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Display nameMarijke Blazer LocationZuid-Holland, Netherlands

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DescriptionI am the happy owner of the Curious Food Lover company.

I am fascinated by food in all its wonderful aspects. I can feed myself (partially) with the feelings of amazement about the differences in culinary cultures through time and place. I have travelled quite a bit and lived in a number of different places and I have always liked my interest in food as a pleasant way to learn more about the local cultures.

Places where I have lived for a longer or shorter time: Playa del Carmen, Mexico; all through the Caribbean when I was working on a charter sailboat; in the Netherlands in Groningen, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Leiden and Leeuwarden.

Countries where I have been able to explore local flavours and culinay customs to so far: Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Norway, DenmarkSwitserland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Poland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, United States, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Turkey, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, St Kits and Nevis, Martinique, St. Lucia.***

Favourite culinary activities: market visits, browsing through local supermarkets, sampling local specialties, visiting all kinds of artisanal stores.

Culinary travel pictures uploaded (40 most recent only)

Culinary travel stories written (20 most recent only)

  • When you are referred to a restaurant as being one of the great and quite famous places to taste local - home cooking style - cuisine, it's kind of a surprise to enter into this happy looking, yet quite small and narrow establishment. Since this lunch visit was prearranged for us, there were also some previously made menu decisions - a tasting menu of small dishes, it would be. Ok...

    What came next, can hardly be described by words. One warning in advance, should you decide not to read the whole story: 1. visit this restaurant! 2. get the tasting menu! 3. make sure you are not in a hurry!

    Was I already happily impressed by the lightness and freshness of the Turkish flavours after our visit to Divan Brasserie, Dai Restaurant trumped that experience with great flair.

    It started with a table stacked with cold snacks, packed with flavour. Fava beans, mashed with dill, thick Turkish yoghurt with dried and candied chilies, silky humus and sticky mixed nuts and tiny black olives, covered with oil, vinegar and honey, a wonderful combination.

    As we Dutchies are not really used to multi-course lunches (being from a quick sandwich and a glass of milk - lunch culture), we kind of assumed that this would be the whole experience. Which would not have been a problem, since the food was wonderful and the slices of fresh bread kept on coming. Someway during this banquet it started to dawn on us though, that this might be just an appetizer course. Kind of a problem since we only had a bit over an hour for lunch (a planning obviously matching the previously mentioned Dutch lunch attitude) and almost half of that time had already passed.

    So we decided to tell our friendly waiter that we were kind of on a thight schedule. Within minutes the lovely girl who also appeared to be manning the kitchen came almost running to our table? What did she hear?! Did we had to leave within half an hour? That was not possible, she had some much more great things planned for us. Oh, how sorry you can feel for somebody with such a passion for her work! As of then numerous small hot dishes were brought to our table. This should be it, surely?

    Ten minutes before we really had to leave, however, our local kitchen goddess came to ask which fish or meat we wanted as a main course. Come again?! More food?! Even though I tried to order at least one main course, just to give the chef a chance to shine, I was overruled by my friends (ok, ok, understandibly so, she could never had finished on time, which would had been even worse). Almost jumping from frustration (in a positive sense, don't get me wrong), the chef suggested we would come back at night, to finish the dished we hadn't tasted yet. I cannot tell you how I was amazed and impressed by her enthousiasme and pride about the food she served. And rightfully so.

    We just had the time to digg into the three different desserts she managed to get on the table only minutes before we had to go - again a true treat.

    Thinking back about this experience makes me smile all over again, and I know for sure I will go back to Dai Restaurant when I start working on the Taste Istanbul guide.

    dai-restaurant, Istanbul (Istanbul), Turkey - 22-09-2011 »report this story

  • thumbs up If you are looking for a medium upscale experience in Istanbul, at a truly romantic location, this is the place to be. Make sure to ask for a table at the window facing the water, at night the sensation of all the glimmering lights is stunning. To me this experience is particularly noteworthy because I had by far the most tender stewed beef I have ever eaten in my life, an experience which immediately increased my appreciation of Turkish cuisine. That dish alone makes this place worth a visit.

    divan-brasserie, Istanbul (Istanbul), Turkey - 22-09-2011 »report this story

  • The patisserie is now run by Claudia Dunselman, the fourth consequtive gerenation of Dunselman patissiers. In 2008 the Dunselman familycelebrated their hunderdth year anniversary as patissiers family. This was celebrated elaborately, with glitter, glamour, red carpets and even the presence of the -then- mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen.

    lanskroon, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Lanskroon is one of the favourite addresses of Amsterdam's most critical food critic Johannes van Dam. In addition to their stroopwafel icecream, they have a large collection of additional taste-worthy pattisserie product; year after year their appeltaart gets number 1 or 2 rankings in different appeltaart competitions. This is also the place to taste almost forgotten traditional Dutch cookies, like weespermoppen, koggetjes and bitterkoekjes.

    lanskroon, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Hot or cold; you can have your stroopwafels both ways, fresh as an cookie-like variety of the traditional waffle-like chequered stroopwafels from the street stalls or as the popular ice cream flavour, check the movie as an appetizer.http://www.lanskroon.nl/ijsfilm.html. The stroopwafels are freshly made in batches of 20 pieces, and are immensly popular, so you may have to wait a little (and if you want more than five, you are asked to order in advance!).

    lanskroon, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • This would be a great place to buy yourself a poffertjes pan, a stamppot stamper, a speculaas plank or even a stroopwafel iron, all special equipment to make your own versions of the famous flavours of Amsterdam.

    duikelman, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • The store is currently run by the third generation of the founding family Appelboom. The name Duikelman is not a family name, but based upon a special light switch invented by a family member, called a "duikelmannetje" (a small tumbling man). So never ask if mister Duikelman is around!

    duikelman, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Duikelman is the most famous cookware shop of Amsterdam and perhaps even of the Netherlands. Initially, around 1940, a shop specialized in butcher equiped, Duikelman has transformed from a supplier of professional kitchen equipement to a kitchenware paradise for all enthousiastic food lovers. The professional roots still show, though.

    duikelman, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Kees Raat wrote two cookbooks, show casing his inventive look on sweets. In his BONBON book, he gives you a taste of the fact that chocolate combines well with - among others - pink pepper, saffron, dried tomatoes and tabasco. And as you will see in his deli, he can also knows his way with the traditional Dutch flavours like poffertjes and stroopwafels.

    metropolitandeli, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • The ice cream is made with organic milk from the cows living at "Ons Verlangen". You can call this Amsterdam milk, because the farm is located just north of Amsterdam. The farm is staffed with people with a mental or physical disability.

    metropolitandeli, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • MetropolitanDeli opened its doors in 2009, as an initiative from Kees Raat, one of Amsterdams most innovative chocolatiers - patissiers.

    metropolitandeli, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • One of the largest collections of beer bottles in Europe decorates the tasting room.

    brouwerij-'t-ij, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • In the tasting room you can enjoy a great example of recycling. Try the Skeapsrond cheese, made on a farm just outside Amsterdam with milk from sheep fed with the malt leftovers of the brewing process at 't IJ.

    brouwerij-'t-ij, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Kaspar Peterson has opened Brouwerij 't IJ in 1983, brewing 250.000 litres of organic beer per year.

    brouwerij-'t-ij, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Heineken forms an interesting contrast with local breweries, like Brouwerij 't IJ. 125.800.000.000 litres of Heineken beer is sold in more than 170 countries. And whether you like multi national beer producers, or not, fact is that Heineken is perhaps the most famous Dutch brand across the world (besides Johan Cruyff, that is), so definitely deserves to be mentioned among the Famous Flavours of Amsterdam.

    heineken-experience, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Three days after the prohibition - the ban on sales of alcohol - was ended, a ship loaded with Heineken beer arrived in the United States, the beginning of a world-dominating export strategy.

    heineken-experience, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • In 1868 Heineken opened their brewery in the building now in use as the Heineken experience. A small scale beer-based Disneyland, is possibly the best description for the Heineken experience. Information, action, expositions, movies, games and tastings are combined into an easy accessible multi-sensory spectacle.

    heineken-experience, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • "We’re not the Heineken Museum, we’re the Heineken Experience. Why? Because four levels of interactive experiences in the former brewery will plunge you chin deep into the fascinating world of Heineken! See it, hear it, smell it, taste it and enjoy it. Welcome to the Heineken Experience." source: www.heinekenexperience.com

    heineken-experience, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Having a snack ("snacking" is a regular verb in Dutch) is an integral part of the Dutch culinary culture, and pulling one out of a wall (yes) is one of the ultimate snack experiences.If you can combine that with enjoying one of the Dutch culinary icons, the "kroket", you're using your time truly efficient. And even though it is not said that the Febo sells the best kroketten in the world, the experience is at least almost essential if you want to taste Dutch food culture. While you're at it, you may have a "frietje met" (fries with mayonaise") as well, another Dutch culinary icon.

    There are more Febo's in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, yet they originated at the Ferdinand Bolstraat (hence Fe-Bo), at first a bakery and patisserie, with a growing focus on snacks.

    febo-ferdinand-bol, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • Many of their products are a tribute to Dutch and specifically Amsterdam patisserie history. Nice example are the nearly extinct gember bolussen (chewy ginger donut like pastry), a typical Jewish delicacy, representative for the rich Jewish history of Amsterdam (you can also get them in the tearoom of the Jewish Historical Museum - a bonus tip).

    patisserie-holtkamp, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

  • The kroketten are made - still largely by hand - in their own tiny kroketten factory close to the bakery. The machines used for the kroketten are designed by owner Nico Meijles, to exactly copy the unique manual process of kroket making, so there no concessions were necessary going from largely manual production to partially machinally.

    patisserie-holtkamp, Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands - 20-06-2011 »report this story

Culinary activities added (10 most recent only)

  • » Peter Luger, Inc. (Steak House) icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of Curious Food Lover® research texticon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:New York (New York), United States activity type:• eating & drinking → specialty eating - various culinary specialty:• meat → type: steak
  • » Bank icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:London (England), United Kingdom activity type:• eating & drinking → national cuisine culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: United Kingdom
  • » Dos Toros Taqueria icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:New York (New York), United States activity type:• eating & drinking → national cuisine culinary specialties:• cuisines → country of origin: Mexico; • cuisines → country of origin: United States
  • » Grimaldi's (Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria) icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:New York (New York), United States activity type:• eating & drinking → regional & local cuisine culinary specialty:None
  • » Silvia's Restaurant (Queen of Soul Food) icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:New York (New York), United States activity type:None culinary specialty:None
  • » Suda Kebap (Suada Club Istanbul) icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:Istanbul (Istanbul), Turkey activity types:• eating & drinking → national cuisine; • eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialties:• cuisines → country of origin: Turkey; • meat
  • » Dai Restaurant icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of storiesicon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:Istanbul (Istanbul), Turkey activity types:• eating & drinking → regional & local cuisine; • eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: Turkey
  • » Restaurant De Blauwe Hollander!
    Location:Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands activity type:• eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: Netherlands → stamppot
  • » Bistro Bij Ons
    Location:Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands activity type:• eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: Netherlands → stamppot
  • » Restaurant Haesje Claesje
    Location:Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands activity type:• eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: Netherlands → stamppot
  • » Het Paardje
    Location:Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands activity type:None culinary specialty:None

Culinary activities updated (10 most recent only)

  • » Peter Luger, Inc. (Steak House) icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of Curious Food Lover® research texticon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:New York (New York), United States activity type:• eating & drinking → specialty eating - various culinary specialty:• meat → type: steak
  • » Bank icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:London (England), United Kingdom activity type:• eating & drinking → national cuisine culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: United Kingdom
  • » Dos Toros Taqueria icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:New York (New York), United States activity type:• eating & drinking → national cuisine culinary specialties:• cuisines → country of origin: Mexico; • cuisines → country of origin: United States
  • » Grimaldi's (Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria) icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:New York (New York), United States activity type:• eating & drinking → regional & local cuisine culinary specialty:None
  • » Italian Food Market icon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:Aosta (Valle d'Aosta), Italy activity type:• markets → weekly/frequent public market culinary specialties:• cuisines → country of origin: Italy; • food & culture → food within a culture
  • » Suda Kebap (Suada Club Istanbul) icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:Istanbul (Istanbul), Turkey activity types:• eating & drinking → national cuisine; • eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialties:• cuisines → country of origin: Turkey; • meat
  • » Dai Restaurant icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of storiesicon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:Istanbul (Istanbul), Turkey activity types:• eating & drinking → regional & local cuisine; • eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: Turkey
  • » Divan Brasserie (Bebek) icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of storiesicon indicating presence of why interesting text
    Location:Istanbul (Istanbul), Turkey activity type:• eating & drinking → restaurant culinary specialty:• cuisines → country of origin: Turkey
  • » Marqt icon indicating presence of storiesicon indicating presence of Curious Food Lover® research text
    Location:Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands activity type:• shopping → supermarket culinary specialties:• pastry → stroopwafel; • food in general → regional products/produce; • food in general → organic products/produce
  • » MetropolitanDeli icon indicating presence of picturesicon indicating presence of stories
    LocationAmsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands activity types
    • courses → short courses/workshops
    • shopping → chocolatier
    • shopping → patisserie
    culinary specialties
    • chocolate → chocolates → bonbon
    • cuisines → country of origin: Netherlands → poffertjes
    • pastry → stroopwafel
  • » Lindengracht markt
    Location:Amsterdam (Noord-Holland), Netherlands activity type:• markets → weekly/frequent public market culinary specialty:None
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