British by birth and Dutch by choice, Vicky Hampton is a writer, cook and avid foodie who has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 2006. Vicky launched her blog Amsterdam Foodie in 2007 and it is now an indispensable guide to the city’s eateries and beyond. In all honesty, I don’t eat a huge amount of Dutch food. Yes, I live in the Netherlands – but it seems that even the average Dutch person doesn’t eat that much of their national cuisine – especially those who live in Amsterdam. And yet, when I’m approached to write articles, it’s the topic I’m most likely to be asked to write on. A while ago, I wrote this post on Dutch food and drinks for Eating Amsterdam; they’ve commissioned a set of ‘foodie maps’ – illustrations of the national cuisines of the Netherlands, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and (soon) Italy, and where each dish comes from in the country. I thought the Dutch one was cute (it’s so … [Read more...] about Blogwatching: Where to eat… Dutch food in Amsterdam
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HEALTHY eating may be good for you but it can be bad for your wallet. This week, Sun Saver Jeff Pollitt, from Manchester, told me it costs him a fortune to make smoothies with Greek yoghurt, spinach, chia seeds and berries. But healthy eating does not have to be ridiculously expensive. To help Jeff, I asked a panel of experts for their tips on how to reduce costs but still create a nutritional smoothie. Rebecca Jennings, nutritionist and founder of Love To Eat Nutrition, says: “Swap that tub of Greek yoghurt for semi-skimmed milk — the protein content is similar and it is still a good source of iodine and vitamins A, D, E and K. “Also, change your smoothie based on what fruits are in season. They are cheaper to buy. Melon has a high water content, so can help hydration.” Reader Fiona Briercliffe, from Burnley, Lancs, says: “When you’re out walking, pick blackberries on your route. They can be used for making smoothies and are free. You can save what … [Read more...] about How to make your own natural smoothie minus the ridiculous cost — plus is your paper worth £15,000?
In many ways, Vientiane is the least Southeast Asian of all the Southeast Asian capitals. Laos’ first city stretches along the eastern bank of the Mekong where it forms the border with Thailand, a peaceful treasure trove of French bakeries and Buddhist stupas, wine cellars and night markets. Vientiane’s diversity is a by-product of its chequered past: razed by the Thai army in the 1820s, it was gradually rebuilt by French colonists in the early 20th century. Their mansions were left to crumble during the Civil War of the 1970s, and nowadays its wide boulevards and quiet parks offer a haven to frazzled backpackers looking to catch a breath after the hustle of Vietnam or the bustle of Thailand. Read more Prehistoric mysteries and the end of 'death swings' in Laos Laoatians in the People’s Democratic Republic joke that “PDR” really stands for Please Don’t Rush: and why would you, when a busy day in Vientiane means an afternoon sipping … [Read more...] about Vientiane city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in the Laos capital
Half of British mums and dads have "given up" trying to get their kids to eat their "five-a-day", according to research. A poll of 2,000 parents of children up to age 10, also found 41 per cent have abandoned attempting to get greens into kids’ diets because they are more concerned about ensuring they eat full stop. Twenty-nine per cent have lost their patience trying to get their youngsters to eat a healthy diet, with one in five saying they have given up because they were tired or in a rush. And shockingly, five per cent confessed they simply don’t think it’s important for their children to get their five-a-day. The research was commissioned by home appliance manufacturer Beko to celebrate the launch of its new "Eat Like A Pro" campaign in partnership with FC Barcelona, which aims to help parents inspire their kids to eat a little bit healthier and tackle a global issue of childhood obesity. Read more The raw fruits and vegetables that improve mental health … [Read more...] about British parents ‘giving up’ on convincing kids to eat fruit and vegetables, survey finds
Depending on who you talk to, anywhere between 60 and 100 people arrive in Austin every day – ready to call the city home, making it one of fastest growing places in America.Why the influx? Well, it’s partly because young professionals are being priced out of places like San Francisco and Seattle, but the Texan metropolis certainly has plenty of ‘pull factors’ as well.And it’s now easier (and cheaper) than ever for Brits to get a slice of the action, with budget airline Norwegian’s new direct flight from Gatwick.My own arrival in ATX – as everyone calls it – is something of a baptism of fire.First stop, after dropping my bags at the shiny new Fairmont Hotel, is Ranch 616 (theranch616.com), an old-style Ice House decked out with buffalo skulls and neon signs, where I’m tasked with downing a Fire in the Hole – a shot glass filled with tequila and a hollowed-out jalapeño.The trick, says the restaurant’s owner Kevin … [Read more...] about It’s no good unless you have to queue for it – how to eat, drink and party like a local in Austin