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Shoreditch House

Last weekend Hunter Linda visit London for 3 days. It was a wonderful weekend. Nice weather, delicious food, many shops, purchased beautiful clothes (2 vintage Chanel items and 1 vintage Gucci skirt, more about this later) and a amazing hotel. This hotel deserves a post and can be added to the hotspot list of London. If you are planning a trip to London, book this hotel.

Shoreditch House, in a former tea warehouse located in the heart of Shoreditch opened in June 2007. Shoreditch House is a private members club located in the heart of Shoreditch, East London. This members-only bar/restaurant club is the place for who want to see and be seen. With members willing to pay £700 a year to be part of the crowd and only 1,000 memberships available, exclusivity is the key. Despite the exclusivity the atmosphere is very relaxed and cozy.

Cowboys to Catwalk, Amsterdam

One of the best men fashion stores in Amsterdam is Cowboys to Catwalk. We both love to come her. Hunter Niels to spend his money, and Hunter Linda to advice the boyfriend how to spend his money. The cool thing about the store is the variety of designers, styles and prices. The offer of Cowboys to Catwalk is structured in 3 different price ranges. The more exclusive brands like: Viktor & Rolf Monsieur. The casual designers like Marc by Marc Jacobs and the more affordable and classic brands like: Paul and Joe, Acne and Filippa K.  Visit Cowboys to Catwalk when you are in need for some fashion items, or just go for inspiration. The atmosphere in this store is great, the customer service is perfect. Cowboys to Catwalk is a must see when you’re in Amsterdam.

The Wolseley, London

When I (Hunter Niels) lived in London I often went to the Wolseley. This restaurant feels like old English glamour. The Wolseley used to be a prestigious car showroom. The restaurant is very specious, however still elegant. It’s a very popular restaurant for celebrities and fashion designers. You are not allowed to make pictures inside, that is probably why they feel so comfortable over here.  Celebrities that regular come here are: Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey and Paris Hilton. However the old May-Fair ladies like to have a cup of tea and scones here as well. The food is just as classic as the atmosphere: Steak tartar, pumpkin soup and lots of pastries. You can visit the Wolseley for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. Make sure you make a reservation, no matter what time you are planning to visit, it is always crowded.  Since the Wolseley is so central (Piccadilly street), it is the perfect place to start the night before you go into SoHo (gay district) or to the more chique May-Fair clubs.

I love Ice cream

You probably all know I (Linda) love sweets. Besides being addicted (to shopping). During the summer I’m addicted to ice cream. IJscuypje is one of my favorite ice cream parlors. (I already purchased a subscription)The secret of IJscuypje is the way of preparation. The ice is so solid, compact and full of flavor because the authenic ice cream machine kneaded the mix of milk, cream, sugar and natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts blow freezing. If you don’t know this ice cream parlor yet, go and get some. To catch up the damage of last years.

Prinsengracht 292 – Eerste van der Helststraat 27 – Haarlemmerdijk 14- Amstelveenseweg 218

Funfact: During the winter IJscuypje transform to Stampotje. In stead of ice-cream they sell the authentic Dutch dish: Stampot.

 

 

PS (Petit Salon) – Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

 

One of the shops I (Hunter Linda) have to visit when I’m in the neighborhood (9 streets) to see if there are new treasures is PS. For me and my boyfriend without doubt the best vintage shop in Amsterdam.  Designer clothing,  shoes and accessories for men and women. A variety of clothing and designers (Chanel, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Prada), all in very good condition and affordable.
For me also very important the atmosphere in the store. Josta, the owner of the shop, provides personal advice and ensures you leave the store with the feeling you bought a great purchase a real treasure.  If you don’t know this store yet, go and take a look!  I’m convinced this store will be a certain spot on your shopping route.

PS – Oude Spiegelstraat 10, Amsterdam (9 streets)

Frozz – Amsterdam, Netherlands

As you might have noticed, the Hunters love food. This weekend we visited Frozz. Frozz is frozen yoghurt made of Dutch yoghurt with 100% natural products. You can create your own Frozz with  different toppings: Fruit, nuts, cookies, chocolate, cocos etc. We both chose Fresh Frozen yoghurt with mango and dark chocolate, and it was delicious. It tasted much more healthy than a regular ice-cream. Frozz is incredibly fresh and the shop looks very cute.
Frozz is founded by two sisters, who came in touch with Frozz in the States. Together with a team of 4 people they developed the ideas, and the perfect yoghurt. You might know them from the shop Spoiled in Wolvenstraat. Because of the great success, they opened three stores in Amsterdam this year: Rokin, Waterlooplein and Hartenstraat.
www.frozz.com

Sirocco – Bangkok, Thailand

There are views, and there are views. Imagine you have the most amazing view, live jazzy music and star-quality food. Doesn’t that sound like heaven? At least it’s heaven on earth. I’m talking about Sirocco, which is on the top-floor of the State Tower. The restaurant is in open-air, you walk down a Hollywood stairs, tables are widespread over the space and in the back is the sky bar. The sky bar is round and made from led light. The bar is surrounded by some glass vents which makes it look like a flying space vehicle above the centre of Bangkok. If your budget doesn’t allow you to have diner here, it’s definitely worth to have a drink. A couple of floors lower is restaurant Breeze. Breeze is a more modern restaurant with Asian cuisine. They have a fabulous entrance, which is perfect to strut and drag the attention to you. Make sure you dress up, since they can be picky on it. It’s worth dressing up, since the KLM- crew comes here a lot, so perfect place to hook-up some steward or pilot ;-).

Favourite dish: Tuna tartar

Renaissance, Antwerp


One of the favourite stores of the Hunters in Antwerp is Renaissance. The multi-brand store is located next to the MoMu (Fashion Museum). The store merges  directional fashion with fine dining in the heart of Antwerp. Realised by acclaimed Belgian architect Glenn Sestig, the 800 sqm boutique and restaurant delivers bold statements in light, colour and atmosphere beneath the distinguished dome of the ModeNatie building. Sweeping lines and a monochrome décor provide a striking backdrop for designer collections from across the globe (Victoria Beckham, Closed, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Neill Barett and more). The international selection of contemporary womens and menswear reflects a diverse aesthetic – from uptown New York streetwear to established Parisian prêt-à-porter, emerging LA avant-garde and fine Italian eveningwear. Hunter Niels treated himself with a shirt and shorts from Unconditional. While their friends were having a carpaccio and pasta at the terrace, Niels and Linda were shopping. We love food, but this time fashion won.

Unravel, Antwerp (MoMu)

Last week Hunter Niels was in Rome and did his cultural thing, by visiting Lagerfelds photography exhibition. This weekend the Hunters will visit Anwerp. Of course the visit wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Fashion Museum Momu. The exhibition now seen is all about knitwear.

Unravel. The exhibition about knitwear in fashion. From March 16th until August 14th in MoMu Antwerpen.

The exhibition will highlight the most important decades in fashion knitwear and prove the popularity of knitwear on and off the catwalk.  Onravel introduces  a wide range of masterpieces in jersey, with the focus on designer clothing. An exquitsite selection of international, national designers and fashion houses (Ann Salens, Vivienne Westwoord, Sonia Rykiel, Misson), historical fashion pieces (Schiaperelli, Patou, Chanel)and more daring, avant-garde silhouettes of famous designers and newcomers in international fashion scene (Sandra Backlund, Maison Martin Margiela, Mark Fast).

For the next season FW11/12 the collections consists of a lot of knitwear. Knitwear in clothing like jackets, waistcoats, pants but also in bags and shoes. The true Norwegian print is much beyond. Knitwear is all but old fashion, knitwear is hot and trendy and still a important fabric for the fashion industry.

La Pappardella, Valencia


Last week I visit Valencia for 5 days to celebrate the birthday of my boyfriend.

One of the restaurant we had diner was La Pappardella.
I got the tip from a friend, who lived in Valencia. She was right and all the comments I wrote about the restaurant on the internet were right. Best pasta ever, good service and a good price.
La Papperdella is situated behind the Cathedral of Valencia (Calle de Bordadores 5). Try to arrange a table on the first floor, then you have besides delicious pasta also a great view.

If you are going to Valencia or planning a trip to this city (a city I really recommend because of the beautiful historical buildings, nice weather and good atmosphere) visit this restaurant. For more tips for Valencia, you are more than welcome to send us an e-mail: lifestylehunters@gmail.com

Obika, Rome

Boy, do we love cheese. What could be better than a whole restaurant with the focus on cheese? Obika, mozzarella bar is the answer. A must-see for cheese-addicts.  Our favourite Obika restaurant is located on the romantic Piazza, Campo di fiori, in Rome. Hunter Niels visited the place twice this weekend. You can chose from 5 different flavours of mozzarella, from salty smoked to soft and sweet. Besides the mozzarella you can chose a dish (for example: Prosciutto, tomato, grilled vegetables) to have it with. The best seats are on the terrace where you can overlook the Piazza. Obika is great for lunch and diner. On Sunday they serve a special brunch, for €20,- three courses of splended food. For more information check on www.obika.it

Club Bump, Amsterdam

Last Thursday (31-03-2011) gay bar Bump opened the doors in Amsterdam. It was about time some new gay bar opened in Amsterdam, since everything was closed lately. Bar Bump is the perfect location for a nice drink, a little dance and possibly a hook-up. The interior is a combination of modern and baroque.
Bump is from the same owners as Café Prik. That’s probably why the audience is slightly older. However, since the place is bright new this will probably change in a while. Moreover, the staff is extremely kind and well-trained (talking about the service, not the abs). For people who are familiar in Amsterdam, Bump is located in the Kerkstraat where Lola’s was before.  The bar is open from Wednesday till Sunday. 

Puccini, Amsterdam

One of the best, and surely my favourite,  lunchrooms from Amsterdam is Puccini. Puccini is located on a corner, opposite the Stopera. It’s a small place, so you need to be lucky to get a table. The Italian lunchroom serves amazing focaccia’s, home -made soups and define cake. My favourite focaccia is the ‘magor’: Gorgonzola, pesto and lot’s of vegetables. But hold on there!
Don’t walk out of the place without having tasted the truffle-chocolate cake. Have a little Illy espresso or cappuccino on the side, and you are in chocolate heaven.

I come here for the past ten years, if it ain’t more. The owner has seen me grown up, from the cute little boy which visited with his Granny and mummy. To who I am now a days (not so cute). The first question John (the owner) always asks me: ‘Have you been a bad boy the last couple of weeks?’. And the second question is: ‘How are the boys?’. You can imagine, I feel like home at Puccini.

Sketch, London

When I’m in London,I always go to Sketch. Sketch, former head office of Christian Dior, has everything. It is nice to go for breakfast,  simply coffee, lunch, high-tea, afternoon-drinks, dinner and clubbing. Sketch consists of: three restaurants, an art gallery, tea room, patisserie and two bars.  What makes Sketch special is the different vibe that is in every single room. The interior is something like you never have seen before. One room is extremely baroque, while another room is very experimental and modern, and others more glamorous. Because of the many different rooms it may sound very impersonal. However since every room has a different look and feel, it doesn’t. It feels like your in a big May-Fair mansion.

The food and beverages are just as special as the interior. Cocktails with basil and red chilli, and a starter of sea bass Carpaccio with coconut cream and pineapple ice-cream on top. Coffee comes in rubber cups, and even the cheque is a joy to see. After dinner it’s lovely to visit the parlour room. During the day you can have breakfast and high-tea here. However in the evening it changes in a private member club. Dancing and drinking here feels like being on a high-end house party. The audience is a variety of local may-fair habitants and fashionable international party people. Lost but not least don’t forget to go to the toilets. The egg cabins and the Swarovski toilets are marvellous places to powder your nose.

For more information check www.sketch.uk.com

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