Instagrammable Eateries in Rotterdam

When asking people to name what Rotterdam is known for, many will point out its architecture. For instance, the popular ‘Market Hall’, the Cube Houses and obviously the iconic Erasmus Bridge. However, Rotterdam also owns some pretty good restaurants and cafes that have delicious food and beverages. Not only do they taste delightful, but they are also worth capturing and sharing, as many restaurants also take the presentation of the dish into account. The interior design can be really aesthetic as well, attracting customers to visit. To share some of my personal favourites, I created this list of eateries’ recommendations that are worth visiting as they satisfy both your hunger and Instagram feed!

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‘Foo Concepts’ is a tine play located close to Oostplein metro station that sells various dishes in style of the Asian fusion theme, such as pokébowls, sushi sandwiches, and bubble waffles. Personally, I really like their bubble waffle yakitori! The design of the restaurant is really color as the walls and furniture are painted blue. One of the walls even has a beautiful grafitti painting, definitely worth capturing. Besides, they also sell different kinds of trendy products from Japan or Korea so K-pop and Anime fans would probably love this place.

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‘Round and Round’ café is a cute and cozy place fully in theme of matcha. Not only do they serve some good matcha beverages, their signature cake rolls are also popular as well. The café is decorated really nicely, with a lot of details. For instance, one of the walls consists of a combination of several black and white artistic paintings. Occasionally, the owners will also organise crafts and workshops to provide an opportunity for those who want to deepen their knowledge about Japanese culture. It’s the perfect place to catch up with a friend or to study!

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‘Rodizio’ is an all-you-can-eat restaurant that serves Brazilian Grill. The restaurant is colourful and has a great ambiance. However, what astonished me the most is their unique serving method as their meat isn’t ordered via a menu, but through waiters walking around holding up the meat and cutting it in front of the customers. You have to try it for yourself!

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‘Takumi’ is a restaurant that serves authentic Japanese Sapporo Ramen. The restaurant is decorated in the style of Japanese culture and gives off a warm and cozy atmosphere. They have a wide range of ramen and rice dishes that are served with many ingredients and each dish has its own aesthetic. Little minus point is that this place is really well-known and thus always packed with customers so I would recommend making a reservation beforehand!

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BY AMI’ is actually a restaurant I have yet to visit but the pictures I’ve seen of this place truly amazed me. This urban bistro not only cares about serving their customers new and unique dishes, they know the food’s presentation is as important. ‘Food should be an artwork’ is their motto and this can be seen in both their way of decorating the dishes and the interior design of the restaurant. Their main theme is vibrant colours and the walls are decorated with beautiful art paintings. They even have three ‘Instawalls’, perfect to brighten up your Instagram feed!

I hope these recommendations are helpful and the next time you visit Rotterdam centre, you will be able to try these great food places out!

Author: Gwendolyne
Editor: Kat

Eager, A work-in-progress, Inspired: Humans of IBCoM with Kat

On this post of Humans of IBCOM, we take a look at Kat! Our copy-editor for IBCoMagazine, and the boss to the IBCoMagazine bloggers!

A little background on Kat, she is originally from Manila, the Philippines, and she has lived in Dubai and the Hague, where she finished high school, before coming here to Rotterdam last year.

“I’ve lived here (The Netherlands) for 9 years,” she told me, and when asked if she spoke dutch: “a little bit, just enough to get around.” Adding on that she could have “probably put more effort into learning it,” even admitting that procrastination played a role in not learning the language. Yes…9 years worth of procrastination!

“We’re so international, a multicultural city.”
After living in the Hague, she found herself at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. “I was really drawn to the International aspect of it, because I’d gone to an international school all my life” and why Rotterdam out of all places in the Netherlands? Well “people in Rotterdam kind of pride themselves to say ‘we’re so international, a multicultural city’, but that is really what it is”

“Wow I have to buy my own food”
Kat is a second-year who hopes that by the end of the school year she’ll have “an internship and to be a working person.” I really wanted to know how she has changed since the first year. “Probably a year ago I was getting used to being in university” She told me that she wasn’t so used to being by herself and the changes that occurred throughout high school helped her grow to be independent: “I was kind of getting used to being an independent adult, like wow I have to buy my own food now”

“Going to read, and edit and approve”
Now, with her newfound independence, Kat has become the copy-editor for IBCoMagazine. Starting out as a writer for the magazine in her first year to copy-editor is a “pretty big change.” She said she always found that being a writer was “difficult in some ways” as “you had to come up with your own ideas, you have to make it flow, there’s a lot of thinking power that goes into writing a good piece.” However, as a copy-editor “it’s a different kind of difficult” saying that it’s a lot more time consuming as she has to read articles every week but she finds it an exciting job! This will be one of the articles that Kat is “going to read, and edit, and approve” so I hope she has some fun reading about herself!

“I need to flex my LinkedIn”
Aside from classes, Kat has a very good resume on her hands. She is the chairwoman of the IBCoMmittee of the faculty association ACE, “I am also in the Rotterdam Student Orchestra, I play the flute” and alongside that, she is a member of the Honours Program. Vitalii, one of our talented photographers, asked her “how do you survive?” and she quickly responded “I don’t” which was accompanied by laughter from the three of us. She jokingly said, “I need to flex my LinkedIn” which, honestly, we all agree with!

“A work-in-progress”
In the last part of my interview, I asked Kat, what is one word that describes the person you were in the first year, are in second-year, and hope to be in third-year. Kat responded with “eager” in her first year. Her second year? “A work in progress? but that’s not one word” No worries Kat! We can hyphenate it. A work-in-progress. As for her third year? She hopes to be “Inspired”. I hope you enjoyed our little snippet into the life of Kat, our copy-editor!

On The Road Towards Yourself

Autumn. It’s 5:30 pm and lanterns lightening up the twilight. Trees are visible through the glow from the lamps below. It is raining. It starts pouring. 5:35 pm. Raindrops are visible on some windows. Silhouettes of strangers on their bikes vanishing around corners. People are heading home to escape the cold and the rain. Autumn.

This time of the year is my favorite. Cozying up in the apartment. Enjoying a cup of tea, with a good series or good music blasting out the speaker, or both.  A lot of time for yourself. A lot of time to think; think about whatever is going on at this particular moment in life. Some people call it mindfulness, some people call it weird, I call it essential for happiness.

I often encounter conversations with people who are scared of that. Scared of being alone. Providing deep thoughts in this solitude, an opportunity to circle around. I get it. It can be scary. Scary to face problems and issues. However, these moments are purely assigned to reflect on yourself and everything that is happening around you. Solitude should not feel empty, nor scary, it should help you to get a better understanding of exactly yourself and the things making up your world.

It might sound and feel weird for you now. You might even feel uncomfortable to read further because you think this is just spiritual bull*. This is probably the simplest form to get to another level of happiness in life. This kind of happiness you find in yourself.

If you are open-minded enough to assimilate these words and apply them to yourself, look at the following advice…

Allow yourself time alone.
What do I mean with that? Try to avoid background noises on a 24/7 – basis; playing music every second possible, listen to a podcast, watch a series or anything else that creates something louder than your actual thoughts. In doing so, you will allow your thoughts to be free.

Give your thoughts the opportunity to cycle around.
Let the thoughts develop. It might be helpful to write them down. For this, journaling can be a nice method for you, to question your thoughts without feeling ‘weird’ or ‘wanna-be spiritual’. – “What do you feel right now? / Why do you feel the way you feel?” (Inspiration on how to get started with journaling:

Face your thoughts.
As we face issues in life, negative thoughts will eventually come off, and it might be fucked up at this point in life. Life will always be this, a challenge and an emotional rollercoaster, with all its ups and downs. If you won’t face these thoughts now, they will come back at some other point anyway. – “Why did you take a particular action? / Why do you have these positive or negative feelings? / Is there something or someone in your past that might have an influence on these present thoughts?”

Take control.
Do not be scared. You know these are just your thoughts, you are in control of them and whenever there is a moment of feeling uncomfortable or overwhelmed you can always divert yourself from them.

Stop making excuses.
As always in life try to start easy. Take at least these five minutes every day that you would normally spend with things that would withhold your thoughts. Take these five minutes to breathe, to introspect and take back the control of your mind and your thoughts.

Autumn. The time of the year that creates the atmosphere and vibes to get closer to yourself. Now it is up to you use these vibes and generate more self- awareness, Autumn.

Author: Antonia
Editor: Kat