I love you so Matcha! Round & Round Rotterdam

“The Bar”

Matcha; the famous Japanese green tea powder. Packed with health properties, praised by the dieter (like me!), tasted both good as a cold or hot beverage. Matcha took the spotlight around the world easily.

The first time I drink Matcha was back in Jakarta 10 years ago when Starbucks introduced this popular green to their menu. I love it! That sweet and flavorful frappuccino, the unique aroma and that beautiful green color. It is still my favorite drink today until I visited Japan a few years back, I realized that the green tea in that cafe was a total different than the one in Japan.

Hence, I even more in love with it! Matcha has surely a strong character. It could probably be the “coffee” for tea lover. I was even more at awe to this sensational green powder when I found out that the Japanese has so called “tea ceremony”. A ceremony with Matcha. Amazing!

Getting Matcha in the Netherlands was uneasy. I feel like the trend is going to slow over here. Not only with Matcha, but also cosmetic, skin care and yes….FILM!

But there comes the trendy wave eventually! Healthy lifestyle…something exotic, and all of sudden it’s all about coconut milk, almond and yes….Matcha.

A friend of mine, Anna and Yanti; who are so fond of Matcha too, told me the other time to visit a cafe in Rotterdam specialized in Matcha. I directly followed their Instagram account but found no way to visit it. It cost me more than a year to finally make it.

Located close to Rotterdam Blaak Train Station and the famous Markthal, this cafe is indeed one of the hotspots in town. Alongside with many cafe, you can find Round&Round with it’s famous cat sign.

I was excited the first time I walked inside that door. This cafe is small, compact and neat. I was immediately thinking about Marie Kondo hehehehe . You really can find that joy!

The menu card was cute. Can I say it’s über cute? Typical Japanese, really! I have never ever seen something like it in Holland. This card is so convincing, don’t you think?

Because it’s all about Matcha there, I then ordered everything in Matcha! Heaveeeeeeeen….<3

Matcha Float with homemade Matcha Ice Cream and Matcha Roll Cake

I ordered Matcha Melody Pancake, Matcha roll cake and their beloved Matcha Float. I could possibly jump to the ceiling for this. It truly is a Matcha forest!

It took almost 5 minutes when the roll cake and matcha float came. Add another 20 minutes for the pancake. I could guarantee you that those 20 minutes was worth the wait when you see 3 green pancakes with a swirl of whipped cream, topped with berries, glossed with sort of honey or maple syrup.

Matcha Melody

I’m impressed! I was so impressed hahahaha. I’ve been eating out to many restaurants and cafe around the Netherlands, but this….woohoo!

When I tasted the roll cake I said “Okay this is Japan!” hahaha. It’s probably because this cafe runs by native, also they use premium matcha powder (which is expensive!) and guess what…they even use one of the top milk brands in the country.

But anyway, that green fluffy roll cake and matcha cream with red bean filling melts in my tongue. This cake is not too sweet, just perfect. And the rest you’ll see when I come back to Rotterdam in a short time.

Sayonara!

[INFO: before I made an order, I make sure that this is safe for Muslim. No gelatine or alcohol used in the roll cake or pancake or ice cream. For your safety, kindly please recheck with their staff]

Oh yeah! Burgers’ Zoo

Almost every year we come together for a family weekend. Only this year is more special, we’ll spend the whole week in a bungalow.

The first family trip was to London. It was in April 2010. We were only with 4 person.

Now that the family is expanding, and my parents in law are getting older; We tend to travel just around the Low Land.

I personally pick Gelderland this time. I went to Arnhem for the first time to watch my teenage Idol, Justin Timberlake 🙂

I was so strucked with the landscape! The greenery along the way. When I drive in this province, I feel like I come to another part of the world. It feels so serene, so beautiful.

And, because I have two small children; I picked Burgers’ Zoo as our first destination of the week.

I went two times to Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam. I liked it so much! It’s compact and well designed, plus…it’s so close to public transport too.

A perfect destination for a young family. Less hassle, more fun!

But then, when I came to Burgers’ Zoo just a few days ago; I must tell you that this Zoo is a MUST visit.

I love it from top to the bottom! From the beginning to the end.

It’s a wonderful place ❤️

Located among the nature makes it really special.

There are about 7 animal divisions in this Zoo. And I only missed Rimba and Ocean part but the rest, yuhuuu…❤️

I love the Safari part! There’s a restaurant overlooking to Giraffes, Zebras and so on. What a view…

There is also kids jungle with a huge in-outdoor playground surrounded by trees!! So gorgeous.

My oldest child is almost 4 years old and he certainly had enjoyed it. Surprisingly, my 17 months old child was also happy.

If you’re in the Netherlands and looking for something fun to do with your kids, I highly recommend this place.

It’s not only fun for the kids, but also you; their parents.

Happy Meivakantie!

Na’