[eat] Hearty burgers at Meneer Smakers @ Utrecht, the Netherlands

Meneer Smakers is such a famous burger resto in Utrecht that everyone I know of keeps raving about it. Such a shame I hadn’t had a chance to visit the place until my bf arrived. However, true to its fame, Smakers did not disappoint and both the bf and I immensely enjoyed our hearty burgers there.

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[eat] Vietnamese lunch at Kimmdae @ Utrecht, the Netherlands

Just a quick blog post about a tiny Vietnamese restaurant on the street of Mariastraat in Utrecht, Kimmade. The bf and I had a lunch date with Mr. Paul (owner of the uber cool photography, humanistic blog called Humans of Utrecht, on which I once appeared). He was such a great guy, who, in addition to taking a lot of photos for us (the bf and I have been dating for a longgggggggg time but the only photos in which we both appear are selfies), also bought us lunch at Kimmade.

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[eat] Coffee and bagel at Bagels & Beans @ Utrecht, the Netherlands

Every city in the Netherlands has a Bagels & Beans branch, but its quality is not at all compromised by its popularity. Bagels & Beans hit all the points I need in a cafe: wooden tables (I am a nutter for wooden tables, deal with it), flowers on each table (extremely important), bright interior (for photos), yummy BAGELS (who doesn’t love bagels?), and great coffee. In fact, the cappuccino I had there was the best I have ever had in the Netherlands. And my bf–a coffee connoisseur (at least compared to me)–only had compliments for Bagels & Beans’ coffee.

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[eat] Ethiopian food at Sunshine @ Utrecht, the Netherlands

Really sorry, guys, for being MIA for the past week, but I am happy to announce that I AM back (Han should be back after Xmas too) poorer yet with more things to blog about xD My dearest bf has come to the Netherlands to see me and we are going to France & Spain together. So far we have walked around Utrecht twice and eaten out quite a few times. Yes, bf = food + travel = blogging materials.

Yesterday for dinner, we decided to check out the Ethiopian restaurant in town I had been soooo curious about: Sunshine. Despite the cheesy name and extremely dark interior (I always avoid cheesy-named establishment, but even more so dark restaurants), we had such a hearty dinner–a wonderful start for my bf’s stay in Europe.

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[travel] A visit to Kasteel de Haar @ Utrecht, the Netherlands

There are quite a large number of castles in the Netherlands scattered across the country. At the heart of Utrecht, however, lies Kasteel De Haar (De Haar Castle), which is the largest and most luxurious of its kind in the Netherlands. I had always wanted to visit this castle, but it seems really complicated to get there so I kept postponing my trip :( Fortunately, last Sunday I went on a tour organized by my college, and had a great time wandering around this beauty.

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[eat] Gimme cookies and no one gets hurt… Review of Carla’s Conditorie @ Utrecht, The Netherlands

Like all bad people in dragging TV series, a prick like me never dies and often seems to get all the fun. Luck sometimes seems to come to me out of nowhere, and I have no choice but to graciously accept the power of destiny.

A few days ago I randomly liked and commented on a post on the Facebook page of MyPersonalStyle–a wonderful blog created and run by Utrecht lovers for Utrecht lovers, focusing on awesum spots in Utrecht for cafes, wine, dining, and style. The post, which was a gorgeous picture of a box of mouthwatering cookies from Carla’s Conditorie, said that whoever was the first to comment on the photo would get that very box of cookies. Yes dearest friends and readers, I was the first, as I am always first when it comes to snatching anything free.

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[eat] Lunch at De Burgemeester @ Utrecht, the Netherlands

Last weekend I was walking to Utrecht centre with a need for some hamburger in mind. Of course whenever I wanted to do something, that ‘something’ turns out to be unavailable: the burger place was closed. Desperate and hungry, I walked around for a bit looking for a decent place to fill up my angry tummy. De Burgemeester, a modest lunchroom–small in size, but cramped with customers–caught my eyes immediately.

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