You might not want to read this installment of Tall Travel Style on an empty stomach. I’ll be sharing about a couple of memorable food experiences that we had in Amsterdam and it’s likely to make you a bit hungry!
Activity #1 – A nice dinner at one of the newer hotspots in Amsterdam, Restaurant Sinne.
Why I wore it: Even though it was a chilly night, I was determined to wear a skirt to dinner because I’m SO tired of pants. I mean it IS spring, isn’t it? Luckily, I had brought a pair of tights to help fend off some of the chill.I originally wanted to wear a camisole or dressier black top under my blazer but ended up opting for the LTS long sleeve layering top so that I wouldn’t have to wear a coat over my blazer. To add a little pizzazz and color to the plain black top, I wore my turquoise Kate Spade necklace.I still don’t know how people wear high heels while out and about in a big city! There are slippery, uneven cobblestones, trams to hop on and off of, crowds to weave in and out of and, in Amsterdam, tons of bikes to dodge. If you have any pointers on how to wear heels under these conditions, PLEASE let me know! I threw on my Tory Burch pointy toe flats which are my go-to shoes when I want to be dressy but don’t want to wear heels. Overall, I felt warm, chic and comfortable in this get-up.
I highly recommend visiting Restaurant Sinne which is outside the crowded touristy area of Amsterdam in the Pijp neighborhood. Although it was recently awarded a Michelin star, it is a very laid back restaurant (the servers wear jeans!) where the focus is on the food rather than pomp and circumstance. I always appreciate a completely open kitchen because Mr. L3 and I like to watch the chefs work their magic. Mr. L3 even walked over there and asked a question about one of the dishes. The food is simply exquisite and suits a broad range of budgets. You can get 3 courses for 35 Euro all the way up to 6 courses for 60 Euro. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Michelin-starred restaurant with prices starting around $40 for a full meal!Here are a few of my favorite dishes:
Activity #2 – The Hungry Birds Food Tour is a 4+ hour tour including 12 stops throughout Amsterdam and all manner of culinary delights.
Why I wore it: Even though it was a brisk day, I still wanted to look springy and channel all of the flowers I’d seen the previous day at the Keukenhof, so I paired the bomber jacket with a floral tank. I like that the floral tank brought a feminine touch to the more edgy bomber jacket. I completed the look with my Lucky boyfriend jeans and Sperrys. Overall, it was a comfortable outfit that allowed for A LOT of eating and walking. I saw a lot of other ladies in leather jackets and felt like I fit right in!
|Pit stop at Begijnhof on the food tour|
We spent a good deal of the first part of the tour meandering around the huge outdoor Albert Cuyp Market where we feasted on raw herring, deep-fried cod, stroopwafels, poffertjes (fluffy pancake-like -but-poofier treats) and other tasty morsels. Other stops on the tour included an Indonesian market/bakery, a hipster-y organic yogurt place, a family-owned cheese shop, a FEBO (with it’s vending machine wall of warm croquettes and other snacks), Van Stepele Koekmakerij (a bakery that only makes ONE kind of cookie and it’s the most drool-worthy cookie I’ve ever had), a private garden behind an antique shop serving amazing Indonesian soup and several other places finally ending with a beer at Cafe Hoppe. All of the food was honestly a bit overwhelming and we certainly did not need dinner that night!
|Cod – Deep-fried deliciousness!|
Looking pretty excited about my raw herring… It was delicious!
|Don’t you love the zipper detail on the sleeve of the jacket?|
Hammin’ it up with my fresh stroopwafel.
Put some coins in a slot, open a glass compartment, take out the food and devour it? Ummm…sure. I was skeptical but these hot croquettes from the “snack vending machine wall” at FEBO were actually quite tasty. The food is made fresh daily, is kept hot inside the glass compartments and makes for a nifty little snack.
|FEBO fast food!|
|Poffertjes, yogurt, cheese and cookies…oh my!|
|Indonesia tumeric chicken soup in a private garden|
Are you tired of wearing pants during spring like me? What are your tricks for wearing your skirts and dresses while it’s still chilly? Are you a fan of food tours?
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