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Last weekend Bogdan and I attended our second American Thanksgiving in Amsterdam. Last year we were invited for a very intimate Thanksgiving dinner by our dear friends M and N in Almere – a smaller city about 40 minutes from Amsterdam by train. This year we were invited to our friend C’s place in the red light district for a Friendsgiving potluck. Working in events, C knows how to plan a potluck and already had a set menu. We opted to make brie & blackberry tarts and mac & cheese. I am of the belief that there can never be…

Ultimately when it comes to the Pasta Factory it depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re in the area, craving Italian-American style food and just want to have a quick bite then by all means. But if you want something special, true Italian or even Italian-American made with a lot of heart – you should keep looking. I stopped into the Pasta Factory at Muntplein for a work lunch yesterday. It’s right in the middle of the action – just across the street from the Bloemgracht or floating flower market and a short walk from Rembrandtplein. It’s prime real…

When family came to visit last month my partner Bogdan spent a lot of time putting together a list of Amsterdam points of interest: good restaurants, shops, local attractions etc. He came across newly opened Vatten Ramen when looking for good ramen places in Amsterdam and added it to the list. One evening after drinks at de Kroon in Rembrandtplein, we were close enough to walk over for dinner. Five of us ordered the signature dish vatten ramen. We all opted for the addition of a marinated egg and shared the karaage aka. deep fried chicken and the takoyaki -…

It’s obvious that this family-run eatery is the work of people with a deep love and respect for food. The quintessentially Dutch fried kibbeling is prepared according to an old family recipe. Besides fried fish you’ll also find king crab legs, fresh tuna, mussels, oysters and clams – all prepared while you wait with friendly service and reasonable prices. This is a must-eat if you’re visiting the Netherlands (or live here) and want to sample something truly Dutch. One of the benefits of working in the centre of Amsterdam is that there’s no shortage of interesting places to eat at…

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