Amsterdam Journals

The Wheels Go Around and Around in Amsterdam

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A September 2005 trip to Amsterdam by Mr. Wonka

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Tujuh Maret

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Tujuh Maret Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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There are few things that make this writer smile broader than Chauncey Billups throwing a cross-court alley-oop pass to Rasheed Wallace for the slam; plate after plate after plate of vegetarian goodness, however, comes damn close.I first experienced the pleasure of an Indonesian rijstafel—basically a ten- to fifteen-course meal, depending on where you go and how hungry you are—on my first visit to the ‘Dam. Little bowls of curried vegetables, spicy soy, coconut rice, and a variety of other palate-pleasing concoctions are the name of the rijstafel game, and Tujuh Maret certainly gets the green light to pass Go and collect $200.Located on Utrechtsestraat near th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Tujuh Maret
Utrechtsestraat 65-73
Amsterdam, Netherlands
020/427 9865

Pancake Bakery

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Pancake Bakery Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Imagine wandering into a dimly lit old warehouse off Prinsengracht canal, being gently serenaded by the soulful sounds of soft jazz music, then losing your calorie-minding sensibility in a round, flat pancake peppered with mounds of fresh pesto, gobs of melted mozzarella cheese, and crushed leaves of basil. Dutch pancakes just don’t get any better than Pancake Bakery pancakes.A thick sense of nostalgia engulfs you as you step down into the dim interior. The walls are adorned with vintage Dutch portraits, paintings, and photos. Marble tables, wooden chairs, and rustic brick walls bring to mind a romantic Italian eatery, but without the heaping plates of pasta. Instead, it's all about pancak...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Pancake Bakery
Prinsengracht 191
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1015
0031 20 625 13 33

De Vliegende Schotel

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De Vliegende Schotel Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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My misguided attempts to correctly pronounce "De Vliegende Schotel" twisted my Yankee tongue in pretzel knots, but fortunately, the grub at this top-notch vegetarian haunt is far easier to digest than its name. Tucked away down a quiet, narrow alleyway off Prinsengracht, this no-frills Dutch diner—the kind of diner that’s perfectly comfortable rocking yellow-topped tables, blue-and-yellow paper placemats, and vases of fake flowers—is just as satisfying on a cold, rainy night in the ‘Dam as a bottle of mulled red wine and a book by the fireplace.I strolled in around 7pm on a damp Thursday evening, and headed towards the front counter, unsure whether to wait and be seated or just sit down. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

De Vliegende Schotel
Nieuwe Leliestraat 162-168
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0)20 6252041

Pedaling to Haarlem

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Haarlem Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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I’m not exactly sure what's in Haarlem’s food and water supply, but everything and everyone in this small Dutch city gleams like the crown of Mr. Clean’s head. Residents with pearly white smiles, pressed and ironed clothes, and rosy dimples stroll through narrow, spick-and-span streets. Public garbage cans are tidy and empty. Storefronts look brand new, restaurants have floors you could practically eat off… even the towering Grote Kerk cathedral seems to have staved off time’s natural weathering. Indeed, Amsterdam’s westerly neighbor is that idyllic Dutch village you’d imagine only existing in fictional films.Trixie and I set out for Haarlem on ou...Read More

Another Guide to Amsterdam Coffee Shops

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An Amsterdam Canal Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Here are some quick reviews of a few coffee shops I recently visited. Keep in mind that prices change often, as do the available products. Siberie - Whether you’re a regular local or wide-eyed tourist, you won’t catch any attitude at Siberie, which is sandwiched in a row of Amsterdam’s famed canal houses on a gorgeous stretch of Brouwersgracht. With the smooth, pulsing sounds of jazz, reggae, and trance music filling the airy space lit by dim track lighting, I settled in with some Nepal hash (11 euro/gram) and a few rounds of Dr. Who pinball. The staff went out of their way to make me and other patrons feel welcome, the hash selection was solid, and the spacious benches an...Read More