10 November 2010

English High Tea in the Netherlands

Last Sunday, I finally enjoyed a High Tea again, after 6 years!!

The last time I went for high tea was when I was still living in Exeter, United Kingdom. There was this one Tea House called Roger's Tea House. The high tea there was amazing!

But this time, my choice went fro a British Lunchroom in the Hague, called Scallywags Lunchroom.

A good friend of mine has recommended this lunchroom. I actually has walked past this lunchroom quite often, but I never had the guts to try (some Dutch restaurants or café are not that special! They serve 'standard' Dutch food, like toasted sandwich (tosti), sandwich, panini, salad, (dutch apple) cakes, and coffee). But because of recommendation, and because of good ratings in iens.nl , I decided to choose this place to meet up with my friends.

According to iens.nl, you have to reserve some days in advance if you want to have lunch/high tea in this place. So I did! And I am sooo glad I did reserve. because when we entered, there was no seat left. Even after some people left, the seats were alwaays reserved.

So, go back to our high tea experience. After we were seated, the owner, himself, served Diana tea (the owner loves Lady Diana. The pictures of her are everywhere!).


After the Diana tea, we were offered a salad. We could choose from: bacon, vegetarian and tuna. Of course, my choice was tuna! And fyi, the tea is free flow! we could order as much tea as we want, any type of tea in the menu!


The salad was served with two types of grilled half-slice bread: corn bread and whole wheat bread. The salad was served with balsamico-like dressing. Love this salad!

The next things coming to our table are the cakes and scones with cream and jam!



Yummy!
If only there was a better word that could explain how delicious it was. For me the scones are super lekker (delicious)! But the cakes are okay. Not that special, but also delicious.

The text in Scallywags' website and business card is true: scallywags-lunchroom - over 16 years of public service. The best rolling scones in town.

All these yummy things are all inclusive in high tea menu; and it costs 15 €.

Next time, I will definitely come back to order the cream tea menu only: scones, cream, jam, and tea (the Diana tea!).

9 November 2010

Falling apart

I am probably too tired, or just not in the right mood, but I really see the world falling apart - in the sense of honesty, friendship, and especially relationship.

I have seen many couples being in a not-so-honest relationship - either the male is fooling around or the female got married because of no-choice reason or because of 'the situation'.

I have seen many couple falling apart in the course of the years, because of so many (probably man-made) reasons, like 'we are no longer clicked', work, career, other lovers, and many more.

I have seen friends stabbed their friends in the back, not being honest to them, and befriending because of situation and condition. If that condition doesn't suit him anymore, he will stop the friendship and say 'enough is enough'.

I have seen a lot, many things recently!

And I really wish I hadn't seen, heard, or experienced any of the above. But I have, I did.

and I now doubt the essence of relationship, friendship, human love, marriage, honesty, loyalty,...

It's time to readjust my morale compas, I reckon.

3 November 2010

Ten years from now, the world will be,...

fully digitalised!

And it is scary, yet exciting. At least, that's what I felt when watching this video: Microsoft's 2019 Future Vision Montage HD

2 November 2010

Dining with the Stars: Seinpost (the Hague)

My hesitation to update this blog has finally come to an end. We have to thank SeatMe.nl that has organised this event called Dining with the Stars.

Dining with the Stars is a week event that is going on in the whole Netherlands. This event offers an 'affordable' price to eat out at any michelin star restaurants in the Netherlands.
For Dinner = 50 Euro (5-course meal)

For Lunch = 40 Euro (4-course meal)

Without further discussion, my housemate, my boyfriend and I signed up for this event. We reserved the seat 3 days in advance. And guess what, it was almost fully-booked in all restaurants in the province of south-holland! We actually wanted to eat out on the weekend, or at least thursday evening, but no hope! Thank the gods of delicious food, we could score 3 seats on Monday evening in Seinpost, the Hague.

We arrived on time at the restaurant, nicely dressed, because we thought, you wouldn't be allowed to enter if you weare jeans and t-shirt. So, there we were, handsome and pretty, hungry stomach. The waiter (or probably the maître d') welcomed us. He knew my name! And he knew that I put on the online reservation form that I might come with an extra person (which didn't happen).



Our coats were taken and we were seated in a table not that far from the entrance door.

In a blink, another waiter came to offer us an aperitivo (welcome drink). We ordered some white wine.

And the adventure started! Here are the excellent food served to us.

The first menu was more like a nibble or pre-appetizer: two crips topped with creamy herring and mashed spinach and feta cheese.
The appetizer: Amuse (Mussels, Thai-curry, and mango chutney)

The main courses:

  • Grilled seafood bouillabaisse sauce, reduction of red mullet, vegetables Provencal manner

  • Filetted Sea Bass fish with wild mushrooms and snow peas

  • Haddock crusty bread with mashed white beans, sherry vinaigrette, cabbage, Paletta of Iberico pig, Perfumed with 30 years old Amontillado sherry

  • Sautéed skate with Jerusalem artichoke, macadamia, veal, hazelnut butter, rice vinegar, chives

  • Roasted guinea fowl with lukewarm sprout salad, bacon, dressing coq au vin, potatoes au gratin

  • Caramelized apple served with pastry, homemade vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream.

two crips topped with creamy herring and mashed spinach and feta cheese.

look how tiny they are!

Amuse (Mussels, Thai-curry, and mango chutney)

Grilled seafood bouillabaisse sauce, reduction of red mullet, vegetables Provencal manner

Sea Bass fish with wild mushrooms and snow peas


Haddock crusty bread with mashed white beans, sherry vinaigrette, cabbage, Paletta of Iberico pig, Perfumed with 30 years old Amontillado sherry

Sautéed skate with Jerusalem artichoke, macadamia, veal, hazelnut butter, rice vinegar, and chives


Roasted guinea fowl with lukewarm sprout salad, bacon, dressing coq au vin, potatoes au gratin


they are served on table, adding the food experience


Caramelized apple served with pastry, homemade vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream.


As this is our first time to dine in a one-michelin star restaurant, we are really impressed.
All the food are well-cooked, tasted so good (despite the myth that western food is often tasteless), and combined with good service and cozy atmosphere.

Also, despite the myth that michelin star food are so tiny that it doesn't fill your stomach, it is wrong! We went home feeling satisfied and happy!

In the rules, it is written that for dinner, we will get 5 course meal. Seinpost has added 2 extra meal for the guests. So, it's definitely a plus!

On the table, there are some items that made the eating exprience even better: bread, butter, salt and pepper (not the usual salt and pepper. these salt and pepper tasted different), and olive oil.

The only point for improvement is to have the food come at the same pace. We had to wait more or less 15 minutes from food number 4 (Haddock crusty bread) to food number 5 (Sautéed skate). We waited so long that we thought we were soon having dessert. And personally, I actually would like to have a little bit more space with other tables; imho, it was slightly too close to each other. But my housemate said "this is holland!"

Yeah, he's right. No way you would see a spacious restaurant with one kilometer distance between tables at restaurants in the Netherlands.

So, it was my maybe-once-in-a-lifetime experience dining with the stars.

Go to Seinpost website to find out about this restaurant.



Interesting fact: an Indonesian student from Petra University, Surabaya has ever done internship in this restaurant for a year.