Food glorious food . . .


I have to say I have eaten some of the best food I have EVER had in Amsterdam, but at the same time I had some of the worst.  Like any place it is hit and miss, however I’m going to show you the food I ate and where I had it, so you can either try it out or AVOID it!


deli france

We ate a few times at Delifrance (just opposite Primark on the ground floor) in Zaandam. The food was fresh, really nice and well priced.  They have both Dutch and English copies of their menu and the food can be eaten in or taken away.


Hermitage 12, Zaandam, +31 75 612 3397



By far some of the best food we ate was in the hotel restaurant , Pulse.  I’m not really a burger person but that burger we had on the first night was to die for! Prices were good too the burger with cheese and bacon, served with chips were about €13.50, I can’t remember how much Ryan’s chilli con carne was, it was one of the specials and the fillet of beef with chips and a béarnaise sauce was €21.50.


french cafe

We ended up finding this lovely little bakery/café on one of the side streets we were wondering along.  The smell and lovely warm atmosphere called us in.  As we sat across from the counter we had a great view down into the main bakery were the bakers were making fresh croissants and macaroons.  The smell was AMAZING, we opted for two cappuccinos (the coffee was lovely), I had a croissant with jam and butter and Ryan just went for a plain croissant.  When they first arrived at our table, I wasn’t that impressed, they were a bit misshaped and didn’t look like the typical shape.  However as the saying goes you should never judge a book by it’s cover, this was THE BEST, MOST AMAZING croissant I have EVER eaten, even better than those I have eaten in Paris itself!  The jam, we couldn’t put our finger on the flavour but it was lovely and light and fruity, not too sweet.  Altogether this cost us about €8 and was most definitely worth it, the other breads and pastries looked so tempting!



Ryan and I visited this place on Tuesday after going to the Anne Frank museum.  We picked up a card in our hotel for 10% off our bill, it was going to be near us and I really wanted some Dutch pancakes so we thought we would try it.  However when we arrived I realised they just did normal pancakes (apparently the ones I wanted and thought they sold are actually called Poffertjes).  So being lunch time I decided to go for a savoury pancake, I chose chicken, cheese and pineapple and Ryan went for an omelette.  Ryan didn’t really like his omelette, he said it was a bit too runny and my savoury pancake was HORRIBLE, the chicken was chicken strips, like the packet kind you put in sandwiches and the actually pancake was really salty and sickly.

Neither of us finished our meal because it was so MINGING! Even with the 10% discount it cost about €24 for an omelette, savoury pancake, bottle of water and a coke, which was flat!  I later on realised that the guy short changed me €10, stupidly I trusted the guy and didn’t check my change, so it actually ended up costing us €34/35! I most definitely would say to AVOID this place!!



There are Maoz vegetarian take-out’s/restaurants all over the city.  The food is lovely, we got the munchies one night and decided to try here, we went for falafels in a pita with as many toppings as we wanted for €5-6, I can’t really remember, we also decided to go for chips because we weren’t sure if it would fill us.  It really did though, it was fresh and surprisingly filling for a meal with no meat.  The chips ended up being an added bonus and by far were the best ones we ate the whole time we were away.  Ps the Dutch LOVE their chips and mayo, anywhere you go they serve them!


On Wednesday we met up with Ryan’s friend Daffy who took us to this great pub that did the GREATEST kangaroo burger I have ever tasted! I decided to go for the BBQ one that had cheese, onion rings and BBQ sauce and came with DELICIOUS chips.  You had the choice between large I think it was and not so large, this was the not so large and it was still huge!  From what I remember this was about €14 and well worth it!  The drinks were also well priced and they had drink promotions and a happy hour with a really good selection of cocktails, unfortunately I was with the guys so had to stick to the beers lol.


Thorbeckeplein 8-12, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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This is an AMAZING restaurant/take-out situated in Amsterdam Central Train Station.  All week it had tempted us in with it’s MOUTHWATERING smells and fresh, clean, and modern interior.  Finally we went in, late Wednesday night and oh was it worth it. QUICK, TASTEY, FRESH and HEALTHY the pasta was TO DIE FOR! The pasta was the perfect amount and came in a cool little takeaway box.  There was a choice of about 8 flavours and 4 types of pasta, both times we went I chose the chicken and pesto at €6.25.  If we had went here on the first day I can most definitely say I would have eaten this every day for my lunch or dinner!


Amsterdam Central Station




Ryan loves Wagamama so we decided to pop in on a wet, miserable Friday for some filling food.  I can’t remember exactly what I got but it was number 70 on the menu.  The menu and prices were pretty much the same as at home, however I must say the portion sizes were considerably larger than those you get in the one in Belfast, mind you Ryan has said he has found this the case in all the other Wagamama’s he’s been to apart from Belfast.


I can’t remember the name of this restaurant or exactly were it was but it doesn’t really matter because I wouldn’t recommend it lol.  We ended up being talked into this restaurant by a member of the PR staff telling us about their promotion – ribs, chicken, steak and chips with a free drink for €13.50, just because it was a good deal, it definitely wasn’t a good idea.  So before you get talked into somewhere see if you can see how many people are in the restaurant and any of the food people are eating.


YAY! Finally I got to have some of the mini Dutch pancakes, aka Poffertjes.  I found these at one of the markets we went to, Albert Cuypmarkt. for 10 they were €2.50 and were LOVELY, REALLY LIGHT and FLUFFY.  The lady served them with a bit of butter/margarine but I left that to the side, the pancakes alone with the icing sugar are so YUMMY!


I really wanted to try a fresh waffle while in Amsterdam, this was one I had in a small café we popped into to get warm and out from the rain.  The sugared waffle was DELICIOUS slightly warmed and with a hot chocolate. Everywhere you look in Amsterdam you can see and find waffles, a lot which are covered in chocolate or cream and strawberries etc, but I think a simple, plain one is the best!


Eating in Schiphol airport was MEGA EXPENSIVE, I decided not to go to Mc Donald’s and that I would try to get something a little healthier.  I really just should have stuck to the Mc Donald’s, I ended up eating in Bread, the food from a distance looked lovely, up close the portion sizes were tiny and prices were CRAZY!  The Panini with the smallest amount of ham, cheese and 2 pieces of sundried tomato and what seemed to be Philadelphia cream cheese, alongside the cheapest drink of coke was in total €8.60! The Panini was €5.50 and the bottle of coke was €3.10! I would most definitely NOT recommend Bread, it was expensive and really not the nicest, but we didn’t have enough time before our flight to go anywhere else.


There are cheese shops, factories and museums all over Amsterdam and I think perhaps I may have been in every one! The staff were all so friendly and some of the different shops had some slightly different flavours, EVERY shop gave samples!!!


cheese 2

cheese 3

cheese 4

cheese 5

As you can see I tried a LOT of different cheeses! This would most definitely surprise my family as I’m not really a cheese lover, however the Gouda was nice and mild and a kind of waxy cheese, the goat’s cheese though was much stronger.  I’d say the top 3 flavours I LOVED were Truffle, Pesto and Garlic, followed by the Herb and the Cumin one. I actually ended up bringing home some of the TRUFFLE and PESTO.


Finally I have to finish on THE MOST AMAZING patisserie and chocolaterie I have EVER been to! The first day I went in I was really just being nosey and took the photo’s I’m going to show you below.  The staff were LOVELY and VERY FRIENDLY, they had samples of some of their chocolates out on the counter and offered one to me, I’m more of a savoury person and would eat chocolate the odd time but OMW I have never had chocolate like this, a nice milk chocolate with a really subtle coffee truffle centre that just dissolved on your tongue!



pasterie 2

After the chocolate I really HAD to go back the next day! This time I made a purchase! I bought a slice of a kind of chocolate mousse cake, it was a short, biscuit like pastry on the bottom, a layer of chocolate sponge, a layer of chocolate mousse, topped with a small bit of cream and a chocolate truffle.  Again this was something to DIE FOR, I had NEVER eaten anything like it! Looking at how amazing all the food was I thought this would be really expensive, however it was only €2.15!  They also had more samples out, this time I think it was a madeira cake, OMW it was so light and buttery and a really big size for a sample, I was dying to ask for their recipe!!

So that is it for the food we ate in Amsterdam and for the places I RECOMMEND and would say to AVOID! Make sure to shop around and look at the food and menus before you buy, if you can.  A lot of people told me Amsterdam was dear to eat out in, however if you shop around and just walk down one of the little streets off the main squares you will find some FANTASTIC and WELL PRICED food.  The one thing I would say that is dear and you will spend your money on would be bottles of water so if you can pop into any of the local supermarkets that are dotted all around the city and buy your water there, it is much cheaper! We ended up doing this a couple of times actually for our lunch, we just bought a baguette and some chicken and made our own sandwiches out and about.  The main supermarket we went into was ALBERT HEIJN as they are basically EVERYWHERE you look!

Zane xxxx


Come fly with me . . .


Monday morning arrived, an early start up to Belfast International Airport.  As always on our trips away I started with a Starbucks berry hibiscus to wake me up and give me a boost!

Thankfully we didn’t have too long to wait, but enough time to chill and have a look around the duty free.

This was the view of yucky, rainy Belfast from the aeroplane window . . . how miserable?

The flight was pretty quick at an hour and 15 minutes, then the watches had to be jumped forward an hour.  The views from the sky, once we got past the clouds were beautiful.


Landing in Schiphol airport I love how you were greeted in the arrivals lounge by some people holding ‘welcome’ balloons, I thought this was so cute and thoughtful and then I realised the airport actually sold these balloons.


Schiphol airport is MASSIVE and so cool, it really is more like a shopping centre rather than an airport.  (However I noticed there where more shops before you check in than after, put perhaps this was just the gate we were at).

Down at the Plaza area is where you can get food, buy your train tickets and head to the platforms.

We needed to get the train from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam Central, this was a bargain price of €4.40 and the train took about 20 minutes.

When we arrived at Amsterdam Central we bought our travel pass, our 5 day pass was €26 and meant we could jump on and off any train, tram, metro and bus.  We then jumped on the train and headed to Zaandam, a small town about 15-20 mins from the centre of Amsterdam, were our hotel was.

These pictures are the first couple of views we had of Zaandam, I was shocked to see a Primark, apparently this is the only one in Amsterdam.

Luckily our hotel was a 5 minute walk from the train station, it was really nice, new and modern.  The staff were really friendly and our room was a great size.

Using our travel pass again we just hopped on and off the trams, trains, metro and busses.

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Zane xxxx

Amsterdam blogs

Hello everyone, so yesterday I had technical diffs and didn’t get a guest blog up, I apologise and have rescheduled so don’t worry you will get to see it! Hmm so where do I start? I has an amazing time in Amsterdam, seen and did so much and of course took millions of pictures. There’s my problem right there, where do I start? Do I tell you everything on a day to day basis, themed, areas or attractions? Ahh I just don’t know!!

Ok I think I will do it themed as we just did far too much each day to fit on here 🙂 So what I will do is upload my pictures to my Facebook page and you can check them out there and I will put as many as I can into my blog posts.

My themes . . .



  • Travelling to Amsterdam
  • Where we stayed (hotel and area)
  • Travelling in and around Amsterdam



  • What I wore each day
  • Fashion, shoes and accessories I spotted
  • Boutiques and shop windows



  • Amsterdam sex museum
  • Naughty things I spotted
  • Red light district



  • Food we ate
  • Famous Dutch food
  • Places I would recommend to try and those I would say to avoid



  • Heineken Factory
  • Bols Museum
  • Coffee shop



  • Anne Frank
  • Flower market
  • I amsterdam



  • The zoo and aquarium
  • Canal cruise



  • Pictures I took night and day of the canals
  • Pictures I took of the bicycles

I think I have covered all my themes so I shall work my little butt off to get the blogs up asap and my pictures onto my Facebook page 🙂

Zane xxxx

Home sweet home

Well my lovelies I’m home! Had a brilliant time away, something I will share with you all next week as I am completely pooped and my legs and feet have been walked off me! Tomorrow I think I’ll put up one if my fab guest blogs 🙂

Hope you all have a fab weekend and take a look at just one of my pictures from Amsterdam . . .


Zane xxxx

Hmm, I fancy . . .

It’s been AGES since I have shown you all my favourite things from the randomly fab website Fancy.  This blog is pretty full of the products I have been in my email updates over the last month or so.  To find any of these products for yourself just visit

I think this pizza cutter is so cool, I would definitely have to add in my own sound effects 🙂

Hmm, Summer and BBQ season are on the way (fingers crossed) I think I would definitely be choosing a lot of steaks to eat, just so I could brand them all with my initials, means no one can steal the ones I’ve picked!!

These are just so mega cute, an investment for next Valentines or anniversary.

Trying to keep the kids entertained with crayons only tends to last for a certain time, but Lego and crayons combined, ingenious! I reckon this would even keep the big kids entertained too!

Want to get rid of the dog and the other half for the afternoon? I would definitely invest in this, I don’t know who would have more fun, the dog or human? 🙂

My best friend and I love this ice glass, it is mega cool!

For the little Star Wars fan in your life . . .

Just to hit my moustache love, ok, ok, obsession!

I love these glasses, perfect for out in the garden over the summer, no bugs or buzzing things falling in your drink!

I love this idea, hmm, Sunday morning breakfast using these with the other half . . . CUTE!

I know it’s not very PC of me in this day and age, but I really like this key . . . very cowboys and Indians

For every OZ fan . . .

I think this tree bookshelf would look uber cute in any child’s bedroom.

For those comic/batman fans out there.

Am I too big for one of these?! Ah I want one, a tree house/bed all in one!!

Very appropriate for my friends and I!

I don’t really know how this works, but for that pure fact and also that it is mega cool I would LOVE one!

Freaky, yet fun all at the same time!

Nothing that weird or random here, but I love the colour.

Hehe, how fun!

Every girl needs a glass full of jewels!

A crown on my phone, ooo why not?!

I reckon my friend Christine would love this wallpaper!

To keep you entertained . . .

I think the reason I fell in love with this iPad sleeve was the quote!

I’m not a wine drinker, but I do ALWAYS need a cold drink.

The DIY geek in me NEEDS and WANTS this!

A cute little reminder.

These are soo cool and of course I would need to create an under the sea room for them!

These plates are so cool, esp for a girls night in with dinner.

On a dull, rainy day you want to see something bright and colourful to cheer you up!

These lamp shades are so me!

How utterly cute are these?!

This would keep my happy/occupied for days!

Now don’t tell me this wouldn’t cheer you up in the morning . . .

Every child needs little angel wings, even if they can be a little devil at times.

For the little one’s bedroom perhaps?

I love this, ‘hello’ would be stamped EVERYWHERE!

If I ever venture skiing I MUST have this! 🙂

LOVE these tights!

EVERY girl needs this!  Either to keep people out of her Ben and Jerry’s or to keep her out on those diet days!

For the chocolate lovers and big kids out there . . .

This idea is so cute!

For a little bit of style, sparkle and glamor in your life.

Alongside the ‘hello’ we would also have a lot of kisses!

This would be perfect for one of my besties who just LOVES nutella!

The moustache lover/obsessive in my needs this!

I love using a fountain pen, combine that with a highlighter . . . BONUS!

I think this is mega cool, love the tattoos!

Once again, need this!

This would be so cool in a hallway, bit too bright and annoying for the bedroom mind you.

I’d love this for my bedroom!


Every mother or childcare worker needs this, it is PERFECT!!

Ta-da, all my favourite things I have spotted over this last month.

To go look for yourself –

Zane xxx

WOO HOO it’s FRIDAY, say hello to Pinup Girl Clothing




About Pinup Girl Clothing

‘Pinup Girl original designs are cut to flatter your curves and make you look as beautiful as you feel, at prices to fit every budget. Pinup Girl Clothing is the first company to do more than pay lip service to the idea that beauty is not a size.
We are the exclusive online retailer for our vintage inspired clothing lines. Our designs can also be found in select boutiques across the globe.’

Products that caught my eye

I’m so glad my friend Nichola recommended this website to me, as I have fully fallen in LOVE! Recently I have really started to fall in love with vintage clothing, especially the 1950’s dresses as they really flatter my shape. They are so elegant and totally suit the curvy shape, if I’ve just described your shape, this site is for you! One of the other main reasons as to why I have fallen in love with this site is the fact the models are all real women, stunning, gorgeous and a real size! I hate looking for dresses etc that are supposed to be for a curvy woman and a size 6 skinny model is wearing them, it puts me off 100% as I can’t picture myself in it.

Anyways, less of the chat, go see what caught my eye . . .

Lolita Pump in Black Floral


Bettie Satin Heel with Ankle Strap and Peep Toe from Pinup Couture Shoes


Smitten T-Strap Tuxedo D’Orsay Heel in Black Faux Suede from Pinup Couture Shoes


Cheetah Print Cutiepie Heel from Pinup Couture Shoes


Cutiepie Mary Jane Heel in White Cherry Print


Bordello Shoes Tempt Two-Tone Maryjane in Black & Cream


Psychobilly “Zombie Stomper” Platform Shoes from Iron Fist


Studio Manhattan Large Women’s Wallet – Paris


Vintage Style Sheer Hair Scarf in Baby Blue


Cocktail Fascinator in Black and White with Bullseye Design


The Andrea Headpiece in Metallic Navy Silk


Vintage Inspired Cocktail Headband with Veil


Sexy “Hello Sailor” Nautical Wiggle Dress with Red Stripes by Pinup


Pinup Couture Ashley Dress in Black Sateen


Birdie Dress in Black Sateen with Three Quarter Sleeves


Dee Dee Dress in Blue and Violet Floral from Pinup Couture


Pinup Couture Royal Blue Heidi Dress with matching belt


These are just some of the items that caught my eye, but I basically love everything on this website! Don’t worry they deliver to the UK and when you convert $ to £ it will actually work out cheaper . . . BONUS!
Go have a proper look for yourself –
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Zane xxxx

Happy Thursday, say hello to Room31




About ROOM31

‘Room31 shop now open!

Selling ladies branded fashion and men’s, ladies and children’s sportswear

We have lots more brands and items in our shop in addition to the website – why not pop down and say hello

27 Common Lane



Products that caught my eye

Today I’ve decided to hunt for a bargain so went straight to the SALE section . . .

Zara Bulldog Necklace


Lacey Yes No Navy Tank by Delicious Couture


Ella Palm Print Summer Dress in Pink by Vero Moda


Animal Sleeveless Mint Buttoned Shirt by Vero Moda


Carrie Dip Dye Summer Dress in Green by Vero Moda


Lizzy Pink Lips Print Playsuit by Vero Moda


Abrienna Sequin Panel Dress by Madam Rage


Seeing as there were such good bargains I decided to browse the jewellery section for items £5 and under . . .

Sarena Vintage Gold & Diamante Spike Ring


Marnie Triangle Black White & Gold Ring


Leanne Triangle Black & Gold Earrings


How good are those wee bargains?! Now that was only the SALE section, have I tempted you?
Go have a proper look for yourself –
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Zane xxxx