Restaurant: The Tea Lab, Rotterdam

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While I was shopping for Sinterklaas presents in Rotterdam, I wanted to have something nice and warm to drink. As I had just passed by V&D, I was almost ready to turn around and grab a coffee or tea there as a template of The Tea Lab caught my eye. It pointed in the direction of where it was located, which is just around the corner from V&D. I figured I might give it a try, as I never heard of it before.
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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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Explore the store: Ten to Three Bakery, Rotterdam

Ten to Three Bakery RotterdamIn the centre of Rotterdam, hidden underneath the Bijenkorf, lies a small, but magical cupcake store, called Ten to Three Bakery. They also have another location in Rotterdam and one in Delft (where I work, yay!), but the one in de Aert van Nesstraat also has a small tearoom where you can also have a cupcake break with your friends while you are shopping. Ten to Three Bakery has a large variety of cupcakes, ranging form classics (for example vanilla, chocolate, lemon), to speciality (salted caramel, cookies and cream, strawberry cheesecake) and a limited edition that changes every few weeks. They sell all the flavors in normal and mini sized cupcakes. It’s nice to know that they sell sugarfree, glutenfree and vegan cupcakes as well! Besides the cupcakes, you can get macarons, brownies, muffins and scones. All the sweets look super cute, with customised designs for each specific cupcake.
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Review: Zonnatura Sweet Chai and Macarons de Pauline

Zonnatura sweet chai teaMacarons de Pauline, Albert HeijnWhenever I’m home in the afternoon, I like to have a cup of tea with something sweet to go with it. Usually, I’ll have green tea, but ever since I tried a Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks, I wanted to make that at home. I had never seen it anywhere, but as I was walking around the food department at Xenos (which I always love by the way, because they have products I can’t find elsewhere), I suddenly saw this Sweet Chai from Zonnatura. It’s a powder you have to dissolve in water or milk in order to make your own sweet chai tea or latte. So I took it home with me to try it.

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Another thing I wanted to try were the Macarons de Pauline, which were temporarily sold at Albert Heijn. I’m a huge fan of macarons and I wondered if this pre-packaged versions could be any good. In this case, I was very lucky to find them, beacuse this package was the last one in my local store!
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