Have you ever been to…

Brussel?
I did last month and I spent a very goooood time. And I wasn’t alone, so even better 🙂
Amazing chocolate (and waffels), beautiful city and views, french look a like buildings and streets and a lot of shops (nice for windows-shopping :P). I just enjoyed my 3 days spent there and I took a lot of pictures, some of them are too nice not to show you, my friends.
And I also got familiar with AirBNB website, which seems a good solution to stay in an other city and a nice alternative to hotels and bed and breakfast! I found an accomodation in the city centre (2 minutes from Manneke Pis) for a quite ridiculous price, while all the hotels and rooms were full for a convention in the Brussel’s expo.
And guess what?! I spent also a half day in Antwerp, which is a little bit more commercial and has a huge shop street, but I didn’t have time to visit the old part, maybe next time!
Ooooh… I just love travelling! And I love sharing my journeys with a lovely company! 😉

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I’m not dissappeared.

Sorry for not posting.
I’m getting mad about it, but I have to work a lot in this period and it’s summer time too. I could not resist to a day off to the beach, a dinner out or a beer with friends in this amazing city. I love Amsterdam.
I love the crowded streets in the daytime, where you can listen to almost ten different languages in the same time.  I love the canals, I love the tiny little leaning houses on them. I love the kids inside the bicycle baskets and the smile on their faces. I love the parks, the green spots, the benches all around, where you can sit and stare at the multicultural combination of this city. But the best comes at night… Amsterdam is so amazing after the beautiful rose and red sunset. Dam square is magical with the Royal Palace and the Oude Kerk enriched by yellow lights, Rokin and Muntplein are my favourite with the lights reflected in the canal. I love passing by all this beauties sitting on the back of a bike, while speaking to my friend riding it. It’s an emotion I cannot describe, I just close my mouth, gaze with my eyes and fill my heart.
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Liebster Award… hoera!

Another award for this little blog: I’ve been nominated three (3!!!) times for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much to Gen and her lovely blog, Julia and One Step One Bite for the nominations! You all made me so glad and proud of my little work here 🙂

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The rules:

Post 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions made by the person who nominated you.
Create 11 questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
Choose 11 bloggers to pass the award to and mention them in your post.
Go to their blogs and let them know that they have been nominated.
No tag backs.

Eleven random facts about me:
1. I love movies and cinema, I’m not getting tired of watching my favourite movies again and again.
2. I always wanted to go to New York for travelling.
3. I have a lot of dreams in my life, and in my closet as well 😉
4. I love cooking cakes and pastries, I can probably spend an entire week in a pastry-kitchen if I had the chance.
5. I am very creative and open minded.
6. I love sightseeing, travelling and make photographs of the places I visit.
7. I have a lactose, dairy and egg intolerance. :\ This is one reason why I have to eat healthy!
8. I love vintage clothes.
9. I love the 50es and the 70es style, flower power baby!
10. I love north-Europe, its way of living and thinking…
11. I have a white european cat. I love her!

Questions from Gen:
1. What is your favourite book? Oh, a lot! But if I had to choose: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov.
2. What is your most memorable dining experience? My last birthday-dinner 😉
3. Favourite cuisine? Mediterranean and Oriental.
4. What is your favourite meal of the day? Dinner, preferably spent with amazing people.
5. What is your least favourite food? My favourite food… mmm… enriched salads and toasted bread, I love frugal food!
6. Do you prefer cooking for yourself, or others? Both of them!
7. Favourite blogs on the internet? This, this, this and this. And a lot more!
8. One place you would love to travel to? All the world, if it is possible! I want to discover and follow my curiosity 😛
9. Casual dining or fine dining? Casual!
10. Salt or pepper? Pepper, always.
11. Spicy food: yes or no? I would say yes, but I cannot eat them so much.

The Liebster Award is awarded to those who have less than 200 followers.
So today I’m passing on the love to the following 11 bloggers! They’re all great blogs and you should pay each of them a visit:

http://seminterra.com/
http://beatricemargherita.wordpress.com/
http://savorysaltysweet.com
http://dolceamarocuisine.wordpress.com/
http://watgirlswant.wordpress.com/
http://tabletwentyeight.com/
http://alessandraincucina.wordpress.com/
http://overtimecook.com/
http://anotherkitchenblog.wordpress.com/
http://waitarethosecookies.wordpress.com/
http://missmarzipan.com/

My questions for them are:
1. What’s your favourite place to live or travel?
2. What’s your favourite movie?
3. What’s your favourite color and why?
4. Mountains or sea?
5. Winter or summer?
6. Do you prefer your local cuisine or you like to experiment cuisine from abroad?
7. Do you prefer restaurant/fast food or home-made-kitchen?
8. How many countries have you visit?
9. What’s your favourite animal and why?
10. Are you a active person or a potato-couch?
11. What’s your favourite band or singer?

Kisses and virtual hugs to all! 🙂

Last Queen’s day… Welcome to the King: Willem Alexander!

 

Yesterday there was a huge party for all the Dutch people: it was the Queen’s day! But this year was unique as Queen Beatrix abdicated to her son, and now the new King, Willem Alexander!
I was in Amsterdam to celebrate this special festival and thanks to the little sunshine, people dressed in orange everywhere, nice live music in the Jordaan, big screens on Museumplein, tons of celebrating boats on every gracht and lots of exciting things to do in Vondelpark I had a really great time! It was such an emotion to see all the ceremony of the incoronation of the new King from the Museumplein and as we say here in Holland: it was extremely gezellig!
Lange leven de Koning! 😉

Life, meanwhile. In photographs.

I’ve been posting only about cooking and baking in the latest time, but I experienced (and still do 😉 ) my new dutch life in the meanwhile: sightseeing, museum, shops and other stimulating stuff I love.
Yesterday I was at the re-opening celebration of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, it was amazing: queen Beatrix, tons of people, marching bands and the incredible museum just restored. I share some pictures with you!DSC00383

Just an amazing day!

A special cake.

Easter holidays were so memorable for me and my family: we had a very great time all toghether and there was a special celebration for my baby-nephew baptism-feast. (I don’t believe in Christian religion no more, but I have respect for everyone, so I attended the ceremony anyway.) For the occasion we prepared a huge cake for 40 people like the ones you see on tv (… Cake BossBuddy Valastro and Choccywoccydoodah, you know? 😉 ) and I was asked to run wild with my imagination and decorate it. What a pleasant challenge! I do love creativity! So, with pink and white fondants, here it is what my imagination gave birth…

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I was working with my brother and my sister in law from five o’clock to nine o’clock in the evening, my black trousers turned white but I absolute enjoyed every minute of my job!
These are my hand made roses…310313-1914(002)I always say: “If I didn’t study psychology, I would become a pastry-chef!” But I keep on working and dreaming on my greatest passion! I love baking and creating! 🙂
That’s the final result…
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Versatile Blogger Award… yeah!

Another award, another achivement thanks to my little blog which I create for having fun and for sharing my cooking and my life facts. I’m so proud of myself! But I have to thank all of you, my tireless followers 🙂
I received this award from Alessandra (links here to her delicious blog ), who I cannot stop thanking for that, and now I have to list seven facts you don’t know about me and spread the award to other fifteen blogs with less then 200 followers.
Let’s do it! 😉

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Seven unknown facts about eightdaysweek:

1) I’m graduated in psychology (…and in this moment I’m reading your mind while you are reading my blog!:D)
2) I have a very very very strange name and I bet you won’t guess even if you try thousand times. (That’s a challenge!)
3) I started cooking cakes and biscuits when I was like 10 or 12 years old, I looked at my mother cooking like you gaze at your favourite movie star. Now I take her part and we enjoy preparing all of our dishes, salted or sweeted 😉
4) I love the nordic languages like german, scandinavian, dutch and english and I would love to learn how to speak german in a correct way. Keep on dreaming
5) I watched the whole marathon of LOTR (almost 9/10 hours) three times in my life and the last time was so memorable… While Tarantino remains my favourite director. I love him!
6) I’m happy and single. Yes. Single. Easy.
7) I love dogs. I grew up with my dobermann-dog from 9 to 18 years old, he was my best four-legs-friend. I missed him so much!

And finally 15 bloggers, with less then 200 followers, who deserve a lot:

http://ledeliziedifeli.wordpress.com/
http://littlecrumbsofmylife.wordpress.com/
http://dolceamarocuisine.wordpress.com/
http://tiliatarrare.wordpress.com/
http://thefoodery.wordpress.com/
http://tabletwentyeight.com/
http://savorysaltysweet.com/
http://pyandplate.com/
http://foodbeforebrains.com/
http://playlosophy.blogspot.ch/
http://www.incucinaconmeg.com/
http://wildinthestreets87.wordpress.com/
http://nadirblog.blogspot.nl/
http://nanocucina.wordpress.com/
http://www.prettyquirkypants.com/

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