So this happened…

I always have my phone in my hand so I take a lot of photos by accident. Finally, a keeper! #rf #Bussum via Instagram

Nomnomnom! Yuuuuuum.

First attempt at homemade #dumplings a success. #yum Filled with shrimp, green onions, garlic, ginger, edamame and kale. The purse fold looks a lot better. Glad I rolled the dumpling wrapper super thin – two dumplings per one small wrapper. #nomnomnom Dipping sauce of toyomansi, ginger and sriracha. via Instagram
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Kickstarter for the civic-minded. @Citizinvestor – crowdfunding for public projects in the US. Love!

Love this! Citizinvestor describes itself as a crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects in the US. I have friends who scour through Kickstarter looking for cool things to support. Bless them for their altruism, though I’m convinced some just do it for the bragging rights of being an early adopter/supporter. Perhaps instead of the next cool art project or gadget, they may consider supporting a public project. 

I recently looked for projects on Citizinvestor, near the NYC area. (I may be in Amsterdam but NYC will always be home.) The closest current project I found was in Rhode Island with the largest concentration in CA. Not sure if this is due to lack of awareness of the site – it is fairly new. Perhaps the first step for the civic-minded citizen is letting their municipal governments know that this is an option for funding their microprojects, which often are the first to get buried in the budgeting process.

Donations are 100% tax deductible. Yeah for that! You don’t get any swag unlike kickstarter for donating  – other than the fulfillment of your civic duties and contributing to your community in a grander scale, of course. That should be enough right to at least peruse the site?

Citizinvestor – a crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local govt projects. Nice!.

Here’s a project that recently was fully funded through Citizinvestor.


Halloween is coming early to Amsterdam! At least for this girl it is. Will be checking out Nightmare on Rozengracht this Friday and I’m sooooo excited.

Nightmare on Rozengracht is a pop-up bar and Halloween Spookhuis from 18 October to 2 November. From their site:
More than a Spookhuis and scarier than a show, Nightmare on the Rozengracht is a journey into terror and unique in Amsterdam. It takes about 35 minutes plus waiting/drinking time in Bar117. There is no cover to enter the bar. Snacks and food by Hotmamahot. Courage Bar by Jägermeister.

This Friday, I’ll be attending as a Yelp elite there but there may still be slots left through the Discover Amsterdam Together meetup. Check out the event details here and sign up!

Will post pics after the event including my costume!


Nightmare on the Rozengracht @BoomChicago – Friday, are you here yet?


New discovery! I haven’t been yet but I’ve bookmarked this on yelp just in case I’m in the area and my bladder – arguably one of the world’s smallest – needs to be emptied.

2theloo’s are always clean, according the reviews I’ve read so far. At 1E a pop, it seems a rather pricey option when nature calls. However, when nature is screaming at you and there are no clean or suitable options nearby, 1E is much less than the cup of coffee I would feel obliged to buy when stopping at a cafe.

The 2theloo in Amsterdam (their flagship location) is conveniently located in the shopping area of Kalverstraat in City Centre.
Kalverstraat 126
1012 PK Amsterdam

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