16 December 2015

GRONINGEN RESTAURANT #3 - CHO FA EATHAI (Thai Food)


Today’s post is about Thai food at Cho Fah Eathai, in Groningen, The Neterlands.
We started the feast by ordering Singha, a beer from Bangkok, and a fresh orange and strawsberry juice for me to freshen up.
For eating we requested a thai soup that we shared, named Tom Som. Quite the spicy one, this clear soup is made with laos, lemongrass, lemon juice, lemon leaves, holy basil, tamarind juice and mushrooms, and it originates from north east Thailand. The soups are served with either fish, black tiger shrimp, chicken, beef or vegetarian; we went for the black tiger shrimp.
For main dishes we decided to take a chance in the traditional and famous curry thai dishes. We picked the Khang Phed, a spicy mild red curry with coconut milk, bamboo shoot, lemon leaves, green beans, zucchini, eggplant and thai basil; and the Khang Kiaw Waan, a spicy green curry with coconut milk, bamboo shoot, lemon leaves, green beans, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, baby corn and thai basil. All thai curries are served with either duck, beef steak, pork, chicken, fish, black tiger shrimp or mixed vegetables and with jasmine rice (a long-grain variety of rice that has a sweet aromatic fragrance); we decided for duck in the Khang Phed and chicken for the second one. In the first one if you choose duck they add pineapple and tomatoes.
All the dishes were delicious! The soup and the Khang Kiaw Waan managed superbly to be spicy and flavorous at the same time, which sometimes is hard when dealing with spicy food, as it can mask much of the flavors. But although Khang Phed was marked with two spicy stars out of a maximum of three, I felt it to be mild, or it might be that I’m getting used to the curry flavors after some Indian food experiences in the last year.
Regarding the space, it is a pleasant, romantic, warm, enjoyable, well decorated with thai tones; they were quite aware of some details like providing hand cream and perfume in the bathroom for clients to use, offering mint candies in the end of your meal, and even opening the door and wishing you a pleasant night (detail that we also verified in the Tekinev).
In the end, it wasn’t expensive, the environment was great, the mood perfect, and the food matched (if not exceeded) our expectations. It is definitely a must try!
O post de hoje é sobre a comida tailandesa do Cho Fah Eathai, em Groningen, nos Países Baixos.
Começamos por pedir uma Singha, uma cerveja de Banguecoque, e um sumo fresco de laranja e morango.
Para entrada, solicitamos uma sopa tailandesa, que ambos experimentamos, a Tom Som. Esta sopa, oriunda do nordeste da Tailândia e picante é feita com gengibre, erva-limão, sumo de limão, folhas de limoeiro, manjericão, tâmaras da índia e cogumelos. As sopas são servidas com peixe, camarão tigre preto, frango, vaca ou sem produtos animais; óptamos pelo camarão tigre preto.
Como pratos principais, decidimos apostar nos tradicionais e famosos pratos tailandeses, os curries. Escolhemos o Khang Phed, um curry vermelho, picante, com leite de côco, brotos de bambu, folhas de limoeiro, feijão verde, courgete, berinjela e manjericão tailandês; e o Khang Kiaw Waan, um curry verde, picante, com leite de côco, brotos de bambu, folhas de limoeiro, feijão verde, courgete, berinjela, cenoura, milho bebé e manjericão tailandês. Todos os curries tailandeses são servidos com pato, vaca, porco, frango, peixe, camarão tigre preto ou com legumes e arroz jasmim (variedade de arroz longo, com fragrância aromática doce); decidimo-nos pelo pato no Khang Phed e pelo frango no segundo. Se optar por pato no Khang Phed, o prato também é servido com abacaxi e tomate.
Todos os pratos estavam deliciosos! A sopa e o Khang Kiaw Waan saborosos e picantes, na medida correta. Mas, apesar do Khang Phed estar marcado com duas estrelas picantes de um máximo de três, senti-o pouco forte, o que poderá dever-se ao facto de já estar habituada ao picante após algumas experiências de comida indiana neste último ano.
Quanto ao espaço, é agradável, romântico, quente e bem decorado com tons tailandeses. Têm atenção a detalhes, como o fornecimento de creme de mãos e perfume na casa-de-banho para uso dos clientes, a oferta de doces de menta no final da refeição, e o abrir da porta e o desejo de uma noite agradável no final da refeição (detalhe também verificado no Tekinev).
Em suma, não foi caro, o ambiente era ótimo, o clima perfeito, e a comida foi de encontro (se não excedeu) as nossas expectativas. Recomendo vivamente!









Tom Som

   Khang Phed

Khang Kiaw Waan

Jasmine rice


Viagem Doce Viagem dined at Cho Fa Eathai in November 2015, and this just her option.
Viagem Doce Viagem jantou no Cho Fa Eathai em Novembro de 2015, e esta é, apenas, a sua opinião.

14 December 2015

GOUDA - HALF DAY TRIP






















If you have the chance, make two out of one. In the same day I went to Rotterdam I reserved a few hours to visit Gouda.
Gouda is located 20km from Rotterdam, which can be easily done by train. It is known for being the place of origin of one of the best cheeses in the world, named after the city where it was conceived: Gouda, a yellow dutch cheese made from cow’s milk. It is also the birth place of one (and the best-for me) traditional dutch sweets: the stroopwafel (which I already talked about in a previous post, here). 
Gouda is a cozy and enchanting small city, traditionally dutch, with its canals, churches, markets and bicycle jams. The landmark of the city is the stadhuis (city hall), located in the grotemarkt. Check out some pictures!
Se puder visite dois lugares num dia. No mesmo dia que visitei Roterdão reservei algumas horas para ir a Gouda.
Gouda está localizada a 20 km de Roterdão, e pode ser facilmente acedida por comboio. É conhecida por ser o local de origem de um dos melhores queijos do mundo: o Gouda, um queijo holandês amarelo feito a partir de leite de vaca. É também o local de nascimento de um (e o melhor para mim) doce tradicional holandês: a stroopwafle (que já falei num post anterior, aqui).
Gouda é uma cidade pequena, acolhedora e encantadora, tradicionalmente holandesa com os seus canais, igrejas, mercados e bicicletas. O marco da cidade é o stadhuis (traduzindo à letra posso dizer que  ''stad''=cidade e ''huis''=casa, ou seja, casa da cidade a qual nós chamamos de  câmara municipal. E não fui ao tradutor nem wikipédia :)  e sinto-me muito orgulhosa pois consegui aprender algo de holandês :D) localizado no grotemarkt. Veja algumas fotos!

11 December 2015

GRONINGEN COFFEES #1 - PS! Koffie, Kunst & Chocola



PS! Koffie, Kunst & Chocola means "PS! Coffee, Arts & Chocolate", in dutch. This is a funny coffee shop where you can have a cappuccino or latte, a slice of cake, hot chocolate, and many other things.
Here in The Netherlands people drink a lot of coffee with milk, like a latte or a cappuccino. The coffee they offer is really soft, but the milk too fat. I’m the type person that can’t sleep after drinking an espresso, but here it doesn’t happen; and I’m also the type of person that doesn’t drink cow milk – I usually go for soya, but sometimes it does happen, and I end up taking low/medium fat.
Despite all of my conclusions, this place, located in the town center (at the same street of Feel Good restaurant), near the faculty of letters, is a good option to relax after going out of a day of classes, to take note of those appointments that you did not have the time to write while in the class; all of this while you snuggle your belly with hot beverages and fresh cakes!
PS! Koffie, Kunst & Chocola significa "PS! Café, Artes & Chocolate", em holandês. É um engraçado café, onde se pode tomar um cappuccino ou uma meia de leite, uma fatia de bolo, um chocolate quente e muitas outras coisas gostosas.
Aqui, na Holanda, as pessoas têm o hábito de beber bastante café com leite. O café disponível é fraquinho e o leite que o acompanha é gordo demais. Eu faço parte do grupo de pessoas que não consegue dormir depois de beber um expresso, aqui isso não me acontece; e também sou do tipo de pessoa que não bebe leite de vaca - costumo apostar no leite de soja e esporadicamente bebo leite de vaca meio gordo/magro (quando acedo a locais que não possuem nenhuma bebida que substitua a tradicional bebida animal).
Apesar de todas as minhas conclusões, este lugar, localizado no centro da cidade (na mesma rua do restaurante Feel Good), perto da faculdade de letras, é uma boa opção para relaxar depois de um dia de aulas, para estudar e fazer apontamentos, enquanto aconchega a sua barriga com bebidas quentes e bolos frescos!

9 December 2015

ROTTERDAM - MUST SEES - IN ONE DAY TRIP


























You’re travelling to the Netherlands and you want to see something else than the typical Dutch city. Or you fancy modern architecture; Rotterdam is the city to visit in these cases. 

Railway connections in The Netherlands are very well established, and my advice is for you to take advantage of them. Wake up early and cycle to the train station; once there, buy the ticket. (Note: If you have a maestro card you can buy the ticket on the self-service machines; with a Visa you will need to buy it from the desk office and pay more 0.50€ for each trip. You can also buy it online. In the Netherlands most of the place doesn’t accept VISA Cards and some of them only accept payments by card). Ah! Don’t forget to validate the ticket-card before entering the train.
Once you get to the city I propose you to visit the following places:

1- CENTRAL STATION

Designed by Team CS (a collaboration between Benthem Crouwel Architects, MVSA Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten and West 8), the Rotterdam Central Station is part of the European network of high-speed railway lines and a nodal point in the city itself; it is one of the most important transport hubs in The Netherlands with 110,000 passengers a day, having as many travelers as Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Rotterdam Centraal is the first stop in the Netherlands when travelling from the south and is strategically positioned in the middle of Europe, with Schiphol only twenty minutes away, and Paris a mere two and a half hours. Hence the new station is not only larger, brighter and more ordered than the former, but also has an international feel; it beautifully complements both the efficiency of the High-speed stop and the Rotterdam city’s bold ambitions for urban development and renewal.


2- STADHUIS

The Town Hall, "Stadhuis", is located on a building designed by Henri Evers, dating from the years 1914-1920.

3- ST. LAURENCE CHURCH

This late gothic church (1449-1525) is the only building remaining from the medieval period of the city.
During the bomb of Rotterdam, on 14 May 1940, the church was almost totally destroyed and the tower was badly damaged. The tower was restored from 1947 to 1962 and the church from 1952 to 1968.

4- MARKTHAL

An active market hall bursting with fresh fish, dry food, exotic spices, bread straight out from the oven, tender meat, innumerable cheeses and vegetables from local suppliers. A great market to make your grocery shopping, and where you can really settle for a drink or a snack. Stop here for a minute and have lunch.
The building is the work of MVRDV, the leading wave of “Superdutch” architects that emerged in the Netherlands in the 1990s, spawned from the Rem Koolhaas’s Office of Metropolitan Architecture (note: Rem Koolhaas was the arquitect of “Casa da Música”, in Porto, Portugal). Always accompanied by polemic, their projects are characterized by striking structural feats.


5- CUBE-HOUSE

The cube-house (or pole-house or tree-house) is a design of the Dutch architect Piet Blom. He thought of his house design as a tree and of the total complex as a forest (village) within the city. For Blom it was an experiment, with the house being tilted 45 deg with the shape of a cube, distancing from any conventional house concept. This tilted cube rests upon a hexagon-shaped pylon (you can now imagine the tree.) For further informations visit: http://www.kubuswoning.nl/introkubuseng.html.
You can visit the show-cube from 11am to 5pm, for 2.50 € per person. The show-cube is a fully furnished museumhouse.

6- WILLEMSBRUG

The Willems bridge, Willemsbrug, is the "golden gate bridge" of Rotterdam. It was built in 1981.

7- ERASMUSBRUG

Erasmusbrug is a singular bridge between the centre of Rotterdam and the area of the Kop van Zuid

8- MUSEUM (for example: boijmans van beuningen)

If you have time (I didn’t; which was a pity! :( ) visit one museum. Check the web page of this museum for more info.

9- EUROMAST

Last but not least, if you want to see Rotterdam on the heights, or even sleep or eat with Rotterdam on your feet, go to the Euromast. I decided not to go because the day was too cloudy and rainy to enjoy the view from a high point.


Se se encontra na Holanda e quer ver algo mais do que a típica cidade holandesa. Ou se gosta de arquitetura moderna; Rotterdam é a cidade que deve visitar.

7 December 2015

GRONINGEN RESTAURANT #2 - TEKINEV (Turkish Food)


A great thing about Groningen is its multi-cultural dynamic. I believe this is the root for the many restaurants with gastronomies from all over the world that you can find here.  I suppose that the widespread existence of these restaurants is only possible because of the lack of a clear Dutch gastronomy, and for the large base of middle-class wealthy young adults supplying them with costumers. All of this is great for me. I enjoy food and this city gives me food. Seems a great match.
All the most because currently I am living in San Sebastián, and there I can't  find either this variety of flavors or quality of service, (pintxos are OK, but at some point you want proper food).  Bear in mind that the restaurants that don't sell pintxos are excessively expensive. For this reason I’m taking this opportunity to try as many restaurants as possible while I’m visiting Groningen.
Today’s post is about the Turkish restaurant Tekinev. The space was decorated with traditional woven carpets, hanging on the walls, and it had tones and colors of sand.
For starters we had a potato wrapped with a tzatziki sauce and tomato (offer of  the house); a stupendous humus, which was so far the best I ate, with a harmonious amount of spices, together with hot sesame bread. Yummy :P. We also had a fresh Mediterranean salad made of zucchini, tomato, turkish cheese, nuts, olives, paprika, etc.
For main dishes, I tried the cow souvlaki with slices of apple, khaki and vegetables; and my fiancée tried the stewed lamb. The lamb was stewed together with cheese, chickpeas and vegetables. Both of the dishes were accompanied by salads, bulgur and basmati rice. The amounts were quite generous.
For drinking, we took the turkish beer EFES
For desert I persuaded my fiancé to give it a try to turkish coffee. Several years ago, back when I was in Greece, I tried this coffee and it tasted really bad! I enjoyed a lot more the cups in which they served it than the coffee itself. Guess what: my boyfriend disliked it very much. The only purpose of the Turkish coffee? To read your future. But we did not let the coffee tell our future! Overall, with this experience we had a quick trip to Turkey and we came back with our stomachs full of warm and tasty food.
Uma óptima coisa sobre Groningen é a sua dinâmica multi-cultural. A existência de restaurantes com gastronomias de todo o mundo é impressionante. Suponho que se deva à falta de gastronomia local. Tudo isto é fantástico! Adoro comida e esta cidade oferece-me isso das mais variadas formas. 
Apesar de viver em San Sebastián, lá não consigo encontrar esta variedade de sabores ou qualidade no serviço (os pintxos são bons, mas em alguns momentos queremos uma comida mais adequada). Tenha em mente que os restaurantes que não vendem pintxos são excessivamente caros. Por esta razão, estou a aproveitar esta estadia para tentar comer nos mais variados restaurantes possíveis.
O post de hoje é sobre o restaurante turco Tekinev. Um espaço com tons de areia, decorado com tapetes tradicionais pendurados nas paredes.
Para entradas, comemos uma batata embrulhada com um molho tzatziki e tomate (oferta da casa); um estupendo húmus, talvez o melhor que já comi, com uma quantidade harmoniosa de especiarias, juntamente com um pão de sésamo quente. Maravilhoso :P. Optamos, ainda, por uma salada mediterrânica feita de courgete, tomate, queijo turco, nozes, azeitonas, pimento, etc.
Como pratos principais, eu escolhi um souvlaki de vaca que foi servido com fatias de caqui-maçã e vegetais. O meu noivo optou por um estufado de cordeiro, com queijo, grão de bico e legumes. Ambos os pratos foram acompanhados de saladas, bulgur e arroz basmati. As quantidades foram muito generosas.
Para beber, tomamos um cerveja turca, EFES, cada um.
Como sobremesa, convenci o meu namorado a pedir um café turco.  Há vários anos atrás, quando estive na Grécia, eu experimentei este café e não gostei! Imagine: o meu namorado não ficou fã. Qual a finalidade do café turco? Talvez para ler o seu futuro :) 
No geral, esta experiência levou-nos até à Turquia e voltamos com nossos estômagos cheios de comida quente e saborosa.

Potato with tzatziki sauce

Hommus


Souvlaki

Lamb stew




Viagem Doce Viagem dined at Tekinev in November 2015, and this is just her opinion.
Viagem Doce Viagem almoçou no Tekinev em Novembro de 2015, e esta é, apenas, a sua opinião.

5 December 2015

(GOODBYE) GRONINGEN

Let me share some pictures of this beautiful city before saying goodbye, leaving a “see you soon” just in case! From here I will be travelling to Prague, Vienna and Bratislava, where I intend to spend the next week. Don’t miss my Instagram and Facebook updates. Stay tuned! :D
Hoje partilho algumas fotos desta cidade incrível, antes de me despedir! A partir daqui sigo para Praga, Viena e Bratislava, onde passarei a próxima semana. Não perca as minhas atualizações via Instagram e Facebook. Fique atento! :D

2 December 2015

GRONINGEN MUSEUM


























The Groninger Museum, located over the city center ring canal, is widely known for its unique and colourful building, for its captivating exhibitions and fantastic collection.
The Groninger Museum’s collection is one of the most significant to be found in The Netherlands. One part of the collection is related to the history and culture of Groningen and also of its province. In this section you will find archaeological discoveries, portraits of prominent Groningers from past centuries and examples of regional arts & crafts and applied arts, like Groningen silver. The Museum has a big De Ploeg (expressionist work artists’ association) collection which is still growing; and neo-expressionist paintings from the 1980s and ‘post-modern’.
If you want to enjoy a nice morning on a weekend day, go there.

Hours of opening: 10am – 5pm (closed on Monday)
More info: www.groningermuseum.nl

O Museu de Groninger, localizado sobre o canal que circula o centro da cidade, é amplamente conhecido pelo seu edifício colorido e original, pelas suas exposições cativantes e pela coleção fantástica que possui.
A coleção patente no Museu de Groninger é uma das mais significativas da Holanda. Uma parte da coleção está relacionada com a história e a cultura de Groningen e também sobre a província de Groningen. Nesta secção é possível observar descobertas arqueológica; retratos de habitantes de Groningen de séculos passados; e exemplos de artes regionais, artesanato e artes aplicadas, como a prata de Groningen. O Museu tem uma grande colecção da De Ploeg (associação de artistas expressionistas) que acontinua a crescer; pinturas neo-expressionistas da década de 1980 e 'post-moderno'.
Se quiser desfrutar de uma manhã agradável no fim de semana, aproveite e vá.

Horário: 10.00 - 17.00 (fechado à segunda)
Mais informações: www.groningermuseum.nl


30 November 2015

DUTCH FOOD #2 - STROOPWAFELS

One of my favorite sweets is the dutch wafle, named stroopwafel.
By now you know that I’m sweet toothed, although I don’t appreciate much refined sugar. If I have to choose, I always prefer chocolate cakes instead of those with creams and with added sugars, but the stroopwafels found a soft spot in my heart and conquered it <3. I tried several ones: some sweeter, and others I could felt like I was biting raw sugar (because the syrup wasn’t on the perfect point). Take a bite on a properly made stroopwafle and you will like you are in the heaven! They are soft and you don’t “feel the sugar”, just the taste of cinnamon and syrup.
But ‘What is a stroopwafel?’
A stroopwafel in dutch means  “waffle with a syrup”. It is composed by two thin layers of baked dough with syrup filling in the middle. The stiff dough for the waffles is made from flourbutterbrown sugaryeastmilk and eggs. Medium-sized balls of dough are put into a heated waffle iron and pressed into the required uniformly thin, round shape. After the waffle has been baked, and while it's still warm, it’s split into thin layered halves and filled with caramel syrup (made of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon) spread between the waffle halves and then “glued” together.
The stroopwafel was born in Gouda, the Netherlands
You can find them in all supermarkets, and they are the national sweet; not the only one, but one of the best. You can eat them fresh and still warm at some market tents during the city days.
They somewhat remind me of Belgas, which were cookies that I ate when I was a child, but in The Netherlands they add the syrup and cinnamon, and make them warm.I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. In the meantime you just look at me eating them ;)
Um dos meus doces favoritos é a wafle holandesa, de nome stroopwafel.
Até agora, já percebeu que sou uma gulosa assumida, embora não aprecie muito o açúcar refinado. Se tiver que escolher, prefiro sempre bolos de chocolate em vez daqueles com cremes e com adição de açúcares, mas as stroopwafels encontraram um cantinho no meu coração <3. Já experimentei várias: algumas mais doces, outras em que pude sentir o açúcar enquanto trincava (porque o xarope não estava no ponto perfeito). Uma mordida numa stroopwafle perfeita faz com que se sinta no céu! 
Mas "O que é um stroopwafel?"
A stroopwafel em holandês significa "waffle com xarope". É composta por duas camadas finas de massa cozida com xarope no meio. A massa dos waffles é feita de farinha, manteiga, açúcar mascavado, fermento, leite e ovos. Uma bola de massa, de tamanho médio, é colocada numa waffle de ferro aquecida e pressiona-se uniformemente até se tornar fina e redonda. Após a cozedura e enquanto ainda está quente divide-se em duas metades, de uma fina expessura, e barra-se com um xarope de caramelo (feito de açúcar mascavado, manteiga e canela) e, em seguida "colam-se" as duas partes.
As stroopwafels nasceram em Gouda, nos Países Baixos.
Pode encontrá-las em todos os supermercados, estas são um doce nacional; não o único, mas um dos melhores. Pode comê-las frescas e quentes em algumas tendas nos mercados da cidade.
Lembram-me um pouco as famosas bolachas Belgas, que comia quando era criança, mas estas têm uma calda de açúcar e canela, e podem ser comidas quentes. 
Espero que goste tanto delas como eu. Entretanto, pode olhar para mim a comer uma;)

Gouda stroopwafels stall at Markthal Rotterdam, in Rotterdam
Tenda das stroopwafels de Gouda no Mercado de Roterdão, em Roterdão


 Woman making fresh and warm stroopwafels and stroopwafel packages to take home
Srª a fazer stroopwafels quentes e frescas; e pacotes de stroopwafels para levar para casa.


Viagem Doce Viagem is currently in The Netherlands, November 2015.
Viagem Doce Viagem está, atualmente, nos Países Baixos, Novembro de 2015.

27 November 2015

GRONINGEN RESTAURANT #1 - FEEL GOOD



One of my first meals in Groningen was a big bowl of salad and a juice to go with it. After travelling for a full day and eating all the junk food that one is exposed to, I really wanted something fresh. I decided to go to the Feel Good restaurant. I based my choice on tripadvisor reviews.
I ordered the "Leaping Frog" salad for 9.50€; it was a colorful salad of roasted chickpeas seasoned with baharat herbs, pecan walnuts, peppers, sundried tomato and sweet potato. For drinking I took a juice of beetroot, ginger, and carrot, for a price of 5€.
The meal was simple but really flavored, and most of it healthy and nutritious; also a meatless meal. Worth it! And only for 14.50€. 
If you are in Groningen, take a chance; if not, try to make these healthy dishes at home (for more salads/smoothies/juices you can visit their site).
Uma das minhas primeiras refeições em Groningen foi uma grande tigela de salada e um sumo. Apetecia-me algo fresco, depois de um dia de viagem e de comida embalada.
Decidi ir ao restaurante Feel Good. A minha escolha foi baseada nos comentários do TripAdvisor.
Pedi a salada "Rã saltante", por 9,50€, uma salada colorida de grão de bico assado, ervas, nozes pecan, pimento, tomate desidratado e batata-doce. Juntamente com um sumo de beterraba, gengibre e cenoura, por um custo de 5€.
O almoço foi simples mas saboroso, e acima de tudo saudável e nutritivo, uma refeição sem carne. Vale(u) a pena! E por apenas 14,50 €.
Se você estiver em Groningen visite, caso contrário aproveite para fazer em casa este menu (mais opções de saladas/batidos/sumos no site do restaurante).



Viagem Doce Viagem ate at Feel Good in November 2015, and this is just her opinion.
Viagem Doce Viagem almoçou no Feel Good em Novembro de 2015, e esta é, apenas, a sua opinião.