Rotterdam; some years ago locals called it the most beautiful, ugly city of the Netherlands. Now, years later, most of them call it just the most beautiful city. Personally I agree but in this time of the year you might find it hard to see that. Days are short, there’s always a head wind and heavy showers can occur any minute of the day. Now most of the leaves have been blown away due to the last autumn storm it’s just empty trees, concrete and grey skies.
This all sounds a bit dramatic but it’s absolutely no reason to stick to your tv watching your favourite series. Get out and get into one of those lovely spots around the city. A while ago while cycling back home after a nice dinner at Tosca (check the Tosca article) I noticed a small cosy restaurant called SPECK. The spot was closed already but a peek through the window was enough to make me realise I had to come back another time. A bunch of small wooden tables, some stuff on the shelves on the wall and the most interesting piece in the back, a huge stone oven. A little voice in my head told me ‘this must be good’.
SPECK serves a small menu with different kinds of dishes, of course, from the oven. There is pizza and meat but the stew will warm you up from top to bottom after your ride through the rain and wind.