Posts Tagged ‘Rotterdam’


April 22, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you wanna feel that Portland atmosphere in Rotterdam. Mix a lot of tattoo’s with vintage and fashionable glasses.
  2. If you’re a man and need a haircut.
  3. If you’re a man who don’t want to see women for an hour or so: this is a women free zone.
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March 18, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. Because of the brands they sell: Acne, Best Behavior, Cheap Monday.
  2. To buy Biek & Walt by biancaspeijk
  3. To get a new haircut (in the basement).

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February 12, 2011

I just received a press release of Engels in my inbox. Engels is an ordinary grand café next to Rotterdam Central Station. I knew it had a rooftop terrace – with great views of the city – but I didn’t know they ‘greened’ it up. I can’t wait till the opening in May when I definitely go there for a cold drink or cocktail. And ofcourse I will keep you posted with a report. For now: sending you some spring vibes already!

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January 29, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you live in Rotterdam North.
  2. If you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot.
  3. Or if you want to take-away.

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January 21, 2011

Daisy Kroon is a fashion designer from Rotterdam. Well that’s one thing I like, because I live there as well. But when I was introduced to her new collection I had to have it all. Simple, minimalistic and a beautiful combination of blue and brown. Inspiration came from a trip to Sweden when she was just a child. I also love the way she presented the clothes in the jungle like surroundings. Daisy Kroon is sold at Wendela van Dijk and Nen Xavier in Rotterdam and at Soepboer&Stooker in Amsterdam.

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January 13, 2011

Most striking feature:

The industrial atmosphere. Apart from the Tom Dixon lamps (love it) and the modern chairs, the skeleton of the building made of massive grey concrete is still visible. And I love a combination of the two. Maybe that’s why they choose the name Blender? Or because the best bartenders in the city are working here? And they can serve you a bittersweet cocktail. If the Pornstar Martini is on the menu just like in Level I will be a regular visitor. Blender is open for cocktails and dinner, but also for their, already legendary, parties. I celebrated New Year’s 2011 here and what a party it was.

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November 20, 2010

Or am I asking too much for my night out?

I love hotspots with a great design. That’s my number 1 reason to go there. I’m not a food connaisseur. My taste is divided in two groups: 1: I like it, yes, give me more or 2: getverdemme (Dutch for disgusting). Usually my taste falls in category 1. I’m easy to please with food.

So when I visit a place which is a great hotspot and the food falls in category 1, is there something that could go wrong? Yes, it is! And that’s the people who work in the restaurants. I’m writing this letter, uh, blogpost to you:

You love working there don’t you? Otherwise you would choose to work in another restaurant? You love that people come to your restaurant because they love the interior and the food? Why is it that you don’t smile? Why is it that you are rude? If I want to make a picture of your restaurant because I want to put it on my blog, you say: sorry, can’t (Radijs Amsterdam, therefor not on my site) and If I ask you what the size of the croquettes are (in Friture Royale in Maastricht) you sigh before you ask me: you know the size of a croquette don’t you? (Yes, I know but if you serve 6 croquettes for 1 person as an amuse I’m quite wondering what the size is, because it’s not my hobby to eat 6 croquettes before the actual meal starts). You get it, Friture Royale is not on my site either.

And then today I visit my all time favorite restaurant in Rotterdam. I tell everyone who goes to Rotterdam: please take the effort to cross the river Maas and eat at Fabbrica. The pizza’s are great and the interior is fabulous! Unreal! Awesome! But then the personnel. Okay they were fully booked. That’s something that could happen (although half of the restaurant was still empty and we needed a quick bite). But we were really looking forward to a pizza the whole day so we decided to order them in. We took a seat at an empty table (the table where we usually sit when we wait for our take-away pizza). To get a dominant ‘please sit at that table’. So we moved to another empty table – there weren’t any people waiting and when we left the restaurant that table wasn’t booked. We waited for 20 minutes, didn’t get a drink. They didn’t even think of asking us for anything else. And they all had grumpy faces – like they were having their period and didn’t like working there at all.

So to you my dear people who work in restaurants, we, the people who like to go to your restaurant, love to get a bright, honest smile from you. A smile like you understand that we love your place. A smile like you want to give us the best night out. A smile like you care. A smile like you actually love your life. Please do. Please, please do.

Love, Pauline

And you? Let me know about your rude restaurant experience. About people who don’t smile. Because my frustration will be a bit temped down if I know you experience this too…

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October 27, 2010

Last saturday I was discussing about the fact that Rotterdam didn’t use their city for cool restaurant concepts. And yesterday I got this e-mail telling me about the first pop up restaurant in Rotterdam. Called Big Fish. Yes, finally! It’s only this friday and saturday on a secret location. The only thing they are telling is that you have to come with your bicycle. Well that makes me pretty curious (and what if you didn’t own a bicyle like I do?)! Price: 60 euro for dinner, wine and social dinner.

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September 22, 2010

Most striking feature:

In every Bibou the ceiling is covered with paper lamps. This saturday the new Bibou opened her doors in Rotterdam. And yes, the ceiling is indeed made of several lamps. Love it! But this Bibou is much bigger than the one in Den Haag. You can ask for a feet treatment, a facial, massage or even a bye bye jetlag treatment. And even men are welcome! Prices? Massage from 40 euro, facial from 35 euro. And they sell natural beauty products as well (for reasonable prices).

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August 22, 2010

Most striking feature:

They give perfect massages and facials – and you can make your own skin products in here – but I was intrigued by the ceiling. How simple yet creative? Just buy a couple of IKEA lamps, cut them in halfs and stick them to the ceiling. The effect is amazing. Bibou is soon opening their third spa in Rotterdam. The other ones are located in Den Haag en Leiden.

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