5 best buys for backpackers

5 smartest gadgets for backpackersAt the Amstel House our super friendly (and smoking hot!) staff are here to help you with anything from planning your trip to hot spot tips in Berlin to cooking up the best burger BBQ in town. When it comes to packing tips, we’ve already created this handy packing checklist for you, but we recently conducted an extensive survey with our smart guests at the Amstel House bar and these are their top 5 best buys for backpackers tips: Continue reading

Berlinale 2015

Berlinale 2015It’s time for the cinema lovers: the Berlinale 2015 it about to come! Between the 5th and the 15th of February one of the most important festivals of the film industry, the 65th Internationale Filmfestspiel Berlin, will be screening over 400 films, a great view of what’s going on in the worlds cinematic. Some of the highlights of this year’s competition are Nobody Wants the Night by Isabel Coixet starring Juliette Binoche, the Knight of Cups with Natalie Portman and Everything Will be Fine of German Director Win Wenders and performance of Charlotte Gainsbourg and James Franco. Continue reading

Easy backpackers recipes – Pappa al pomodoro

easy backpacker recipes Pappa al pomodoro

The Italians also call this pappa al pomodoro dish ‘ a poor man’s meal’, but is very rich in flavour! It’s gentle for your budget though and super easy and can be prepared in only 15 minutes. Nonetheless, in the Italian kitchen the ruling thought is ’cuocere al fuoco lento’, which translates: the longer you let the sauce shimmer, the better the taste.

 

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Can diced tomatoes (400g)
250 gr. Cherry tomatoes
2 Big slices of stale bread Continue reading

Berliner Tanztage 2015

Berliner Tanztage 2015

Foto Schwestern – Sebastian Bolesch

From the 8th to the 18th of January Berlin will be showing some new moves. The Tanztage (dance days) will be taking place in Sophienhalle, introducing new talents and unknown names in the scene. For these young choreographers the festival is an important chance to present their work to influential names in the scenario of dance. For the public it is a good sample of how and where the Berlin contemporary dance scene moves. Continue reading

New Year’s Eve in Berlin

The year is about to turn. For the ones welcoming 2015 in Berlin the Amstel House prepared a list of Berlin / German New Year’s traditions for the night.

Brandenburg Gate

New year's eve in berlin Brandenburg tor

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Every year, between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column in Tiergarten (really close to us) Germany throws one of the biggest parties in whole Europe with about one million visitors. Bands, DJs, fireworks and light shows are the great attraction of the night. Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – pasta alla Mira

easy backpackers recipe - pasta alla MiraAs the Amstel House loves the Dutch visitors (and has a Dutch owner…) we have a soft spot for them. We never knew they could cook though… But Dutch actress Mira proves us wrong. She has her own cake company ‘La Dolce Mira‘ and bakes cakes that will give your grandma a run for her money. But she also makes some delicious savoury dishes, something that is proved by the pasta alla Mira recipe below. Her pasta with anchovies is delicious, and above all: easy peasy.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
200 gr pasta (preferably one with a short and thick shape, like fusili, but spagghetti will do)
3 salted anchovies + its oil
250 gr of cherry tomatoes Continue reading

Backhome hostel and other hot spots kuala lumpur

Kuala Lumpur's coolest hostel: BackHome

Yes, we ♡ Berlin. But every now and then we like to wonder the world to look for a bit of adventure and inspiration ourselves. Our marketing team is in Asia right now and just visited BackHome, the #1 coolest hostel in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

BackHome is a boutique hostel, centrally located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s historical center. And the design and atmosphere of the place make you want to stay there forever! Laze in their spacious courtyard with a book or free wifi. Enjoy a well deserved meal and sip a lattee at their in-house cafe (called LOKL). Watch a movie in their cinema room. Or socialise and check local hot spot tips with the super friendly staff. Chances are you won’t leave the hostel though. It’s truly a downtown oasis!

And a few hot spot tips for a visit to Kuala Lumpur by the lovely folks of BackHome:

STREETFOOD
Kampung Baru: Malay streetfood Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – gluten free quinoa salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe - gluten free quinoa salad recipe

Quinoa isn’t a grain, but actually a seed from the Andes, which lacks gluten and is full of antioxidants, proteins and fibres. This salad is a great option after a long day of walking trough the city or any other outdoor activity. Although vegan and gluten free, it is very filling (especially because of the black beans) and nutritious. Therefore it also creates a great base for a good night out or drinks at the Amstel House bar *_* The list of ingredients might scare you a bit, but it is very easy to make as it is a matter of cooking the quinoa and mixing all the ready-to-eat ingredients together.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

Salad
200 gr quinoa (available in most supermarkets, but in the local organic shop for sure)
small can of black beans
box of cherry tomatoes, cut in half Continue reading

Best Tattoo Parlour in Berlin

best berlin tattoo parlour Are you coming to Berlin and want to eternalise the memory by getting a tattoo? The city is known for very talented artists, great skin illustrators and some times also good prices. In order to guide you to find the right place for this permanent body mark, we asked for the help of our Danish receptionist Ben, who is himself training to become a professional tattoo artist. Here the best Berlin tattoo parlours according to our specialist: Continue reading