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Dinner @Enoteca, Eden Amsterdam Manor Hotel

Vitello Tonnato @Enoteca

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Lobby @Eden Amsterdam Manor Hotel

Happy New Year to you all!!! It’s been quite some time since I blogged about iEat-Out mainly because having a small kid, you really have to sacrifice a lot of private time, rather hard to have an evening out. Anyway, hubby knows I like eating out and during our Christmas break in Holland, he has arranged to drive an hour out to meet Aunt Thea for dinner. Oma & Opa were kind enough to babysit Marc for us.

When Thea asked what did I fancy that night, I simply said no Asian cuisines and she proposed a few places and I picked Enoteca which is located in Eden Amsterdam Manor Hotel. The reason why I chose this place was because of the idea of this hotel which used to be a hospital, was recently being restored and converted to a hotel (just opened a few months ago in Jun 2010). This information is not mentioned in its website and thanks to Aunt Thea who knows everything in AMS.

The restaurant itself has its own entrance but we went through the hotel unintentionally but that surely gave a great start of the evening by appreciating the interior of this hotel is very nice, it’s modern and looks like a hip hotel.

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Chinese style Mango Pudding (芒果布甸)

Mango pudding is a very common and popular dessert in Chinese restaurants but not all of them taste good. I have learnt years ago using mango jelly powder but the outcome is not so good all the time, there are 2 layers of color when set.

Thanks to Donna for sharing her recipe to me. It was really unbelievably quick and easy to make. It is very different to most of the other Chinese style mango pudding recipes which usually call for Mango jelly powder and evaporated milk. Her version uses Mango Pulp. I bought a can (750ml) from the Indian grocery store, I only need half of the can for the mango pudding, the remaining would be best to prepare mango lassi to go with some curry tomorrow. If I am in Asia, I would use fresh Mangoes from  Thailand or Philippines to make the pulp, personally I think I would still prefer evaporated milk.

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roasted pumpkin & smoked tofu risotto

Today is creative Wednesday, this afternoon I have prepared roasted pumpkin for tonight’s dinner but I have not planned what to go with it. While I was cooking the risotto, I thought just pumpkin and risotto sound a bit plain so I looked into the fridge, not much available really as we will be away for the weekend so did not stock up much. Previously I would grill some tiger prawns to go with the pumpkin risottobut I was a bit lazy. The reason why I rustic roasted the pumpkin is because it requires least effort to prepare with extremely satisfactory results. And I can spend more time with Marc.

The idea of using Smoked tofu was inspired by my favorite vegetarian restaurant in Basel/ Zurich called Tibits. They use a lot of tofu in their dishes, so I thought just be brave and give a try. I asked Peter if he dared to try my creative dish, he said I had to right and in the end he had second. He was still having a teleconference when I placed his plate in front of him and I could see his face looked surprised when I spontaneously decided to crush a little amaretti biscuit on top, a little sweetness matched well to the pumpkin : ) I am truly proud of my dish tonight and very happy with the inspiration I had in the last minute! Sometimes you just have to try, if you never try, you never know. I love smoked tofu, they keep quite long in the fridge and becomes handy and is a great alternative to meat.

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Quick & Easy Tom Yum Goong Soup

I have always wanted to try making Tom Yum Goong (Thai Hot & Sour Soup) from scratch but never made it until a few days ago, always thought it’s very difficult but oh my, I could not believe it is that (dead) easy to make. I am not sure if I should blog about this but I would like to post this recipe to spread the words how easy it is to make. At the same time, I would also appreciate if anyone of you out there can point me to the direction of a truly authentic Tom Yum Goong, I am curious to learn more. The more I searched, the more different versions I found made me confused. Nevertheless, I am very happy with the recipe from ThaiTable.com.

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Getaway weekend in Zermatt, Switzerland


Recently I have received an email from Wikio that my blog is ranked 27 in the Travel & Tourisms category which was quite pleasing but at the same time feel pity because I have not been able to blog about my travels. A lot of ideas and memories have flowed into my head but hardly can get my head into it. I like writing about my travels when they are still fresh, otherwise other new things come up and then eventually lose the interest to write anymore.

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An afternoon @Vitra Design Museum, Germany

Yesterday was Swiss National Day, every thing was closed in Switzerland. So I thought of visiting somewhere across the French or German border. I was thinking of going to an open-air farm museum in Alsace but it was too hot to stay outdoor for too long so I changed my mind after got into the car and went to Vitra Design Museum in Germany. I had wanted to go for a long time but was always not sure if worth visiting.

And surprise surprise!!! Marc and I had a lovely afternoon there, both of us were not bored at all. I was pleased that Marc liked it so much that I actually had problem to make him go back to his own stroller after experienced all the designers chairs! I actually went back to the first floor again after seeing the exhibition.

Vitra Design Museum itself only shows temporary exhibition, it is not a big place that you need to spend a lot of time there. A lot of people come here for the guided architectural tour.  Others who come from the neighbourhood may come for a light lunch or afternoon tea at the VitraHaus Café or sitting outside on the curvy woody benches. The VitraHaus which carries the Vitra Home Collection, itself has entertained Marc and me for hours. You are free to sit, lie, pose and touch on most of the furniture there. It does not give you a feeling as if you are visiting a furniture shop at all but it does make you feel very comfortable like home. The large windows which outlook to the vineyards is breathtaking especially with gorgeous weather like yesterday.

I regretted that I only had my iphone but not a normal camera with me due to my last minute change. Luckily it’s only 20 mins drive from home and I am already thinking of going back to take more pictures for Marc. On arrival the VitraHaus, at the reception, the friendly hostess will give you a personal VitraHaus keycard of which you can access information about the products and designers in the digital catalogue, you can save your favorite items as a wishlist and then send it to your own email address on departure. This keycard gives me a high-tech and stylish museum experience.

I thought this place is highly recommended for everyone even if you have a small baby like me. Nobody will give you dirty looks when you think you may be doing too odd things with your kids or if your kids scream.

Here are some selected photos to share with you:

These new chairs will be available to order in the coming months.


Please don’t feed the elephants, thank you!

Rock, rock, rock!

Need a 15 minutes power nap?

Marc: I want to go higher up there!

Marc made a self portrait and saved in the keycard.

Until next time……..