So you think dougnuts are extremely greasy creatures covered with ultra sweet fluorescent frostings that will make your teeth crumble within ten seconds? No darling, not if you buy them at Harewood Bakery. Kim Hasebos, the sparkling owner, bakes the freshest dougnuts 5 days a week and is all about natural ingredients. On top of that she loves to experiment with unusual – for a dougnut that is – but utterly tempting flavours: lemon meringue, crème brûlée, mango chili. The mango-chilli one shows her exotic roots: her mother and grandmother are Dutch Indonesian. These women taught her how to bake and excited her love for food. Before she pursued a career in food, she worked for a Dutch private equity firm. After she had lost her job, she went to England to follow a pastry course. Back home she initiated a successful crowdfunding campaign and since a couple of weeks Harewood Bakery is up and running. Say ‘hi’ to Kim, have a coffee plus a dougnut 2.0. For example the one with home-made mango curd tossed in ‘chilli sugar’: creamy, a bit sour but with enough sugar to make your day rock.
Mango-chilli doughnut, one, €3.50
Albert Cuypstraat 62, South (De Pijp)
Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 8.30am-3.30pm, Saturday-Sunday 9.30am-3.30pm
The first time I was in Israel, I had breakfast with herring. A bit odd, but not bad at all. Unfortunately the hotel I was staying in did not serve the best breakfast dish on earth: shakshuka, eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers and onions. Shakshuka is highly popular in Israel and the rest of the Middle East. I’ve heard it’s easy to make it yourself, but I prefer to eat it at the Hummus bistro d&a. This cozy and undeniable cool place owned by two women from Tel Aviv is renowned for the hummus served around the clock, but do try the other menu options too. Now back to the shakshuka: the super fresh tomato sauce is so delicious that you don’t want to miss a single drop. The home-made pita bread is perfect to soak up every bit of it. Pay attention to the pickles, totally recommended: the spicy lemons. Shaksuka for breakfast is the perfect kick-off of your day, but it sure makes up for an excellent lunch too.
Hummus bistro d&a
Shakshuka, one meal, €10.00
Westerstraat 136, City Centre (Jordaan)
+31 (0) 20 341 64 87
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-11pm
A long time ago a ‘friend’ made fun of the satay I served him. ‘That meat! It’s just not right. Those small cubes. They ought to be much bigger.’ The nerve! Especially considering his Dutch and my Dutch-Indonesian roots. Hello, my family practically invented satay. Wander around in Asia and you’ll see people making my kind of satay everywhere. Get away from your boiled potatoes and discover the real world, boy. Okay, enough of this ‘Dutchie-Bashing’. He was wrong and I was right. But I have to say that I’ve come to appreciate satay with larger pieces of meat lately. One of my favorite places to score that type of chicken satay is dinnershop DIS. Thumbs up for the perfectly grilled juicy chicken thighs with a delightfully spicy peanut sauce. Rice with a bite, grated coconut with peanuts, a cucumber salad and your dinner is all set. Take it away or make the satay come to your place. DIS is close to the Westerpark, a sublime picnic spot. DIS has the wines to match your meal and some pretty good other stuff too: sandwiches, salads, desserts made by superb Anesta. Let’s go outside!
Satay meal, one, €10.45
Haarlemmerplein 37, City Centre (Haarlemmerbuurt)
+31 (0)20 737 12 78
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 4pm-9pm