A Guide to the Tulip Fields in the Netherlands

It’s only since I moved to the Netherlands that I get so excited about spring. I’ve always liked spring, it’s warmer and it means that summer is coming. But we don’t have these kinds of flowers fields in Peru.

The famous Keukenhof gardens are gorgeous don’t get me wrong. I’ve been there twice and I’ve really enjoyed it. But it’s the endless sea of flowers in the fields that take my breath away every time. The tulip season is around mid-April to early May. When to go is a bit tricky since it is very weather dependent. But I think late April is usually best, especially if you are coming from abroad and planning this trip in advance. I always check the geo tags in Lisse in April to keep an eye for when the tulips start to bloom. This year we were also lucky that a colleague of Pieter, who lives in Lisse, was keeping an eye on the fields for us. She told us to go on the weekend of the 21st of April.

Lisse and its surroundings (Noordwijkerhout)

By bike:

For the first few years, we went to see the fields by bike. We would take the train from Amsterdam to Hillegom Station and take our bikes with us. We would take the train from Sloterdijk Station with a change in Haarlem. It takes about 25-30 minutes in total. You can also take it from Central station. It’s the same route just one stop before the one we take. If you bring your bike, don’t forget to pay the extra fee when you buy your ticket or load the fee on your transport card. Keep in mind that the train station in Hillegom is very small. It is more a stop than a station, so no bike rentals there. You can always rent a bike in Amsterdam.

You can check 9292.nl to plan your train ride. It is also in English. They also have an app which you can download into your phone.

I still remember getting off the train and you are immediately welcomed by the scent of the Hyacinth fields. From there we would just bike towards Lisse (using google maps) and from then on just get lost. We usually see google maps on satellite, there you can see which areas are fields. And you can use that as reference.

By car:

In the past couples of years, we’ve been visiting the fields by car. Just so we could cover more ground in less time. Depending on the time you go, some fields might already be cut down and in some the flowers may not be open yet. Which means you need to keep exploring, which by car is much easier and faster than biking. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from Amsterdam.

Flevoland Tulip route:

Lisse is not the only area in the Netherlands with flower fields. It is definitely the most popular and touristy, but Flevoland (north east of Amsterdam) also has gorgeous fields. We even saw much larger ones here than in Lisse. This year we also visited the area of Dronten in Flevoland. On their website, there is a walking, biking and car route. You can see them here. But since we went later in the season we decided to rent a car again. And we were happy we did because the distances between the fields were longer. The drive there is only about 1 hour. Once we were in Dronten, we drove around for around 3 hours and found some gorgeous fields and hardly any people. It might also had to do with the fact that it rained that day but still we didn’t see any tourist buses like when we visit the area of Lisse.

There are also flower fields where you can actually pick your own bouquet. I wrote about one of them here.

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Ricotta Red Velvet Pancakes with Greek yogurt frosting (made with natural food coloring using beet powder)

There is something about red velvet desserts, so make your breakfast extra especial with these ricotta red velvet pancakes made with natural food coloring. Beet powder gives these their pretty color without artificial additives. They are super easy and perfect to treat your mom on Mother’s Day. Make them for brunch or just to make a normal day feel a little more especial.

When we were in Vienna, I bought some beet powder at the market. The color was just gorgeous and I had to get it. I wasn’t sure what to make with it but I thought it is always good to have some natural coloring in my pantry. And then I remembered that while we were in New York, we went to a donut shop and tried a donut stuffed with ricotta and covered in a beet glaze. It was so delicious. The ricotta and beet combination clicked in my head and I thought of making these ricotta red velvet pancakes with natural beet coloring.

You can always use artificial coloring if you cannot find beet powder, or you could also try buying some beet juice (if you don’t have a juicer). Then reducing it in a pan over medium heat until most of the liquid is gone and you are left with a thick syrup. I’ve done this with carrot juice to naturally dye some cream cheese frosting and it worked out great. Just remember that you’ll need about 1 litter of juice, because it reduces quite a lot. You need it to be thick because you don’t want to add too much liquid into the batter.

The amount of frosting for this recipe is just for drizzling the pancakes. If you want more, you can always double the recipe. I personally prefer mine not overly sweet.

This recipe makes 2 servings.

Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

2 eggs

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup of self-rising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of beet powder

2 tablespoons Cacao powder

Pinch of salt

For the Greek yogurt frosting:

2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt

5 tablespoons of icing sugar, sifted

½ teaspoon of vanilla essence

 

Start by making the pancake batter. Separate the eggs into whites and yolks. Place the yolks in a large bowl. Add the ricotta, flour, baking powder, milk, vanilla extract, beet powder, cacao powder and salt. Whisk until everything is combined.

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites till they begin to foam. Then add the sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold in the egg whites into the pancake batter.

To make the frosting, just whisk the Greek yogurt with the icing sugar and vanilla. If you like it sweeter, you can always add more sugar.

Brush a large non-stick pan with a bit of vegetable oil. You can also use cooking spray or butter if you want. Place it over medium-low heat. Once the pan is hot, pour some of the batter into it to make the pancakes. I prefer to make them small, but do it as you wish. Let it cook until the top part starts bubbling and the edges start to dry. Then flip it and cook until lightly brown. Repeat for the remaining batter.

Serve the pancakes with some of the yogurt frosting and fruit of your choice. Enjoy!

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

 

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Van Dobben Croquetten and Biterballen for the Oven

cravingsininamsterdam vandobben stopmotion for blog

I’ve been a fan on Van Dobben ever since I moved to the Netherlands. It was one of the first things Pieter introduced me to. And what’s not to love? Beef ragout with a crunchy coating, served steaming hot with a side of mustard. Yum!

They have a small restaurant called Van Dobben Eetsalon close to Rembrandtplein. It has this old school, kinda diner feeling which I love. Their staff wear long white coats and they are super friendly. I always bring family and friends who come visit from abroad here.

Van Dobben just came out with a beef croquete and bitterballen variety which is made for the oven. We don’t own a fryer so this is perfect for us. Still has a great crunch and it is ready in about 15 minutes. Just preheat your oven to 220C. Once it is hot, pop them in and set your timer. And you can also cook them in an airfryer.

These are perfect for when you don’t feel like doing a lot of cooking. Or for when you want to invite friends over and just have an easy night in.

You can find the croquettes and bitterballen for the oven in the supermarket.

Vandobben.nl 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

A weekend in Vienna at 25Hours Hotel MuseumsQuartier

Vienna has been on my list for a while. So when Pieter got a birthday party invitation, we booked our tickets. We thought it would be a good excuse to visit, since both of us had never been. We stayed at the 25Hours Hotel at the Museum Quarter.

We arrived Friday morning and took the CAT train which takes about 17 minutes to get to the center of Vienna. From there we took the metro, and after a few stops we arrived at our destination. The hotel has a good connection, so it was just a short walk away.

We arrived quite early and our room wasn’t ready yet, so we decided to take a mini road trip. We had read that the Wachau Valley was beautiful and it was only 1.5 hours drive from Vienna. The hotel has a collaboration with MINI and they offer guests a car to rent out for free. It’s on a first come, first serve basis but when we arrived they still had one left. So we decided to take it and drive there for a bit since the weather was beautiful. The scenery was definitely pretty, we just thought that it would have been better to visit in late spring, or fall. We saw a few trees with blossoms but other than that they trees didn’t have any leaves yet.

25hours hotel Vienna

By the time we came back, our room was ready. This hotel is very hip, unlike some places in Vienna which are more traditional. The cool décor makes you feel more relaxed. For breakfast they offer a nice buffet selection with different breads, eggs, charcuterie and sausage. I really liked käsekrainer, a sausage stuffed with cheese. We ate so many of these while we were there.

The next day we went to the rooftop bar. We wanted to grab a drink and chill before heading to our friend’s birthday. Pieter had a mojito and I had a mocktail. Both were really good. We also ordered some bites. On the way to the birthday party we found these gorgeous Cherry blossom trees at Hofmühlgasse.

On our last day we decided to grab some burgers at their food truck on the terrace. The burgers were delicious and so were the fries. I had the sweet potato ones and Pieter ordered the ones with Parmesan and rosemary.

You can tell that the burger truck and bar are popular among the locals. We were there when they opened, and it got very busy within half an hour. Besides a good public transport connection, the hotel is also walking distance to the Naschmarkt. We walked there on Saturday and it is definitely a must stop, especially if you like food. You can find there many restaurant stalls, fresh produce, spices and second-hand items. I bought some spices, edible dried flowers and a cute straw bag there.

I would definitely recommend this hotel if you are in Vienna.

25Hours Hotel Vienna
Lerchenfelder Straße 1-3
1070 Vienna

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

A day In the Exumas (swimming with pigs and nurse sharks in the Bahamas)

Last month we took a little winter break and flew to the Bahamas. And we couldn’t leave without visiting the famous swimming pigs.

We took a powerboat tour from Nassau to the Exuma islands to see them. Even though the pigs are wild, they are so used to tourists feeding them that the big ones will come swimming to the boat asking for food. It was really nice to be able to see them in person and swim with them.

Part of the tour also involved visiting the nurse sharks at Compass Cay. I am super scared of sharks and even though these are bottom dwellers, they still have teeth. The tour guide just told us to be cautious and to not try to touch them close to their mouths. I was very nervous at first but I’m really happy that I didn’t chicken out. Once we were in the water, it was fine. It was a really cool experience being in the water with them.



Overall we loved this day trip. We had a lot of fun and all the beaches that we saw in the Exumas were a little piece of paradise.

A few tips to keep in mind if you take one of the power boat tours from Nassau:

If you want to see the famous pigs, they live at Big Major Cay (Pig Beach). Because the pigs draw a lot of tourists, there are other beaches which now also have pigs. If you want to see the (so to say) original pig beach, make sure your tour stops at Big Major Cay.

The boat ride is a bit bumpy and wet. Since they have to cover quite a distance to get to the Exumas, they go really fast. They tell you to bring a light sweater or jacket, which we did. And it’s fine if you are sitting in the middle and don’t get wet. But I think it’s better to bring a raincoat (or even a poncho). if you get wet on the way back which takes more than 1 hour, it gets cold. Pieter sat next to the edge of the boat and got soaked (and cold). And definitely bring sunglasses otherwise it is very hard to open up your eyes when the boat is going so fast.

It does get very crowded. So if you want to avoid being with a lot of people and to be able to take better pictures, it’s worth looking into renting a private charter and arriving early in the morning. Here is a very short video of Big Major Cay, so you can get an impression of what it looks like.

Swimming pigs in the Bahamas

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

 

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Sriracha Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema & Plantain Chips (Vegan)

Happy International Women’s day to all you lovely ladies!

Finally, I have time to start making new recipes again. Between my holiday and some styling projects, I didn’t have time to cook for the blog. It has been a while since I made a new taco recipe and this one happens to be vegan. I pan roasted the cauliflower in a sriracha sauce. Made the avocado crema with soya plain yogurt and topped the tacos with crumbled plantain chips for extra crunch. And you can scoop the leftover avocado crema with the plantain chips too. I used enough sriracha for it to have a kick. If you like it spicier, you can always add a bit more to taste.

This recipe makes about 12 tacos.

Ingredients:

For the Sriracha cauliflower:

1 cauliflower, chopped into small florets

5 tablespoons of sriracha (you add a bit more if you like it spicier)

4 tablespoons of agave syrup (you can also use honey)

2 tablespoon of olive oil

Pinch of salt

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of celery salt

For the avocado crema:

2 avocados

1/3 cup of soya plain yogurt (or any plain yogurt that you like)

Juice of 1 lime

Pinch of celery salt

Pinch of onion powder

Salt to taste

For the red cabbage salad:

2 cups of shredded red cabbage

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Extras:

About 12 tortillas

1 or 2 jalapenos, thinly sliced

Fresh coriander, thinly sliced

1 medium bag of plantain chips

 

To make the avocado cream: just blend the avocados with the yogurt, lime juice, a pinch of celery salt and onion powder. Then add salt to taste. Place it in a Tupperware and cover it. Keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.

To make the red cabbage salad: just mix the shredded cabbage with the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Set it aside.

To make the sriracha cauliflower: Mix the sriracha with the agave syrup, olive oil, onion powder, celery salt and salt in a big bowl. Add the sliced cauliflower and mix well.

In a large pan over medium heat, cook half of the cauliflower for about 12 minutes. Till it starts to get charred, stirring from time to time. Be careful towards the end, so that it doesn’t burn because of the agave.

When you are ready to serve, warm up the tortillas in a pan. Serve a bit of the red cabbage on each tortilla. Then add the sriracha cauliflower. Top with a few slices of jalapeno, crumbled plantain chips, chopped coriander and a drizzle of the avocado crema.

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

PetCube Bites

PetCube
This past year we have been travelling more and every time we go on a trip, I miss our cats. I heard of PetCube from my Instagram friend Kati who also has cats. Last year I saw it on her Instagram stories. And when she was visiting Amsterdam, I asked her about it and she was really happy with it.

PetCube is a device with a camera that allows you to see and talk to your furry baby when you are not home. How awesome is that? They have two products to choose from. One has a laser which allows you to play with your dog or cat. The one I have is PetCube Bites, which allows you to throw treats. It has a setting where you can choose the distance. You can either throw the treat close by, mid-range or far. The treats that our cats like are quite small. Every time we give them a treat though this device, it throws around 4. That is something to keep in mind so you are not over-feeding your pet.

The PetCube Bites is very easy to set up. We just hanged it to the wall, plugged it in and connected it to our Wi-Fi. We downloaded the app in our phones and we were ready to go. We installed it and tried it out while we were in the house, to see how our cats reacted. Nip was the most excited as he is very food driven. A few days later we went to the Bahamas and NYC. And we were so happy that we could see them, talk to them and give them treats at any time that we wanted.

It also has night vision, so when it was dark all we could see were their eyes flickering. The short video at the beginning of this post is from the PetCube camera. On the first clip with the bone, you can see that I am throwing treats. The second clip is Nip reacting to us talking to him and the last clip is at night. During our trip, we would just check the app every time we had wifi and see what they were up to. Even though I know they are very well taken care of when we travel, what this little machine does is priceless to me. Seeing them in real time no matter where I am is just incredible.

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken & Peanut Sauce

I love these kinds off noddle salads. I often order it when I go out for Vietnamese but it so easy to make at home. This time I served it with grilled chicken, but you can also use tofu. Or keep the salad plain for a quick lunch. It’s great to take to work too. This dish comes together pretty quickly. I buy my carrot already shredded to save time.

This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

300gr of rice vermicelli noodles

For the salad dressing:

1 bird’s eye chili, minced

½ cup of fish sauce

½ cup of white vinegar

4 tablespoons of granulated sugar

Pinch of garlic powder

For the chicken:

400grs of deboned chicken legs (excess fat trimmed off)

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of lemongrass powder

Wooden skewers

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the peanut sauce:

1 ½ teaspoons of lemongrass powder

1 cup of coconut milk

1 cup of peanut butter

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

juice of half a lime

pinch of garlic powder

1 bird’s eye chili, chopped

Toppings:

Fried onions (I used store-bought)

1 cup of unsalted peanuts, chopped and toasted

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

100grs of bean sprouts

1 cup of shredded carrots

Coriander, chopped

Lime wedges for serving

 

To make the salad dressing: place the chili, vinegar, fish sauce, garlic powder and sugar in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Stir for a couple of minutes till the sugar has dissolved. Then transfer it to a bowl to cool down.

To make the peanut sauce: just blend all of the ingredients together until smooth. Set it aside.

To make the chicken: If you are using wooden skewers for the chicken, make sure to soak them in water a few minutes before. Trim off the excess fat from the thighs. Then slice them into bitesize pieces. Season them with lemongrass powder, salt and pepper.

Arrange some of the chicken pieces in each skewer. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken skewers. Cook for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally until they become golden and the chicken is completely cooked.

Cook the noodles as instructed on the package. They need to be tender but not mushy. I cooked mine for 4 minutes. Then quickly rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking.

Drain them. I like to pat them dry with some paper towels to remove the extra water otherwise it will water down the salad dressing.

To serve: Divide the noodles into 3 bowls. Add some cucumber, bean sprouts and carrots. Add the chicken skewers. Drizzle some of the peanut sauce over each skewer. Sprinkle with some toasted peanuts and fried onions. I also like to sprinkle some chopped coriander and chili flakes over the chicken. Serve with the dressing on the side and some lime wedges.

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Hokkai Kitchen in Ijmuiden

Since last year, I’ve heard a lot about this place from my friend Stasja. Today we hopped into two buses (there is a direct bus from Sloterdijk station) and arrived in an industrial area in Ijmuiden. Luckily for us, the bus stop is just a 4 minute walk from the restaurant.

There we met the owner Marinus Noordenbos, who worked in the seafood business in Japan. He started his business here in 1993 and since then, he’s been providing Japanese fish products for the Japanese expat communities all over Europe. In his effort to change the way Dutch people eat fish, he opened a small restaurant (and take-out) right next to his factory. We got a little tour of the factory and saw some of his products. He explained us how he freezes the tuna at minus 50 degrees to not only preserve the quality, but also the color of the fish due to its high fat content. It’s always nice to meet people who are so passionate about their craft.

You can either buy the frozen fish at his shop or order it online, he delivers door to door once a month. For the delivery, there is a minimum purchase of about €125 euros. He told us that usually family or friends just make one order together to reach that minimum.

Pictured below is a piece of Otoro, the oily belly part of the tuna. Just look at the marbling!

We started with the sashimi cocktail with a frozen egg yolk which was amazing. Our second course was composed of Capelin which was dried and baked, salted Mackerel and black cod in miso sauce. Pieter’s favorite was the capelin which had a very intense flavor and you can eat the whole fish. Mine was the cod which was so buttery. We finished with an assortment of maki and nigiri. From scallop to squid, to 3 different cuts of tuna (Maguro, Chu-toro, O-toro). The quality of his fish is superb and you can taste it.

If you decide to go, I’d advise you to make a reservation and go early. As this place is gaining popularity, it does get busy.

Next Sunday February the 11th from 1 to 5pm, they are organizing an open day at their factory. Guests from Japan and France will be demonstrating traditional Japanese food and slicing tuna for sashimi. They will have some tastings (including sake tasting) and you can also purchase their products there. Entrance is free.

Hokkai Kitchen

Egmondstraat 2, Ijmuiden

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Amsterdam Grocery and Market Guide

When I moved to Amsterdam (from Lima, Peru), it took me some time to gather my favorite places where to do groceries and find certain ingredients. Pieter is Dutch but it was his first time living in Amsterdam, so this city was new for the both of us. Since I often get emails and messages from you guys asking me where to buy certain ingredients, I thought it would be nice to write an Amsterdam grocery and market guide.

Supermarkets:

Even though the product range in supermarkets has improved a lot since I moved here. I often still need to visit several places before I can complete my shopping list. If you are new in Amsterdam, keep in mind that not every supermarket chain will have the same products. If you live in the city center, you will probably find very small Albert Heijns (one of the main supermarket chains in the Netherlands). And of course since they have limited space, they also tend to only have the basics. The AH at the Dam and the AH XL (There is one in Osdorp and one in Gelderlandplein) are the ones that have the most variety of products. The AH XL (at least the one in Osdorpplein) has free parking. We don’t own a car so once a month we order though ah.nl to get our groceries delivered. They deliver to your kitchen which is great if you live on a higher floor. This is by no means an advertisement for AH but we do love their service. We’ve been ordering from them for years. We only order once a month to get non-perishables and bulky (or heavy) stuff like toilet paper, cleaning materials, rice, pasta, drinks, etc. Doing big groceries on a bike is not fun.

All that being said, AH is not the cheapest. I just find it the most convenient as you find AH everywhere. I also like going to the Dirk (Dirk van den Broek), Jumbo and Lidl, which are cheaper. If you like to buy biological, Eko plaza is a good place. I like it because there you can find Kombucha, nutritional yeast and a big variety of grains and seeds. This is where I like to buy black rice, different types of quinoa, superfoods and unsweetened puffed rice among other things. Another supermarket that I also like is Marqt. I buy there my burrata and Oatly barista edition. They also have a good selection of spices, seafood and cheeses.

Farmer’s Markets:

Noordermarkt (Saturday) is my favorite Farmer’s market. You can buy there edible flowers, herbs that you usually don’t find at regular markets, plants, a lot of cheeses and oysters that are chucked in front of you. There is a mushroom stand with a lot of variety. You can also get a mushroom omelet there.

Niewmarkt Farmer’s market (Saturday) and the Zuidermrkt (Saturday) are quite small but also worth a visit, especially if you are or live in the area. The first one is located in Chinatown and the latter in Zuid.

 

Markets:

The most popular market here is the Albert Cuypmarkt (Monday- Saturday). It gets a lot of tourists so it is not the cheapest. But I love it because it has a lot of variety, also with ready to eat food stands. I love getting a freshly made stroopwafel, my favorite are the ones from the Original Stroopwafels stand. You can also get fresh juices for 1 euro. I also like buying my flowers here. De Versmarkt is a fruit & vegetable stand at this market that I really like because it has a very large variety of produce, some of which are hard to find. Some of the things you can find here are (depending on the season of course) purple potatoes, Padrón peppers, edible flowers, yellow raspberries and a variety of heirloom tomatoes.

The Ten Katemarkt (Monday- Saturday) is another market worth visiting. It is cheaper than the Albert Cuypmarkt. There is a famous vegetable stand at the beginning where you can buy a lot of vegetables and herbs for about 50 cents per package. At the end of the market, you will find a truck called Gouden Tent. Their hummus is delicious and they have a large variety of flavors. Besides their regular one, I like the one with mango. They also sell really nice falafel wraps. If falafel or hummus is not your thing, you can also buy lumpias for 1.20 euros or a portion of poffertjes (small yeasted pancakes) for about 2 euros.

The Lindengracht market is another nice market to visit. It is located in the Jordaan area. It is only open on Saturdays.

The Dappermarkt (Monday – Saturday), located at the Dapperstraat 279, is another big market in Amsterdam and it’s it also quite cheap.

 

Bakeries:

If you follow my Instagram stories, you probably already know this one since I visit it often. Le Fournil de Sébastien is an artisanal French bakery located at Olympiaplein. They have the best baguettes in Amsterdam, the most flakey croissants and delicious canelés. If you don’t live in the area, you can buy their baguettes and freeze them. And when you want to eat one, just bake it for about 10 minutes at 180C/350F.

Specialty stores:

Tokos (Indonesian for shops) are stores in the Netherlands which sell mainly Asian food products. In these stores is where I buy my noodles, green papaya, daikon, Thai basil, kimchi, frozen dumplings, miso, matcha, frozen water chestnuts, plantain chips and sauces. But they also sell things like dulce de leche and Milo. This is also where I buy baking soda. When I first moved here, it wasn’t sold in supermarkets. And still now, not every supermarket has it.

My favorites are the Honk Kong Superstore (because it has a lot and is the closest to my house), located in the Kinkerstraat and Dun Yong (because it is big, which means a larger product range). The plus size of Dun Yong, is that it sells tableware and kitchen supplies in the basement and on the 3rd floor, it has a small restaurant called Taka Japanese Kitchen. The restaurant is very small and only has one chef (Taka). He serves ramen among a few other bites. If you want to go, check out their Facebook page for their opening times because the kitchen is only open untill he sells out. The first two times we went there, he didn’t have any food left anymore. Our third time was the charmed one when we arrived when he just opened. Don Yong is located in Zeedijk (Amsterdam’s Chinatown). There are also other smaller Asian shops there but another big one is Amazing Oriental located in Niewmarkt 27.

Another Toko that I really like it Tijn’s. It is located on Eerste van der Helststraat, a side street of the Albert Cuyp market. Besides your usual Asian products; they sell Peruvian, Mexican and American products. I buy my Peruvian chili pastes there, Cholula and Valentina sauces. They also sell corn tortillas, tomatillos and American seasonings among other things.

De Volkskruiden is an herb and spice shop located on the Kinkerstraat 142. They also sell pulses, Lebanese bread, preserved lemon, different kinds of couscous and tea, nuts, etc.

At the end of the Kindkerstaat (355), you will find Finalmente Brazil. Like the name implies, it is a Brazilian store. I love it because they sell exotic fruit pulp like Acai, passion fruit and guanabana (soursop). They also sell different cuts of meat, great for BBQs.

And talking about meat, Kema Vlees is a butcher with a wide range of meats and the prices are much better that at any supermarket. Their staff is always super friendly.

If you are looking for more high-end cuts of meat or for example Wagyu beef, then Slagerij De Leeuw at the Utrechstraat 92 is a great choice.

For more foodie inspiration, travel & lifestyle; you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. For behind the scenes, more of Amsterdam and a peek of press events, you can follow my Instagram stories and Youtube channel.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email