Dagje Eindhoven

Eindhoven heeft veel leuke bezienswaardigheden voor jong en oud. Eindhoven ligt in het zuiden van Nederland en de gemeente Eindhoven telt 223.000 inwoners, wat het de vijfde grootste stad van Nederland maakt. Ook is Eindhoven onderdeel van de Brabantse Stedenrij, wat de benaming van de metropool is die de Nederlandse Brabantse steden Bergen op Zoom, Roosendaal, Breda, Tilburg, Eindhoven, Helmond, ’s-Hertogenbosch en Oss samenvoegen. De Metropool telt 2 miljoen inwoners.

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10 beverages from all around the world that you should definitely try

Across the globe, there exists countless traditions and customs. Today we are exploring distinct beverage from several countries. See how many you have experienced and discover how different cultures prefer their drinks.

lassi, India

The beverage can be prepared through many ways, directly by brewing dahi (a kind of yogurt) mixed with an equivalent amount of water or by churning the dahi, or even with skimmed milk and fermented with some bacteria for the taste.
Lassi exists in many versions: natural, salty, spicy or sugary, often flavored. The flavors can vary from rose, lemon, raspberry or mango. In India, Lassi is most commonly consumed outside mealtime but it is also an excellent mean to soften the burn of the spicy dishes eaten beforehand.

Yakult, Japan

Yakult is a commercial registered brand for a Japanese dairy drink and prepared with fermented cow milk. Some bacteria are added to it in order to age the milk.
The beverage has invented in Japan by the doctor Minoru Shirota who discovered the existence of the used bacteria called Lacobacillus casei in 1935. It has been first sold at his laboratory directly before slowly reaching the market. In 1955 the Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd was founded.
The product is well known throughout Asia and is slowly getting introduced in the European market since Danone has secured a 20% share of the company.
In Europe, Yakult is distributed in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdoms and in Switzerland.

Guinness, Ireland

Guinness is a beer brand as well as an Irish brewery. Funded in 1759, it has become a world-class company with the acquisition in 1986 of Distillers Company, a Scottish group that owns the whiskey brands Johnnie Walker, Ballantine’s or Chivas Regal amongst others. Guinness PLC has disappeared in 1997 through the merge of acquisition with Grand Metropolitan.
Guinness is a stout, a dark beer dressed in a whitefly, famously known for its flavor and original taste. Guinness is strongly bonded to the history of Ireland, it is one of the national symbols. The brewery St. James is located in Dublin.

Pina colada, Puerto Rico

Piña Colada (from Spanish literally meaning ”squeezed pineapple” ) is a cocktail based on a mix of rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream.
Piña colada has been invented in 1954 in Puerto Rico and it has been their national drink since 1978.
Ramon “Monchito” Marrero, barman at the Caribe Hilton Hotel of Puerto Rico claims that he is the one who invented it on the 15th of August 1954 after improving the recipe for about 3 months.
According to another old bar from San Juan’s area, it has been created by them. Ricardo Luis Malav Gracia, a Spanish bartender born in Barcelona in 1914, also claims to be the creator of the beverage, stating that he has passed it on to the Puerto Ricans.

Cendol, Indonesia

Cendol is a traditional dessert from the south-east of Asia. It is also known under other names than its Malaysian name: banh lot in Vietnamese, lot chong in Thai or mont let saung in Burmese. The main ingredients are droplets of worm-like green rice flour jelly, coconut milk, palm sugar and crushed ice.
It is usually consumed as a snack during the day, the coconut milk and the ice making it really refreshing in the warm weather.

Sujeonggwa, Korea

Sujeonggwa is a Korean traditional cinnamon punch. Dark reddish brown in color, it is made from gotgam (dried persimmon) and ginger and is often garnished with pine nuts. The punch is made by brewing first the cinnamon and ginger at a slow boil. The solids are then removed for clarification and the remaining liquid is boiled again after adding either honey or brown sugar. The dried persimmons are cut into portions and are added to soak and soften after the brew has completely cooled. This is usually done several hours before serving, as extensive soaking of the fruit may thicken the clear liquid to a murky appearance.
Sujeonggwa is served cold and commonly as a dessert, much like sikhye, due to its sweet taste. It is also widely available in canned form.

Raksi, Nepal

Raksi (Nepali: रक्सी) or Rakshi is a traditional distilled alcoholic beverage in Nepal and Tibet. It is often made at home. It is also the traditional beverage of the Limbu people. The Limbus especially, drink an enormous amount of Tongba and raksi served with pieces of Pork, Water buffalo or Goat meat Sekuwa. Raksi is usually made from kodo millet (kodo) or rice; different grains produce different flavors. It is a strong drink, clear like vodka or gin, tasting somewhat like Japanese sake.
Raksi is often served in a bhatti glass and during special occasions, the drink is poured from a great height via a pitcher with a small spout, making an entertaining spectacle.

Scotch whiskey, Scotland

Scotch whiskey (Scottish Gaelic: uisge-beatha na h-Alba; often simply called Scotch) is malt whiskey or grain whiskey made in Scotland. Scotch whiskey must be made in a manner specified by law.
All Scotch whiskey was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whiskey made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century. Scotch whiskey is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whiskey, single grain Scotch whiskey, blended malt Scotch whiskey (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”), blended grain Scotch whiskey, and blended Scotch whiskey.

Martini, United States

Martini or Dry Martini is a cocktail made with a mix of gin and dry white vermouth. It is famous for being omnipresent in literature and the cinema, especially in the USA, from where it originates.
The cocktail has to not be confounded with the vermouth brand called with the same name, produced by the Italian company Martini & Rossi.
The preparation of the classic dry Martini is about 2/3 of gin and 1/3 of dry white vermouth: Extra dry Martini or Noilly Prat. The cocktail is traditionally stirred with a spoon to mix the ingredients without changing the color.
Martini, garnished with lemon zest or a green olive is called “dry classic”, and “Gibson” if it is garnished with a small onion. It is being served in a cocktail glass that we also call a martini glass.

Champaign, France

Champaign, also called Champaign wine, is a French sparkling wine protected with an AOC label (appellation d’origine controlee) whose regulation is very strict and required centuries of improvement. Its name comes from the “Champaign”, a region from the North-East of France. The geographic area, the grapes varieties, the agriculture returns and the whole creation process are the main aspects of the label.

Champaign has become a drink and is often associated with parties and celebrations. It is recognized worldwide for being one of the most prestigious drinks, mostly due to its severe label regulation and registered name.

A day in Eindhoven

Eindhoven is a municipality and a city in the South of the Netherlands. The city has a population of 223.000 making it the fifth largest municipality of the Netherlands. Eindhoven is located in the Brabantse Stedenrij, a combined metropolitan area with about 2 million inhabitants.

Eindhoven has its own airport, which is also used for military purposes. The airport is located 7.6 km from Eindhoven. In terms of the number of served passengers it is the second largest airport in the Netherlands with 5.7 million passengers in 2017.

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10 countries to go to if you are a food lover

The World Travel Award ceremony rewards a lot of different touristic destinations from all over the world and companies which participate into growing tourism in the world. Amongst those rewards, one concerns the gastronomy supply from the country and since 2012, Peru is the undeniable winner. A good occasion to go for a world tour of the countries in which we can eat the best food.

1. Peru

Peru has been receiving this award since 2012 every year for good reasons. The culinary wealth of the country has started to be well known at the beginning of the 20th century when the passion for ceviche as reached Europe and the USA. Here you can obviously eat ceviche but also the famous aji de gallina, a preparation of mildly spicy chicken stock, some papas rellenas, mashed potatoes stuffed with meat, reconstituted and seared in a pan, all type of fish meals. Overall very healthy and delicious dishes with a lot of varieties. Peruvians are actually very proud of their gastronomy: it is also the place in which you can find the best empanadas, they are cooked in the oven and not fried, at the opposite of the usual practice on this side of the Caribbean cost.

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Papa a la huancaína

– Lomo saltado

– Ají de gallina 

– Anticucho de corazón

– Carapulcra


2. France

For many years, the French supremacy in term of gastronomy was undeniable. The variety of regional products, the general passion of French people for food and the quality of their dish is well known. From confit to Choucroute, to the bouillabaisse or the fondue, France got a lot of good critics from every country in the world. Nowadays threatened, France stays a major actor of world’s gastronomy and its recipes have been copied everywhere in the world. France also has a lot of healthy products and is less affected by the invasion of snack or fast food places than its neighbors.

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Boeuf Bourguignon

– Blanquette de Veau

– Gratin Dauphinois

– Magret de canard

– Foie gras


3. China

A large territory implies an infinite variety of recipes! From Cantonese dim sum to Cantonese lacquered duck and other hundreds of dishes that we are not even aware of simply because the Chinese restaurants’ menus are very standardized in the rest of the world. China offers a lot of different flavors to people who are brave enough to try them out: you should not be scared of ordering dishes that you don’t really know due to the fact that you can’t read Mandarin’s characters. Special mention to Uyghur cuisine, absolutely incredible!

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Kung pao chicken

– Ma Po tofu

– Wontons

– Chow Mein

– Peking roasted duck


4. Japan

Japanese cuisine is quite something: diversified, its quality and its tendency to be really healthy ranks Japan in 4th position. If the world in general really enjoys eating sushi for nearly 20 years, most of the countries ignore totally the rest of the treasures this archipelago has to offer.

For example Tonkatsu, a crispy pork dish topped with sauce, korokke croquettes or dried jellyfish.

Also, you have to know that most of the Japanese food we eat is adapted to the European way of eating and standards, you could discover completely different ways of cooking while going over there.

Don’t wait and grab your flight tickets!

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Tempura

– Yakitori

– Udon

– Soba

– Sukiyaki


5. India

Like China, India offers so many traditional recipes and dishes because of its number of regions: meaning a lot! Nothing alike, ranging from the South gastronomy or the one from the Kashmir area and nothing to be compared with most of the western Indian restaurants which offer dishes that mix up approximately the traditional recipes and the western expectations. Deals, butter chicken, and other awesome food taste way different than the one we eat in Europe for example. If you are a spicy food lover and are not afraid of trying new things, India is your dream trip! Your taste buds will thank you!

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Ghee pulav

– Bisibila bith

– Naan

– Tandoori chicken

– Rasamalai


6. Thaïland

Thaï pad, green curry, seua rong haï – “tiger’s tears” the legend says that it’s so good that it could make a tiger cry of pleasure – red curry or Laam: Thaï food is awesome. An absolute must-try! Often really spicy and influenced by Chinese and Laotian culture, Thaï food is something that really deserves to be tasted. Also, the currency value there is pretty cheap so for most people traveling it’s really affordable and you can easily try even the most expensive restaurants.

Don’t even hesitate, if it’s not for the food, there are plenty of amazing landscapes and temples that you should discover… And from what everyone tells it is pretty fan-thaï-stic!


7. Italy

Is it really necessary to introduce Italian food? It has almost as much variety as French cuisine, far from the cliché of pizzas and pastas. In the North, we can taste fabulous fishes, in the South Italians cook lambs like nowhere else. Stew, Vitello-tonnato – a surf and turf mix, mozzarella and tomato salad with some nice olive oil. The difference between the landscapes (mountains, seaside etc…) brings a lot of specialties that are only prepared in certain places. Therefore, in order to discover all the secrets this country has to offer to you, your only choice is to book your flight and travel there!

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Caciucco livornese

– Gorgonzola

– Panna Cotta

– Arancini di Riso

– Caprese con Basilico


8. Spain

Well, Spanish people are well known for not going easy on the cooking oil, but they also have really good intuitions. Rubbing garlic and tomatoes on bread, that was smart, creating patatas bravas – potatoes dice fried in oil and often supplemented with garlic – that was pretty fortunate too.

Their pork is well cooked, their ham has no equivalent and more important: Spanish know what to do with peppers. A typical Mediterranean cuisine, an appetite for rice with saffron and a lot of fabulous regional recipes.

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Tortilla Espanola

– Pisto

– Pulpo a la gallega

– Gaspacho

– Croquettes


9. Malaysia

Malaysian cuisine takes its roots in Chinese, Indian and Javanese recipes mixed with the inputs of colonization, especially from the Netherlands. A lot of rice in many forms, a lot of red peppers, stews, bouillons, chicken and seafood. And even more important the vegetables are perfectly cooked.

The curry or gulaï are delicious, the nasi ambang is a worth try with its chicken and its seafood marinated. An even more curious meal is nasi kerabu with its blue rice. Yummy yummy!

Don’t hesitate to travel over there!

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Laksa

– Chicken Rendang

– Sembal belacan

– Seri Muka

– Penang Hokkien Mee


10. The United States of America

Even if they live on junk food, the USA still have a certain number of typical recipes that are quite worth tasting and that will probably please your stomach. Apart from Argentinians, nobody knows how to grill meat better than Americans, and lately, their wines are not too bad at all. The intensive agriculture allows the country to always have a decent amount of fresh vegetables even if they are not always of high quality. Influences from European immigrants and tex-mex culture has enriched the North American food culture. The size of the territory and the different melting pots have a part to play into this quality.

If you feel like tasting a real American barbecue, why would you not book a ticket to fly over there this summer?

5 recipes that you should definitely try:

– Texan BBQ

– Choc chip pecan pie

– Parsleyed corn on the cob

– Rosemary cornbread

– Red Velvet cake


Just remember: food is love, food is life!

Top 6 Photography Destinations

Top 6 Photography Destinations      

If you are a true fan of photography you are often able to work with any surroundings. With your creativity and use of composition you can create a masterpiece. There are so many unique areas for photography spread across the world. Here are some of the few places on earth known for rewarding photography.



Mongolia, Gobi Desert

Situated between Russia and China, there is Mongolia, a country with powerful and diverse scenery. The vast endless landscape of Mongolia can often end up looking flat and somewhat boring and therefore it is always important to play around with the rule of thirds as well as separating the background by capturing an object in the foreground. It is also crucial to keep in mind that with each lens change, more dust will enter your camera. Mongolia is known to have a horse culture where the horse population largely outnumbers the human population. Most photography tours will include horseback riding when exploring the country.



 

Willemstad, Curaçao

Located around 65 kilometers north of Venezuela it is a unique island filled with the influences of a range of cultures. Curacao is a Dutch Antilles island with a broad history, colonized by the Netherlands in 1634. The capital city of Curacao, Willemstad has a remarkable architectural style. The buildings are made up of traditional Dutch designs however each are colored in a different bright color. This makes it an interesting and beautiful place to visit and capture the fusion of cultures and people across the tropical island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and many photographers will visit annually to capture the diverse images the island offers.


 


Machu Picchu Temples

Machu Picchu is the most popular Inca archaeological ruin in the world. It is an ancient city in Peru known to have held importance in the 1450’s when Emperor Pachucuti reigned. Be sure to visit the variety of ruins and incredible structures such as the Temple of the Sun. Machu Picchu is located in the saddle of two mountains providing incredible views from an array of angles. It can also be rainy and therefore you should think of bringing along rain covers for your lenses and camera. Due to the high amount of exploring and trekking through the paths, it is also recommended that you bring few lenses as many will tend to get heavy and irritable. It is best to take photographs during the morning where the sky has clarity and with a fitting amount of light. Furthermore, there will be fewer people and your pictures will have more focus on the surroundings.



The Arctic

The Arctic, located in the northernmost part of the world is a polar region made up of vast landscapes. From ice caps to glaciers there are variety of options when it comes to taking pictures here. When going to photograph in the arctic it is important to protect your camera equipment by bringing snow covers and plastic wraps. A specific challenge is shooting in full white, this means that often a camera will underexpose the image turning the whites into grey. Therefore, it is important to adjust the camera settings while taking photographs in the Arctic. In the arctic there is also wildlife to take pictures of which requires long lenses in order to keep a safe distance. It is interesting to be documenting images that will become some of the last to be captured of the ice caps and animals which soon may disappear due to climate change.



Vienna, Austria

Throughout the years, many photographers have been flocking towards Vienna. The city is known for its breathtaking architecture which continues to be developed and restored today. It’s architecture scene is thriving containing top class structures designed by renowned Nobel Prize winners from across the globe. When visiting the city be sure to bring your camera and wide angle lens in order to fully capture the entirety of the image.



Maasai Mara, Kenya

When thinking of shooting African landscapes and wildlife, one of the mot recommended areas is in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. The Maasai Mara holds one of the largest animal populations in the world, globally famous for its population of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Here you can also spot the big five and capture images of up to 470 species of birds. Another sight to extract is the great migration also referred to as the greatest show on earth. It is the natural migration of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti in Tanzania. When photographing in the wild it is important to have a range of lenses as animals will often be further than anticipated. Zip lock bags are a good idea especially in the dry season to protect your camera equipment from the dust. The animals also move quickly and therefore a fast shutter speed is ideal to capture and freeze moments while photographing in the wild.



Whether you are a well-seasoned photographer or starting photographer, the mentioned destinations offer an assortment of photography opportunities. If you are on your first photography holiday, keep in mind that with time and practice your images will transform. To book your next photography destination Click here