the buffet you could order your eggs in any kind of fashion that you wanted. A omelet, scrambled eggs, cooked. You had to say it and they would bring it to you. As you can see I ordered a omelet, which was filled with vegetables like tomato, onion and maybe some more. They also had it filled with cheese which was molten deliciously.

After making myself some toast I went for the bacon and sausages. I can’t really say much about these. The bacon was crispy, the sausages looked like hot dogs but were shortly fried. I cannot recall what kind of meat it was but it tasted good. The most surprising thing was that what you see on the picture on top of the plate, next to the bacon. I don’t really know what it was. It was a kind fried meat mixed with potatoes or something. The meat was something like a cross between spam and corned beef but it was in a way fried until it were like little threads of soft meat. A very unusual dish and I still like to know what it was. Although strange in consistency and flavor, I did like it.

Nasi Lemak – Budget Terminal, Changi Airport

7 Feb

When I was in Singapore I also went to The Philipines. So I had a vacation in a vacation. For this  short trip we took Tiger Airways which is like the Easy Jet, Transavia or Ryan Air of Singapore. So it is a relatively cheap airline. To make you feel extra cheap, the terminal where Tiger Airways departs from Changi Airport is called the Budget Terminal. But, like most things in Singapore, even if it’s cheap its still good. We went with a new plane and we didn’t have any problems or any delays so Tiger Airways was fine. The point that I will be focusing on is the Budget Terminal of Changi Airport.

We came to the airport fairly early and we didn’t have had any real breakfast. In the Budget Terminal there are different kinds of places where you could buy your breakfast. From sandwiches, bapao to rice, they have got it. Since we were in Singapore I decided to skip a simple sandwich and look for a nice rice dish. At first I tried to order a warm rice dish which had some meat in it but the woman at the stall told me that those dishes were only made at a later point during the day. The cooking machines weren’t turned on yet on this early hour. So…I walked around and looked for something else. I saw these folded banana leaves and from experience I knew there was a great chance that it would contain rice.

So I bought it and like it should at a Budget Terminal, it was cheap. How cheap I can’t recall but it was cheap. After opening it looked like this:

I know. It doesn’t look tasty at all. As a matter of fact. It looks literally like shit. But it didn’t taste like shit and it looked a lot better in reality. But still I opened my banana leaf package and saw this and didn’t had any clue what the name of this dish was. I saw rice, some dried salty fish, sauce that was sambal and some fried fish. I asked my father and he told me it was a variety of  Nasi Lemak. A dish commonly eaten in the region of Singapore and one of the national dishes of Malaysia. It is a dish which contains rice, sambal, dried anchovies and cucumber and can then be accompanied with other things like different kinds of fish, chicken or vegetables. The version I ate was very simple but very good. The sambal was a bit sweet but also still spicy. There was enough of it to became a bit like a sauce because otherwise the dish could have been to dry. The fish was also great because otherwise it would have been too simple and vegetarian. I liked my breakfast and with this in my stomach I was ready to go to The Philipines.

Christmas Food – The Things I Missed Out On [Special Edition Post]

28 Jan

When writing my post about my Christmas dinner in Singapore, I ended by saying that I was looking forward to eating the next day in the hawker centre. I was planning to write my next post about that dinner, but I forgot two important things. Firstly, there was of course lunch before I had dinner! And secondly, I wanted to post about all the great Christmas and New Years food that I missed because I went to Singapore.

Firstly the Turkey that my mother had bought for Christmas which I unfortunately missed out on. I believe it was stuffed this year with veal or some other kind of meat, but the combination of poultry and meat was something that I really would like to have tried but alas.

As you can see it was served with turkey gravy, vegetables consisting out of green beans and yellow and red bell peppers and baked potatoes with rosemary and thyme.

Another thing I missed out on was a Christmas breakfast at my girlfriends place. And no, that branch is decoration, not food. The breakfast itself consisted out of freshly squeezed orange juice, thee, coffee, all kinds of rolls and bread with eggs, salmon, ham and other delicious things.

Traditionally every year we go and have dinner with the grandparents of my girlfriend and usually we will go out for dinner. This year they went to Restaurant Floris V in Voorschoten which is a really good restaurant. I’ve been there before last year and the food was really good there. So while eating my sad Christmas dinner in Dubai at the McDonalds, my girlfriend send me this picture:

I wanted it so badly! Unfortunately I don’t know what it exactly was but doesn’t it look great? This is one of those places were a simple tomato just tastes so good and every ingredient is delicious by itself.

But the torture continued. While slurping on my Coca-Cola I received a second picture:

Normally the dessert isn’t my favorite part of a meal but this was one I would’ve liked to eat.

The great thing about Christmas is that there are multiple days were you eat with family. And so.. the next day of Christmas arrived which meant another picture of food that I missed out on:

My girlfriends mother went on the culinary tour and made this great looking dish. The meat was deer and it was served with figs, a quiche, chicory that was cooked in the juices of the pear and was wrapped in cheese, some green beans wrapped in bacon and pears that were simmered in red wine. Looks and sounds great!

Of course, I also missed out on New Years Eve in The Netherlands and so, I missed out on the famous and traditional ‘oliebollen’:

Accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine:

So, unfortunately I did miss out on some great looking and without a doubt great tasting food. But you can’t have it all!

 

From Amsterdam to Singapore: On Board Cuisine [Special Edition Post]

25 Jan

Amsterdam – Dubai

Finally I have the time to start writing about all the good things I ate on my vacation to Singapore and the Philipines. Before we get to all the really good stuff, I’ll begin where the journey began: in the plane. Because I flew with Emirates I had a layover in Dubai, which meant that I had to fly seven hours straight before landing. And in seven hours, you can get pretty hungry. So, when I got my menu (see picture above) I was very curious what laid in store for me. My mother had flown with Emirates last summer and before I left she said that the food was very good for airplane-food. Earlier experiences with airlines like KLM-Air France and Qantas had learned me that airplane-food can be really shitty so I had good hope this time. And I wasn’t disappointed at all. When opening the menu I read the following:

LUNCH

Appetizer: Smoked salmon served with vegetable couscous salad

Main Course: Chicken Breast grilled chicken breast served with a mushroom and leek sauce, accompanied with sauteed potato noodles and vegetables

or

Lamb Rendang Asian style lamb casserole, served with steamed basmati rice and sugar snap peas with red pepper

Dessert: Sticky toffee pudding moist sticky toffee pudding, with a rich toffee sauce

Drinks: Tea or Coffee

Chocolates

So looking at the menu you can say that it looks really good. Maybe even something you could find in a restaurant. As I really like lamb, I choose the lamb rendang. The only thing with airplane-food is that it is food that you get in an airplane. This means it gets served like a microwave meal and you have to eat it while being cramped between two people. But hey, at least it tasted really good, even for airplane food. And it looked like this:

To accompany my very first meal on this journey I decided to take a nice (small) bottle of red wine:

One of the very nice things that Emirates had to offer were these little stickers that you had to stick at your headrest when you were going to sleep. I especially liked the green one:

So there we have the beginning of this culinary journey. No other meals were served on this flight. Although  a selection of beverages were offered before landing. But this didn’t bothered me much because I had another flight coming up…with some more food!

Layover Dubai

Finally being in Dubai, I had to wait for about three hours before my plane to Singapore would leave. Feeling a bit hungry, my brother and I began our search for food. Since everything was extremely expensive (like most airports) we decided to go to the Burger King after seeing a sign. But we didn’t have any luck because the Burger King was closed. However, a bit further we found the biggest rival of the King: McDonald’s. The sad thing was that it was Christmas Eve when we arrived in Dubai, so this was our Christmas dinner. Later on I will make a post about all the delicious things I missed in The Netherlands because I had to travel.

Dubai – Singapore

After a few hours we left again on our way to Singapore. And after about two hours we received once again our menus. As with every Emirates menu it stated above:

Emirates invites you to enjoy its award-winning cuisine, complemented by the finest beverages from a selection of Wines, Spirits, Beers, Liquers & Soft Drinks (everything was complementary except champagne which was 8USD).

That of course is a nice way to start a menu. For this flight our on board meals were a sandwich and breakfast. But that sounds a lot simpler than it was,  this was what the menu said:

SAVOURY SNACK

Cajun Chicken wholemeal panini bread roll filled with Cajun flavored chicken and creamy egg mayonaise

Lemon streusel muffin

Tea or Coffee

INSTANT CUP NOODLES

Available anytime on request

BREAKFAST

Fruit: Fresh seasonal fruit

Main course: Scrambled eggs with chives served with golden fried rosti potato, lamb sausage and a light tomato and chili relish

or

Prawn dumplings steamed dumplings topped with a julienne of vegetables, stir fried egg noodles and rich chopsuey sauce

Croissant served with butter and preserve

Beverages: Tea or Coffee

First of all I got the Cajun Chicken panini which was a bit dry and cold, but it still tasted okay since I was hungry again. The chocolate muffin was really good though. And I’m not really a fan of sweet stuff.

For breakfast I chose once again for the lamb, this time in sausage form. The photo is red because of the on board light and since it was very early they didn’t turn the bright lights on (I didn’t use my flash because my neighbors were sleeping). The egg was a bit disappointing in taste, quite simple and tasteless but the chili relish made this a bit better. I liked my sausages, although baked sausages would have been better, but hey, it’s a plane right?

I can conclude by saying that the food at Emirates is above average in comparison with other airlines. If food would be of such importance that you would choose your airline by it I would definitely recommend Emirates (but then you would also have to take a look at Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines). In all, even the on board food was a good start of my culinary journey. But in Singapore the journey really began…

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