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Kerry Beal

Chocdoc Flying High in Amsterdam

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Couple of pics of chocolate packaging taken while having a look around. Tomorrow will be the first of the two consumer days - so there will be a lot more chocolate vendors and less chocolate equipment.

 

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Got a picture of the booth from the balconies over top. 

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We stopped in for a drink at Cafe de Jaren - a space reserved by the founder of 'Well Tempered' for the chocolate folks who finished up today, the bar makers starting tomorrow and those of us who are attending both events. We didn't last too long of course because our stomachs must be listened to.

 

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These aren't Belgian fries I discovered! My mouth had been watering for the crispy Belgian fries that don't get uncrisp even when cold. 

 

Anyone know if they are out there somewhere in Amsterdam? These were doorstops and they have the reputation as being one of the best in Amsterdam. 

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7 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

Anyone know if they are out there somewhere in Amsterdam? These were doorstops and they have the reputation as being one of the best in Amsterdam. 

 

Sadly at the moment I am not in Amsterdam but in sympathy with your plight...

 

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Pomme frites a la Kenji.  Salad and sauce Momofuku not shown.

 

 

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Lunch foraged by @Alleguede and Bella (actually delivered to the hotel which is across the street and smuggled in the back door) - @Alleguede was stopped at the front door yesterday and turned away as he brought in outside food - he had to go around the back.

 

Today I ran over the the hotel to see if I could find more piping bags - I took one of the doors at the end of the building to get down to one the back entrances - took a wrong turn and ended up going through one door after another that locked behind me. Ended up in a closed restaurant. Though I was going to have to call for help to get me out (and wasn't going to be able to tell them where I was) - when I found an exit door that opened to let me out onto the street. Was unable to lock it behind me - so left that restaurant unsecured for the afternoon!

 

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Much better fries than last night - wishing I had the good toppings for them!

 

 

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Found ourselves in yet another chinese restaurant tonight with a gang of people - found I simply couldn't face chinese for a 3rd day this week. @Alleguede and I looked at each other and said - 'shall we go elsewhere?' - and did. Felt extremely rude, and bad about leaving Bella there with her boss and the others - but you gotta do what you gotta do!

 

We walked around a bit until we found something decidedly not chinese and stopped for a bite.

 

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Looking at the pasta and pizza on other's plates - we realized we had found the lowest common denominator for tourist italian food. But we ate.

 

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You can never go wrong with an aperol spritz

 

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Squid bits - so tender as to be unreal.

 

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No artichokes - with several nice pieces of artichoke inside.

 

 

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what is the brownish paste on the burger?  I do find it amusing how much chinese/asian food you've had... started making me think that Dutch people either have very little food that is native to them, or they LOVE chinese food!

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On our way to find a place to eat we stopped to chat to a lovely fellow outside a little speakeasy canal side. He made some dinner suggestions (should have listened) and off we went. We decided to return after dinner to check it out. 

 

Rosalias Menagerie is a very small cocktail bar and when we arrived back he was telling the couple ahead of us that the wait would be a while, leave your number, we'll call and see if you still want to come when there is room. So we gave up hope - until he admitted us saying 'there are a couple of seats at the bar - and I put you on the waiting list when you came by earlier'!

 

Drinks are listed by flavor profile - a bit of a crap shoot what you might get. 

 

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A little predrink drink - the amuse bouche of the speakeasy.

 

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I chose a Moon dog, described as cereal, fruity, booze forward. Hmmmm....

 

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@Alleguede and alcohol are not always compatible - chose a Devil in Disguise - non ETOH.

 

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Feeling the need to cleanse my palate (and not having the ability to bin a drink like I do when I'm up north) - I asked for a negroni like drink and he made me a Boulevardier with a nice gentle bourbon. 

 

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You know those Nick and Nora's I've been watching thrift stores for for a couple of years? The ones that grace the front of Time Life's Beverages book? The ones I can only find with gray stems?

 

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they had them. 

 

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Here's the manufacturer.

 

I was amazing sober for someone who had knocked back an aperol spritz and two cocktails - but I did notice I was a bit loquacious when talking to @Anna N via Facetime tonight.

 

 


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15 minutes ago, KennethT said:

what is the brownish paste on the burger?  I do find it amusing how much chinese/asian food you've had... started making me think that Dutch people either have very little food that is native to them, or they LOVE chinese food!

 

Have you seen our blog from @markemorse  

https://forums.egullet.org/topic/105372-egfoodblog-markemorse/

 

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32 minutes ago, KennethT said:

what is the brownish paste on the burger?  I do find it amusing how much chinese/asian food you've had... started making me think that Dutch people either have very little food that is native to them, or they LOVE chinese food!

 

22 minutes ago, Shelby said:

I wondered the same thing but somehow I was afraid to ask lol.

Caramelized onions. Perhaps some balsamic vinegar I'm guessing - it was more purple than brown in real life. 

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I wonder, if you asked nicely, if they would sell you some of their glasses?

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3 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

 

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You know those Nick and Nora's I've been watching thrift stores for for a couple of years? The ones that grace the front of Time Life's Beverages book? The ones I can only find with gray stems?

 

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they had them. 

 

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Here's the manufacturer.

 

I was amazing sober for someone who had knocked back an aperol spritz and two cocktails - but I did notice I was a bit loquacious when talking to @Anna N via Facetime tonight.

 

 

 

 

Indeed.  I had to pull out my copy of The Good Cook Beverages to look.  Not that I need more glassware but how many ounces do they hold?

 

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8 hours ago, KennethT said:

what is the brownish paste on the burger?  I do find it amusing how much chinese/asian food you've had... started making me think that Dutch people either have very little food that is native to them, or they LOVE chinese food!

 

I have to say that the worst Chinese food I've ever eaten was in Amsterdam. It isn't a great culinary destination, by any means! But the main Asian influence there is Indonesian, as I remember. And some of that was excellent.


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4 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Indeed.  I had to pull out my copy of The Good Cook Beverages to look.  Not that I need more glassware but how many ounces do they hold?

 

The average one I'm seeing on amazon (of course now I'm seeing them on Amazon) seems to be 150 to 160 ml - 5 to 6 ounces. 

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I think the breakfasts I’ve had at the hotel have been some of the better meals this trip.

 

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crusty roll, buttered and some yellow mustard with ham and cheese

 

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yogurt and granola

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3 minutes ago, Kerry Beal said:

I think the breakfasts I’ve had at the hotel have been some of the better meals this trip.

 

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yogurt and granola

 

I'm having milk and Ankarsrum oatmeal cookies at the moment...almost the same thing.

 

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posted this mold on Instagram today - I suspect Tomric’s sales are going to skyrocket!

 

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A happy new EZtemper owner dropped me a bunch of goodies - we had met at Sigep and he waited until we were here to get one for convenience 

 

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Today’s lunch - shawarma.

 

 

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Cipirinha for me

 

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G&T for @Alleguede

 

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beer for Bella

 

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Squid bits

 

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empanada

 

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Patates bravas

 

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Octopus

 

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Pan con Tomate

 

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cheese and chorizo 

 

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Iberico

 

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Creme catalan

 

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Flan

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That nut shape above made me smile. Perfect for an Easter basket! I know I know nuts = fall but somehow in my silly head it aligns

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OK I am an idiot - thanks for the clarification

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@Kerry Beal, I know you are busy and all, but Kerry, I think I might have a lead for you😉.  Please observe this candy I bought a couple of days ago.  It is called Butter Krak and is a special candy only available around Easter.  It is very good – dark chocolate, regular and toasted coconut and butter cream.  But, please look at that chocolate.  That is the worst temper I’ve ever seen on a commercial product.  It is truly worse than mine.  And that can’t actually be fingerprints visible on the surface? 

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