Restaurant: Ontbijtbar, Rotterdam

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I love waking up in the morning every day, because I know the first thing I get to do is having breakfast. It is something I can’t do without and I make a feast out of it every morning, no matter how early it is. But today I had to skip my breakfast. Very strange for me, but for a good cause, because I had planned a visit to the Ontbijtbar in Rotterdam. I heard so many positive things about this breakfast place near Rotterdam Central Station, that I decided to make a stop there before I went to visit the Markthal.

The Ontbijtbar serves traditional breakfast dishes: oatmeal, granola, eggs benedict, pancakes and sandwiches. All of these dishes are homemade with the nicest ingredients. Of course you can get coffee, tea, milk and juices as well. Their opening hours on weekdays are from 7.00 to 15.00. So really only for breakfast or lunch.
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Inspiration: Chia pudding

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Chia seeds are one of the current trending foods and they are very versatile in the way you can use them. Because of their ability to soak up fluids and them creating a kind of jelly around themselves you can easily make a out pudding of them. Just let them soak overnight and you will have a lovely pudding in the morning. You will have a tasty, healthy and filling breakfast. The possibilities are endless as you can bring any flavor you want to it.
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Restaurant: Breakfast High Tea at Zoet & Zout, Rotterdam

Breakfast High Tea, Zoet & Zout, RotterdamI’m always on the lookout for new and interesting places to go to and through Instagram, I discovered Smaakatelier Zoet & Zout in the Pannenkoekstraat in Rotterdam. I had read about their lunches and high teas and then I knew I wanted to visit it sometime. So when my grandmother wanted to do a high tea for her birthday and didn’t do this because she turned out to do a barbecue instead (which was a true succes as well!), I knew just what to give her for her birthday. A high tea at Zoet & Zout. But not the regular one at around 15.00 o’clock, but a Breakfast High Tea. I thought this was a creative twist to the concept and was curious to find out what it would be like.
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Recipe: Your own, healthy Egg McMuffin lookalike

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Let’s be honest: we all crave fastfood like foods at times. And sometimes, even in the early morning. But staying strong, I never give in to this urge and have a healthy breakfast. If I do want something that comes close though,  I make my own healthyfied version of an Egg McMuffin. You can make just one, or as many as you like. And it doesn’ t require a lot of work!
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Review: Spelt croissants from Albert Heijn

Spelt croissantI have noticed (couldn’t avoid it), that spelt is the next big thing in food land. The trend started with bread, but now all kinds of products are being baked with spelt instead of regular flour. I like the trend, because I liked spelt bread as an alternative for my regular bread. I have seen and tried crackers, biscuits, granola, muffins and eierkoeken (don’t know if there is an English equivalent for eierkoeken?) but the croissants at Albert Heijn intruiged me. Could they be comparable to their regular croissants?
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Inspiration: Oatmeal with fresh figs

Oatmeal with figs

So, I start almost every day with a bowl of oatmeal and I try to vary as much as I can with what goes into the oatmeal. Usually, it is a kind of fruit, something to add a taste and something that gives a little texture. Instead of the more ‘regular’ kind of fruits, I decided to be more adventurous and tried fresh figs this time.Β  I did remove the skin, as the figs were not cooked or baked or anything. The figs were nice and sweet and I liked the bite of the seeds in the figs as an addition to my oalmeal. The combination with honey and walnuts was a great fit. I turned out to really like this combination for breakfast, so I decided to share the contents of the bowl with you:
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