March 19, 2017

an urban picnic

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Where is the fun? Are you too buried under a ton of duties? Well it’s high time we took the simple joys in life more seriously and Μadame Gâteaux has the “know-how”.

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Pick a sunny day during the week, call a friend, fill your basket with savoury and sweet goodies and you are ready to go! We know it’s quite hard to find a decent outdoor spot to host a picnic in Athens, but the park next to Megaron will definitely reward you.

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Μadame Gâteaux had prepared her outrageously tasty delicacies including pink lady apple, brie, prosciutto and arugula buns, carrot & cheddar finger sandwiches, cranberry jam linzer biscuits, cocoa & matcha tea marble cake with bitter chocolate glaze. We also had assam tea, a full bodied, black tea from northeastern India, strong and perfect for the morning hours, rich, hearty and very aromatic.

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Are you hungry too? Μadame Gâteaux shares each and every recipe on her blog! Be sure to try them at home, then pack your goodies carefully and experience a day on the grass!

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Thank you Μadame Gâteaux for the exceptional day we spent together! For more info about Calliope’s great work, be sure to visit her website, her Facebook and Instagram page.

(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

February 19, 2017

teapot in Amsterdam / part 2

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I’m sitting here, in front of my PC, staring at my photos wandering why I left this city and my best friend Martha, and although I have a couple of good reasons to react so, I still can’t figure out how on earth i got into the plane and came back to Athens. So this post, suggesting a trip to Amsterdam can be a hell of a risk if you are anything like me and fall for cities and places and small cafes around the world. Well, here are some of my “lovers” in case you decide to cheat on your homeland too.

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1.) De Bakkerswinkel (Amsterdam West)

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You can’t miss De Bakkerswinkel (The Bakery) on the grounds of Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek (Western Gas Factory). De Bakkerswinkel is situated in the old Regulateurshuis (Regulator’s House) at the entrance to the grounds of the Westergasterrein, near the drawbridge. Decorated by Piet Hein Eek, the unique atmosphere of De Bakkerswinkel is immediately recognisable. With extensive premises, a large reading table in the centre and cheerfully coloured sofas all around, is the perfect spot to enjoy a weekend brunch or high tea with friends in the middle of the afternoon. When the weather is fine, you can sit out in the sun on the large patio.”

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We had a delicious breakfast with eggs, bacon, great coffee and brownies, but the highlight was their killer scones paired with homemade jams and clotted cream. Don’t leave this place before you try them!

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If you prefer to go on a picnic you can visit the small kiosk in the front and buy sweet or savoury pastries and ‘robust sandwiches’, thick slices of traditional bread filled with delicious meats, cheese and homemade dressings. This place is a gem!

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De Bakkerswinkel: Regulateurshuis 1, Polonceaukade 11014 DA Amsterdam ,Tel.: 020- 6880632 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 08.30-17.00, Friday: 08.30-18.00, Saturday-Sunday: 10.00-18.00 hours

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2.) Rijksmusum

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Yes this museum is huge and it’s quite easy to be daunted by cultural overload but for no reason should you skip a visit here. Be provident and book your tickets online cause during spring and summer Rijksmueum promises to be very busy.

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Housing more than 8,000 works of art inside, it’s very likely that visiting just once, won’t seem enough. Here is our top twelve from the masterpieces!

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2. The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer, c1660

 3.Self-portrait, Vincent Van Gogh, 1887 

4.Banquet at the Crossbowmen’s Guild in Celebration of the Treaty of Münster, Bartholomeus van der Helst, 1648

5.The Cuypers Library

6.‘The Syndics’, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1662

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7.Rembrandt: Early Self Portrait 

8.The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam, George Hendrik Breitner, c.1896

9. Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp, c.1608

10.Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c.1663

11.Portrait of Alida Christina Assink, Jan Adam Kruseman, 1833

12.The Battle of Waterloo, Jan Willem Pieneman, 1824 

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 Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 11071 XX Amsterdam Open: 9:00 to 17:00 daily, all days of the year including Christmas day and New Year’s day.

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3.)Voldaan

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 Voldaan means “satisfied” or “content” and its the perfect word to describe our feelings after visiting this small and cosy place every morning. Their cappuccino is delicious and the staff very friendly and helpful.

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Martha who lives across the street pops in for lunch, dinner or takeaway really loves their Leek and Porccini Soup and their Sandwich with Goat Cheese and Lamb Meat. Trust her and try it soon!

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Voldaan-Amsterdam: Jan Pieter Heije Straat 121 Amsterdam, Netherlands. Tel.: +31 6 57897902 Open Tuesday to Sunday 12:00- 20:30

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(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

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