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The Dutch do delightful dairy...
Favorite thing: The Dutch do delightful dairy products and superb sweet snacks, but traditional main course Dutch gastronomy gets a bit heavy and meaty. Thanks to the sizeable Indonesian, Chinese, Surinamese, Turkish and Italian communities there are plenty of spicy alternatives. Vegetarians are not terribly well catered for, but most restaurants will have at least one meat-free dish. The national fast food is frites (chips). If you ask for frites met (chips with), you'll get them with mayonnaise just like a real Dutchie. Kroketten (croquettes) and other hot lumps of meat are dispensed by vending machines, à la the Jetsons. Beer is the staple drink, served cool and with a head of froth so big it would start a brawl in an Australian pub. According to Heineken, this is to 'capture the flavour bubbles which would otherwise fly away' - yeah, right! Double and triple strength Belgian beers are very popular in the Netherlands - beware. Dutch gin (genever) is often drunk with a beer chaser; the combination is known as a kopstoot ('head butt').
Anyone who's worth their weight in bongwater knows that you can buy wacky tabacky in shops in the Netherlands. Marijuana is not officially legal, but you are able to buy grass, hash, loose joints, smoking paraphernalia and seeds in registered 'coffee shops'. Magic mushrooms are also available. This doesn't mean that every Dutch person is a pothead. On the contrary, only about 5% of the population indulge (less than in France where drug policy is much stricter), and it's definitely not on to light up on the street or a non-'smoking' establishment. There's no shortage of hard drugs around, but you're likely to be ripped off if buying from street dealers, and be warned that the penalties are as severe as in other European countries.
I really love the cafe...
I really love the cafe culture in Amsterdam, I like the choice, the atmosphere and although I am useless at remembering names and places, I had a 'wicked' time...We went to a cafe bar ish type place that had a funky band playing, the floor was sticky, the air was thick with smoke, it was noisy, there was alcohol and people...as you can see it was great, but some things can be too great....and you can over indulge....and you can do things to excess that you dont normally do, and some things are stronger than you are used to...and its easy to get pulled along with the flow of things when you are 18 and into experimenting...... anyway, take it easy I ended up having a serious panic attack, thought the wolves were coming to get me and I ended up in hospital...........ahh the joys of learning from experience ;-))
Remember Holland is as flat as...
Favorite thing: Remember Holland is as flat as a witches tit and if you go at the wrong time of year, we last went in October, it can be very cold and tourists a bit thin on the ground which is why i'm the only person outside this cafe (looks like a picture from Where's Waldo)In summer its great, very warm and colourful and still very laid back.
Anno Vleminckx Sausmeesters
Fondest memory: Without a doubt a not to be missed place whan visiting Amsterdam !!!
Located at Voetboogstraat 33 this is the world best chip house. Served in a cone shaped cup the chips are thin, fresh and taste delicious drenched in a selection of different sauces. Stand in the dimmly lit lane and eat with the masses of people that frequent the stall. Yuuuuummmmmmmooooo!!!!
Beautiful Dutch Chocolate
Favorite thing: Try the most beautiful Dutch Chocolate from Puccini.
This is hand made, fresh daily, chocolate in Desert, Milk and White with magnificent and different fillings. If you like chocolate, don't miss out on a chance to get some of this.
The shop is on Staalstraat at the corner of Ververstraat (quite near to the Waterloo Plein)
Have a few beers at the...
Favorite thing: Have a few beers at the Bierbrouweij 't Ij. The brewery is located inside a windmill on the river Ij and has excellent beers! If you go on a Friday try to get there before 4:00 for a tour! Note: the brewery is only open 3-8 pm daily AND closed on Monday.
If you're a beer drinker, you...
Favorite thing: If you're a beer drinker, you are definitely going to want to pick up some different bottles of beer at De Bierkoning(The Beer King). They have an enormous beer selection- 850 special beers and glasses according to their ad. Americans be warned, though. Everything is sold warm (except for one small cooler) and by the single bottle. I actually found this to be advantageous because I could sample several different brands and varieties. I stopped by several times on my vacation and took a few bottles home with me. The Belgium beers are the best! Located behind the palace- Paleisstraat 125
A fruit stall
Favorite thing: Even in the bleakest weather you are bound to find some bright spots. Here's a fruit stand which caught my eye.
Favorite thing: Chocolate sprinkles that are more commonly found on cakes. These are sprinkled on bread and butter as a favourite sandwich topping and come in a number of varieties. Also available in other flavours.
TAKE SOME SANDWICHES
Favorite thing: It isn't the best place in the world for food, so don't go with high expectations.
Fondest memory: Don't forget the Mars Bars.
Favorite thing: Restaurant Manolo,good spanisch restaurant where the serve a fantastic paella.
Fondest memory: A visit to the redlight district
Try some of the delicious...
Favorite thing: Try some of the delicious Indonesian and Surinaamese food in Amsterdam...
Fondest memory: Wondering around the redlight district (in the daytime)
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