Issue 4 / June 2017
The multiple meanings of food to the IBCoMagazine team (p. 4, 13 & 22)
Extraordinary foods around the globe
From raw ground pork on bread in Germany to tuna eyes in Japan... (p. 10)
Healthy with a student budget Healthy snacks that feel like cheating (p. 20)
Celebrating summer Thesis drinks and celebratory cocktails: let the summer begin! (p. 24)
Editorial ................. Can you believe it’s already summer? It seems like only yesterday that the three of us met for the first time, in a deserted Foodcourt in the middle of our summer break, to discuss our ideas and strategies as brand new editors of the IBCoMagazine. Since then we recruited a star team of writers, bloggers, photographers, and designers, set up an Instagram account, published five magazine issues and countless blog posts, and most importantly: had a great time working on all this together. We can look back on this year with pride and happiness, and hopefully, so can you. After all, we are not the only ones who accomplished something. Whether you just finished your first year of IBCoM, impressed your internship company with
your knowledge about media systems, meaning making or marketing, poured your heart and soul into your thesis, or even just made it through another year, you can be proud of yourself. Celebrate your achievements, and don’t forget to treat yourself. You deserve it!
In the spirit of treats, this last issue of the year is all about one of our favourite things: food. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discovered that this simple topic means many different things to different people, especially in our little international IBCoMmunity. On page 4, you’ll find that in our IBCoMagazine team alone, food has so many different and wonderful associations, including quality time with family and friends, travel, hospitality, and most of all: home. It’s also the topic of
many great movies (p. 22), the stuff of some widely believed myths (p. 19), a way to celebrate accomplishments (p. 24) and to cure your hangover afterwards (p. 16), amongst many things. As true IBCoMmers, we have combined all these different meanings into an international food issue. Get comfortable and grab a cup of tea or a cocktail and your favourite snack, because this issue might make you hungry. All the best,
Yanniek van Dooren Editor-in-Chief
Reyhaan King Managing Editor
Sophie Defaix Copy Editor
Content ............... 04/13/22 Homely foods
The multiple meanings of fod to the IBCoMagazine Team
05 Free food? Unitiator!
Every student’s dream in an app: too good to be true?
06 Food movies: stay away when hungry!
IBCoMagazine’s top 3 of food-related films
07 All you need is Plove
Emma Hamilton about the Media & Communication Safari Supper
08 The street food experiment
A review of a local street food initiative
10 Extraordinary food around the globe From raw ground pork on bread in Germany to tuna eyes in Japan... Are you hungry yet?
16 The Hangover Survival Manual
How to avoid and cure the dreaded hangover
Making the most of the food you have Who knew food could be so handy? Alternative uses for coffee, vinegar and honey
19 Mythbusters: food edition
Finding the truth behind some widely believed food myths
Healthy with a student budget: snacks Healthy snacks that feel like cheating
23 What’s in your fridge?
Good for your wallet and the environment: avoiding waste by using leftovers
24 Celebrating summer
Thesis drinks and celebratory cocktails: let the summer begin!
12 Gymlife part 2: nutrition
The bare necessities to achieve that summer body
14 Meet and eat for non-meat eaters
Rotterdam’s places to be for a meal of plant products and other healthy goodies
Homely foods (1/3) Anaelle: I’m from Ivory Coast and food has always played a big role in my family as it is something we all love. It brings us all together to talk about everything and anything, and since we have travelled quite a bit, we love any type of food, from anywhere in the world, at any time of the day. Its great :) Camiel: One of the things I miss most from Morocco are the family dinners. We’ll usually sit with up to 15 people around a round dinner table with one large dish in the middle and several side dishes. Usually the main dishes include chicken or beef tajines, B’stella, Couscous and we always eat these directly from the same plate at the centre of the table with our hands, making each dinner have a warm vibrant ambiance. Cara: Food, eating and meals at my house has always been a very social event. Sitting down to eat with the family at the end of the day or having snacks with friends to catch up is the way to start socializing in my book. Dutch and British foods aren’t really known for their outstanding cuisine, but they are always very comforting, whether that is a stamppot in winter or sausages and mash at the pub. Fiandra: As the largest archipelago with over 18 thousand islands, Indonesian food varies from the West end to the East end of the country. However, we share one common flavour that everyone enjoys, yes, spiciness! It doesn’t matter where we harbour, whether it’s the island of Sumatra, Java, or even the Moluccas, people can sense a pinch of chili in the dishes. In the midst of uncertainties where people come with different ideologies, food is what unite us all as a nation! Ha: Not too spicy. Not too sweet. Not too delicate. Not too fancy. Vietnamese food is the harmony of ingredients and flavours. You often find a mixture of all kind of vegetable and meat in a signature Vietnamese dish, famously Pho. Depending on the regions, or even the chef, each would have their own recipe while be able to remain the balance in the taste. Therefore, you can comprehend one unique cooking style just from your first bite.
Joshua: Growing up in Miami, my mother was surrounded by Latin American culture, including the food. When she came to the Netherlands around 25 years ago, she didn’t leave her Latin cooking skills in America. She makes the best chilli con carne and my favourite of all: Chicken fajitas. Fajita wraps and spices with chicken, paprika, hot salsa, sour cream, cheddar cheese, guacamole and coriander. Whenever I am at my parents’ and my mother makes fajitas, it gives me a feeling of happiness that lasts for days.
Free food? Unitiator!
................................ places in the city you might never have been to before, next to trying a new restaurant!
ree food is music to any student’s ears and yes, it exists! There is an app out there with which you can get free food at restaurants. Unitiator invites restaurants onto their app, so they can promote their food. The app connects them to customers who can get free bites to eat for the price of only one review about the restaurant, atmosphere, service and food. Wouldn’t you like to do that? The app is essentially a map of whatever city you are in and it pinpoints the spots where restaurants with active offers are located. If you tap on the active offers of one particular place, you can check what they want you to review and when, as there is a specific time slot. This also allows you to explore
In Rotterdam there weren’t many offers for me to try, but the Asian restaurant ‘See You See Me’ close to the Witte de Withstraat had offers open all the time. I went there to try their Asian bites, which are mini spring rolls and a mini chicken saté stick accompanied with sweet chilli and hot chilli sauce. These bites were tiny but fun and you simultaneously try to appear as a professional food reviewer to the waiting staff.
The experience was very interesting and after the allotted time was finished, I was able to review the food from that restaurant in in the app with a 5-star rating. I went on my own to check out the app and it was only 5 pm, so it was a little lonely and no other customers were out on the terrace. I struck up some conversation with my waitress about the app and what they thought of it from a restaurant perspective. She told me that they had only been using it for a short time now and that they did have people come and try it, but not so many that it would make a big difference for them. I would advise you to do the same and asking your waiting staff, if you’re really interested in what the app does from their perspective.
Fortunately, the atmosphere of the restaurant was nice and the food was good, but the idea behind the app is still a little shaky and very new. If restaurants don’t have active offers on, customers don’t have many options of where to go and enjoy their free food. This problem mainly comes from the fact that the app is not known well enough. So it’s up to us to go out and spread the word! The app itself is very easy to use, so I highly recommend trying it out on a nice day with some friends! Instead of bar hopping, you could go food hopping: all for free!
By Cara Sainsbury
Food movies: stay away when hungry! In the spirit of this issue of the IBCoMagazine, I present a few movies that feature food good enough to watch and to drool over. I don’t know about you, but after I am done with this, I will be heading into the kitchen to try out some of the dishes myself.
Year of release IMDB score Duration
2014 7.3/10 114 min
After a disastrous confrontation with a food critic that went viral on social media (us IBCoM students know exactly how fast that could escalate, don’t we?), Carl Casper - once acclaimed chef of a high-class restaurant – becomes an unemployed man with a broken family life. Carl seeks to rediscover his food passion by driving a food truck across America with his young son, Percy, and his friend, Martin. The journey is more than just him serving up food. It is him reconnecting with his son and his ex-wife, and possibly adding more meaning to his life.
Year of release IMDB score Duration
2007 8/10 111 min
The only thing better than a Pixar animation is a Pixar animation with talking animals and mouth-watering dishes. Ratatouille takes viewers on a journey following a rat by the name Remy who dreams of becoming a great French chef, despite his family’s wishes. Him being a rat obviously presents a bit of a problem, but he doesn’t let that deter him. After getting washed up to Paris by accident, he meets the son of his culinary hero, Chef Gusteau, and embarks on an adventure that is equal part hilarious and nerve-wracking.
Year of release IMDB score Duration
2009 7/10 118 min
Julie & Julia
In this movie, featuring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, food-blogger Julie Powell challenges herself to a year of following the recipe in the book of cooking legend, Julia Child. She records her success and failure, the ups and downs of her life alongside her husband in her blog, which is growing in popularity. At the same time, the movie narrates the life of Julia Child and how she has become one of the most famous names in the culinary world. Good food, passion, heart-warming moments - this movie has it all, along with a little extra spice to add flavor to your Saturday night.
By Mai Chi
All you need is Plove In the corridors of the 8th floor of the M Building, there is one topic often discussed: food! Ranging from “What will you be cooking tonight?”, to “Have you already visited that new cool place on Deliplein?”, and
“Foodora now also delivers from this amazing place in West!”. As Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people”… so rest assured you that your IBCoM lecturers are the best people out there! So what better way to bring these people together than over food? Inspired by a friend who went on a ‘Biking Dinner’, this concept was introduced to the Media & Communication department… but it was rephrased to something a bit more catchy: Safari Supper! The idea? Have your starter at one place, with 4 or 5 colleagues, then split up and move to another place for the main course, where you would meet 4 or 5 other colleagues – who just came from different places for their starter. Pitching the idea to colleagues resulted in several cries of excitement, and hospitable colleagues offering their place for one of the dining locations. One of the colleagues even offered her place as the final stop, where we could all come together for dessert (and the mandatory group picture, obviously).
So there we all went, on 18 April, embarking on our very first M&C Safari Supper! 5 hosts, 26 guests, and 1 final address for dessert! After a downpour of rain in the morning, we were all concerned about making our way through the city, but the weather was on our side, and we navigated from one place to another – by bike, foot, and metro – dry! Coming together at each place, every time with a new small group of people, lead to fun conversations. The food and adventures you had been on – ranging from Classy Canapé’s in the City Centre to Perfect Plove in South, and Dessert at what could be your Dream House – was often the first point of discussion, but often enveloped in so many other interesting discussions. Being away from the office, enjoying a meal together, just once again showed that food is a catalyst for good conversation! So… suggestions on where to have dinner tonight, anyone?
By Emma Hamilton
“I thought it was a great experience to get to know our colleagues a little bit more personally – especially since many of us are relatively new to the city, seeing it through others’ eyes (and tastebuds!) has helped me to like it even more.” – Ana Uribe Sandoval “It was a brilliant opportunity to spend time with colleagues in an informal setting, to get to know them better and to introduce my own self and my family to them in a deeper, yet fun, context. The event enriched office relationships as people experienced each other outside of the work environment. Being a host was nothing but joy.” – Rashid Gabdulhakov “The Safari Supper was fun not only because of the food, but also because of the people! I had dinner with colleagues who I don’t work with on a daily basis and it was so fun and interesting to spend time with them in this special and informal setting. Some people surprised me completely with their stories, their background, and… their food!” – Indira Gerards
The street food experiment ............. ....... ......... Street food has a long history. It is found in many places around the world, from Vietnam to Hawaii, and from Thailand to Mexico. Even in the excavation of Pompeii, they found evidence of street food establishments. Street food gained a lot of popularity over the past years and the trend is coming to our little country as well. Therefore, we decided to try out some cool street food locations in Rotterdam for you guys. After all, a student has to eat somewhere and not everybody can afford a five star fancy restaurant! After a long search, we found that the authorities of Rotterdam started an experiment to place street food trucks on special locations in the city. So we checked it out…
Together with The Food Convoy – a company that connects food trucks with customers for parties, festivals, weddings, etc. – the local authorities selected twelve locations where food trucks would stand and sell their products. The experiment started the 21st of April this year and will continue until April 15th, 2018. Finding twelve random locations in a city as big as Rotterdam, where do you start? According to the website of the Food Convoy, the locations are Boompjes/ Leuvehoofd, Oostplein,
Wijkpark Oude Westen, Museumpark, Luchtsingel at Pompenburg, Het Park, Wijnhaven, Wilhelminapier, Wilhelminaplein, Rijnhaven, Zuiderpark and Balkon aan de Maas. We decided to take a look at the Wilhelminapier, where three food trucks were located at the time we visited. Esta Loco, the Tostibus and Casa Barista.
Quality vs. Price
Let me start with the most important part for us as students: is it cheap and is it good?
At the Tostibus, I asked what their most wanted tosti was. I received an Italiano tosti with mozzarella, green pesto and tomato for only three euros. I never tried this combination before and I have to admit that I unknowingly missed it in my life. Besides the Italiano tosti, they serve a variety of other tostis, depending on the place and event, with the option of coffee, tea, soda or juice. In my opinion, this food truck is definitely worth spending your money on. Esta Loco has a small, but
very effective offer. They give customers the choice between fries and burgers with the additional option for some extras. The prices are similar to those of the Tostibus and it is a fair price for their quality. All of them were nice people, happy to talk about their experiences and opinions on food trucks and the experiment.
Competition between the food trucks is limited. “We are not competing with each other, since we both offer something different. Coffee and tosti is a good combination, so we support each other as well. A variety of products is what makes this strong,” says Tom van Acquooy from Casa Barista. He was walking around that day, checking out the place he would stand the next day. Anne from the Tostibus added: “it is up to the Food Convoy to make sure that the right food trucks will stand together, without having to compete.”
the Euromast in the distance on the other side. That day the Holland America Line was ready for departure, providing a flow of hungry people. All locations of the street food experiment have been carefully chosen. However, the food truckers themselves have some doubts about some locations. It can really depend on the weather and the day in the week whether the place will be successful or not. Tom also said: “I believe Rotterdam has some pretty places to stand and I’m curious what locations will be available during and after the experiment. Personally, I’m interested in the subway stations on weekdays. Around the stations there are some interesting places where thousands of people walk by, every single day.” Unfortunately, these places have not been included in the experiment yet, and Tom will have to see if they will be made available at a later point in time.
At the Wilhelminakade, the view is amazing and relaxing. The location has been chosen for several reasons: it is directly located at the water, providing tourists and customers with an incredible view of the river and
Even though the concept is interesting and intriguing, the experiment is having some startup problems. We only found out about the experiment because we accidentally
stumbled upon an article online when searching for food trucks in Rotterdam. Not many people know about it. The website of the Food Convoy is also still not completely up to date. The Food convoy is contacting the food truckers rather late, which leads to situations where they are not available. As Muriel from Esta Loco puts it: “When you want to set up something like this, you have to come up with a plan for the entire year. Otherwise, all food truckers are booked.” A lot still has to be done. Some improvements have to be implemented to make this a real success and make Rotterdam more vivid and attractive, but there is definitely potential.
By Sandra Post
A battle towards success
Extraordinary food around the globe Fries, hamburgers, pasta, kebab, burritos and pancakes are things I like to eat from time to time (aka daily). I’m probably not the only one, but why not taste something new, something you have never tried before? Join me on my culinary food trip and get inspired by specialties from all around the world.
Stop 1: Cambodia
Deep fried, crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside... sounds like a bitterbal, right? Well, almost. The taste is probably a little different, but besides that, fried spider sounds just like one would describe the popular Dutch specialty, don’t you think? Travellers looking for a quick snack in Cambodia are often offered these crispy tarantulas. Not only do they contain a lot of protein, but they’re also known to enhance the beauty of the person who eats them.
Stop 2: Japan
Stop 3: Australia
Tuna can be found all around the world. However, did you know that you can also eat tuna eyeballs? You get them for less than a dollar in most Japanese food stores and, according to the internet, they taste a bit like squid. Preparation is super easy: just boil it for a while and then season it however you like. Sounds like a quick and easy snack, though they are as big as a tennis ball, so it’s probably more than just a small and simple snack.
Planning to go low budget backpacking in Australia? Witchetty grubs are the larvae of ghost moths. Historically seen, grubs are one of the most important insect foods and have been a basic in the diets of the Aboriginals. Good thing is, you can eat them alive and raw as well as barbecued. Apparently, the witchetty grubs taste like almonds if you eat them raw. So keep them in mind, in case you’re going to Australia and are in need of something to eat.
Stop 4: Niger
In the West-African country Niger, as well as in other sub-Saharan countries like Madagascar and Uganda, crickets are a common part of the local gastronomy. Let’s just say, they definitely have enough of them, and would rather eat them than let them ruin their agriculture. Crickets are 62% protein, which makes them super healthy. The crickets are fried in a pan without oil, until the wings fall off, and are then taken out. Next, you fry onions and some tomatoes in oil, then add the crickets. Fry until golden, and add the pepper, salt and dry chilli. It ends up being super crispy in your mouth. Basically better than any kind of chips!
Stop 5: Colombia
Ever heard of Big Butt ants? Also known as Hormiga Culona, the little crawlers are a popular snack in Colombia. After removing head, pincers and wings, which I imagine to be quite difficult given the size of the ants, the body is soaked in salt water overnight and fried the next day. This speciality is known to be quite pricey, because they are only collected once a year. One pound of ants is roughly three times as expensive as a pound of high quality coffee.
Stop 6: Canada
Jellied moose nose sounds like a sweet jelly you spread on your morning toast, doesn’t it? Well, it’s neither sweet nor can it be spread on your toast. Instead, jelly refers to how the moose nose is prepared. Originally, this deli comes from Alaska, but it is very popular in Canada as well. Remove all the hair from inside the nose, boil it in water with additional onions, herbs, spices, vegetables and everything else you would like to add. Let the nose cool overnight in the liquid, remove all bones, slice the nose and cover it with a broth that sets into a jelly.
Stop 7: Germany
Being German myself, the food I will present to you now is not weird to me at all, yet I can imagine that many others will find it rather odd. In Germany, people like to eat raw ground pork as savoury bread spread. Since the raw ground pork is deformable, many people like to create figures with it for special occasions, such as birthday celebrations. One very famous figure is the “Mettigel”, which basically translates into “raw ground pork hedgehog”. Seasoned with onions, pepper and salt it’s really tasty, yet I am not able to explain what it tastes like. I guess you’ll have to try it yourself.
By Patricia Wahren
Gym life: Part II: nutrition ... .... ...................... For those of you who read my previous article about the gym and its impact on my life and were thinking “wow, I wish there was an article about nutrition too”, well, here it is! Losing weight and gaining muscle may seem tough and requires strict discipline and focus to maintain, but I’m going to make it easy for you and give you the bare bone necessities to achieve that summer body (hopefully on time).
Before getting into specifics, I want to show you what scientists consider healthy eating: a healthy diet contains all food groups from the food triangle. Now you can stop cringing as you realise that you are nowhere close to having a healthy diet, because we don’t live in a perfect world and sometimes it’s just not possible. However I will be using a few select groups for this article that you really should include for either gaining muscle or cutting fat.
Gaining muscle takes time and of course is only possible through regular exercise and a complimentary diet. The big shock is, you can really eat whatever you want, because it’s all about calories and protein: pasta, rice, chicken, fish and pizza (albeit unhealthy) are good for gains. Calories are the base of what food becomes, energy that your body uses. In order to gain muscle you need to ensure you have a caloric surplus, which means that you eat enough food to have more calories than your body needs. A good way to find out your maintenance amount (the amount of calories for you to stay the same size), is to go online and use a calorie maintenance calculator. The next step is to make sure you eat
more than that to gain muscle. Combining this with regular exercise causes the muscles to grow as they use more calories. Stop working out, and you will be gaining fat – simple. You will always gain a little fat while bulking, so don’t worry if you’re not as defined as you would want, the next part of this article helps with that.
Cutting is all about ensuring you have a caloric deficit, so making sure you eat less calories than you need to maintain your current size. It’s a little harder to lose fat than it is to gain muscle, so expect some resistance during your cut, but perseverance is key. There are a number of tricks one can use when cutting down: one in particular that I use is ‘intermittent fasting’, where you don’t eat until after a certain time of the day, so in essence the total amount of calories
By Reyhaan King
you can consume is less than usual. If you combine this method with a strict no carbs after 6 pm diet, you should be able to manage your calories efficiently. The most important thing you can do is step up your cardio game. Personally, I hate running, but I have to give credit where it’s due; it does help with ensuring you burn those calories and melt that fat. Check out the healthy student food article for inspiration on what you can cook to help you on your journey to peak physical fitness. The trick to fitness is commitment and discipline, be sure to go about your workout and meal plan rationally and set goals that are achievable for you. Not everyone’s body behaves in the same way, but everyone is able to make gains. There are no excuses.
Homely foods (2/3) Mai: In Vietnam, there’s this saying that: “You can only understand wisdom when you are well-fed”. I think it perfectly conveys the importance of food in our culture.. Food is a way to bond friends who would otherwise be strangers, to show your understanding of the world around you, even to indicate social status. It is an expression of love for those important in our lives. To us Vietnamese, food is not simply about eating – it is a way of life. Lianne: For me, food at my house characterises what ‘home’ actually stands for. It is a way to sit down with your family and discuss what has been on your mind, but it is also mainly about familiarity. For as long as I can remember, my mom has had an old cookbook where she collects recipes from friends, connections, other family members and even generations before us. Although she likes to experiment, I can never get bored of a dish I have had since I was little. This can be as simple as a typical Dutch AVG’tje; aardappels, vlees en groente, or in English; potatoes, meat and vegetables. Such little things like having the same tea together every evening or waking up to the familiar smell of Sunday breakfast really feels like home to me, but most of all, they never get old. Patricia: Unlike me, my dad is a real chef and knows all these amazing traditional German recipes from his mom and grandma. One of my friends once said, she loves to eat lunch with my family because we always eat these typical German meals, which her families never cooks. In Germany we have a lot of seasonal foods, which you can only buy for a limited amount of time each season. ln winter for example a speciality is sautéed kale with sausage and in spring you will find us eating asparagus with hollandaise sauce. For me food is the best way to connect with people no matter where you are from. Reyhaan: Food is synonymous with life as my mother would say, and no time is more valuable than time spent with family and food. Due to the variations in schedules though we would only eat supper together daily at 7 pm which would consist of food that reflected my family’s multicultural background. We could go from thai curry to beef stew, or my country’s traditional food Sadza with meat to vegetarian curry fried potatoes and rice. Every day was a new experience and every meal left you sensationally satisfied and put at ease. A feeling I have come close to but still a ways away from replicating in my uni life. Sandra: I see eating dinner as a way to connect with your family after a long day. My dad is always experimenting with foods from different countries. For some years I believed fruit salad was an old, secret family recipe, since it always appeared at birthdays. When I grew older I saw the same recipe make an appearance at a friend’s house, and figured that it was not, unfortunately, some cool secret family recipe. It was just really easy to prepare for parties…
Meet and eat for non-meat eaters Nowadays, it’s becoming increasingly popular to cut meat and dairy from a diet. Even if you’re not ready to cut out everything and become a full-fledged vegetarian or vegan, it’s something you can always consider. Rotterdam has a big healthy-foods scene and there are lots of places where you can still go if you want a filling meal full of plant products and other healthy goodies. biological and 100% vegetarian, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally eating meat. Vegan options are also labelled accordingly.
Gare Du Nord
Even though there are no functional railways nearby anymore, Gare Du Nord is a lovely plant-based restaurant located in a defunct train wagon, where owners Hans and Pinar cook their food with love and passion. It’s located in the bubbling neighbourhood, de Agniesebuurt, where there’s lots of vibrant people around, and the food complements the multicultural environment. Whether you’re stopping by for lunch or dinner, there’s always an option for you. Are you coming around on the weekend, grab a seat in the sunshine over lunch and enjoy one of the finely prepared meals there. Do you want dinner, then you
can go on a weekday since they open at 6pm. The burger is a definite recommendation and something you will think about when you’re home and sated.
If you’re planning on doing some work with friends and you’re tired of the university, then Spirit nearby Oostplein is the perfect place to go. It has a place in the Groene Passage, where you can also find all kinds of biological stores and cruelty-free items that are good for you and good for the earth. Grab a tray, swing your bag over your shoulder and walk around the buffet to pick out just what you want. There’s two rules at Spirit: it’s 100%
The prices are gentle on a poor student’s wallet and you’ll be satisfied afterwards. Depending on the day, the food is always slightly different, but always prepared passionately and purposefully. Even though Spirit has a chain of restaurants - with a location in Amsterdam - it’s obvious that Rotterdam has the superior store.
Het Lachende Varken
If you’re Dutch you might be thinking, “What’s a restaurant called The Laughing Pig doing in this list?” But don’t you worry, this local restaurant in our own Kralingen is a place that is completely vegetarian. Not just that, it also supports local farmers and tries to get its produce as close to home as possible. Be aware of the interesting way to reserve a spot here: they open on Friday and Saturday nights, and you call and leave your name and number in the answering machine. If you don’t get a call back, they’ll have a table for you. It brings together the best of Rotterdam: a warm, welcoming community, mushrooms
from Rotterzwam, brood from De Ondergrondse, and many more things that are unique to this area. The layout at the restaurant is nothing fancy, but instead feels like you’ve come to someone’s home. Really ‘gezellig’, as we would say.
Just off Rotterdam Centraal you can find BIO Bodega, a cafe and shop in one. And a smoothie bar. Okay, for all of your ethical and healthy needs, this is a great place to go. They’ve opened a terrace that is perfect for the summer and where you can enjoy your sandwich/ smoothie/salad while chilling in the sunshine. If you go there, order the vegan club. It’s a perfect replacement for a normal club sandwich but with homemade bread. Also, it’s three layers thick and you get crisps to go. When you order a juice, you might struggle to make a choice, so at all times the vegan chai is a safe bet. With the opening of the terrace there is more space, but prior to its
opening, you often had to wait for a table. Inside there’s one five, so pick your poison, take a seat and enjoy some amazing food. Maybe pick something up for at home, too.
Happy Earth Kitchen
Despite the name, this place is not just a kitchen. They also host events such as yoga retreats and are available for events. Happy Earth Kitchen is in Rotterdam Noord, near Noordplein, and is the next step in
your foodie journey. They take their health foods very seriously and offer everything organic and a lot of it is raw, too. This way, all the healthy ingredients are still fully functional in the food and will do the very best for your body. If you visit their Instagram, you’ll get an amazing impression of the vibe at Happy Earth Kitchen. Their passion for food and health shows and the beautiful dishes will look nice on your Instagram feed, too.
By Valerija Denaityte
............................... The Hangover Survival Manual
The day is Wednesday, as per usual I wake up excited, because I know that tonight I am treating myself to a fun filled night with the lads. As the day goes on, I attend the necessary tutorials and hit the gym. The excitement builds, it’s hip hop night and the Crossroads event page looks packed. After the gym, I pass by the local Gall & Gall to pick my poison for the night, 15 euro special on 1.5 liter vodka – yes, this will do nicely. I arrive home with everything needed for the night, put the vodka in the fridge and start making my pre-party meal: chicken enchiladas with a healthy amount of cheese and hot sauce. I know what is coming tonight and I want my body to be ready. After the meal, I shower, change and start the night off with beer pong. I lose… a lot, and so I suggest we
switch to the Rocket League drinking game I made up on the spot and things begin to get a little crazy. Three hours and many drinks later, we find ourselves ready to take on the night and head out. The rest of the night played out like a movie, each scene more insane than the last until it eventually ended in McDonalds. After ordering enough food to feed a small army, I returned home, devoured my prize and called it a night, satisfied with the time spent. Little did I know that the morning after would be an all new kind of hell. When I woke up, I could feel the presence of another mind within my brain and for 40 minutes, I didn’t know whether I was a human or the physical embodiment of pain and regret. Still, I pushed myself to move out of my bed
and down a liter of water to get my body started, as I knew today I would be hungover, and it wasn’t going to be fun. Health is usually of secondary concern in the minds of students, who are often preoccupied with assignments, social drinks and the ever looming presence of a final exam. It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself after a night out with all these distractions, so here is a hangover survival toolkit I have acquired through years of “personal research” and some minutes on the internet. Hopefully, it will help you get through those tough days.
A hangover is caused simply by a lack of hydration in the body. If you think about how often you have to use the bathroom on a night out, this seems like a
logical conclusion. This lack of hydration leads to headaches, nausea, an upset stomach, dry mouth and general disdain for everything that is life. However, you can prevent a terrible morning after with a few simple tricks.
It all starts with the pregame meal, a greasy pregame meal, as the presence of food in the stomach before you begin drinking slows down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream and prevents water loss. Things like pizza, burgers and wraps are good foundations. However, if you are looking to be semi healthy, pesto pasta or red curry chicken with rice is also acceptable. The key is to have a decent amount of carbs, as these break down alcohol more slowly in your body. Be sure to watch the amount you drink though, as you may think the alcohol is not having an effect, while it’s simply delayed. It usually takes the body one hour to metabolise an alcoholic beverage, so try to space your drinks out until you feel it. Too much of a good thing can be bad, so be responsible.
Another key aspect of preparation is to ensure that you’re properly hydrated before a night out. So make sure to drink the recommended 2,5 liters of water throughout the day and another liter when you begin drinking, to minimize the damage. It will also help you maintain a modicum of control, so you don’t embarrass yourself through extreme inebriation.
Dealing with your past mistakes
If you managed to prepare yourself adequately and still found yourself with a hangover, congratulations… you must have gone extremely hard last night. Have no fear though, this section is dedicated to dealing with that hangover.
Step One: Breathe. I know
you’re feeling terrible and it may seem like you can’t get up or be human, but you are going to have to. Get yourself out of bed slowly and find a source of water, which you should then proceed to drink furiously. Getting your hydration level up is the quickest way to get through a hangover, as it is more reliable than taking a painkiller or simply just “fighting” through it. Be smart: drink your water.
Step Two: Eat. Even if food
is the last thing on your mind, after getting some water in you, your next goal should be getting some food in you. The pain and queasiness in your stomach won’t go away for a while, but your body needs fuel in order for you to function. If you’re feeling really sick, then a simple piece of bread would do to begin the healing process. However if you are like me and you wake up feeling nothing but ravenous hunger, a full breakfast is the best way to go. I usually go for a half English with eggs, sausage, bacon and toast paired with a tea or coffee for taste, and I usually feel much better afterwards. I hate to say it, but salads simply won’t cut it here, so make sure
you eat something with weight in it to have the best chance of success.
Step Three: relax. Take
some time to do nothing but reacclimatise yourself with life. I usually do this by spending a few minutes on my balcony with water or tea, as the fresh air is great way to get rid of nausea and annoying aches or pains. Take some time to lie around, watch a show or talk with your roommates on the absolute fantastic night you had. Once you have eaten and hydrated yourself, it’s all a matter of time until the hangover disappears.
The steps provided above are a combination of experience and research, but they may not work for everyone. If you prefer to cure your hangovers with bananas, ginger tea and lemon water, go ahead! The most important thing is knowing your limits and experimenting with different techniques and foods until you find a sure fire survival method for yourself. You should find more than enough inspiration for new recipes in this issue of IBCoMagazine, so the choice for how you want to deal with your hangover is completely your own. Just remember that prevention is always better than curing, so drink that water and space your drinks out to reduce the pain for the next morning as much as possible.
By Reyhaan King
Making the most of the food you have These days, versatility seems to be the key to every product that we come across. It isn’t enough for goods to just have one specific use; they have to be able to do many things at once. Case in point: our smart phones. Once upon a time, phones were used only for the purpose of calling or texting and, occasionally, playing silly games. Now, our handheld devices can take pictures, record videos, produce documents and so on. Everyone wants everything to be multi-functional. What about food then? Is it only for eating, or could it be used for other purposes as well? Check out these three suggestions for using food for more than just eating. Who knows, you might discover something that will blow your mind.
Used coffee grounds
I may not drink coffee, but my dad does and in the spirit of recycling, we make use of the grounds to bathe our pets. As strange as that sounds, it is actually a very good method to maintain a healthy shine to the fur of your cats and dogs. What we usually did was rub the coffee ground into the fur, and then wait for about five minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. It works especially well if your pets have black fur – shiny furs guaranteed!
Forget all the cleaning products full of chemicals from the supermarket. Aside from the fact that their smell gives you a headache (or me, at least), many of them also contain ingredients that are extremely harmful for the environment. Of course, that does not mean you can just bypass cleaning altogether, it just means that you have to find alternative methods. One of them is vinegar; the acid in this household staple is perfect to get rid of dirt, stains, soap scum and brines. There are many kinds of vinegar, but the one most suitable for cleaning
purposes is white vinegar. As this is the most acidic, you should dilute it with water before usage.
The quest for beauty is often expensive; but just because you are students and your accounts are more often empty than full, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take care of yourself. There are many beauty methods out there that employ natural, organic and inexpensive products that could work wonders for you. My suggestion is honey, preferably manuka honey, raw honey or at least organic honey. Honey is a natural humectant,
which means that it will help retain moisture on your skin, giving you a healthy, glowing look. It can be a stand-alone face mask, or mixed with other ingredients (milk, yoghurt, strawberry, potatoes, etc). Additionally, if you have dry hair, you can also use honey as a hair mask once every two weeks. Alternatively, try bathing with honey, and see how that works out for you.
By Mai Chi
Mythbusters: food edition Ever heard of the idea that eggs are bad for your heart, or eating calories at night is more fattening than eating them during the day? Or the saying that dark bread is always better than white? These are just a few examples of food myths. Especially for you, we tried to find the truth behind some myths.
Myth 1: Dark bread is much healthier than white bread
There has been a long debate of whether white bread is really worse for one’s health than dark bread. Here are some facts. Darker bread is made from whole wheat grains, which has some health benefits, such as the fact that it contains more nutrients. However, white bread contains more calcium, supporting the care for bone and dental health. Meanwhile, white bread has addictive sugars added to it, providing you with more calories compared to dark bread.
True or false: Overall, we could say the myth is true. But, we still have to pay attention! Not all dark bread consist entirely of whole wheat. Always check the label to see if the bread contains one hundred percent whole wheat.
Myth 2: Chocolate provokes acne
This might be the most discussed food myth ever. It is proven that certain types of food can influence the health of the skin. Theobroma cacao – plain cacao – can actually benefit your body, if it is devoured in its raw state. It contains skin nutrients, like vitamins A, C and E and zinc, which is used to repair your skin. So, the raw version of chocolate can actually be beneficial!
True or false: Unfortunately, contemporary chocolate is manufactured differently. What causes acne is the dairy and sugar, which are nowadays added to make chocolate sweeter. For this reason, the myth is both true and false, depending on the kind of chocolate you eat. If you want to eat chocolate and improve the health of your skin, find some raw cacao to enjoy and boost your body.
Myth 3: Eating six small meals per day is better than eating three large ones
The idea is that eating small meals frequently stimulates your metabolism continuously, which results in all kinds of chemical reactions in your body that burn your fat to
True or false: There are many arguments, and only one conclusion: the myth is false. One reason is that mini meals will create a ‘absorptive phase’, instead of the desired ‘postabsorptive phase’. This means that your body releases insulin, which stores sugar – without burning fat. John Foreyt, director of the Behavioural Medicine Research Centre in Houston, claims that “the difference in calories between many small meals and few large meals is so small that it’s negligible.”
There are so many more food myths and we don’t have the time to test all of them, but if you are really interested in finding more about the greatest debates in the history of food, you can always look up more information yourself; there is enough to be found. Unfortunately, many websites and articles contradict each other, but maybe we don’t even need the truth. Even though it’s interesting to find out what is true and what is not, I suggest we all just enjoy the food we eat and let ourselves be treated to all the different tastes and flavours the world has to offer!
By Sandra Post
Healthy with a Student Budget:
As the academic year is slowly coming to an end, you might find yourself enjoying a little more free time. Or maybe you are still stuck in the library, doing your best to ace those last assignments and resits. Either way, a nice snack can always brighten up the mood. However, living on a student budget might make it seem easier to grab a cheap bag of chips to eat away your sorrows. I mean, after all the hard work, you deserve it, right? Although it is important to treat yourself, there are also many healthy and delicious snacks which can make every day feel a little bit like a cheat day. So take a break, it is time to enjoy some cheap and healthy snacks!
Homemade Tortilla Chips with Guacamole Ingredients for the tortilla chips - Corn or whole wheat tortillas - Olive oil - Salt - Red pepper powder Tools - Oven - Greaseproof paper - An oven tray - A spoon (optional: a brush) - A cutting board - A cutting knife
Ingredients for the guacamole - 2 avocados - ½ lemon - ¼ red onion - 1 tomato - 1 clove of garlic or garlic powder - Optional: ¼ red pepper
Here’s how you do it: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Cut the tortillas in eight pieces, pizza-style. Put the pieces on a tray, covered by a piece of greaseproof paper. Sprinkle a little bit of olive oil on the tortillas and spread it out with a brush or a spoon. Make sure that both sides of the tortilla are covered with just a very thin layer of olive oil. Add salt and red pepper powder to the pieces. Tip: the amount of red pepper powder depends on the type of tortilla you are using. For a whole wheat tortilla, it is tastier to use more powder. Put the tray in the oven and bake the tortilla chips for 8-12 minutes. While the tortilla chips are baking, start cutting two avocado’s, the tomato and the red onion for the guacamole. In case you are using a clove of garlic instead of garlic powder, start cutting that as well. Mash the avocados into a bowl and add the garlic, red onion, tomato,, salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon to add the juice to the consistency. Mix it all together with the spoon. Your guacamole is done! If the tortilla chips are ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool off for about 10 minutes. This will make them crispier.
Apple Pie in a Bowl
A healthy alternative to your grandma’s old fashioned recipe Ingredients - 2 apples - Cinnamon - A handful of raisins (optional)
Tools - Microwave (or oven) - A cutting board - A cutting knife - A microwavable bowl - A spoon or fork
How to do it: 1. Slice the apples into thin half-moons. 2. Put them in the bowl and sprinkle as much cinnamon over them as you like. Make sure to cover all the apples. 3. Add the raisins and mix thoroughly with a spoon or fork. 4. Put the bowl in the microwave for about 5 minutes. It is important that the apples “melt” a little bit. 5. Take out the bowl and enjoy!
Tip: the apples can also be heated up in the oven. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius, and bake them for about 15 minutes.
BBB: Blueberries and Banana Bread Your post-BBB workout snack!
Ingredients - 100 grams of self-rising flour. - 60 grams of oatmeal - 3 eggs - 3 ripe bananas - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon - A handful of blueberries (Tip; get them for a cheap price at the market or frozen in the supermarket) - Little bit of butter or coconut oil
Tools - Oven - A mixing bowl - A fork and spoon - A cake tin
These are your steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 2. Mash up the bananas in the mixing bowl. If the bananas are not ripe enough yet, you can also use any type of mixing machine, such as a blender. 3. Add the eggs and mix it thoroughly with the mashed bananas. 4. Then, add the self-rising flour, oatmeal and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly. 5. Add the blueberries and mix them through the consistency as well. 6. Use the butter or coconut oil to grease the cake tin. Then, pour the consistency into the tin. 7. Put the tin into the oven for about 50 minutes.
Tip: banana bread is also a great way to start your day! You can use one bread for the whole week: take two slices for breakfast and put the rest of the bread in packages of two slices to save for the rest of the week.
By Lianne Dusseldorp
Homely foods (3/3) Sophie: With a French father and a mother who is secretly a top chef (especially when she is upset and she starts cooking), food has always been a major part of our family life. Big happenings, birthdays, anniversaries and also sad moments always involve food. When we spend our free moments in France, l’appero starts at 11.30 often already with a glass of wine or a pastis, but hey, it’s vacation anyways, so why not?. Lunch starts at 12.30, the barbecue is almost always part of the deal with grilled steaks or fresh salmon. The feast doesn’t end until at least 15.30 and after that, we take a loooong nap in the sun! The French way of living is my idea of perfection. Valerija: Food in Russian communities is pretty much sacred. If guests don’t leave well-fed (and a little tipsy) then the host didn’t do a good job. On a day to day base, having meals together is pretty much a given. Breakfast we have together, lunch we have together and even dinner, depending on plans, we try and always have together. It gives us the opportunity to catch up if we’ve had busy days, or to dive into discussions based on something we heard that day. There’s no such thing as a light meal in my culture. Yanniek: Food never used to be such a hot topic in my family, until we went for a holiday in Italy and my dad discovered the Italian kitchen. When we came back home, he bought the biggest, heaviest Jamie Oliver book he could find and started spending big parts of the day in the kitchen, when he had the time. For most of the week, food just means food in our Dutch household. But when the weekend comes and my dad retreats to the kitchen, food means taking a mini holiday, going back for a while to one of those cute little restaurants in beautiful, sunny Tuscany. Mangiare!
What’s in your fridge ............. .... ... .
Every year, an average person in the Netherlands throws away a surprising 47 kilos worth of food. This food can be perished or expired, but also contains leftovers that people are not bothered with, even though they might still be edible (partly depending on your cooking skills). This food wastage is not only bad for your wallet, but it is also harming the environment, as a lot of valuable resources go to waste in the production of food. Thankfully, there are a lot of solutions to reduce this problem, among others the initiative of MyFridgeFood.com. Despite the government’s effort to reduce food waste by 20% from 2009 till 2015, not even a 1% progress has been made in 2017. But there is something you can do to help. The biggest food wastage happens in our own homes; as consumers, we throw away approximately 3035% of the food we buy. Obviously, we are not the only ones
to blame, as supermarkets and restaurants cause a big part of the food wastage as well. That is why people and companies came up with various solutions to reduce food waste, such as restaurants that sell good leftover food for a reduced price, or reheating leftovers (yay for yesterday’s leftover pasta). Another way to prevent people from throwing away their food is the website MyFridgeFood. com. Imagine this: it’s a Thursday night, you have had a long day of (skipping) classes, you don’t feel like doing groceries and you’re out of inspiration for dinner ideas. Instead of ordering food or eating a sandwich, MyFridgeFood is an easy tool for when you cannot decide on what you want to eat, or do not want to eat microwave meals every day of the week. The website works as follows: when you open the website, you are shown a list of ingredients, where you can
tick the ones you already have lying around in the kitchen. These ingredients range from perishable greens and chicken, to long-lasting products such as rice and flour. From these ingredients, the website collects recipes that you can make from only those ingredients, which saves you a trip to the supermarket. Nobody loves grocery shopping anyway, right? Even when you have absolutely nothing edible lying around in your house, MyFridgeFood is still a fun website to play with in order to gain some inspiration, for your next dinner party perhaps. With MyFridgeFood, you can save money by cooking food with the ingredients you already have. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you reduce your waste by using MyFridgeFood or in another way, it is important that we tackle the food wastage problems that the world is facing.
By Fabiënne Vuijk
Celebrating Summer .............. ..........
Celebrating with each other
On June 13th, the big day for us third-year IBCoM students was finally there: thesis day. The final day to run around like crazy, making some final adjustments to the 40 (or 50, or 60) page thesis, hysterically messaging fellow classmates with final questions and, ultimately, printing the whole thing and handing it over to the nice lady at the copyshop. It was with great pride that we both walked out of Polak with three copies of our theses; a project that cost us a great deal of stress, time, energy and, admittedly, some tears.
Like every year, the faculty organised thesis drinks for third-year students after they handed in their masterpieces. It started at 16.00 and some students already started downing free beers at 16.05 as a sign of relief and happiness, while others walked in at 17.15, having just handed in their theses five minutes before the actual deadlines. The atmosphere was great and very â€˜IBCoMmyâ€™, even though a lot of students still had to get themselves together to study for their final exams. There was obviously a lot of relief among the third-years and, even though some werenâ€™t done quite yet, we all enjoyed a cold beer, a glass of white wine and some great snacks. Congratulations, class of 2017, we (almost) made it! Prepare for graduation on October, 5th!
Celebrating with cocktails (or mocktails) for example. Or when you’ve had one hell of a year running the IBCoMagazine. We could toast for both occasions in the second week of June. So we hit the Albert Heijn to get all the ingredients we needed for our own celebratory cocktails. For all of you out there who have something special to celebrate, whether that is graduating, finishing your internship, or surviving your first year of IBCoM, we’ve got you covered!
Cocktail: Vodka Sunset Summer is a time for celebrating the good things in life. Nice weather, the chance to reunite with friends and family, and not to forget: the end of another long year of studying. As students, we usually make do with budget-friendly beer and wine, but sometimes… those are just not quite festive enough. When you submit your thesis,
What you need: • Crushed ice • 1 part squash syrup • 3 parts vodka • 8 parts orange juice • Orange slice for decoration
Pro tip: don’t have crushed ice? Wrap ice cubes in a towel and smash them with a hammer. Let out that exam frustration! (Be careful with your sink though)
Mocktail: Virgin Mojito
What you need (1 glass): • Crushed ice • 0.25L tonic • Juice of ½ lime (save 1 slice for decoration!) • 1 sprig of mint • 1 tablespoon of cane sugar Pro tip: feeling lazy after all those papers? Replace the tonic and cane sugar with Seven Up Mojito. Don’t tell anyone!
For all of us, Reyhaan, Sophie and Yanniek, our time as editors of the IBCoMagazine has come to an end. It’s been a blast and an honour to produce a magazine so many people in the IBCoMmunity can look forward to every term, but now it’s time to pass the baton. Cheers, to all the good things ahead, for us and for the magazine!
By Yanniek van Dooren and Sophie Defaix
Yanniek van Dooren
Anaelle Do Rego
“Thank you for reading!” - The IBCoMagazine Team