Still life paintings: old school food porn

Still life by Floris van Schooten at Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, the Netherlands

During a recent visit with my mom to the excellent Frans Hals museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands, it occurred to me that still life paintings are the classic version of what we now call ‘food porn’. Why were our ancestors so keen on depicting food on their canvases? Read on for some background.


Exploring the Roman heritage of Nîmes

All Europe, Europe, France | March 3, 2016 | By

On a business trip to Montpellier a while back, I had a day off before heading back home and visited Nîmes, a small city half an hour away by train. Nîmes is known for its Roman heritage and there are some very impressive old sites to behold. 


A peek into how Elvis lived at Graceland

I love to combine business and pleasure. So, when I had to attend a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, a few years ago, I decided to take some vacation around it and travel to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. Of course I had to go to Graceland! Here’s my story. 


A weekend with the monks in Koya, Japan

All Asia, Asia, Japan | February 22, 2016 | By

Japan is a diverse country: from big, bustling cities to secluded islands and everything in between. I dare you to get bored there. I find the country fascinating and have been lucky to have had two vacations there (so far!). A temple stay with the monks in Koya is one of the special experiences I had there. 


Visiting Japan: some observations and tips

Kawaii Statues on Mount Misen

All Asia, Asia, Japan, Practical | February 11, 2016 | By

If you ever get the chance to go to Japan: fantastic! It is one of my favorite destinations, maybe even the favorite.  Japan is a very diverse country with regards to food, landscape and culture and the people are super friendly and will make you feel welcome. I’ve had the chance to visit Japan twice now in recent years and here I share a few of my observations, hoping it will help you if you’re a first-time visitor, or if you want to reminisce about how wonderful and quirky Japan and its inhabitants are. 


A winter weekend in Hamburg: Gemütlichkeit, beer and hearty meals

All Europe, Europe, Germany | February 4, 2016 | By

Hamburg. The second largest city in Germany after Berlin. Yet it doesn’t seem to be as popular as a tourist destination. I had read about Hamburg being hip and happening in travel magazines, so when I saw a dirt cheap flight offer popping up in my inbox, I grabbed the opportunity and booked a long weekend for me and my boyfriend.


A taste of Ayurveda, with love from Ibiza

Enjoying the good life in Ibiza

All Europe, Europe, Ibiza | February 2, 2016 | By

Are you a Vata, Pitta or Kapha? No idea what I’m talking about? These are the three doshas of the Ayurveda. Still no clue about what I’m talking about? Let me explain.


Recipe: Pasta salad with beetroot, blue cheese and avocado

easy lunch salad

All Recipes, Avocado, Recipes | January 25, 2016 | By

Brighten your lunch with this healthy, filling and colorful pasta salad.


Lowcountry Style food in Charleston, SC, USA: sumptuous seafood and fried everything

Poached eggs on black bean sliders at Another Broken Egg Cafe Charleston, SC, USA

Hauled as one of the best foodie cities in the US, Charleston is a particularly delightful destination for seafood lovers. I had the privilege to travel there for a librarian conference: that’s five nights of dining options, y’all!


Gluten-free joys alongside pizza, pasta and gelato in Florence, Italy

All Europe, Europe, Italy | January 15, 2016 | By

“It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.” That’s what I thought when I was asked to spend a week in Florence for work. Going to an open air museum with one hell of a cuisine to boot? Sign me up!