Meet the LICHIES!
Did you know that a quarter of the Dutch people have decided to stay at home this summer? For many that means: redecorating the house! That is why we thought we'd share these crazy good looking lamps in the shape of a Dutch canal belt with you. They are called LICHIES which is actually Dutch slang for 'Little lights' and they are by far the cutest thing that we have seen since the introduction of the seven Disney dwarfs. These nice lamps are inspired by 5 existing canal houses in the Netherlands. Hang a single light as an eye-catcher in your kids bedroom or link several together as an art piece in your home office. And nice to know: you do not have to be a tech wizard to hang them, even we were capable of pulling this off.. Thanks to this easy videotutorial with toddler Florian!
Cheerio folks! Keep shining!
Our tip for Fathersday 2020
More than 10 years ago, Saint Basics went on a mission for 'cleaner underwear'. Not to make a profit, but to create nice Feelgood basics. You will feel it as soon as you touch their collection: these are the softest natural fabrics you have ever put your hands on. Made of eucalyptus, with a nice fit, anti-odor and without abrasive labels. About 95% more environmentally friendly then ordinary products and 100% free from pesticides, sweatshops, child labor and unfair trade. So with Saint Basics you put on clean underpants literally and figuratively every day! Like these beautiful boxers and shirts from Eucalyptus that you order online and receive in your mailbox. Do we think it is worth publishing for this summer, do you? Let us know.
Personally I'm a huge fan of Soda syrup. Usually the only thing I can offer my visitors is soda syrup or wine. And yes, I realize as I'm writing this might make me sound slightly problematic. The thing about syrup (or our so called 'ranja') is it's just so easy and you have a refreshing drink within two seconds.
Unfortunately, the cheap supermarket syrups are full of sugar, preservatives and other chemicals. Also, the flavors are somewhat disappointing and unnatural. Of course, what else can you expect.
Luckily, the quality and choice is getting much better, and the hunt for tasty and healthier syrups will succeed. But Six Barrel Soda is just another story. All-natural, pure and simple but at the same time the most exciting flavors. I know, how excited can one get about soda syrup....
Six Barrel Soda describe themselves as an independent company producing weird, handmade, all-natural soft drinks. Joseph and Mike are not afraid of experimenting and creating new, exciting flavors. You want to try something different? Go for the Celery Tonic, Rhubarb and Juniper or Spiced Kola.
Next to their permanently available syrups, Six Barrel makes seasonal flavors, and limited editions. These are just as surprising! Think blueberry & fennel, plum, rhubarb & juniper, feijoa, grapefruit & hops, pinot noir, pine & lemon peel, wild blackberry.
Their product is made the old fashioned way: handmade in a kitchen, using real ingredients and without any preservatives. Personally, I love their design and the bottles it comes in. However, there is a reason for this choice of package: just like good beer the amber glass protects them from the sun and keeps them perfect.
The Kiwi business based in Wellington sells throughout New Zealand and Australia. Creative bars and restaurants have discovered them already, from non- alcoholic refreshments to spicing things up in cocktail bars. The options are endless!
Having my bottles waiting for me in the fridge, I'm experimenting myself. Hopefully this pure and exciting brand will cross the Dutch borders soon!
Stay tuned for more brands and products
Every week, I'll share my new findings from New Zealand. From soda's to fashion. Any exciting, authentic brand I come across I'll share on this blog. In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for more adventures.
Photography: Six Barrel Soda
Tucked away in a little side street of Dixon Street, you'll see a small house with the only indication of goodness in making being a little flag saying 'Peanut Butter'. Following the smell of roasted peanuts and chocolate, you'll find there is no door to enter. But a friendly face opened the window. 'Can I help you? And oh, I just finished our Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, it's still warm and a bit runny, but do you want to try some?'
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