My coworker Robyn, an Oxford transplant who’s been living in Amsterdam for about 4 years, lives in Amsterdam Oost and is a champion bruncher. Over work lunch this week we decided we needed to start combining our love of brunch – a sort of brunch club. We decided on The Cottage, one of Robyn’s two favourite brunch spots in Oost. It was also the perfect excuse for Bogdan and I to head out there for the day and scope out the area, since we’re buying an apartment in Amsterdam this summer and want to keep Oost in the running. The…

Do you ever just crave a really perfect version of a really specific food? Sometimes all I want is a perfect pizza margherita with that beautifully balanced chewy and crisp crust like they have at Da Michele in Naples. Or an absolutely perfect totally scratch made pączki Polish donut. Just one….but it has to be perfect. Sometimes I get these cravings and they last for weeks. Those perfect foods keep popping into my head until…

I’ve been making breakfast hash for a long time. It’s one of the regular dishes in my weekend breakfast rotation. Over the years I’ve made it in a ton of different ways. The basic elements are eggs and a starchy cubed vegetables. Eggs are an essential element of my breakfast hash. I used to crack the eggs in and then bake the whole thing but I noticed that made it harder for the eggs to…

I first started making Dutch baby pancakes when we lived in Royal Oak, Michigan. I can’t remember where I first heard about them (it was probably Pinterest) but I was immediately intrigued when I saw the beautiful fluffy and dramatic way they puff up when cooking. They’re a super easy weekend treat made with 5 ingredients you can whip up in the blender and have on the table with  5-10 minutes of hands-on prep time. Since they’re so easy and versatile, I’ve since added Dutch babies to my regular rotation of dishes I make for brunch. They’re basically foolproof, super…

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