Sunday, April 15, 2018

Eindhoven - Part II

I can be a bit of a creature of habit at times - mostly because I don't want to mess with perfection. My breakfast choice, selected by me from the buffet, was set for the week. A hard boiled egg, dried apples and apricots, a slice of tasty cheese, a little chocolate pain au chocolat, coffee, and the most amazing apple juice got me started each day at the hotel.
After a super productive day of festival planning, we had a choose your own adventure night with one of four dinner + activity combos. I picked dinner and embroidery. We walked into the restaurant, Usine, to this amazing floral arrangement.
I had the beetroot risotto with goat cheese croquettes, rocket salad, chioggia beet, and balsamic syrup. It was tasty! I had the vanilla crème brûlée for dessert, and although it wasn't overly photogenic, it was delicious.
After dinner, my group headed to the loft of the apartment building behind the restaurant where Desiree Hammen, an embroidery artist, lives. Desiree had a beautiful table set up for us -- full of thread, objects, embroidery hoops, and snacks. We each made our own free-hand embroidered piece, using a "found" object from a table. We then cut our fabric down to the shape of a leaf and sewed it to a large collage of leaves to be given to the festival director. (It wasn't finished until almost midnight, so I missed taking a photo of the final product. I was the first one done and skipped off to a bar to meet up with some other friends.)
After a long day, I usually opt for sleep, but I met up with some friends at a beer bar called Van Moll. I respect any bar that serves all the beers in the "correct" glasses and the house-brewed beer was unique. We had a nice time chatting and laughing at our own jokes until we headed back to the hotel. 

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