Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam

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FACTS:  Located in Amsterdam, Holland

MY ANALYSIS:  

The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful public libraries that I’ve ever seen.  It’s modern, sleek, and truly extraordinary.  And, as you mosey your way up to the 7th Floor, you will come across its gourmet cafeteria.  Not only does this cafeteria contain a multitude of different food stations to choose from; but also the variety is vast, it’s well organized, and everything looks extremely fresh.  It’s really quite impressive, to say the least.  So, without a doubt, I highly recommend visiting here.

QUICK TIDBIT:  Free Admission

Ree7

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FACTS:  Located in Amsterdam, Holland

WHAT I ORDERED:

Sandwich: Crispy Chicken with Avocado, Parmesan, Cheese, Red Onion and Rocket Lettuce

MY ANALYSIS:  

While visiting The Nine Little Streets, we were hoping to find a cute/good lunch spot. Enter: Ree7.  And, as luck would have it, we couldn’t have stumbled upon a more delightful café.

Not only do I love this restaurant’s décor, but I also found the food to be equally fantastic.  More specifically, my crispy chicken sandwich was packed full of healthful and delicious ingredients: it was also generous in size and extremely tasty.  In fact, it was so delicious that I hope to replicate it at home one day.

So, if it isn’t obvious enough already, I highly recommend this place.

QUICK TIDBIT:  Be sure to take a stroll around the neighborhood as well.

Cheese Museum

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FACTS:  Located in Amsterdam, Holland

MY ANALYSIS:  

Resembling a cheese store more than an actual museum, the Cheese Museum is packed full of Dutch cheeses, along with a variety of items related to cheese.  And, despite my lack of knowledge of or even passion for cheese, I thought that this place was quite charming (and colorful).  So, if you’re visiting the Amsterdam Tulip Museum or are in neighborhood, I recommend stopping by here as well.

QUICK TIDBIT:  Free Admission

The Pancake Bakery

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FACTS:  Located in Amsterdam, Holland

WHAT I ORDERED:

Traditional Pancakes/Sweet: Apple and Banana

MY ANALYSIS:  

My first authentic meal in fabulous Amsterdam: pancakes!  Oh, how I miss this city…

The Pancake Bakery serves both sweet and savory pancakes just about ‘round the clock.  Resembling a crepe, Dutch pancakes are served as one large, thin pancake.  However, on this rare occasion, I was craving sugar instead of salt. Therefore, I ordered a pancake with apples and bananas, which, of course, was extremely delicious and satisfying.  And, in all seriousness, my only regret is that I didn’t have an opportunity to try one of their savory pancakes, as well.

Not only is this a fun place to dine, but it’s also located on the Prinsengracht (Prince’s canal).  So, it’s a win-win all around and I highly recommend it.

QUICK TIDBIT:   Be sure to check out their menu:   http://www.pancake.nl/

‘t Fonduehuisje

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FACTS:  Located in Bruges, Belgium

WHAT I ORDERED:

Mixed Fondue:

-Veal, Beef, Pork, Turkey

-5 Sauces

-Mixed Salad

-Fries

MY ANALYSIS:  

For our final meal in Bruges, fondue sounded like the perfect choice.  Therefore, we ended up at ‘t Fonduehuisje for dinner.  However, despite my hankering for cheese fondue, we ordered meat fondue instead.

Furthermore, we ordered the mixed fondue platter: veal, beef, pork, and turkey.  The platter comes with a salad (served with an excellent house dressing, I might add), fries, and five different dipping sauces, garlic being my favorite.  As expected, all of the meats had been fully prepped for submersion (cubed and perfectly aligned), along with being extremely fresh.

As for the ambience, it was both warm and cozy.  However, I cannot say the same about our waitress.  In fact, I found her to be the polar opposite: cold and rude.  That being said, I do not recommend this restaurant.

QUICK TIDBIT:  Dine elsewhere for fondue, and use caution when handling a pot of boiling oil.

Choco-Story

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FACTS:  Chocolate museum located in Bruges, Belgium

MY ANALYSIS:  

I highly recommend a visit to this chocolate museum.  Here, you will learn about the transformation of cocoa to chocolate and view memorabilia, along with receiving a demonstration about how chocolate is made.  Furthermore, you can also sign up for one of their workshops.

QUICK TIDBIT:  Be sure to check out their website:  http://choco-story-brugge.be/

Frietmuseum

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FACTS:  The world’s first and only fry museum; located in The Saaihalle Building, which was built in 1399, in Bruges, Belgium

MY ANALYSIS:  

I highly recommend a visit to the Frietmuseum.  It’s informative, family friendly, and fun.  Here, you will learn about the history of the potato, along with the origin of “Belgian” fries.  In addition, you will also be able to view memorabilia, as well as sample purchase fries at their café, located in the basement.

QUICK TIDBIT:  Be sure to check out all of their website:  http://www.frietmuseum.be/en/