Friday, 29 May 2009

Queen's Day (Koninginnedag)

Ok, this post is a moth late but no blog on Holland is complete without it. April 30th: Queen's Day, or Koninginnedag, is a big deal in Holland. It's a day of national celebration and to my sheer delight the biggest tag sale the world has ever seen. Everyone sells their stuff of the streets. There are many bargains to be had and treasure to find. It's a fabulous day.The nice things are the games, quite often children invent games to earn a buck. Mostly though kids are set up in Volndelpark. Then there's the home baking...And other handicrafts.And of course people watching. Or watching people people watching.The national colour of Holland is orange (foul) and the city turns into a throbbing sea of it.Words of warning: streets are packed so wear comfy sneakers and don't bother with a bike, this is a walking day. Get cash out the day before as ATM's will have a queue a mile long and run out pretty early on. And mobiles don't always work and sms' can be delayed through millions of people using their phones at the same time, so hatch a bit of a plan or time and meeting point with friends the day before. And if you really want a good bargain, get up early!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

big car love

My favourite car is the Citroën DS. It was produced by the French manufacturer Citroën between 1955 and 1975. Citroën sold nearly 1.5 million D-series during its 20 years of production. The DS is well-known for its futuristic, aerodynamic body design, styled by the Italian sculptor and industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni.
I just love it.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Kate MccGwire

So a couple posts ago I had some mystery art and I'm happy to report to you now mystery solved! Kate MccGwire is the artist in question. And here's more of her work, which I was delighted to discover is here in Holland! Here is Sluice, 2009.
A site Specific installation, Pigeon feathers, felt, glue and polystyrene. Exhibited: Lokaal 01, Brede, Holland 2008.
And then there's Heave 2008: Pigeon flight-feathers, felt and wood installation. Exhibited: 'Gothic', Fieldgate Gallery, London (2008).
Kate was born in Norwich in 1964 and lives and works in London.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

The travels of bad

I'm out of the office and so missed both Cookie AND Heavy Metal Friday yesterday. But I have this metal-esque eye candy to feast on instead. Zander Blom: The Travels of Bad. Nice. More here.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

food glorious lovefood

If you're an expat like me (and especially if you hail from the USA or the UK) the above breakfast delight served up on weekend morning is sight you probably miss more than dear old mum. Sorry, mum. But fear not! Lovefood is here to set things right, at least on Sunday's.
Let me introduce you to your new Sunday saviour, Jason Hartley. Lovefood grew out of Jason's pure passion, from "...a desire to rediscover the origins of food and its link to culture, recreate classic dishes to the highest standard and combine that with today's move back to sourcing great local produce." Rock on.
And that he does, every Sunday at Finch on the Noordermarkt, a beautiful setting and very convieniently my local 'hood. Sunday gone my brother and I endulged The Full Mikey: The American classic breakfast. Choice of bacon or homemade sausage, hash browns, scrambled eggs, 2 American Pancakes with butter and maple syrup and toast, for a mere €9.75. Heveanly.
I've had the eggs Florentine before and it was fabulous too! Pretty amazing for a guy that at the beginning of the year hadn't stepped foot in a professional kitchen, and now dishes up 100 brunches a week to the expat community at large. Stella effort, Jason, and congrats!I'm making it my mission to work my way through the entire mouth-drooling menu. Find Lovefood on Facebook to stay tuned for further endevours. The only thing missing now, in my opinion is a good Bloody Mary...but I'm sure we can work on Finch for, Jase?

Lovefood can be found every Sunday at Cafe Finch, 10am – 6pm, Noordermarkt 5, Amsterdam.