Amsterdam Food Guide

Welcome back to my new blog!

After what felt like a long wait for me to transition and change the layout. I finally made it happen. As some of you may know over the period of no blog posts, I have been keeping consistent with producing content on my social media channels. It actually helped me find myself a bit too. Sometimes, we all need a break and a chance to start at fresh. Over a few months, I found one of my true passions, which is cooking and all things food. I’m a foodie at heart and I never thought it was something I loved so much until I truly discovered, how passionate I was in my element. Which was simply, making a meal or going out to eat and being in awe of the presentation, as a result of wanting to take as many pictures I could to get the best shot.

I knew I loved cooking since university, but I never thought It was something I was passionate about or would even develop. Now I have great big dreams of a career in Food. I recently incorporated videos and created my new YouTube channel based on food and lifestyle videos. So stay tuned guys – Link to my youtube channel

In my last post I promised you guys I would do a Food Guide, so I will be doing just that…

In July, I travelled to Amsterdam to celebrate my 22nd birthday and obviously as the foodie that I am. I visited a few different restaurants and was eager to try out some of the staples I had been seeing on the gram!

WYERS Restaurant – Lunch (Day 1)

On the first day, we arrived just after breakfast and decided to stroll around the town and explore all the different shops, hangouts and place to visit. Whilst doing so we happened to find one of the restaurants, on our list of places to visit, Wyers Restaurant. This was recommended in KikeAj’s vlog (thanks for that sis! lol) I must say the interior design was gorgeous! I could just imagine how beautiful it would look at night for a cute dinner date or special occasion. I managed to take some cute pictures of the terrace that I might insert somewhere here:

Overall what were my thoughts on the food? Well, I wish I didn’t get the hot dog tbh. It was too spicy for me and way too filling. Ideally, I should have got the burger as that looked way more appetising. But I previously heard a lot about Dutch hot dogs and how nice they are so I thought it would exceed my expectations. The worst thing is, I didn’t even finish it either :/ Most times, I prefer to stick to what I know, to be honest, but I was feeling quite adventurous that day.

Rating

Food: 5/10

Service: 7/10

Comfort/Environment: 9/10

MR CHURROS

Churros are dotted around the place in Amsterdam so make sure you try them out. we found a cute place in town where all the big shops like Primark, H&M etc were. If you do go to that part of Amsterdam make sure to look out for this sign in the picture! The CHURROS were amazing!

 

Hard Rock Cafe, Amsterdam – Dinner

The Hard Rock Cafe has always been on my list of places to visit! I have never been to the one in London but I thought why not experience it elsewhere first. So we did. We decided to get the Jumbo Combo Platter. When they said “JUMBO COMBO” they really weren’t lying, because this platter was huge! We were going to get a main and possibly even dessert but this topped it off. The onion rings, chicken wings and strips, were so delicious but its a shame there wasn’t enough of it. The spring rolls and bruschetta weren’t nice in my honest opinion, it tasted very dry and weird flavoured. Not my cup of tea. Everything else was great. The service was amazing, our waitress was so welcoming to the fact that we were tourists, recommending us a few hotspots and top places to visit if only I remember her name. One of the team members also took such an amazing picture of us both which I will insert below =D

Our incredibly huge onion ring stack!

Myself and Benni =D                                     Me being indecisive lol

Rating

Food: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Comfort/Environment: 7/10

Mook Pancakes – Breakfast (Day 2)

Mook Pancakes was a blast of an option for breakfast. As recommend again on social media as one of the hotspots to visit when in Amsterdam. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The pancakes were incredibly fluffy and topped off with unlimited maple syrup which is handy when having fluffy pancakes. I went for a mixture of berries on mine as I’m not too keen on bananas at times. The service was very welcoming once again and also very accommodating to my blogger needs haha! To accompany such great tasting pancakes we ordered fruit teas, which we actually thought they were ice teas loool, then realised they were “hot” tea. Which were great tasting too! I must comment on the great music choice they played. A variety of hip-hop, RnB was also very fitting whilst enjoying such a lovely breakfast. My overall experience was lovely and I would definitely visit again!

Rating

Food: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Comfort/Environment: 8/10

Sir Adam Hotel – The Butcher – Lunch

The hotel which we stayed at had a restaurant. Due to us being very full we decided to have a cocktail and chicken wings. I must say they were really good! The cocktails were strong and refreshing! The presentation was lovely too! If you know me well I’m quite particular with the presentation of food. The service was pretty simple as we didn’t order a whole meal.

Rating

Food & Drinks: 8/10

Service: 6/10

Comfort/Environment: 7/10

and that’s all folks!

I’m sure there was plenty more to explore but we didn’t have much time, so this is all we managed to get up to! I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to comment if you visited or will visit any of these restaurants or if you enjoyed this kind of blog post! =D

Love from, Bose xo

Food Recipe – Lemon Drizzle & BBQ Chicken w/ Sweet Potato Mash, Green Smoothie & Pasta Bake

Marinated BBQ & Lemon Chicken

Hey Guys,

As some of you may know from keeping up with my social media channels and instagram. I love to cook and experiment with food. I like to switch up my meals frequently, as I get quite bored of eating the same thing over again. So, I’ve gathered up a few meals that I’ve cooked recently for you to try yourself at the comfort of your own home. They are quite simple meals as I am a very busy girl these days. (Hence why its taken so long to post this). I hope you enjoy this post as it is my first ever food recipe blog! (YAY!)

1. BBQ & Lemon Drizzle Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash

Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts

BBQ Sauce

1 Lemon

Bell peppers (Any colour of choice)

Spinach

Black onion seeds (if you prefer)

All Purpose Seasoning (Dunn’s River)

Garlic

Black Pepper

So here we have a very different meal, where i decided to add a drizzle of lemon to my chicken to give it a little kick. I love the sauce “Lemon & Herb” at Nando’s so I thought why not incorporate my own twist and add a bit of BBQ Sauce. If anyone knows me well, you will know how much I love sauces and I cant stand dry food. So any chance I get I like to incorporate some moisture in. It’s perfect to combine with roasted vegetables, mash potato or rice, depending on the diet you’re going for.

1. Wash chicken breast with lemon and vinegar.

2. Pierce chicken with a knife or fork. (It allows the seasoning to soak into the chicken)

3. Chop the spinach & bell peppers & garlic if its fresh.

4. Put the chicken breasts in a bowl, add a sprinkle (1 or half a teaspoon) of all purpose seasoning and black onion seeds.

5. Sprinkle a dash of garlic granules (if you don’t have fresh garlic)

4. Add chopped peppers and spinach (leave a bit to garnish)

5. Add 1/2 Tablespoons of BBQ sauce & squeeze half a lemon on the chicken.

6. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Mix the marinade into the chicken in a freezer bag or with CLEAN hands.

7. If you have a few hours to spare, leave to marinade over night or for an hour. Alternatively, pour it into a baking tray with baking paper or foil.

8. Set a timer for 20/30 minutes on a medium heat between 150-190 degrees.

9. Cover with foil for 10 minutes in the oven. (Keep checking every 10 minutes)

10. Remove foil, you should see a bit of chicken stock in the tray. Uncover and leave for the rest of time in oven.

ENJOY!

2. Beef Pasta Bake w/ Spinach and Tomato Toppings

Ingredients

Beef Mince (less fat or normal)

Wholewheat Pasta or Normal Pasta

Mild Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese

Spinach

Onions

Tomatos

Pasta Sauce of choice (or make your own with blended tomatoes, some seasonings and basil or herbs of choice)

All Purpose Seasoning (Dunn’s River)

Garlic Seasoning or Fresh Garlic

Pasta Bake is an easy on the go meal that lasts such a long time and you can store away for the week or even the month. This one was made super simple actually in a rush, as I just came back from work and needed a bite to eat.

1. Start off by boiling your pasta for 10 minutes, ready to mix when the sauce is done.

2. Start chopping the spinach, onions and tomatoes.

3. Put the mince into a pot to start cooking (I usually don’t add any extra oil as it makes a lot of oil itself, just leave it covered)

If you do want that extra moisture, add olive oil or spray oil (Fry Light).

4. Once the mince is quite brown and it has some moisture add in your onions and let it fry for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat.

5. Then pour in the pasta sauce, mix and cover. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes on a high heat.

6. Once the mince and sauce is cooked thoroughly, turn off the hob.

7. Mix the sauce with the pasta.

8. Add some cheese and spinach to the mixture, (MAKING SURE YOU SAVE SOME CHEESE FOR THE TOP)

9. Continue to mix until you can see the cheese melting and all ingredients are mixed accordingly.

7. Pour into a baking tray, sprinkle some cheese and garnish with spinach and tomatoes.

8. Set a timer for 20 minutes on a medium heat and keep checking every 5/10 minutes.

ENJOY!

3. My “Go To” Green Smoothie

Spinach or Kale

Avocado

1 Banana

1 Apple

Less than half a cucumber

Half a Carrot

Celery or Cabbage

Green Maca Powder

Milled Linseed

Almond/Coconut Milk or Natural Yoghurt

(amount of ingredients are based on max. size of blender)

1. CHOP CHOP CHOP

2. Add 1 tablespoon of Maca & Linseed powder.

3. Add some water, almond/coconut milk or natural yoghurt (If you want it extra creamy)

4. BLEND BLEND BLEND

ENJOY!

I hope you caught a little something from this, as I have been meaning to do this for a very long time now and finally got round to it.

Let me know of any recipes you’ve tried or you would recommend I try. As I love to branch out and explore my options!

Feel free to comment below what recipe sounds most appealing to you or if you ended making them.

Would love to hear all about it! 🙂

But for now stay tuned for more content like this to come soon…