Posts Tagged ‘contributor’

TRIED & TESTED: THE DUTCH NEW YORK

May 6, 2011

Karianne Vermaas is a big fan of Petite Passport. Last week she went to New York with her father and together they discovered the new talk of the town: The Dutch

Most striking feature:

“The sign outside attracted my attention right away. The Dutch…would it be all about dutch treats such as bitterballen and frikadellen? Luckily it was all but that! The Dutch is an American restaurant, bar and oyster room and it is inspired by local cafés and bistros, as well as seaside shacks and roadside joints. Actually it represents the mix of cultural influences that make New York City so wonderful. The Dutch has a very comfortable atmosphere and definitely is hip without trying too hard to be the most happening place in town. Not a big surprise maybe, if you consider the fact that it’s the work of interior designers Roman & Williams (also known for their work at the Standard Hotel en the Ace Hotel). Loved the Skirt Steak Rollatini and my father enjoyed his Pecan Duck with Organic Dirty Rice very much. Breakfast, lunch and brunch are coming soon, they told us.”

Check out: www.thedutchnyc.com

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TRIED & TESTED: TO BE A CLOSET BANGKOK

April 26, 2011

Babs den Haring is  one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Bangkok:

“There are several It’s Happened to be a Closet’s in Bangkok and it’s a small shop where you can also sit outside to eat something. We ordered a piece of cake. The retro interior is fantastic!”

Check out: http://ithappenedtobeacloset.wordpress.com

TRIED & TESTED: ALPENSTUECK BERLIN

April 25, 2011

Babs den Haring is  one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Berlin:

Most striking feature:

“We didn’t visit the restaurant, but the bakery across the street. It’s a sweet little bakery with white tables and chairs. Behind the beautiful counter you will find all kinds of delicious food. Like bread with several kinds of German cheese. This is the place to be if you want to learn more about traditional German food. And a good place to have breakfast. Oh and don’t forget to take a look at their beautiful pictures on the wall.”

Check out: www.alpenstueck.de


TRIED & TESTED: CHIPPS BERLIN

April 22, 2011

Babs den Haring is  one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Berlin:

Most striking feature:

“They serve an inexpensive lunch menu for 8,50 euro. Everything in here is freshly prepared and produced. You can choose a starter and a main course. I started with the chestnut soup which was followed by a pasta with pumpkin and nuts. I don’t know if all the dishes are made for vegetarians but if not, you won’t be dissappointed if you’re a vegetarian coming here.  Oh, and don’t forget to order their home made lemon lemonade. It’s delicious!”

Check out: www.chipps.eu

TRIED & TESTED: SALA SAMUI KOH SAMUI

April 21, 2011

Babs den Haring is  one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Koh Samui:

Most striking feature:

“Their outside shower. Isn’t that the best thing on earth? This hotel on Koh Samui is beautiful. The people who work here are very friendly. And there is a fantastic pond at the reception. First you have to cross a small little bridge over that pond to get to the reception. We stayed in a Garden Pool Villa with our own private pool. Definitely a great Honeymoon destination.”

Check out: www.salaresorts.com

(If you like this spot, you will also like Qunci Villas in Lombok)

TRIED & TESTED: RASANANDA KOH PHANGAN

April 20, 2011

Babs den Haring is  one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Koh Phangan:

Most striking feature:

“The quiet Rasananda Resort is located in the middle of nowhere. You have to reach it with a 4×4 and it’s hard to get away: but that’s exactly what you want when you check in at this beautiful resort for your honeymoon (in our case). The suite was beautiful with our plunge pool, a huge bathroom and extra’s like a bathrobe, slippers and even a bag to take with you to the beach. The deckchairs on their private beach have your room number, so you don’t have to worry about not having a place to relax on the beach. This is the perfect place to relax!”

Check out: www.rasananda.com

TRIED & TESTED: FOOD FOR THOUGHT SINGAPORE

April 19, 2011

Babs den Haring is one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Singapore:

Most striking feature:

“This little cafe looks fantastic from the outside. It’s located next to a museum for children (that’s why Miffy lies on top of the building next to Food for Thought). Inside you”ll find simple, yet delicious food. In the middle of the cafe there’s a cupboard full of things to buy. From tea towels till notebooks. Good place to eat and buy a souvenir. Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at the ceiling: you’ll find orchids hanging upside down. Funny!”

Check out: www.foodforthought.com

TRIED & TESTED: ACE HOTEL NEW YORK

April 14, 2011

Stephanie Duval is the great mind behind 70% Pure – a fantastic blog based in Antwerp. Last week she travelled to New York and because I loved following her Tweets I asked her to write a piece about her hotel experience:

Most striking feature:

With a key card to one of its rooms comes the access to a world of fun and coolness. Whether you love hanging around in the lobby between the hipsters on their macbooks, standing in line for the world’s best coffee at Stumptown or slurping cocktails and oysters in the John Dory Oyster Bar: all of these treats are just steps away from your fabulous guest room. Which comes with a guitar, Smeg refrigerator, rad jersey bathrobes and woollen blankets, and wonderful bathroom products by Rudy’s Brand, by the way.

No, the Ace Hotel is not cheap, contrary to what some might claim. Even a bunk bed here comes at a price, but it’s nothing compared to what most of the other hip design hotels in Manhattan are charging. Besides, in my humble opinion, your buck is worth a lot more around here than anywhere else. Even the simple gratification of flashing your key card on a busy Friday night (when everyone – and I do mean everyone – wants to get in and hang at the bar), and gaining immediate entrance to the center of hip Manhattan is worth the splurge.

But be sure to save a little cash for spending at the annexed Project n°8 and Opening Ceremony stores: way cooler destinations for souvenirs than you’ll find anywhere else in town. Oh, and my favourite way of spending $5? The photo booth!

Check out: www.acehotel.com

TRIED & TESTED: KITH CAFE SINGAPORE

April 14, 2011

Babs den Haring is  one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Singapore:

Most striking feature:

“What we liked most at Kith Cafe was the freshly squeezed apple juice. We’ve been here several times just for the juice. And the guy who works here was like: ‘you have to try my coffee, it’s really good as well’. That actually was true, but we had a thing for his apple juice. Kith Cafe isn’t easy to find. It’s hidden near a river and a bridge. But once there you’ll like the chalkboard, the small interior and the food. All made with a lot of love. Great place!”

Check out: www.kith.com.sg

TRIED & TESTED: SPRUCE SINGAPORE

April 13, 2011

Babs den Haring is one of the most dedicated Petite Passport travellers. Together with her handsome husband she travelled to Singapore:

Most striking feature:

Order the Spruce Burger. That one is delicious with a capital D. Just like the chocolatecake as dessert. But that one you can easily share with your partner because it’s huge. Spruce isn’t located in the center of Singapore, but it’s definitely worth taking the trip to the outskirts.”

Check out: www.spruce.com.sg