glimpse Ruben Terlou, Encounters along the Yangtze | Free Expo

Posted by Jeroen | 1 april 2016

↑ Dutch photographer, journalist and medical doctor, Ruben Terlou (1985) at the opening of his exposition 160401.Yangtze2-e

In de Noorderlicht Fotogalerie is de prachtige, gratis tentoonstelling Ontmoetingen langs de Yangtze van Ruben Terlou te zien. Met foto’s die hij maakte tijdens zijn China reis voor de veelgeprezen VPRO documentaireserie Langs de Oevers van de Yangtze.

“Encounters along the Yangze” at Noorderlicht Photogallery is a fantastic exhibition that shows  Dutch photographer, journalist and medical doctor Ruben Terlou his journey through China. Ruben is presenter of the highly acclaimed six-episode documentary series for VPRO television “Along the Banks of the Yangtze”.

  • what: photo exhibition Encounters along the Yangze, a journey by Ruben Terlou through China
  • where: Noorderlicht Photogallery
  • when: 2 April – 12 June 2016
  • opening hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 6PM
  • admission: free
  • adress: Akerkhof 12, Groningen
  • contact:  | +31 (0) 50 318 22 27

↑ The Noorderlicht Photogallery, Akerkhof 12

spotted! Kimberly

Posted by Jeroen | 28 maart 2016



heels: Klein Berlijn vintage market
socks: Forever 21
jeans and belt: second hand H&M’s jeans via Mamamini
cropped sweater: Monki
jacket: DIY. It was a vintage dressing gown from Deptford Market but I shortened it.
sunglasses: River Island
backpack:  JanSport

Meet lovely ultra cool Kimberly, a 20 years old medicine student and blogger from London.
We ♥ Kimberly’s spring street style.
Check her Clothes Hose blog and follow @kimberbubs on Instagram.
She’s got a great taste for music too. This is what she was listening to when we bumped into her.


How would you describe your style?
“I like to look completely different from one day to the next, I’ll wear these jeans like this, then maybe next time just with a t-shirt and trainers (like the outfit of a little boy!) and I also love late 1970s punk style. Normally there is someone in my head that I am channelling :)
On the other side of the coin I study in the hospital so most of the time I have to look a bit more friendly and professional. On these days I like 50’s and 60’s style work wear.
So yeah, all eras and changing every day.”

Wishlist for Summer 2016?
“I’m gong to a lot of British festivals volunteering with Oxfam so I really just want a tent with a good ground sheet.”

Favorite fashion labels?
“Oh I don’t have the money for any real labels, but then I also have guilt about throwaway fashIon and sweatshop labour so I avoId everythng by mostly buying second hand. However, the designer that I would love to buy from is Clio Peppiatt. She has beautiful clothes, is from my neck of the woods and involved in lots of important causes like FGM prevention and counseling.”

ss16 campaign for Clio Peppiatt. Photo: Amelia Karlsen

Coming from a fashion capital, how would you describe the locals clothes style?
“Well in London lots of people look the same but there are more people so you see the weird and wonderful ones a bit more. Here you have to find them. I think the Dutch style is very effortless and cool and I love the norm-core aspect with all the fluffy grey polo necks and long coats. I am definitely craving more days in perfect simple clothes when I am here. London women can do this style too but there are more subcultures represented there.”

And the boys dress sense?
“There are very few boys here that dress really well, I like it when men think a bit outside the box but here it is all very predictable. Although I was at a Northern Soul Evening in Vera last night where lot of the guys had made a real effort, really cool.”


second hand shopping: Mamamini, Goud Goed and Mijn Tafel.
fashion: Stardust is hipster and I can’t afford it but I love it anyway.
shop: Danish shop Søstrene Grene is the best for home wares, art supplies and tea.
lunch: De Soepwinkel is really good soup, generous with bread and close to the library.
for a break: De Uurwerker does the very best hot chocolate, its like a whole desert.
diner: I’m a student so De Pastafabriek, because it’s cheap, delicious and relatively healthy. De Herbivoor is also really good and the people there are so lovely.
nightlife: Vera, The GYM makes me feel so underground and kewl, Warhol. De Drie Gezusters / Three Sisters is a cliche but as long as you don’t go into the middle sister it feels like you’re in a film from the 20’s, but with more t-shirts and drunk Irish people.

geheimtip: Het Concerthuis is really good for all meals (their breakfast is vast and amazing) and lovely for meeting for drinks.

sostrenegrene              herbivoor             Vera

hotspot Frietwinkel | Folkingestraat 63

Posted by Jeroen | 24 maart 2016

↑ Watch the world go by from your window seat and excellent view on the synagogue
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De chique frituur is geland in de Folkingestraat, op een perfecte plek aan de snack-doorgaande route van en naar het Hoofdstation. In de mooi vormgegeven Frietwinkel met Portugese tegeltjes, kamerplanten en vintage krukjes eet je 100% biologische patatten geserveerd in design puntzak met Martinitoren en een apart vakje voor de saus (o.a mayonaise van Brander). Voor €6,50 serveert de Frietwinkel een heel maal met stoofvlees of pulled chicken (wat inderdaad lekkerder klinkt dan geplukte kip).

At this nicely designed Frietwinkel with Portuguese tiles, plants and vintage stools you can eat 100% organic fries, served in a stylish cardboard cone with a separate compartment for your sauce of choice. For €6,50 Frietwinkel serves an entire meal with pot roast or pulled chicken.

Cuisine: Fast Food / organic
Hours: daily 12-20
Adress: Folkingestraat 63
Phone: +31 (0) 50 230 1172
Facebook: /Frietwinkel-Groningen

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↑ First Fries Loyalty Card fits in your wallet

spotted! The Roaring Fanny’s

Posted by Jeroen | 11 maart 2016

From left to right Fiona, Wendy and Jacqueline

Look what the Cat dragged in: Fiona, Wendy and Jacqueline a.k.a Roaring Fanny Productions! We spotted these English Roses at Bartista Coffee, anxiously waiting to go see the David Bowie IS exhibition at the Groninger Museum. It was Jaquelines birthday, but we’re not allowed to share more details concerning her age. Fiona: “Our combined ages are nine hundred and none of your business!”


How did you travel to Groningen?
We flew in from London Southend Airport to Groningen on Flybe which was a very small plane the same size as Major Tom’s capsule which was appropriate as we had come to see David Bowie Is.

Was it good, David Bowie Is?
The exhibition was and is a stunning, moving and rich experience in a beautiful setting.

Where did you get your beauty sleep?
We had pre booked the Hampshire Hotel which was recommended on the Exhibition site and it was wonderful, the rooms were lovely as were the staff and the fire to sit by while we got very merry on beer and wine.

Groningen Gastronomy?
We ate at Chi Chi in the evenings and various cafe’s throughout the day, all the food was delicious from the big meals to the cookie in the cafe with the coffee and the cat where we caught your camera’s eye. All were great, clean, lovely service, comfortable with great design and flare. Everyone was very welcoming in spite of our loud madness and English space oddities.

We all had a great experience and would come back to Groningen again, lovely people,lovely architecture, lovely shopping. Big bikes, barges and Bowie……..what more could you want from a city break.

THNX Darlings, come back soon!

hotspot Smaakaron

Posted by Jeroen | 6 maart 2016

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↑ macarons in a giftbox (get one for free)
↑ Alvaro created this special cheesecake for Bartista, coffee roastery at Ubbo Emmiusstraat 34a 
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 Smaakaron made it’s debut at the market in March. Every Tuesday + Friday 09PM -17AM

Brazilian chef Alvaro Anjos moved in 2014 to Groningen for love, just a year after graduating with Le Grand Diplôme® at renowed culinary school LeCordon Blue in London. A short while ago Alvaro decided to focus entirely on the Art of Pastry and his favorite: the Macaron. He does that under the name of Smaakaron and now he’s selling his delights at the fresh food market in the heart of Groningen (Vismarkt), every Tuesday and Friday.
With a huge assortment of flavours on offer, Smaakaron still loves to experiment with flavours (recently a ‘stroopwafel’ flavoured macaron made its debut). There’s a collection of mainstay flavours too – the kind that would never come off the menu because they’re loved so much.

Smaakarons Top 3 Macaron bestsellers

  1. White Chocolate Coco 
  2. Passion Fruit Raspberry
  3. Goat Cheese Dulce de Leche

Alvaro hails from Ipora, a small town in central Brazil close to the rainforest, which tastes and products such as exotic fruits and wild cashews play an important role in Smaakaron’s colorful kitchen. The technique for making macarons, made from almond flour and meringue is detailed, precise and time consuming. But bake-a-holics have a chance to learn how to make them. Alvaro does a monthly macaron and patisserie class at Dille en Kamille and in his own kitchen at Restaurant Lokaal 77. Check /smaakaron Facebook for exact details and prizes.

Alvaro Anjos verhuisde in 2014 naar Groningen voor de liefde, een jaar na het behalen van Le Grand Diplôme® bij de gerenommeerde culinaire school LeCordon Blue in Londen. Onlangs besloot deze Braziliaanse chefkok zich volledig te richten op patisserie en zijn favoriet: de Macaron. Onder de naam Smaakaron verkoopt hij z’n hoogstandjes nu in het hart van Groningen, op de dinsdag- en vrijdagmarkt. Met een groot assortiment aan (vaste) smaken, maar ook steeds nieuwe, zoals een stroopwafel variant.
Alvaro groeide op in Ipora, een klein Braziliaans stadje niet ver van het regenwoud, wiens smaken en producten, zoals exotische vruchten en wilde cashewnoten een belangrijke rol spelen in Smaakaron’s kleurrijke keuken. Macarons maken vereist een gedetailleerde, nauwkeurige werkwijze en is een tijdrovende klus. Bake-a-holics kunnen elke maand bij Alvaro op Macaron Masterclass in Dille en Kamille en in zijn eigen keuken bij Restaurant Lokaal 77. Check /smaakaron voor data en prijzen.

  • Vibe: Notable Chef, Vegan, Gluten free, (Wedding) Cakes to order
  • Hours:
    Vismarkt, Tuesday & Friday 09.00 AM – 17.00 PM
    Smaakarons kitchen is at Restaurant Lokaal 77, just ring the bell, or call +31 (6) 29372976. Also when the restaurant is closed (they open at 16.00 PM and are closed Wednesday’s).

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