We have come across many useful (and not so useful..) travel tips, but here’s the our top 5 most genius travel tips. Courtesy of our super friendly, helpful and handsome Amstel House Hostel staff.
- Charge your mobile phone or iPad super fast by putting them on flight modus.
- If you’re travelling abroad without an international mobile plan, load your Google maps of the area before you leave. Turn off dataroaming when you arrive and your GPS will still be good to go.
Less is more is a golden pasta rule in Italy. Three ingredients – pasta, oil and garlic – are sufficient to prepare a delicious plate of pasta. Here’s a super easy, super cheap and super yummy pasta recipe that uses ingredients you will find all over the world.
INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
250 gr pasta (spaghetti/linguini)
40 gr capers
Hand full fresh grated parmesan
2 tbsp olive oil Continue reading
As we are keen on travelling ourselves at the Amstel House Hostel we thought we’d take a minute to share our tips to find the best possible flight.
- Use an incognito or private window when booking a flight. Travel websites will recognise your IP address on the second, third etc visit and raise prices. They know you’re interested now…
- Book your tickets on Tuesday night just after midnight (technically Wednesday morning…). Think of where the timezone where the airline is based though. Why Tuesday after midnight? Continue reading
This is one of our favourite easy backpacker recipes at the Amstel. It might take a bit more (preparation) time and the list of ingredients may be a bit longer, but this chicken stew serves as great comfort food during a lazy hostel night, accompanied with a nice glass of wine. Moreover, the recipe is very easy to make for a large group of people, so get all your hostel friends together to share some good food! Continue reading
Since last year the Amstel House has been enjoying hosting some art exhibition.
The first was in June 2014 during our building’s 100 years celebration, when we presented the work of five photographers portraying in their own view our unique neighbourhood Moabit.
The second happened last May as part of the biggest art festival in the area Ortstermin, in which we had the pleasure to exhibit the interaction of four artists in our so called Sweet Rev3nge. We are happy to announce we are just heading to the third event, coming up in September as part of the Kultur Festival Moabit Wedding. More details coming soon in our blog. Do not miss it!!!
Any country not too far from the sea has a great fish market. You can’t sleep in because these markets normally start very early and will be gone around noon. But we assure you an unforgettable ‘local’ experience! So get up early, go to the market and ask for a local, white fish. Good fish doesn’t need much condiments to taste great: a bit of pepper, salt, juice of one lemon and a bit of olive oil can be enough. In this dish we added orange and fennel, that really lever the taste of the fish. Simple, easy, light and ready in 20 min.
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 sea bass filets
1 fennel, cut in half and then in slices Continue reading
In Italy, originally, the polenta was spread out over the table before the sauce was poured on top of it. The whole family ate the polenta of the table with only a spoon. Unless you like cleaning it yourself spot*less*ly, don’t try this at the Amstel. But fortunately, this easy backpacker recipe tastes just as good on plate!
Ingredients (serves 2)
For the sauce
cup vegetable oil
medium eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch dice
teaspoons tomato paste Continue reading
As a Hostel and passionate travellers ourselves we understand the significance of well spend money during a trip. Especially for backpackers and low budget travellers every penny saved with accommodation, for example, can be invested in more fun in the visited city or even mean an extra destination in the travel plan. Thinking about this and in respect to you the Amstel House – together with many other hostels – would like to clarify an important detail about the Online Booking Channels, such as Hostelworld, Hostelbookers and Booking.com.
We are definitely grateful to them. Many of our guests get to us thanks to their services, which in turn makes it easier to find and book hostels online. However the price for such service is getting to high. A commission of 10% to 20% – depending on the channel – is charged over every reservation. What means the same bed/room gets in these websites more expensive. And you are the one paying for it!
How to avoid it? Simply book directly on our website! Beside the BEST PRICE GUARANTEE, you get access to more room categories and availability, special offers, photos and information. And, of course, don’t worry. You are safe by us!
Shakshouka means “a mixture” in Arabic slang. It is likely that it was first known as chakchouka, a Berber word meaning a vegetable ragout, although according to a cookbook about Jerusalem cuisine, the name is derived from the Hebrew verb leshakshek, “to shake.” This dish is very popular in North Africa (and a common Tunisian surname) and can be eaten any time of the day. The ingredients and spices vary, some add beans or artichoke hearts or crumble feta on top. We served this easy backpacker recipe with salty full fat yoghurt and some lemon hummus.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 ts cumin
2 ts sugar
1ts cayenne powder Continue reading
Gado-gado in Indonesian literary means “mix-mix” since it is made of rich mixture of vegetables such as potatoes, string beans, bean sprouts, spinach, corn or cabbage, all mixed in a peanut sauce dressing. You can optionally add tofu or tempeh and hard-boiled eggs and top it with cassava chips. This easy backpacker recipe is ready in 20 minutes and a rich but healthy dish.
Ingredients for the satay sauce (serves 2)
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
2 ts sambal olek (or ½ a red pepper, finely chopped)