Travel Quote Tuesday | Clifton Paul Fadiman

We’ve all come across those holiday makers who complain that the food, the service and endless other things are not like they are at home, inferring of course that they are not as good.

For me, one of the key joys of travel is to discover all the myriad ways that everyday life is different to how it is at home. I love using public transport, visiting supermarkets, taking a cookery class with a local, visiting a local place of worship, and just walking the streets among the people of that place.

This quote is from Clifton Fadiman, an American writer, editor, television and radio personality best known for his radio quiz show ‘Information Please’.

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Amsterdam is a wonderful destination for a city break, especially for those who love walking, bicycling or hopping on local trams.

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Augurken Sticks from Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, I did my best to search out as many local specialities as I could. Maatjes are meltingly soft, lightly soused herrings traditionally served with gherkins and chopped raw onion, with or without a soft white bread bun. I enjoyed mine from Vlaardingse Haringhandel at the Albert Cuyp Street Market, in business since 1916.

The sweet sharp pickled gherkins were so good I bought a jar (€2.50) to bring home.

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I’ve eaten most of them straight from the jar on their own but did have a few as a side to some barbeque-marinated and grilled pork belly slices.

Eating & Drinking in Amsterdam: Restaurants & Bars

Since our weekend in Amsterdam a couple of months ago, I’ve shared a comprehensive list of Amsterdam food specialities and my recommendations on where to find great coffee, cakes and snacks.

In this post, I want to share a few tips on restaurants and bars:

Getto (Burgers & Bar)
Brouwerij ‘t IJ (Brewery Bar)
Lab 111 (Bar Restaurant)
Cafe ‘t Arendsnest (Pub)
Cafe t’ Smalle (Pub Restaurant)



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Getto is a burger bar with bling. Describing itself as "an attitude-free zone, for gays, lesbians, bi, queers and straights", the space is both a restaurant and a drinks lounge and has more disco balls hanging from the ceiling than you’d find in a disco balls shop. All the burgers are named for drag queens who perform there, though our early evening visit meant we missed them.


The burgers are all priced between €12.50 and €12.90 and come with a portion of home made chips, a little salad and a pot of sauce and include such beauties as the Jennifer Hopelezz (melted cheddar cheese, bacon and guacamole), The Lady Bunny (bacon, sautéed mushrooms and gorgonzola sauce) and the Windy Mills (grilled chicken breast with warm goat cheese, bacon and honey, served with whole grain mustard).

The burgers were decent, but not stellar. The main let down was the patties themselves which I think must have been deep fried. They had a hard crust on the outside and were a little tough throughout, though the flavour was good. However, what won the day were the stonkingly good house chips, skin on and cooked till beautifully brown and crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside. The secondary fillings and sauces were also spot on.

By the time we left, a few more customers were finally arriving, and I’m sure this would be a great party spot for those with open minds and open wallets.

Warmoesstraat 51
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 pm to late.




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An obvious destination for beer lovers visiting Amsterdam but is it a worthwhile one?

The Brouwerij ‘t IJ is located in an old bath house, grain store and windmill, however it’s not as old as you might expect, founded less than 30 years ago in 1983. Today, the brewery still brews all its beer on location here, and visitors can enjoy scheduled tours, should they wish.

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The best way to sample their offerings is to start with a taster of five beers for €7.50. Pete really enjoyed these, and afterwards, a glass of the 6th beer on tap that day.

For me, a number of the beers had a distinctly urinal smell (and no, I wasn’t sitting too near the toilets) which I found off putting but everyone else seemed to enjoy them immensely, and of course, I’m not a big beer drinker.

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The bar also sells a range of snacks, including peanuts, eggs, cheese, salami and a specialist local raw beef sausage.

There’s also a neighbouring cafe called Langendijk which offers a more extensive food menu. I particularly enjoyed the meatballs I had there as we waited for the brewery bar to open.

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Long communal tables make for a friendly experience and we enjoyed chatting about Amsterdam food and drink to a local couple who visit the brewery regularly.

Opening hours mean this isn’t an option for a late night session, so best to visit during the afternoon and take advantage of the outside tables in good weather.

Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Funenkade 7, out east past the Scheepvartmuseum
Open: daily 3 pm to 8 pm



LAB 111

Lab 111 "media cafe" is located within the SMART Project Space. SPS is an cultural centre offering a continuously changing programme of exhibitions and events.

SMART opened in 1994, in a former Pathological Anatomical Laboratory located in a deprived urban neighbourhood not far from the city centre. The website talks of civic improvement, of providing high quality municipal service and creating a new cultural platform. As well as several galleries for the exhibition of art and events, it also provides 12 artists studios of which 6 are reserved for Dutch artists, and the rest for artists from abroad. Patrons, sponsors and an in-house team support the artists in developing, producing and realising their projects.

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But we didn’t go because we’d heard about the worthy arts centre. We went because I’d read good things about the food.

We walked from the tram stop deeper into a large housing estate. It was dark; at first there were no other people on the streets, then a group of teenage boys, loitering. When we failed to find our destination, we pulled into the lighted entrance hall of a block of flats to check our map and I started to feel conspicuous, nervous, even vulnerable. I had no reason to be – the boys weren’t showing any interest us, let alone doing anything to warrant my fear – but still, we swiftly decided on a direction to try next and quickened our pace.

Just I was about to curse myself and my plans to try something a bit different, and give up, Pete noticed a large red brick building and a tiny sign for Lab 111.

As we entered the main reception, it reminded me of a school. No one was about, the floors and walls had that low budget public building look to them. We followed signs and quickly found ourselves inside the bright, light space of Lab 111.

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Bizarrely, though I kind of liked it, the walls were covered in photographic print mimicking the stacked shelves of a supermarket. All around us were food, drink and household supplies, all with their shelf price labels

Tables and chairs were utilitarian, and not the most comfortable, but OK. Part of the space was given over to a stage area. During our visit it had extra tables set up on it, but it’s used regularly for live performances, we were told. As well as the more formal dining area, there was a large bar and a big green communal table underneath what looked like medical operating theatre lights. As I said, a strange place, but likable.

The review I’d found online suggested a more unusual menu than we were given, things like salt cod fritters with paprika ketchup and wakame seaweed. However, the most unusual thing on the menu was kangaroo and that’s common enough, these days. Still, there were plenty of appealing options.

Pete had the soup of the day (€6.50), a rich squash of some type. It was decent.

I went for the scallops with red and yellow beet carpaccio and lobster gravy (€9.75) which was generous and delicious. My three large scallops were plump and beautifully cooked, with caramelised surfaces and soft flesh. With them came the paper-thin slices of beetroot and a well dressed salad. A good dish.

For our mains, we both ordered the beef steak with potato gratin, mushrooms, beans and garlic gravy (€19.50). Plating was pretty sloppy, even given the casual nature of the place, but the cooking and flavours were good and the portion very generous. Both of us enjoyed it well enough.


The biggest disappointment was my dessert, a banana cream pie with dulce de leche (€7.50). It sounded like banoffee but had very little flavour and the layers of bread between the cream and banana were dry and tasteless, having not been soaked in anything for flavour or moisture.

Overall, our meal was good not great, but we really enjoyed it.

Within an hour of our arrival, the place was packed, and I’d imagine none of the other diners felt the slightest hesitation on walking to the restaurant. When we left, walking back along the same route, through the estate, across a canal bridge and back towards the busy main road and the tram stop, I chided myself for my irrational and judgemental reactions earlier. The estate might not be wealthy, but the properties were well looked after, and I had no reason to consider it any less safe than anywhere else we visited in the city.

Certainly, Lab 111 is not in a conventional location, nor easy to find for tourists like us, but it’s clearly popular with people who come from much farther than the small local neighbourhood for the food, the buzz and the art.

Lab 111
Arie Biemondstraat 111
Open daily from midday until 1 am (3 am on Fridays and Saturdays)




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Pete has already written about the wonderful Cafe ‘t Arendsnest which we visited twice during our visit, so much did we like it the first night.

To our surprise, most of the bars in Amsterdam serve Belgian beer. Not so Cafe ‘t Arendsnest which serves a huge array of only Dutch beers, claiming to have at least one representation from each of the country’s 50+ breweries. And better still, the bar has 30, yes 30 taps so there’s a superb selection on draft as well as the wide range of bottles.

‘t Arendsnest means The Eagle’s Nest and is also a pun on the name of owner Peter van der Arend, a Dutch beer enthusiast and expert.

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A huge blackboard lists all the draft beers (with ABV and prices provided) but you can also ask the "beerologists" for advice; the cafe is staffed by men and women who know and love their beer and are happy to help customers discover new favourites.

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For a proper meal you’ll need to go elsewhere but bar snacks include various Dutch cheeses, meatballs and nuts.

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There are non-beer drinks, for those who want them. I absolutely loved the Speculaas Liqueur by Zuidam, and their Amaretto was very good too. Pete enjoyed a wide range of the draft beers over the two nights.

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I should say a word about the look of the place too – all comforting wooden panels and polished brass, with enormous lights that look like something out of a ship.

It’s not a big place, with a long row of bar stools and just a few tables, but as the leery drinkers tend to head for the bars selling cheap lager and playing loud music, serious beer lovers should be able to find a corner to squeeze into.

Cafe ‘t Arendsnest
Herengracht 90, corner of Herenstraat
Open Friday 4 pm – 2 am, Saturday 2 pm – 2 am and Sunday 2 pm – midnight.




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Located on a pretty canal in the city centre, Cafe ‘t Smalle is a cafe pub restaurant located in a tiny space within a building originally built in 1780. Many of the beautiful vintage brass features date back to its origin as the Hoppe distillery, and there are old oak casks stacked above the bar, opulent chandeliers, lots of wood panelling and the most beautiful lead glass windows.


Unlike ‘t Arendsnest, ‘t Smalle doesn’t specialise in Dutch beer, and indeed much of the offering is Belgian/ international. Staff are friendly and prices are normal for Amsterdam.

The ground floor bar area is for drinks and bar snacks and the small restaurant dining room is located on a mezzanine up a narrow staircase at the back. In warmer weather, the tables outside are very popular.

Cafe ‘t Smalle
Egelantiersgracht 12
Open Sunday to Thursday 10 am – 1 am, Friday & Saturday 10 am – 2 am


Eurostar UK provided Kavey Eats with return train tickets to Amsterdam and the first night’s hotel reservation.

Eating in Amsterdam: Coffee, Cake & Snacks

Pete and I recently spent 48 hours in Amsterdam. Eschewing all the normal tourist attractions, we spent all our waking hours eating and drinking our way around the city.

I’ve already written about food specialities to look out for in Amsterdam.

In this post, I’ll share places we stopped for coffee, cakes and snacks during our visit.



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My Aunty’s Cake, as the name translates, may just be my dream cake shop. In the window is a display of crazy cakes, baubles and knick-knacks. Inside is an eccentric grotto of mismatched chairs and tables, many brightly painted or covered with vivid tablecloths, bright walls, multi-coloured lights and lots of random pictures and ornaments.

Along with our coffees, I ordered a slice of Swedish Princess Cake, described on the menu as “vanilla cake filled with a crème Suisse with light green marzipan“. It was absolutely fantastic, one of the lightest and loveliest cakes I’ve eaten, with a perfectly judged cream filling, a thin but tasty layer of green marzipan and visually beautiful too. Pete’s Chocolate Cake, described as “chocolate cake sprinkled with kirsch, a light sweetened cream filling, crème au beurre, chocolate royal icing” went down just as well.

Both cakes were €4.90 a slice and our lattes were €3.10 each.

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Located just around the corner from the Heineken brewery, on the way from the tram stop to Albert Cuyp Straat Market, this is a definite must visit for anyone who loves really good cake with a big dose of kitsch.

Taart van Mijn Tante
Ferdinand Bolstraat 10
Open daily from 10am – 6pm



Named for its address, Single 404 is a popular cafe, particularly with students from the nearby university. Like us, I imagine they are drawn to the filling, tasty and great value sandwiches, toasties and oven melts and the relaxed vibe.

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The space is small and always busy, though if it looks full at first glance, do check whether there are any free tables on the mezzanine level up the tiny stairs at the back. In warmer weather, the outdoor tables along the canal are a nice choice and the staff will come outside to take your order.

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We visited twice during our weekend in Amsterdam, so impressed were we on our first visit, and particularly enjoyed the enormous, freshly made oven melts. Unless you’re hungry, you might want to share one and order a slice of cake afterwards. All Oven Melts are priced at €6.25 each – choose white or brown bread, panini or bagel and then one of the delicious combinations such as “goat’s cheese with honey, pinenuts and thyme“, “brie with smoked chicken, guacamole, sundried tomatoes and Italian herbs” or “ham with cheese, fresh tomato, jalapenos, mustard-mayonnaise and chives“.

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Fresh smoothies and shakes, soft drinks, coffees, chai lattes and bottled beers are between €2.10 and €4.00.

Singel 404 is a great choice for brunch, lunch or an afternoon snack, especially for those looking for delicious options on a tight budget.

Singel 404
Open daily from 10:30am – 6pm.



We stumbled upon this recently opened coffee shop and bakery by accident and found it rather charming. The beautiful historic exterior leads into a quirky interior with a really home-made feel. The work counter has been made from old wooden pallets, as has some of the seating and light fittings include a row of colanders.

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The Last Crumb is an appropriate name, as the savoury and sweet baked goods on offer are so good that crumbs are surely all that will remain. From sandwiches and quiches to cakes, brownies, tarts and scones (served with home made lemon curd or jam), everything has an appealing home-styled look.

I believe everything is baked on site from organic ingredients, but do check that with staff if its important to you, as I may have misunderstood.

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There isn’t much seating, just one tiny table at the back with a couple of wrought iron chairs, and a few stools by the counter and next to a small shelf table, so I imagine most customers buy treats to takeaway.

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Sandwiches range from €3.50 to €5. Sweet treats are priced around €2 to €4.

De Laatste Kruimel
Langebrugsteeg 4
Open daily from 8am – 8pm.



This tiny space is a combination of brocante (bric-a-brac shop) and café, and I rather liked its cramped, quirky interior and all the random bits and bobs on display for sale – retro ’70s lamps and crockery, old comic books, vintage handbags, rock’n’roll memorabilia and even furniture.

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The menu is short, with a few sandwiches, a small selection of cakes and a brief drinks list, but is all you need for a relaxing pit stop. Drinks are €2 to €3, cakes are about €3.50.

Café Latei
Zeedijk 143
Open Mon to Wed: 8am – 6pm. Thu to Fri: 8am – 10pm. Sat: 9am – 10pm. Sun: 11am – 6pm.



Febo is the ultimate progression of cheap, mass-produced fast food and I can’t say I would recommend it for anything other than the novelty value. As soon as I mentioned our upcoming trip, this place was suggested by a number of food friends as an oddity we’d surely find amusing. We did!

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Staff and customer interaction is kept to a minimum; staff stock prepared food directly into glass-fronted vending machines; customers drop in their coins, make a selection, open the appropriate window and claim their chosen poison.

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As well as burgers, you can select local specialities such as bamiblok, frikadellen, kaassoufles and a variety of kroketten including beef, chicken and satay. Prices from €1.50 to €3.50.

Be warned, the food isn’t great, though Pete seemed keener on the kaassoufle than I was. Go only if you’re curious about these strange snack automats or are desperate for a quick and cheap alcohol soak!

Leidsestraat 94 (and other locations)
Open daily from 11.30am – 10pm



The market on Albert Cuyp Street was on our must-visit list for Amsterdam. Easy to get to by local tram, we stopped for breakfast at Taart van Mijn Tante before walking all the way down the length of the market and back up again.

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On sale is a glorious mix of fresh and prepared produce, flowers, tourist souvenirs, cheap clothing, make up and accessories. And what we came for – the street food stalls.

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The fresh produce in particular reflects the multicultural aspect of the neighbourhood, and I was mesmerised by cassava root, green mangoes,  haddock roe and other ingredients I’d be hard pushed to find at home. And the biggest grapes I’ve ever seen, I was so focused on taking a photo I didn’t notice the serious-faced bespectacled little boy behind them!

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A wide range of snacks are available, from Indonesian grilled meats (with or without satay sauce), hot fried fish and maatjes to stroopwafels and poffertjes. I’d also hoped to find a stall selling Surinamese food, which the area is also known for, but didn’t spot it on our visit.

Vlaardingse Haringhandel

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Herring from the North Sea has been a staple of the Dutch diet for centuries. Today, maatjes are a popular snack available from stands around the city. Maatje derives from the Dutch word for ‘virgin’, by the way and refers to the fact that the best herring is caught after the fish have gorged on food but before they’ve had a chance to reproduce.

Though most guides describe maatjes as raw herrings, in fact they are very lightly soused (preserved) in brine. The meltingly soft fish is usually served chopped into pieces, with diced raw onion and pickled gherkins, on a small paper tray (€2.50) or you can opt for broodje (€3) and the vendor will stuff the fish, onion and pickles into a soft bread roll.

Vlaardingse Haringhandel has been in business since 1916 and I can certainly vouch for the tastiness of their offering. The fish was almost silken in texture, with a fresh taste, strong but not overwhelming. The pickled gherkins were so good I bought a jar (€2.50) to bring home. And those raw onions may have been hell on my breath for the next few hours, but I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on them!


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Poffertjes are made to order, €2 for a portion of 10, €3 for 15 or €4 for 20.

Batter is poured into the specialist cast iron pan, with it’s deep round indentations. The stall holder knows just how long to leave them before flipping them over to cook the other side.

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They are served hot over a melting pat of butter, with icing (powdered) sugar sprinkled over the top.

Albert Cuypstraat Market
Albert Cuypstraat
Open Mon to Sat 9am – 5pm.


Next, I’ll be sharing our restaurant finds and some great places to enjoy a drink.


Eurostar UK provided Kavey Eats with return train tickets to Amsterdam and the first night’s hotel reservation.

Eating In Amsterdam: An A to Z of Food Specialities

There is much good eating to be found in Amsterdam, including a wide range of Dutch specialities and favourites that are well worth seeking out.


Apple pie, cake or tart is popular in the Netherlands, and in Amsterdam we often saw an enormous apple pie, under its protective glass dome, atop many a bar and cafe counter and on many restaurant menus.


This unusual recipe involves pressing noodles into a block shape, rolling the block in breadcrumbs and deep frying it. It is sometimes made in other shapes such as bamischijf (disc-shaped). This popular snack is usually accompanied by one of a large range of sauces; see Patat/ Friet, below, for an idea of the range.


Liquorice is one of the most famous and popular Dutch sweets and is available in a range of shapes and flavours. Zoute drop means ‘salty liquorice’, also known as salmiak (for the ammonium chloride in the recipe). Zoete drop means ‘sweet liquorice’ and flavours include mint, honey and laurel. English liquorice allsorts are known as Engelse (English) drop .


Sausage-shaped, but skinless, this minced-meat snack is are more like a burger in texture and taste, but is deep fried. Developed in the middle of the last century, it’s become one of the most popular snacks in the Netherlands. Most often served with curry ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise it’s also enjoyed with a combination of mayonnaise, curry ketchup and raw onion, in which case it’s called frikandel speciaal.


Meatballs are one of those universal dishes; so many cuisines have a version of these in one form or another. In the Netherlands they are often served plain or in a simple tomato sauce.

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Haagse Hopjes

Originating from The Hague in the 18th century, these coffee caramel cream sweets are individually wrapped in distinctive packaging.

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I love the name of ‘hot lightning’ for this simple dish of boiled potatoes and apples (a mix of sour and sweet) served with stroop (treacle syrup) and an optional scattering of bacon or ham. Variations include the addition or substitution of pears for apples and a thunder and lightning version in which ham and mustard are added.


Kaas is the Dutch for cheese. Traditional pubs often offer one or more Dutch cheeses on their bar snacks menu. As well as plain cheeses, versions with cumin, herbs and other spices added are also popular. You may find smoked cheeses too.

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This cheese snack, popular throughout the Netherlands consists of hot liquid cheese inside a deep fried bread crumbed casing.


Kroket/ Bitterbal

Another very typical Dutch snack, croquettes are most commonly filled with meat ragout, but other fillings are also popular. A great choice with a glass of beer. Kroketten are formed into a short sausage shape. A smaller, round version are known as bitterballen.


Herring from the North Sea has been a staple of the Dutch diet for centuries. Today, maatjes are a popular snack available from stands around the city. Maatje derives from the Dutch word for ‘virgin’, by the way and refers to the fact that the best herring is caught after the fish have gorged on food but before they’ve had a chance to reproduce.

Though most guides describe maatjes as raw herrings, in fact they are very lightly soused (preserved) in brine. The gills and part of the gullet are removed, to eliminate bitterness, but the liver and pancreas are left in place during the pickling, as the pancreatic enzymes they release are said to contribute to the flavour.

In days gone by, there was much excitement when the herring season started as the nieuwe haring (new herring) was particularly prized for its oil-rich flavour. These days, all herring must be frozen following the catch (to kill nematodes) which means the best fish is available all year round.

The meltingly soft fish is usually served chopped into pieces, with diced raw onion and pickled gherkins, on a small paper tray. For a more filling version, opt for broodje and the vendor will stuff the fish, onion and pickles into a soft bread roll.



Literally ‘oil balls’, oliebollen are Dutch doughnuts, traditionally made to celebrate New Year’s Eve and also popular at funfairs. They are also sold from street stalls, most commonly during winter. Sometimes dried fruits, pieces of apple or citrus zest are mixed into the dough.


Dutch pancakes are thinner than American or Scottish ones, but thicker than French crepes and are usually much larger, often up to a foot in diameter. Savoury pannenkoeken often have bacon, apples and cheese added. Plain or sweet ones are usually served with treacle syrup or icing (powdered) sugar.

Patat/ Friet

French fries are ubiquitous in Amsterdam and a very popular snack or quick meal. They are most often served with mayonnaise but you may also find them offered with curry ketchup, variations of mayonnaise such as garlic or curry, Indonesian-inspired sate peanut sauce, speciaal – a mix of mayonnaise, curry ketchup and chopped raw onion, samurai – mayonnaise mixed with sambal oelek (Indonesian chilli paste) or oorlog (‘war) – a (perhaps jarring, given the name) mix of mayonnaise, peanut sauce and raw onion, though it can also be a combination of other sauces and toppings on offer from that vendor.



These tiny fluffy pancakes made in specialist pans with shallow indentations into which the batter is poured. They are usually served hot with melting butter and icing (powdered) sugar and are enjoyed as a sweet snack or dessert.



Just as Indian food has become a national institution in Britain, given our country’s history in India, so Indonesian food is similarly prevalent in the Netherlands. Many Amsterdam restaurants offer the rijsttafel, which translates as ‘rice table’ and describes a meal in which tiny portions of many dishes are served together, along with rice.


Rookworst translates as ‘smoked sausage’, and is made from ground meat, spices and salt stuffed into a sausage casing and smoked. These days, smoke flavourings are sometimes used as a short cut. Rookworst is traditional served with stamppot.

Speculaas / Speculoos Paste

I love speculaas – delicious thin and crunchy spiced shortcrust biscuits, traditionally baked for St Nicholas’ Feast (December 5th) but nowadays available all year round. Often, the biscuits have a picture stamped onto the front before baking

A related delight is speculoos paste (note the French/ Flemish spelling variation), which you can buy in jars from grocery shops. The biggest brand making this seems to be Lotus but others, such as Vermeiren make it too. Thick and spreadable, I’m intending to enjoy the contents of my jar on toast, and maybe as a tasty cake filling.


Despite the Dutch name translating to ‘pork belly’ or ‘bacon’, spekkoek is actually a cake; another Indonesian dish which has become very popular in the Netherlands. The stripes of cake, built up layer by layer, resemble streaky pork belly bacon. The cake is very rich, containing lots of egg yolks, butter and sugar and is laborious to make. In Indonesian, the cake is known as sweet layer cake or thousand layer cake, and is enjoyed during special celebrations. In the Netherlands, it is often served as dessert in rijsttafel restaurants.


Stamppot means ‘mash pot’ and is a really comforting winter warmer of a dish made from mash potatoes with the addition of onion, bacon and one of a range of leafy green vegetables. Rookworst is often served on top.


Much thinner and denser than the light, fat waffles I’m more familiar with, these circular beauties are two thin layers of pressed batter with a treacle syrup filling which has a lovely caramel flavour. These lovely chewy snacks are enjoyed fresh from roadside stands but cold, ready made ones sell very well too.


Tompoes /Tompouce

Although tompoes means ‘tom cat’ or ‘tom puss’ the name actually derives from tompouce, as it’s still sometimes written, i.e. ‘Tom Thumb’. It refers to a traditional pastry made from two layers of puff pastry, a filling of sweet pastry cream and a smooth layer of pink icing on top. The colour varies only on and just before Queen’s Day, when it is orange instead of pink, to reflect the main colour of the Royal Standard.

Wilhelmina Pepermunt

These simple, crumbly peppermint sweets are named for a former queen and come with her likeness embossed on their surface. Available from sweet shops and kiosks, we were often given a couple with the bill at cafes and restaurants.



Coming soon, some specific cafe, restaurant and bar reviews from our trip.

With thanks to Liesbeth for proofing my content and to Eurostar for return train tickets to Amsterdam and the first night’s hotel stay.