Well what a weekend we had in Amsterdam! We were there a little over 24 hours but how amazing that time was!
We were there to celebrate my mother in laws 60th birthday with an overnight stay at a very nice hotel, a delicious seasonal ‘surprise’ menu at the hotel restaurant and an evening of drinks and dancing followed! (Ok so it was a rather late night, but heck when else do you get the chance to dance, see a beautiful city in the dark, and wonder home at 4am…!)
So today for ‘What I ate Wednesday’ I present to you – ‘What I ate in Amsterdam’!
Eggs with kale and tahini – ok, our Saturday morning staple!
Lunch pre flight
Whole Foods salmon sushi with a few squares of dark chocolate (ok so I had the chocolate first, well it is our holiday – and could not taste the whiskey in it – boo!)
Inspiral Kale Chips (my favourite!) and I pinched a few of David’s Serious Pig ham… it was so good!
Hot and sunny Amsterdam – yup I got the sunshine! Shorts were on as well as my new sunnies! So we went on the hunt for a cool treat and found this amazing wee ice cream shop that people were queing around the door to get to… well thats always a good sign for me.
They did one type of ice cream, served since 1937 – a plain vanilla, whipped up and served either in a cone or tub. We went for a 2 scoop tub – it was heaven… literally like iced whipped cream… It was the best I have ever tasted, beating gelato in Florence – no joke!
We got the hotel and were slightly peckish before dinner so while we were getting ready we drank some juices we had picked up on our wonder to the hotel – these juices are amazing – the whole range has at least 50% vegetables in each one (mine had 100%), keeping the sugar content down! We also bought some cubed aged gouda cheese– my favourite!
Dinner – Albus Hotel, Senses Restaurant.
Oh boy did this menu blow our senses! We simply stated when booking that we required gluten free and they accommodated us so well.
Canapés – Mango and Caviar, Goats cheese on rice
Palate cleanser – Vanilla infused tomato with a mojito foam and meringue
Starter – Pickled mackerel with basil aioli and squid rice crackers
Main – Chinese spiced pork with cheek, rice, mushrooms and a cabbage rice paper roll
Dessert – White chocolate shell with strawberry soup, yoghurt ice and mint
We then went out for drinks where we tried the traditional Dutch spirit Hoppe Jenever – like a milder gin with similarities to Ouzo. It was the start of a fantastic night!
Now it’s time to get things planned and ready for my birthday on the 28th – hitting the big 3-0 and ready to do it in style! Got lots of moving bits to do in between (we leave 2 weeks on Saturday!) but this weekend my parents are coming to Glasgow for a few days of fun!
I will be back next week to let you all know how my birthday went and how everything is going but for now, enjoy my foodie pics and let me know…
What would you pick from that menu to eat?
Favourite European food?
How did you/ would you celebrate your 30th birthday?