2.17.2019

691. Dinner at Envy

Envy Amsterdam
On New Year's Day, we went for a tasting menu dinner at Envy. Dishes were a combination of innovative yet traditional. They took a lot of care and attention to detail in plating each course. The photo above is just an intermezzo. I am not sure exactly what it consisted of (everything except the shell was edible) but it was actually one of my favourites of the whole meal. We had 8 courses in total plus an amuse bouche box and the intermezzo. The entire dinner took about 3 hours as we had a bit of a wait in between each course. Other than that I really enjoyed the food and the experience!

Envy Amsterdam out of the box
Amuse Bouche box

Envy Amsterdam
Pork Belly + Eel + Tangerine

Envy Amsterdam
Oyster + Beet + Sheep Yogurt

Envy Amsterdam caviar
Signature Dish: Caviar (that they suggested we eat from our hand like that) + 62°egg + Garlic

Envy Amsterdam halibut
Halibut + Sage + Zucchini

Envy Amsterdam
Kolhrabi + Truffle + Hazelnut

Envy Amsterdam venison
Deer + Foie + Pistachio

Envy Amsterdam dessert
Fig + Red Wine + Apple Syrup

Envy Amsterdam dessert
Bread 'n Butter + Vanilla + Caramel

Envy Amsterdam Tasting Menu
The personalized menu was a nice touch. My favourites were the pork belly, halibut, kohlrabi and desserts.

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1.31.2019

690. Amsterdam Part 2 | New Year's Eve & Rijksmuseum

Freddys Amsterdam
I can't believe it has already been a month since NYE! It feels like so long ago. We celebrated the new year in Amsterdam. We started pretty last minute to make plans for that night (like the day before) so unfortunately didn't manage to find any good restaurants that were still available.

We ended up just going out and going into the first restaurant we saw with tables available. It was an Argentinian steakhouse (which there are a ton of in Amsterdam) and it was the worst and most overpriced meal from the trip. I had a salmon and it was extremely undercooked. I sent it back, then they brought it back out and it was still undercooked. So they took it again, brought it back out etc..by that time it was almost midnight so we had to rush.

We made it to Dam Square with literally ~3 minutes to spare.

Amsterdam fireworks
NYE Amsterdam
Amsterdam NYE
There were fireworks all around and they went on for hours! People there all celebrate out on the streets, drinking and lighting their own fireworks. After walking around for a bit we went for a drink at Freddy's Bar inside L'Europe Hotel.

Amsterdam
Museumbrug
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

On New Year's Day, we went to Rijksmuseum.

Rijksmuseum Van Gogh
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum library
Rijksmuseum asparagus
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
despacito
Factfulness Bimba y Lola
When we were in Spain I discovered this book, Factfulness, and really wanted to get it. We visited several bookstores in Spain but nowhere had an English version. I finally managed to find it in Amsterdam! & read it during the flight back. Also I got this orange bag from Bimba y Lola which is a super popular brand in Spain.

Dutch stamppot
Probably the only time we managed to have traditional Dutch cuisine. I really loved it. They are "stamppots" which is basically just spinach (or other vegetables) and mashed potatoes with a sausage.

leftbanked despacito Amsterdam

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1.21.2019

689. Amsterdam Part 1

leftbanked despacito Amsterdam
We were in Amsterdam for 5 nights. We were to celebrate New Year's Eve here. While the city is very beautiful, there isn't too much to do there. So it was a very relaxing several days and I guess that was a good thing since we were both pretty sick during those days. I've been to Amsterdam once before when I was 17 but I don't remember much at all, so it was nice to rediscover the city again.

On our first day, we visited the Anne Frank House which I've always wanted to go. It's a very popular attraction so we booked our tickets about a month in advance. I didn't know this before but all the rooms in there are empty and unfurnished. They only included a photograph of a recreation of the room in each. I felt that took away from the full experience but it was the wish of Otto Frank (the father) to leave the rooms unfurnished. We were not allowed to take photos inside so all I have from that visit is this pic of our apple pie lol. It was really good actually:

Anne Frank House apple pie
Amsterdam
Dam Square lion
Dam Square Christmas tree
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam houses
I really love the style of the buildings here. They have a lot of character, especially the "crooked" ones. All of the ones I saw the inside of were so spacious and nicely furnished.

Dutch clogs
rubber duck store
Christmas tree
Amsterdam
car art
Amsterdam
Amsterdam dancing houses
balloon dog Jeff Koons

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