When in Europe, eat everything! Part II: Amsterdam
That’s how you say “cheers” in Dutch, as Ian our incredible tour guide told us while we had seven (yes, SEVEN) beers at the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam last week.
I would be remiss if I did not vouch for how beautiful and charming of a city Amsterdam is. Of course there’s the taboo “coffeeshops” and the Red Light District, but if I’m honest, the food was really spot on and I loved everything we ate during our time in ‘Dam.
*P.S.: I had fries every day in Amsterdam. No shame.*
- Loetje Restaurant: This spot was literally right outside of Amsterdam Centraal station and of course we got lost finding it. We were so hungry!! After finally stumbling in (and passing it twice…) we sat at the bar: Troy ordered his Heineken and I ordered my champs (shocker, I know). We sat and ordered the infamous Bitterballen (fried balls of some sort of bechamel sauce with beef in them), Kaasstengels (fried cheese sticks), and burgers with frites in a MAYO. DIPPING. SAUCE. Let me repeat for those in the back…MAYO DIPPING SAUCE.
- De Foodhallen: This is incredibly similar to Dekalb Market Hall or Smorgasburg (only indoors). So many local and delicious vendors rent space to showcase their foods in the south of Amsterdam. We figured why not, we love food and love walking so let’s combine the two and venture about an hour from the Anne Frank House to eat some food… YASSS. *pictured in order: Shanghai dumplings, pulled pork sandwich on sourdough with slaw, “Fresh and Funky Dog” with tzatziki sauce and relish, chicken kebab pita with the fixings.
- Mook Pancakes: We were in need of some sweet and blog-worthy pancakes (or waffles) and research brought us here. We LOVED our pancakes. Three large stacks of buttermilk pancakes with banana/chocolate/PB and the other (mine) with grated coconut/banana/strawberries/blueberries. I had to be like the cool kids and get a fresh pressed ginger shot (which nearly killed me) and a cappuccino. So yum!
- Heineken Experience: Now, this did not involve food but it was one of the highlights of our Eurotrip. We opted for the VIP tour (#ballin) and got a private tasting in a private bar. It was unreal. We learned the history of the beer, the production, how secretive their “A” yeast is, and that really fresh, cold Heineken actually tastes good. Planning a trip to Amsterdam? You must go here.
Stay tuned for Eurotrip Part III: London…where our AirBnB was a hot mess and we ate at three (yep, three) different food markets!