Summertime Snacking!

Summertime Snacking


The sun is blazing,

Slowly your skin is bronzing,

What food looks amazing?

Let me help you!


Now that the sun is out, everyone seems to be out! Being indoors to cook food doesn’t always seem so pleasing when you also want to be outdoors enjoying the sun. So what yummy alternatives are there to grab and go here in Utrecht?

Italian Sandwich Huts!

Do you have lessons on Janskerkhofand wonder which hut to choose to buy a sandwich in-between your lessons? Or have you simply cycled past and noticed two huts standing in the square with outdoor seating and ever wonder what there was to offer? Well, don’t wonder anymore! They both offer Italian themed food, especially sandwiches. Do you fancy calzone, pastie, pizza, or a homemade sandwich? These dedicated sandwich artists wake up at 4am (as was informed) to begin baking the bread and pastries in order to bring you the best quality sandwich eating you could ever imagine! And just look at the size of them!

Right Hut – Described to have ‘true Italian’ ingredients as told by Italian sources. Dutch + Italian preference.


Left Hut – Described to be fuller with various ingredients and variety. International preference (you will hear them chant Italiaanse Broodjes from their homes – they will come in herds).



So which will you prefer? There is a silent war between the two, yet, overall they both provide food at a similar price and just as excellent quality.

Noodles – Eazie

Are you at the Neude and cannot be bothered to walk towards Janskershof for an Italian sandwich? Why not try Eazie, where you can create a box of your preference filled with a pick-and-mix choice of healthy goods? On the board above the staffs head you are guided on how to fill these snack boxes – rice or noodle – thin or thick – and how many veggies or meat you would prefer. Within 5 minutes, boom, your beautifully crafted and well thought out concoction of healthy goodies in your box and ready to go. Eazie – aye? Get it… easy… haha.. No? Ok. How about if I tell you ESN have a deal with Eazie! So bring your ESN card! Here is a photo of a small choice!


Sweet choice

So, you have made your own sandwich or noodle/pasta at home or went to Jumbo/Plus/AH for snacks, but you want something cold? Well, there are many options for you! Of course, look out for Mr Icecream Bike man. He will most likely come and find you if you are in a very populated destination.


Of course, if you are in Utrecht town you can find the ice-cream shops and stationary vans where you can get your cold goodies. These are dotted around everywhere, especially around the Dom area where you can get a Frozen Yoghurt, or a Fro Yo if you’re hip and down with the kids. Here is an example of a small Fro Yo located next to the Dom Tower neatly placed in a cute traditionally Dutch designed cup. This is small, the larger options did not come in this cute cup.  


Before you leave Utrecht, as an international that is, you should definitely try each of these above. The guy on the bike selling ice-cream will see your desperate eyes and want for ice-cream. Once one person greets him, suddenly a group of people will come and more and more!

Keep cool over summer, hydrated and fed during those study breaks! There are snacks and food for all

Happy studying!


Behind the scenes – spring covershoot

It’s the 6th of March. We are lucky because spring is in the air! We chose a perfect day: a blue sky with a few clouds, a beautiful garden with lovely purple flowers and the sun that shone regularly. We are shooting our new cover for the spring edition of the ABROAD magazine! The shoot is located in ‘De Oude Hortus’, the garden in the University Museum. From 1723 till 1920 it was the Botanic Garden of the University of Utrecht. The garden is located through the Lange Nieuwstraat and the Nieuwegracht.

Our team of today consists of 4 of our JoCo members and two models. The models arrive exactly on time at the location and we start casually with a coffee to discuss our plans. Today we’re working with Anshul and Elvira, two internationals that are studying in Utrecht. It’s amazing how these two have appeared as thought they areas professional models. A big thanks to the both of you!

Trough a photo diary we would like to give you an inclination of this great day!

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Before our models have arrived Maaike and Evelijn have been searching for the perfect spots for our shoot. Aren’t these spots looking amazing??

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Inside or outside?                              This doesn’t look really Dutch!

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Strike a pose Evelijn!

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Ready to take off!                               Okay not yet… 😉

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First location!

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Our second location! It is amazing to see how comfortable our models are together. Posing if they do this every day  🙂

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Single shoot of the models

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Third location, such a spring feeling right?!

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Annalise is working on the final picture!

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Amazing reflection effect in the water

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The team of the spring covershoot!

We still need to find models for our last ABROAD of the year! Do you enjoy posing for the camera and do you want to help us out? If that’s a yes come and send us an email. @ 🙂

The best outdoor study spots in Utrecht

The weather has finally taken a turn for the better and after all the rainy, grey days it’s finally sunny and wonderfully warm! In this kind of weather, even the biggest of couch potatoes have a newly found desire to be outdoors and soak up the sun. However, it’s prime exam time, and the thought of doing nothing besides having a picnic with your friends fills you with a sense of joy and revision anxiety, all at the same time. So what should you do? The JoCo team comes to the rescue and recommends you the best places to study while still being in the fresh air!


This wonderful spot hallway between the city centre and the Uithof is a haven for those wanting to escape the nerve-racking closed spaces of the library. There’s a huge grass-covered area where you can lay down on your favourite blanket with some snacks and focus on your studies. Also, there’s a great ice cream stand nearby in case you get hungry 😉 Caution: if the weather is extra nice, the park can get overcrowded with students playing football and young families!

Botanische Tuinen (The Botanic Garden)

If you have many classes on the Uithof campus, spending another minute there might feel like punishment. That shouldn’t be the case when you think of the Botanic Garden filled with rare species and plenty of quiet corners to get away from everyone. If you’re a student or an employee at Utrecht University, entry is completely free of charge and you can stay till 4.30 pm to make the most of your afternoon. And since the garden officially belongs to university, you have eduroam WiFi that you can use to do research online!

Park Bloeyendael

Located near Rijnsweerd-Noord, this natural park is a short cycle away from the centre of Utrecht. It’s a nice little variation from your everyday learning spots since, instead of neatly trimmed lawns and designated picnic areas, you can find wildflower meadows, a water lily pond and a varied flora and fauna here. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, this is an excellent spot for some alone-time. Just be careful to remain focused on your studies: the numerous hiking trails and the local botanical garden will lure you into leaving your books and discovering nature instead!


Griftpark is the favourite of many students. Located North of the centre near the Tuirndorp West complex (where plenty of students live), it is easily accessible by bike or by bus, or even on foot! This modern park is the right choice if you’re still undecided about the course of your day: you can read while you sunbathe, play basketball, skate or simply admire different forms of urban wildlife, all in one place! If you start feeling hungry, there’s a stylish restaurant with a fascinating summer terrace right at the heart of the park. Don’t worry, there are also hidden spots in the garden where you can focus on your studies; it’s nice to know that you can take a break and do so many activities though!

Anywhere along the Singel

Yes, Utrecht is indeed famous for its charming canals and its surroundings, but there’s no other canal like the Stadsbuitengracht. This lovely body of water surrounds the old city centre and is accompanied by green areas all along. You can find cute parks like Park Lepelenburg or Park Sonnenborgh along the canal, but even without designated park areas there are plenty of benches for some revision in the sun. And if you get fed up with studies, you can just stroll along the water for a few minutes, take a couple of deep breaths and settle down at some other point near the canal.


Hopefully, this list helps you choose a place of study so that you don’t have to lock yourself in your room for the whole exam period. And if you’re done with revision, it’s time to get together with your friends and enjoy the weather together while barbequing or picnicking at one of these great locations! Share YOUR favourite outdoor spots with us in a comment!

Utrecht’s hidden gems ~ Kanaalstraat

A new city means finding new interesting spots, doesn’t it? In this second blog about Utrecht’s hidden gems I’ll take you to one of the messiest yet most colourful streets of Utrecht. It’s located in Lombok, close by the central station and not even 10 minutes by bike from the city centre. When you first set foot in this street, you may first a bit overwhelmed because of the harmonious rush. You will get used to it, trust me!

The street I would like to mention is the Kanaalstraat.  The first characterization of Lombok is the huge mosque.  Generally speaking, what is it that makes this street so special? For me, it breathes culture and many food traditions. This street offers a range of shops where you can buy your fresh veggies and fruits. The prices are absolutely amazing in these shops compared to the prices in the nearby supermarket. 

Many Moroccan and Turkish greengrocers have taken up place in the retail to start their own little shop. The shops are crammed with hundreds of jars of dried herbs; full buckets with olives and cheese, dried fruits, salted and unsalted nuts, fresh herbs and shelves full of fruit and vegetables. Some you might have never seen before! As a regular visitor of this street, I have found my favourite shops I would love to introduce to you! In these shops I can rely on product quality and their assortment.

Bendi Food Center, N50

Besides super cheap vegetables, fruits, olives, herbs you can buy in this supermarket a lot of main products as bread, rice, and pickled products.

Morty’s, N57

This cute little shop sells cheese and local delicacies like whine, fresh baked bread, flour, vegetable milk and all are biological!

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Güven Market, N73

This greengrocer is by far my favourite. It offers many different vegetables for a really low price. Here they also sell great fresh goats and feta cheese and a large stock of nuts.

Beanery Aarti, N75

At this beanery you can try a great taste of the Surinam kitchen! Try a Roti, Masoesa, Nasi/Bami or if you like fish the Bakkeljouw! Take away or sit in.

Organic Greengrocer, N82

This shop/greengrocer offers many biological veggies but I’m mainly going here for the wall full of nuts, dried fruits and seeds that you can put by yourself.


Yunak Lunchroom, N84

I mainly come here for the delicious Kumpir: a steamed potato filled with cheese, fresh lettuce and vegetables. If you sit in you can order tea in a traditional Moroccan tea pot.  

Bereket Kidapazari, N89

This shop offers mainly the same products as the Güven Market but at times offers a better promotional deal.

Good Food Club, N159

This is a eat and cooking club in the centre of Lombok. Food fanatics and chefs from many different cultures in our neighbourhood are cooking together with vegetables and spices from the shops in the Kanaalstraat.

Kopi_Susu.jpgKopi Susu, N193

This place is a meeting place for local residents of Utrecht West. Arguably, this is the best social cultural day café in Lombok. In this cosy café they offer additional cultural and social programs and twice a month exhibitions. They also offer a GPS route through the Lombok district, which tells you more about some historical sites and the origin of the street.

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Utrecht’s hidden gems ~ Voorstraat

A new city means finding new interesting spots, doesn’t it? At least that’s the thought I had when I was abroad. In this new rubric I’m welcoming you to Utrecht’s hidden gems, which are not visible if you don’t know the city that well. Started by one of my favourite streets: The Voorstraat.

I love the designer shops like Puha and Klijs&Boon, hanging around for too long in Plato, secretly buying woollen sweaters by Sussies, drinking perfect coffee by The Villages, and ending with a delicious and cheap diner at Gys.

Klijs&Boon, N44

In the past few years you might build up a nice collection of beautiful clothing, selected carefully and hopefully worn with love. Some pieces might have been bought for a special occasion or have been replaced by a newer piece and now hanging in your closet for no one to see or wear. Klijs&Boon would like to see those pieces be we worn and adored again. With your input they organize a clothing revival together. Herefore you need to select the garments you no longer wear but are still in great shape and return them to Klijs&Boon. Together they decide the right price and ask you to write a small personal message to the new future owner. When your item(s) are sold you will receive a voucher to reinvest in a new piece!

The-Village-coffee1.jpgThe Village, N46

In this old house, created in 2011 with the unique concept of bringing great coffee and music together, your day starts ultimate chill. Grab a newspaper and relax in the sofa with a great view over the street.  The idea of coffee and music arise with the live in stores of different bands the founders appreciate. The café is still inspired by a range of photos from rock and roll to spherical songwriters.

Puha, N48

Fan of young, unknown designers and always into searching for pieces not everyone has in their closet? Then you’re at Puha at the right place! A few years ago a group of creative people started this shop with the thought  to give a stage to talented people in Utrecht. The shops provides a various collection of silk blouses, fine linen dresses and many other beautiful jewels by starting designers.

nl_NL_300742_full.jpgSussies, N50

Personally, I’m a big lover of vintage clothing. Besides the fact you mostly find one-piece items you also support the sustainable economy. This shop offers vintage clothing for both men and women. The collection exists from 80’s printed blouses, cowboy boots, trendy raincoats to timeless lace-up boots and Japanese kimonos. Chances are you’ll end up with something really unusual.

Gys, N77

Healthy food usually cost more time. Gys will change this problem. Food and drinks are prepared with love and the dishes are mainly created out of local products. In addition, many of these dishes are vegetarian or vegan. Sustainability is important to us, both in the interior and in our business model.kaartje de voorstraat.jpg

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