How to trick people….

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..Into thinking you are from Amsterdam.

Of course I stole got the idea from the genius called Garance Doré, but that funny article did got me thinking. When being in a different country, or even a different city, you can immediately tell who lives there and who doesn’t. The little customs of the city residents easily separate them from those who are there just for a visit. That reminds me when I first came to Amsterdam, how everyone acted completely different from the people I was used to back in Eindhoven. Back home everybody was very introverted, minded their own business like it was nobody’s business and in Amsterdam everyone was all over the place. It took me quite some time to get used to this ‘Amsterdam-lifestyle’, but after 6 years living here I am completely settled.

So, if you’re ever in Amsterdam; follow this list and trick everyone into thinking you are from Amsterdam. ;)

|Ride a bicycle everywhere
I’m not talking about those rented ones, those will give you the tourist-mark in an instant. I’m talking about an old, rotten, almost-falling-apart bicycle. Know how to ride one and you’re already halfway there.

|Give every tourist the look of death
We (people that live in Amsterdam) hate tourists. They don’t know how to ride a bicycle, how to walk on the sidewalk and they stop in the middle of the road everywhere. They are just not wanted.

|Know your area
Because Amsterdam is divided in so many different areas, people often only go to places in their own neighborhood. Learn all the hotspots in one (cool) neighborhood and people will think you live there. If they start talking about a bar or anything from another neighborhood you just say: “Oh, I don’t know that bar, it’s on the other side of town! I never go there.”

|Act like you’re in a rush
We are always in a rush, even if we’re not. When going to work, going to lunch, going drinking or shopping. Always. When someone blocks your way, give them the tourist-look-of-death and a deep, loud sigh and continue your way. Annoyed.

|Wear flats
Amsterdam is not heels friendly at all. If you see someone wearing heels their A| not from Amsterdam, B| only going to 1 meeting C| the editor of ELLE magazine. If you’re not A,B or C; wear flats.

|Dress like you don’t care
Don’t ever dress up on a daily basis. The I-just-woke-up-like-this-and-I-don’t-care-look is the way to go in Amsterdam.

|Hate the Kalverstraat
The Kalverstraat is one of the biggest and busiest shopping streets in Amsterdam, full of tourists. We never go there, unless it’s an emergency or we want to visit Zara.

Food | Sushi salad

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Oh.my.god. This Sushi salad was SO good! I took this quick snapshot with my iPhone because I just couldn’t wait on starting this food fest.
When being pregnant you have to miss out on lots of delicious food, one of them being sushi -my favorite-. But when you’re craving something you have to be creative and that’s where Pinterest comes in. I found this delicious recipe on sushi salad, but I din’t have all the ingredients so I did my own take on it. I also don’t respond well to rice lately, so I replaced the sushi rice with red quinoa. It was so damn good I can eat this everyday for the rest of my pregnancy.
Of course if you’re not pregnant, but are too lazy have no time to make sushi you can also make this salad. You can replace the surimi for raw salmon, tuna; actually anything you like.

What you need:

- Lettuce
- Surimi sticks (or crab, lobster, shrimps, tuna, salmon, whatever)
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1 Avocado
- Sesame seeds
- Wasabi mayonaise
- Regular mayonaise
- 1 lemon
- Nori leaves
- (red) Quinoa

What to do:

1. Start by cooking the quinoa as it says on the package
2. In the meantime roast the sesame seeds in a hot dry pan
3. Take 1 teaspoon of wasabi mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of regular mayonnaise and the juice of the lemon to make the dressing. Meanwhile; keep an eye on those sesame seeds. They should be done by now, so let them cool of a bit
4. When the quinoa is done, rinse it off with cold water and let it leak out in the fridge for about 20 minutes
5. Cut the cucumber and avocado into pieces and shred the surimi sticks
6. Cut the nori leaves into small pieces
7. Mix everything together and toss in a bowl
8. ENJOY!

Shopping | Diaper bag dilemma

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Never in a million years I thought it would be so hard to find a good looking diaper bag. Did I say hard? Let me rephrase that, it is in fact impossible to find a good looking diaper bag. Seriously, they don’t excist! If you are on the search for one, just like me, I feel for you. All there is to find are backpacks, ugly printed/weird fabric messenger bags, unisex bags (when is a bag ever suitable for men ánd women?).

Sorry for my rant, but after several weeks of searching there is nothing more to it. The only ones I did liked a tiny bit were over 350 dollars. And who’s going to spend money like that on a diaper bag when you can buy an entire -ok half- wardrobe for your baby for that amount? Not me.

So after I was done looking at green/purple/yellow printed bags I decided the diaper bag just wasn’t for me. I started looking at normal bags that would easily function as a diaper bag. I mean, all you need is a decent sized, gorgeous bag with multiple pockets inside. An easy to clean lining is also a plus, otherwise you will be crying when a bottle of milk/juice/whatever explodes in your bag.

Not all of the above are totally approved as diaper bags, but that doesn’t matter. I like them, and I wouldn’t mind walking around with one of them. My eye goes out to the dust pink one from JCrew.

What do you think? Have you ever bought a diaper bag or are you just as lost as I am?