The ‘grass’ is always greener…

[pink, Eindhoven]

Eindhoven, Holland… what a pleasant surprise.

Having booked tickets purely on curiously/great price alone, the birthday weekend group really didn’t know what we were in for. The weather forecast looked gloomy, google searches brought a whole lot of ‘not much’, but a fair bit of info on Fritz Philips

Almost as soon as we set foot in the country [Paul and I via train from Germany and the Londeners via Plane] we all sensed ‘a little something else’ in the air.

The air was fresh and the energy of the city was vibing and relaxed all at the same time!

We grabbed some quick but late dinner and wondered the streets of Eindhoven….seriously what a beautiful city.
Unknowingly, we had arrived during the final w/e of a Light installation in the city. It was cold, raining and grey, but the city was alive with bubbling friendly energy with truly magical lights to pave the way.

There was something about the place that reminded me of Melbourne, there was an energy… and ofcourse the cafes and restaurants. Eindhoven has a few over Melbs though…like the benefits of being in the Netherlands…two words: ‘coffee shop’

We went to a couple of places, Grasshopper and Pink. Pink was by far our favourite as it was a whole lot more friendlier and roomier.

We played cards and enjoyed the beauty of being in Eindhoven. As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side…. 🙂

Ps. they have delicious cookies here 😉

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Tastefully yours,

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L u x e m b o u r g : c o f f e e

[cafe knopes, Luxembourg]

errrgh! I have such a back log of posts… this was from a couple of weeks ago, but its pretty good coffee, and its always really nice to wonder through Luxembourg oldtown when youre filled with sunshine and warm coffee. delish! 🙂

Les Coffeeshops Knopes sont des endroits entièrement dédiés au café. Que ce soit pour déguster un café sur place, demander des conseils de préparation, emporter un sac de café fraîchement torréfié chez soi, vous y trouverez tout ce que vous voulez savoir sur le café. A côté du café, nous vous proposons aussi des thés, boissons fraîches et originales ou encore des en-cas sucrés et salés.

Ouvert depuis 2002, ce Coffeeshop est situé dans une cour intérieure près de la bourse de Luxembourg. Cet endroit est devenu une référence au centre de Luxembourg pour tous les amateurs de café. Venez partager notre passion du café dans un endroit intime et chaleureux.

english: Coffeeshops Knopes The locations are completely dedicated to coffee. Whether for a coffee on site, ask for advice on preparation, carrying a bag of freshly roasted coffee at home, you’ll find everything you need to know about coffee. Besides coffee, we also offer teas, soft drinks and original, or sugary snacks and savoury.

Open since 2002, Coffeeshop is located in a courtyard near the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. This place has become a reference center in Luxembourg for all coffee lovers. Come share our passion for coffee in an intimate and warm

For some [beautiful] reason, whenever I have a coffee at Cafe Knopes its always sunny… I hope this coffee phenomenon  lasts all through the cold f*ck that will be winter… hahah, scuuuse my french, I’m just super anxious about the onset of a German/Luxembourg winter.

We had some super nice weather over the w/e, but today is serious poo!, and i’m only thinking its going to get colder and greyer… I hope it gets so cold though that it turns white. 🙂 or maybe I can just have an espresso, and all will be sunny and delicious again! 😉

Anyway, I hope its sunny where you are 🙂

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Tastefully yours,

C a n t u c c i n i : b i s c o t t i

[meine wohnung, Trier]

I do this thing where if I eat really healthy, I think it gives me the license to then consume something not so…

For example, last night we had:

* Brown rice w/lentils, barley, mushrooms and tomatoes.

* Falafel.

* & a fresh leafy salad with a red wine from Apel.

so.. this morning, I felt like eating biscotti in my trackies… 🙂 Alright! 🙂

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Tastefully yours,


S u i t e : a u : C h o c o l a t

[suite au chocoloat | Trier ]

WRC, (thats world rally championships for those like me who had no idea) was in town for the weekend. To me it was like a massive go kart track for big kids!

Anywho, we happened to duck into a side street before the the streets were closed off and snuck in a bite before the engines rolled.

The espresso & espresso machiato was pretty good, but not as good as Cafe Lecca

Due to the name we thought we’d sample Sweet crepes, but they were unfortunately off the menu for the day, so we ordered Galettes…

what are galettes I hear you ask?…

Galette is a general term used in French to designate various types of flat, round or freeform crusty cakes.[1][2] One notable type is the galette des Rois (King cake) eaten on the day of Epiphany. In French Canada, the term galette is usually applied to pastries best described as large cookies.

Galette, or more properly Breton galette (French: Galette bretonne, Breton: Krampouezhenn gwinizh du), is also the name given in most French crêperiesto savoury buckwheat flour pancakes, while those made from wheat flour, much smaller in size and mostly served with a sweet filling, are branded crêpes. Galette is a type of thin large pancake mostly associated with the regions of Normandy and Brittany, where it replaced at times bread as basic food, but it is eaten countrywide. Buckwheat was introduced as a crop suitable to impoverished soils and buckwheat pancakes were known in other regions where this crop was cultivated, such as Limousin or Auvergne.

It is frequently garnished with egg, meat, fish, cheese, cut vegetables, apple slices, berries, or similar ingredients. One of the most popular varieties is agalette covered with grated Emmental cheese, a slice of ham and an egg, cooked on the galette.[3] In France, this is known as a galette complète (a complete galette). A hot sausage wrapped in a galette (called galette saucisse, a tradition of Rennes, France) and eaten like a hot dog is becoming increasingly popular as well.

Prociutto with walnuts was a little salty and dry, but was still very appetising.

The Galette ‘italianische’ was seriously yummy boasting with essential Italian flavours : fresh tomatoes, fresh mozerella and fresh basil. All lovingly drizzled in olive oil.

The cars may have been driving fast and loud, but breakfast on this particular sunday was eaten slowly and peacefully.

I’ll be sure to come back to play with the chocolate.

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Tastefully yours,