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    Surinamese cuisine

    by pecsihornet Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    In Amsterdam you can find several Surinamese restaurants as Suriname was Dutch colony in the Carribbean. The Surinamese cuisine is very special and it is characterised by its spices and simplicity. One of the most popular dishes is pom, a casserole of chicken and vegetables covered with a puree of tajer. Another dish is roti, a mixture of vegetables and chicken or meat served with a hearty pancake. You eat this without cutlery by using pancake pieces to scoop up the food.
    You can find cheap and great Surinamese restaurants in the Cuypmarkt.

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    The remarkable cityweapon of Amsterdam

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 20, 2003

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    Amsterdam has a weapon that you can't miss when walking through our capitol. It is everywhere and shows that the inhabitants are - even on a too high level - proud of their town. The red shield with three white (Andreas) crosses has many explanations. In medieval time it was said that the three crosses, crossed away the three worst disasters that the town could be hit by: plagues, fires and floading. Now-a-days there are even those who bring the XXX signs in connection with the red-light-district (-:

    Can't miss it: the weapon of Amsterdam city

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    enjoying life!

    by excitableone Written Dec 5, 2002

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    behind that straight faced glare on the women about to run you down on her bike is a very happy person, the dutch are very social people, never in my life have i seen so many people on cell phones while riding a bike and talking to the person on the back of the bike..he he he for real you will see this on a daily basis. the dutch also seem to be very goal oriented people, they just wanna get to point a to point b without any distractions or tourists getting in the way. i must say that americans could never handle the streets in amsterdam, we don't have the patience or ability to deal with trams, bikes, pedestrians, busses, and those funny little mini cars. i fell in love with the dutch way of life! i can handle all it has to offer.

    the daily grind amsterdam style

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    The Sultan Gallery - Amsterdam

    by Hot_Fudge Updated Dec 13, 2005

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    The Sultan Art Gallery
    Brouwersgracht 224
    1013 HE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    The Sultan Art Gallery specialises in nude and erotic art of all styles and flavours. Please take your time to visit their website and discover what The Sultan has to offer. Only part of their collection - which changes almost weekly - can be found here. So when you have the opportunity, please visit the gallery at Brouwersgracht 224 in Amsterdam. Almost weekly The Sultan?s collection expands with the work of new artists.

    Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday - 2:00pm-8:00pm
    Contact the Gallery for a list of Artists represented and/or shown
    anna@thesultan.nl

    The Sultan Gallery - Amsterdam
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    TALK ABOUT CONFLICTING MESSAGES

    by DAO Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    The authorities in Amsterdam need to makeup their minds. I have walked around the Red Light District a hundred times. What do I see? Get your He-Man videos here. Then there are gay men escorts. Also gay bars with mostly men dating men. On top of that are prostitutes who are women on top and all man on the bottom and even ‘shake their thing’ at you as you walk by. Then you see this sign in the street.

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    Listen to your mother

    by Pounder73 Written Jan 23, 2003

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    as mentioned before: With such a densely populated city, what I picked up on, from a cultural standpoint, is the locals are very big on respect of others and cleanliness. Too many visitors come in to get trashed, and that is how they leave the place. Simple things, like cleaning up after yourself, and when leaving a coffee shop, if the door is closed, then close it behind you. Sounds simple, but depending on you state of mind, it can easily be forgotten. This will also help you when you return to your favorite spots, because the employees, will probably remember you if you were a fool.

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    Two Euros on the tram will save tons of groceries

    by bartmcgee Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    When we first arrived in Amsterdam in Rembrantplein (staying in the Schiller hotel for two weeks...another tip on that one to follow..) we found a HEMA food store and besides it was an OKTOGO store where we got our groceries and brought them back to the hotel.
    We found everything to be a bit pricey but it was convienient and we just thought maybe it was hiked up a few cents or so...

    After we moved out of centraal area and into an urban area we went shopping at the local 'DIRK' supermarket only to find that little salad we bought in Rembrantplein for £3 eUROS was £1 euro here...what a difference in everything!!!! Take my word for it , its worth spending 2 euros 60 cents to go outside the Centraal area to grocery shop...you'll save hundreds over a two week period.

    Dirk is a mid range grocery store open usually till 10 pm, the food is good quality and plenty of specials you can even pick up items like BBQ briquttes for the park and such. OKTOGO is a limited express store that imo , is a complete rip off that doesnt get you into a heart of the Dutch cuisine which I find to be one of the best in the world.

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    Chinese food in Uitgeest! OoOoh what a treat! :)

    by deb.workman Written Apr 5, 2010

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    The Dutch family that I stayed with ordered a bit of everything when we requested Chinese food for dinner. To begin the meal, everyone had a spring roll. In the States, spring rolls are roughly the length of a pen (about 4”) and about an inch in diameter. In Amsterdam, the spring roll is about 7” long and about three inches round. Filled with fresh cabbage and veggies, the roll on its own was quite filling! I was nearly full after eating just that.

    The table was covered with containers of food: pork with a sweet sauce, chicken with veggies and noodles, egg dish with chicken and vegetables, sticky rice, and rice with vegetables. All of which was amazing! The food, in comparison to the US, is more fresh and less greasy. Even the spring roll didn’t show any signs of greasy texture on the outside. Each dish was fantastic and was average in pricing. J

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    Be Prepared for the unexpected.

    by stevemt Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    When in Amsterdam, I decided 1 free night to go to an Organ concert given at Niewer Kirk

    They have 2 organs there, 1 a small one in a trancept, and the main one in the body of the church.

    The concert started with the chamber organ and then moved to the bigger organ, with the audience moving seats.

    The concert was superb, but so was the audience, which included about 1 dozen men in full leather gear (and I mean full, nothing was left to the imagination,) obviously going to the local leather bar after the concert.

    The locals in the audience obviously had seen this before, but for any visitors it was a bit unusual to say the least. At least it was great to see that the mix of people in amsterdam is very well tolerated.

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    Gevulde koeken

    by Bigjones Written Nov 25, 2004

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    The Netherlands are a paradise for pastry's lovers ;-) My favourite one is the so-called "gevulde koeken" made with almonds. Echt lekker !! Now also available in Belgium (and elsewhere ?) in every Hema-shop ;-)

    Gevulde koeken

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    Tulip a gift from Turkey

    by traveloturc Written Aug 3, 2006

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    The tulip, introduced to Europe in the middle of the 16th century, experienced a strong growth in popularity in Netherlands boosted by competition between members of the upper classes for possession of the rarest tulips. Competition escalated until prices reached unsustainable levels.Tulip cultivation in the Netherlands is thought to have started in 1593, when Charles de L'Ecluse first bred tulips sent to him from Turkey by Ogier de Busbecq. The flower rapidly became a luxury item and a status symbol. Special breeds were given exotic names or named after Dutch naval admirals. In 1623, a single bulb of a famous tulip variety could cost as much as a thousand Dutch florins (the average yearly income at the time was 150 florins). Tulips were also exchanged for land, valuable livestock, and houses. Allegedly, a good trader could earn sixty thousand florins a month.By 1635, a sale of 40 bulbs for 100,000 florins was recorded. By way of comparison, a ton of butter cost around 100 florins and "eight fat swine" 240 florins. A record was the sale of the most famous bulb, the Semper Augustus, for 6,000 florins in Haarlem.
    In England in 1800, it was common to pay fifteen guineas for a single tulip bulb. This sum would have kept a labourer and his family in food, clothes and lodging for six months.

    tulips in netherland Tulips from Turkey tulips in netherland

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    For those who go to A'dam in wintertime

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 20, 2003

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    Amsterdam, and Holland in general, does not have the greatest climat on earth. The seaclimat takes care of cool summers and not that cold winters. In the winterdays rain falls regularly and the nights are long. Now, don't immediately cancel your trip to our capitol as the amount and variety of indoor entertainment is huge here. From museums to nighlife, one will find everything that one dreams off. And in December, Amsterdam lits a million lights to make the nights less dark. This gives a fairytale-like scenery, when bridges are wonderfully lined out with little lamps.

    When the lights go on in December

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    Laundries

    by goodfish Updated Sep 10, 2012

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    Packing light usually means doing some laundry on trips longer than a week. The nice folks at our hotel directed us to a self-serve launderette just a few blocks away and a nice trundle with our bag of grubbies across the famous skinny bridge. The attendant there didn't speak much for English but cheerfully sign-languaged us through the routine and we trudged back across the bridge a little over an hour later with clean togs for another week.

    This one had GREAT dryers: everything but the heaviest stuff was practically dry in one cycle.

    If you're staying at or near the Bridge Hotel, this is the place we used:

    Bejo Wasserette
    Kerkstraat 375
    1017 HW  AMSTERDAM
    tel.  020-6239375

    A list of other laundries, both self-serve and done-for-you, can be found here or ask at your hotel.

    http://www.allesinamsterdam.nl/item/10/1057/ia1057_nk.html

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    Moving

    by isolina_it Written Feb 5, 2004

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    As buildings and apartments are usually narrow and there is usually no lift, moving implies taking all your furniture out of the window. (This is why many buildings have hooks positioned just under the roofs).
    Nice job eh?

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    Dutch Treat

    by isolina_it Updated Apr 4, 2003

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    Perhaps it's just their infamous thriftiness or a rationing behavior left over from the war days, but the Dutch are not known for their generosity when it comes to food. Sandwiches usually have just a couple of ingredients like thinly sliced cheese and butter, and not much of either. Dutch bars serve the smallest beers in Europe, usually 6 to 8 ounces. Then there's the cookie thing. There's a legend that the Dutch only offer their guests ONE cookie with their very good strong coffee. Then they take the cookies away. I can confirm this is the case as the Dutch do serve a single cookie with coffee (don't bother to ask for a second), even in restaurants. Then there's that coffee. Just like many other European countries, it's served in espresso cups. You can get it with steamed milk and the cup will be slightly larger. Then there's the movie theaters. If you've ever had to stand on line to buy tickets in Holland you've probably wondered why it takes soooo long for the line to move. I was curious too, so I watched what was happening. And the Dutch theaters sometimes have several different prices for seats depending on the location or type of seat. (sometimes you can get served champagne with your movie!). So there is more to choose from. However, not only is it rare for the Dutch to treat their friends, but they seem reluctant to give others money to buy the tickets. This is the origin of the phrase 'Dutch Treat'. In addition after each purchase, the Dutch must count their change and the remaining coins in their purse. And so wait we must! Despite their tightwad ways, the Dutch are very generous when it comes to donating to charity or worthy causes. But it must be a cause they really believe in.

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Queensday and Sinterklaas are typical Dutch events that locals celebrated and you are invited to join. A local Amsterdam event is the Gay Parade. And we ride bicycles, eat herring and speak Dutch...
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