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January 25, 2006

Majikthise goes to Amsterdam

Exciting news: I was chosen for BlogAds/Holland.com's Bloggers in Amsterdam series.

I'm leaving on February 6 for a week. Other BIA bloggers include John Aravosis, Ezra Klein, Liza from Culturekitchen, Oliver Willis, and someone from TalkLeft. I don't know I'll overlap with any of them in Amsterdam. I have heard that the bloggers from OhlalaParis will be in town that week.

If anyone has any suggestions for fun things to do in Amsterdam, good guidebooks or websites, I'd love to hear them.

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Get thee to a Riistafel. The Dutch have no quisine worth mentioning unless you like smoked Flika. But their long stay in Batavia (Jakarta) made Indonesian cookery a mainstay in der Nederlands. And, f'chrissakes, wear something WARM. It is cold and damp there in winter. Drink drink. But Belgian beers, available everywhere in Amsterdam, are best (altho' I remain partial to Grolsch). The only phrase you will need is "Ik weel graak en penje bier hebben, alstublief." Take the river tour.

Proudly and prominently wear a Canada pin or a Canadian flag. (Hey... you're entitled). A bit of other stuff here.

go buy a Dutch Museum Card (museumkaart). It will get you in free to almost every (city/country run) museum in Amsterdam and is well worth the 30 something euros (won't get you into Anne Frank Huis, unfortunately). It's worth it if you go visit the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis, and one more place (I highly recommend all of those, btw).

Also, take a day trip to Den Haag. Tons of great art museums there. It's also a beautiful city.

Leiden is between the two and is smaller but dripping with culture. if you want somewhere warm, go visit the botanical gardens in Leiden -- they've got a tropical greenhouse. Anyway, this was the place tulips were first grown in the Netherlands.

enjoy your trip!

Have fun, Lindsay. Take lots of pictures.

Ronzoni: ''The Dutch have no quisine worth mentioning unless you like smoked Flika''

C'mon Ronzoni, that's not true.

Kale And Sausage (stamppot van Boerenkool met Worst):

http://search.yumyum.com/recipe.htm?ID=20082

Old Fashioned Dutch Farmer's 'Zuurkool Stamppot' (Stamped pot of Sauerkraut):


http://www.sauerkrautrecipes.com/recipe22160.shtml

Appeltaart (Dutch Apple Pudding):

http://www.nlplanet.com/recipes/index.php?id=8

Pea Soup with Celery (Erwtensoep met Selderij):

http://www.nlplanet.com/recipes/index.php?id=1

If you’re looking for a nice night out, make a reservation at Supper Club. It’s a very trendy spot, with a huge two-story dining room where you essentially relax on white beds as they serve you a great five-course meal. They have masseuses roaming the room, nice music playing, and when I was last there, the final scene from “2001: A Space Odyssey” projected on the back wall. (I may be biased in my opinions, though, since our waitress looked like a younger, hotter Heidi Klum and was wearing nothing but a black teddy.)

Other food: There's a Wagamama's noodle house (down by the Rembrandtsplein, I think), and tons of great cafes and bistros along the canals. And you'll find the pomme frites stands with 40+ sauces everywhere. A great late night snack.

Don't do anything near the train station (other than take a train). It's easily the shittiest part of town, populated with drugged out teens. Anything that's been recommended to you there you can find better/cheaper/cleaner somewhere else.

Get a bike and hit the park. (But look out for theives -- it's the only real crime there.) You can pretty much walk anywhere else.

SAP: you forget the unforgettable deep fried bami (noodle) cakes in breadcrumbs, from the FEBO hole in wall. Mmmmm, lekker. NOT.

Supperclub: full of wannabe hipster tourists.

Wagamama: crowded and chock-full of garden-variety tourists. An overpowering miasma of stale sesame oil. Not recommended.

Much better restaurants abound near the Albert Cuyp market.

I'll third the "an der Wildeman" recommendation. Lot's of good pubs there though (that serve simple foods, I think they are called "brown pub" or something like that). Ahh, belgian and dutch beers fresh on tap.Mmmmm

Definitely get a rijstafel, although make sure you get it along with a few others and that your tabel is large enough. All the different dishes take up an enormous amount of table space.

A very nice Thai restaurant is 'Bird' on de Zeedijk. This is one of the best Thai in the city, and not too expensive!

Avoid Leidseplein. Explore Nieuwmarkt.

Hund in de goot.

Congrats Sean...keep up your good work..I know you can do it..God bless..

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