Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What I ate in Amsterdam

Charlie and I just got back from a short trip to Amsterdam.  What a cool city.  Filled with canals, winding streets, and sparkling holiday lights - the city was a dream come true.  The food was ridiculously good.  Everything.  Amazing.

My number one must eat in Amsterdam was panakuken, or pancakes.  I actually made up a song about it.  The lyrics were just "panakuken" but to the tune of the French Canadian childrens song, "alloutte."  You can stop reading now.

Anyway, they serve savory pancakes (in addition to a plethora of sweet ones) which is my kind of city.

We ordered the ham and cheese one.  I can't really describe to you how delicious this was.  OMG drool face over here. It was chewy and cheesy and savory and salty and ohhhhh boy.  So good.  I'm going to try to figure out how to make it at home.  I have a few ideas.  Stay tuned.

We also ordered mini pancakes with butter and powdered sugar.  Um yes. 

This is sort of random, but we found a little Irish restaurant that served an amazing Irish breakfast as well as these spicy beef rolls.  They called them "little firecrackers" - basically a mini egg roll with beef and lots of spice.

I drank gluhwein all over the place.  It was 50 and chilly, so a cup of hot spiced wine outside on the square was just what I needed.  Like every 5 minutes.

I don't think Charlie and I have ever REALLY disagreed about food until now.  I have a fundamental issue with ordering fast food out of a vending machine.   He seemed to enjoy the process, however.

No, FEBO, no.

Ah, the french fries.  These were scrumdiddlyumtious.  Thick cut and fluffy.  We ordered them with mayo like the locals but couldn't do it.  Ketchup it was.

This is oliebol!  (O-lee-bowl).  They are just as much fun to eat as they are to pronounce.  These were served outside at little stands all over the city.  These just happened to be in a bakery.  They are little fried dough balls that they serve with powdered sugar.  Yes, I got the powdered sugar ALL over myself.

Needless to say, I could barely squeeze into my "fat jeans" on the trip home.  Totally worth it though.  Stay hungry!

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