Thursday, November 13, 2014

Affordable Holiday Gifts

December is just around the corner... and with that.... the Holiday Season! You may think it's still early to worry about gifts, but time flies when you're having fun. Whether you're looking for an affordable gift for Thanksgiving, Sinterklaas or Christmas, I got you covered! Here are some suggestions for the sweet tooth in the family, the fashionista, the Peter Pan, the dreamer and the book lover.

Christmas chocolates by River Island:
Mulled wine (or gl├╝hwein) spices by Marks & Spencer:
Refreshing foot balm by Rituals:
Nativity scene from Peru:
Christmas earrings by Accessorize:
Book "Sycamore row" by John Grisham:
Reindeer sunglasses by Gisela Graham:
Mug by Le Creuset:
Mini soap bars (saponcini) by Carthusia:
Adjustable pearl ring by Zara:

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

El Parador de Moray, Peru

El Parador de Moray is a restaurant that I will not easily forget. On our way to the Sacred Valley, me and my travel companions made a stop in the middle of nowhere. Or so it seemed... Restaurant El Parador de Moray is located next to an incredible Inca site. A place where time has stood still.

The archaeological site in Moray is an impressive example of the ingenuity of the Incas. In fact the enormous terraced cavities seem to have been a laboratory for agricultural experiments. The temperature on the different levels varies a lot, giving the Incas the opportunity to grow crops that were not indigenous. 

What the Incas and the current inhabitants of Moray have in common, is their love for good food! El Parador de Moray offers only the best local produce, such as corn, quinoa, potatoes, beans, chicken, pork and trout. The mouthwatering dishes are served in buffet style.

You can start with a hearty soup to warm up your body (much needed in the mountains!), followed by a healthy salad, quinoa tabbouleh, vegetarian causa and then on with the grilled meat and fish. For those with a big appetite there's even a variety of desserts... but that was simply too much for me.

I can honestly say that my best meal in Peru was here in Moray. What an amazing restaurant! Pure, delicious food, very good service, a cosy atmosphere, tasteful interior decoration, a fireplace, stunning views... what more can you ask for?

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Special thanks to PromPeru and USP Marketing PR.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

To all of you who will be celebrating this holiday...I wish you a Happy Halloween! To all my other friends around the world... I wish you a wonderful weekend with just as much fun as the trick-or-treaters!

Centrepiece by De Bosrand:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Getting your house ready for Halloween


Halloween is just around the corner! With only a few more days left to prepare... I went to garden centre De Bosrand in Wassenaar to get some inspiration and buy the "mandatory" pumpkins and Halloween decorations. While pumpkins and scary embellishments play an important role in Halloween, garden centre De Bosrand shows that it doesn't all have to be orange and black! You can decorate your house with warm fall colours that will last until Thanksgiving!

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