Lavinia cakes’n buttons

Two weeks ago it was my birthday and I wanted this year to celebrate it in a very special place. The first one that came to my mind was Lavinia cakes’n buttons in The Hague. Some time ago I read an article about it in Amsterdamming, a blog that I follow and love. My mind went on fire when I saw the photos. It looked magic, fairy, a bit old fashioned and deliciously tender. I kept those impressions in a corner of my mindRead more

Tum Tum

Tum Tum in Den Bosch is the definition of old school sweetness. If you go down (or up) the Ridderstraat you can’t miss it with its beautiful windows painted in mint-green, and all its goodies offering themselves right on display. If Tum Tum would belong to a film, I would place it in an Harry Potter’s film and the  moment you pass the door, you take the Hogwarts Express. Inside, the entire shop seems to belong to an other time;Read more

Pâtisserie De Rouw

As a French woman, as a grand-daughter of a baker and daughter of pastry enthusiasts, I grew up with the delicious habit to eat delicate pastries on special occasions. The strongest souvenir I have is when at the end of the Sunday meal my mother woud go to the kitchen and come back  with a lovely box fulfilled met succulent cakes. She would slowly open the box, we were waiting in silence and when the box was opened we wereRead more

Kunst En Eerlijke Koffie, Utrecht

Kunst en eerlijke koffie (aka Keek)  and me is a long story. The first time I noticed it, it was thanks to its green-almond facade and charming interior; I was in a hurry back then so I quickly checked the menu and was more than pleased to see that they use organic products, have vegetarian meals and try to promote local artists. I thought, oh oh interesting, got to come back here!! So when I did, I was not aloneRead more

Kazerij Stalenhoef, Utrecht

As you know I’m French but not only, I’m also Aveyronnaise and proud of it! I was born and raised in the wonderful Aveyron, somewhere under Clermont-Ferrand and between Toulouse and Montpellier not too far from where the Roquefort has been created and is still made but also La Tome de l’Aubrac, le Cantal… So, yes, I am made of flesh and bones and Roquefort. It is in my DNA and it’s no wonder that after both births of ourRead more

Josephine

The Dutchies have the “stroopwafels”, the Frenchies have the macarons. Ah! The macarons! If fresh, an heavenly mix of structure and softness. It’s beautiful to see, delicious to eat. But watch out it’s small so it will also learn you to take the time and to enjoy every little bite of it. In the boho chic Twijnstraat in Utrecht, in de restaurant/shop Josephine you can find one of those specimen hand made by “Tout” in Amsterdam. The macarons are justRead more

Jan Bussing Bakery, Rotterdam

           One of the most popular clichés about the French is their baguette. And, as a French lady, I can confirm that it is not only a cliché it is a fact. Yes, we eat the baguette, we eat it in the morning, on the way to home, at lunch, at diner… We love our baguette, our crispy bread. Mmmm… The baguette to the French is like the potato to the Dutch, the pasta to theRead more