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
As 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
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:
Kampung Baru: Malay streetfood Continue reading
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)
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
We already showed you ten ways to save money for travel. Now let’s double that travel budget with our 10 tips on how to earn money for traveling.
This is a one-pan recipe. It’s important to use a pan with a non-stick coating, to prevent the bottom of your frittata from burning. A frittata is that kind of dish you can actually make with any ingredients you like (or those left in the fridge), but this is one of our favorites. And since Kale has recently been decleared ‘super food of the year’, you will be doing your body a big favour as well!
INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4)
1/2 can of artichokes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup of kale, chopped
hand full of grated parmesan cheese Continue reading
The Amstel House Postcards are ready and they look great.
The photos were taken by our colleague and photographer Martin Heiden, who chose five berliners scenarios to illustrate them: the memorial “Kiss” at the Berlin Wall; “The Faces” at the East-Side-Gallery, the Boden Museum with the TV tower as background, the view from the Oberbaumbrücke over the river Spree and the Beer supply of Bar in our neighborhood Moabit.
Besides de the Postcards (1€) e also offer stamps and post service =)
They say that travelling is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer. We couldn’t agree more! So apart from offering you the best quality accommodation for the best price in Berlin, we have also made you a list with 10 ways to save serious money for your travels…
10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY FOR YOUR TRAVEL ADVENTURES
This salad is fresh, light and easy so perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Moreover, it is a pretty one, combining the pink melon, white feta, purple onion, green mint and black olives. You could either cut the melon and feta in thin slices, like we did, or make it look even more attractive by cutting them in perfect little cubes, creating a chess-board pattern on a plate.
INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
Feta, 250 gr
Black olives, 100 gr (we use kalamata) Continue reading
Ok, we can all agree that a LOT happened in Berlin. To study all the major events that took place in our city in 20th century alone could take you years. So we’re not conducting a proper detailed history class here, but we do want to help you prepare for your Berlin trip by sharing what we think are the 10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin.
Berlin and the bear
In the 11th and 12th century two towns were founded along the river Spree; the original Slavic town Berlin and a second town, Cölln. The area came under German rule as part of the Margraviate of Brandeburg, founded by Albert the Bear in 1157. It was Albert the Bear who gave Berlin the bear emblem. The two towns merged formally in 1432 into Berlin-Cölln with a little over 8000 inhabitants at the time.
In 1415 Frederik I became the first elector and his Hohenzollern descendants would rule Berlin as Kings of Prussia and finally as German emperors 1918. The last Hohenzollern emperor was Kaiser Wilhelm II. Continue reading