Happy hunting!

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Vinyl hunting is an essential part of being a jazz aficionado. It is like going to the discotheque: sometimes you get lucky! Like yesterday when I found an Illinois Jacquet and a Walter “Wolfman” Washington LP for the amount of € 2, – in a store that sells second hand electrical appliances. What can I […]

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Carnaval.

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Rio may have it’s Samba Parade and New Orleans it’s Mardi Gras but here in the south of Holland we have Carnaval! Let’s parteeeeeeee! All photos by Bart Drolenga.

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Two Ladies And A Wardrobe.

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There is a great new 50up fashion blog called: Two Ladies And A Wardrobe. Dutch vintage & retro fashionistas Martha & Saskia share their wardrobe, style tips & tricks. They want to encourage women of all ages to create and enjoy their own personal style. As they ask people of all ages: “Are you ready […]

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Why I love Miles Davis.

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To me Miles Davis was larger than life and the best and most inventive musician that ever walked this earth. Listen to his song “Pfrancing” that he recorded in 1961 in honor of his then wife Frances and you will probably agree. Has there ever been recorded a more swinging bluesy jazz song? I don’t […]

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John Lee Ziegler, the blues of a bluesman.

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“I have a handicap, that is why it is called Crippled Creek Studios here.” The 50-year old man, his back slightly crooked, shows his scars. There is one at the back of his neck, going down seven inches from the hairline, and another scar across his throat, at least 15 inches long. Behind a fence, […]

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Jacob Hooij, Amsterdam drugstore since 1743.

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In the heart of Amsterdam lies an old drugstore whose interior hasn’t changed much since the mid 1700s. It is located in an old canal house near one of the original city gates that in later years was used as weigh house. When you enter the store you are greeted by the smell of herbs, […]

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Chocolaterie Stam, fine Dutch chocolates since 1913.

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Just looking at the photos I took for this post makes my mouth water. Nothing beats the chocolate made by Chocolaterie Stam. Their chocolate is just a bit sweeter and their recipes and wide assortment guaranties a perfect chocolate, bonbon or praline for every taste. Fourth generation owner Kelly Turenhout-Stam tells about the secrets of […]

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A. van Wees distilleerderij de Ooievaar, traditionally distilled jenevers and liqueurs.

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A. van Wees distilleerderij de Ooievaar is Holland’s last truly traditional distillery. They use the centuries old method of four-step distillery using natural grains, herbs, fruits and sugars to come up with a wide variety of jenevers, liqueurs and esprits. “Scent is a blissful emotion for me.” Explains owner F. van Wees, “I try to […]

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Kesbeke, fine Amsterdam pickles.

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Did you know that the word pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine? While visiting Amsterdam you have a good chance to taste Kesbeke’s fine Amsterdam pickles in a restaurant, bar or fish stall. Whether you eat them with herring, a snack or with your meal, the sweet and sour taste is a […]

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Brouwerij ‘t IJ – Amsterdam’s special beers brewery.

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Drinking IJ beer brewed by Brouwerij ‘t IJ is a must for every beer loving traveler visiting Amsterdam. Founded 30 years ago the brewery has a small array of special beers that is slowly becoming legendary in the world of beer crazies. It started out with Zatte, a blonde triple beer, then came Natte, a […]

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