food trucks are common in the USA but not so much here in Europe. A shame, in my opinion. I would love to be surprised on the street by beautiful mobile restaurants like the one Del Popolo has built. It is made of an old container that has been placed on a truck and it has its own wood oven to bake pizza’s in. To know where to find Del Popolo, simply check their Twitter of Facebook for their next location.
this video on the Poor Porker shows it is still possible to start a thriving business with no more than 300 dollars. As long as you use those dollars creatively and sell a high quality product, people will find you and support you. It helps of course to be as cool as founders Robyn Wilson and Jarrid Masse.
check their Twitter to see where you can find the Poor Porker
a year ago I accidentally came across Radio Royaal while visiting the Dutch Design Week 2011 in Eindhoven. The small neon sign on top of the old machine room of the Philips factory was not giving away much on what was to be expected inside. It was a pleasant surprise. Black and white tiled floors mixed with teal colored machinery and Dutch primary school furniture. And good coffee.
During that first visit Radio Royaal was not completely done. The restaurant had a sort of ‘permanent-pop-up’ feel to it: everything was served in paper, the heating was not working yet and they had a very simple kitchen set up and a small menu. But what they had, was of high quality.
This year Radio Royaal looked even better. They now have a very professional open kitchen situated near the entrance of the building and you can have both lunch and diner here. What hasn’t changed is the amazing atmosphere. When I visited the place last October, it was packed with people and even though the restaurant is housed in such a big building, it still felt cozy inside.
By the way, the owners of Radio Royaal are the same guys who are behind very successful restaurant Hotel de Goudfazant in Amsterdam.
photos by Radio Royaal
dutch design collective Droog has opened a hotel in the centre of Amsterdam. But of course, as can be expected with Droog, the hotel is not just a hotel. In fact, the beautiful building Hotel Droog is housed in has only one room to sleep in, the Bedroom. So technically it is a hotel, but it is most of all a way to experience the hospitality of Droog. When you are done shopping at the Droog shop (Droog design, books) or at fashion store Het Kabinet, you can enjoy a coffee at ROOMSERVICE, the cafe of Hotel Droog. If there is still some time left, check out beauty shop Cosmania or the exhibition on furniture design on the ground floor. And, as said, like in any hotel, you can sleep there.
hotel Droog | Staalstraat 7B | 1011 JJ Amsterdam
new British magazine The Gourmand “celebrates food as a catalyst for creativity”. I’m very curious how the editors translated that statement into a magazine. Their website looks promising and I would love to get my hands on an issue. Even though it should be in stock at my local newspaper stand in Amsterdam, so far I’ve been out of luck. I’ll have to order a copy online.