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Hoftuin – striving to make the city a bit more beautiful

Working on the Global Wellness Event NL 2016, we had several meetings in the Weesperstraat. And somehow we never before crossed over to the Hoftuin in the garden of the Hermitage, but now we did! A wonderful place, in the heart of the city, green and serene. A restaurant with a social vision…

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Black Bean Soup Recipe for Cold Winter Days

In Winter our bodies prefer to store energy. For this season a black bean soup is perfect. Not just because of the delicious flavors, but also because is has a function in this season. To regenerate and nourish you.

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Bone Broth; the Ultimate Health Tonic in Winter

Bone broth was one of the biggest food trends last year. Anyone who has visited New York recently will have noticed that there are a lot of shops where you can buy warm broth drawn from bones, cartilage, marrow and meat. Don’t miss it and just make your own one (see recipe in this article).

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Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food – Mood Food

The medical field finally starts to acknowledge that there is a connection between your mood and food. There are many consequences and correlations between not only what you eat, how you feel, and how you ultimately behave, but also the kinds of bacteria that live in your gut.

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Salt and Water Winter Reflections

The Salty Flavor is associated with the WATER element – Winter season in Western World. Salt is been used since time immemorial, as a seasoning for food, as a method of payment, as a preservative for food and also as medicine. Being so crucial to life; we put some winter – water – salty thoughts together.

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Amazing 5 Elements Creations – Food Dresses

As we are barely scratching the surface of the 5 Elements theory and using this system of correspondences creatively, not as a strict set of rules… for some people it comes naturally. South Korean artist Yeonju Sung seemingly unconsciously created 5 Elements wearable food dresses. Beautiful!

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Dutch Catch: Shellfish in Winter

The salty flavor associated with the WATER element – Winter Season, is not just about salt itself, but also mineral rich shellfish like oysters and sea vegetables. Salty flavors are used to strengthen the entire system. They build up the bones, increase stamina and will power.

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Daikon Winter Salad; courtesy of the Conservatorium Hotel

With courtesy of Schilo van Coevorden – Taiko | Conservatorium Hotel: Daikon salad with ginger dressing. Good strengthening foods for the winter season include miso, a salty soy bouillon. This winter salad with ingredients like daikon – winter radish -, ginger and soy is perfect for the season where our nose is still running, and can warm the metabolism.