Dutch cuisine is famous for its originality and traditions; there is a lot about fish. It is associated with cheese and licorice desserts around the world, but national cuisines are beyond these accepted concepts.
Only fish caught between May and July are used to cook the famous herring. The Dutch eat it whole, with the tail at the head and not cut into pieces. In the Netherlands, a lot of attention is paid to sausages. It is imperative to try smoked sausages served with vegetable dishes. Another authentic meal you can only try in the Netherlands is the tablespoon. Potatoes, broccoli, onions, spinach, etc. It is a kind of puree made of different vegetables. The cure was invented in the 16th century. This dish is an example of simple and high-calorie Dutch cuisine.
Special attention should be paid to Dutch cheeses, which are famous all over the world due to their high quality and unique taste. Every year, the Dutch eat an average of 20 kg of cheese. The most famous varieties include Gouda, Edamer, Maasdam, Leiden, Grakaas, Roomano and others. Gouda has been the most popular cheese in the Netherlands since the 19th century. This species has a fairly robust, even dry, consistent and recognizable scent. Another famous cheese, Maasdam, is known for its large holes and saturated sweet-smelling taste. Fans of spicy flavors like Leyden cheese made with cumin and cloves. Roomano is one of the rarest and most expensive cheeses; It matures for more than 4 years. www.orangesmile.com all rights reserved.
Hollanders love sweets. One of the most popular items here are monpazier candies, which are small colorful lollipops. It is cooked mainly from two ingredients – sweet and salty licorice. Monpazier souvenirs can be found in almost any store. Another popular treat is sling-Waffles. These are traditional round Waffles with soft caramel filling. Another dessert that absorbs all the features of Dutch cuisine is poffertjes. These are something made from buckwheat flour and yeast. They have high calorific properties and are usually sold in winter on cold days. They are eaten with whipped cream, syrup or berries. You should definitely try the limeburg cake with fruit filling. This is one of the oldest and most authentic dishes in the country.
The Netherlands is famous for their stinginess, which is evident in their gastronomic preferences. It is not customary to serve sumptuous meals, and leftover food after the feast is usually thrown away. Coffee and tea are very popular here. The traditional time for tea is between 10-11:00 am and 7-08:00 am. Milk is also popular here, although the Dutch call it coffee with milk incorrectly. Milk containing anise or chocolate is often served with a sandwich with fudge. This is another unique, yet very tasty find of the Dutch.
”nNea Pizza” in Amsterdam took its place among the best pizzerias in Europe
Who doesn’t like pizza? It is really hard to think that there is someone who does not like pizza, which is Italy’s gift to the world.
Pizza has been a part of Dutch cuisine for so long that it’s no surprise that this country has some of the best pizzerias in Europe.
This is also confirmed by the “50 Top Pizza” ranking conducted in Naples, which searches for internationally successful pizzerias: Amsterdam’s nNea Pizza ranks 11th in Europe and 54th in the World.
nNea has been named “Netherlands’ best pizzeria” two years in a row and has been on the list of “Europe’s best pizzerias” four years in a row.
Artificial chicken meat produced
Food technology company Upside Foods will soon introduce chicken meat produced in bioreactors using real animal cells to the US market.
Only two steps remain for the sale of artificial chicken meat approved by the US Food and Drug Administration
Upside Foods will soon be able to offer chickens made from real animal cells produced in bioreactors in the US.
According to the news of Wired, the decision taken by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seen as the next important milestone for the artificial meat industry. So far, small-scale production facilities have raised billions of dollars to experiment with artificial meat production; however, it could not sell these products to the public.
The few people invited to try artificial meat had to sign a disclaimer acknowledging that the products were still experimental. Now there are only two small regulatory steps left before the introduction of artificial meat to the public.
TWO STAGES LEFT FOR SALE
Upside needs an inspection approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its manufacturing facilities and an inspection mark for the food to enter the U.S. market. It is anticipated that these two steps will result in rapid results.
“This is the moment we’ve been working on for nearly seven years. Expanding into the US market is what every company in the world is trying to do,” Upside CEO Uma Valeti said in a statement.
While Upside Foods is focused solely on chicken, different startups are working on many different products, including beef, chicken, salmon, and tuna.
IT CAN BE TASTE IN RESTAURANTS FIRST
The FDA’s decision means that artificial meat products may soon be available to the public to try, but tastings will likely be limited to a select few restaurants. Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn has already announced that Upside Foods will serve chicken produced at her restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco.
Valeti said he wants the public to taste Upside chicken for the first time through select restaurants before buying it and cooking it at home.
“CAN’T DISCRIMINATE FROM REAL MEAT”
“We wanted to get this to people through the chefs in the first place. It’s really important for us to get the chefs excited about this. We want to work with the best partners who know how to cook well and also give us feedback on what we can do better,” said Valeti.
Unlike plant-based meat, artificial meat contains real animal cells and is theoretically indistinguishable from real meat itself. Cells are initially taken from an animal and then transformed into cell lines that are frozen. Small samples from these cell lines are then transferred to bioreactors (usually large steel tanks) where the cells are fed with growth medium containing the nutrients the cells need to divide. Once the cells have grown and reached sufficient tissue type, they are ready.
It will be sold for 17 dollars per kilo.
It is thought that the market and restaurant sales prices of the meat, for which the facilities will produce half a kilo for 17 dollars (approximately 317 lira) in the future, will be much more expensive. Due to this price, it is stated that the first artificial meat products offered to the public will likely be a mixture of animal cells and plant-based meat. On the other hand, it is stated that the widespread production of artificial meat at affordable prices will be 10-15 years later.
What is the famous Dutch dish Kibbeling?
Kibbeling is a popular Dutch street food consisting of pieces of fish dipped in batter, deep-fried and served with a dipping sauce such as garlic sauce, remoulade, ravigote or whiskey sauce.
In the Netherlands it is mostly consumed as a snack, but it can also be prepared for dinner with french fries, fresh salad and a sauce of choice.
What is the famous Dutch dish Kibbeling?
Kibbeling is one of the most popular fish products in the Netherlands. And no, Kibbeling does not swim in the sea. Kibbeling is not a type of fish, but a product with a long Dutch tradition. This real Dutch snack is made from pieces of sliced white fish, which are dipped in a batter and then deep-fried.
How did the Kibbeling get its name?
The name kibbeling originated from the name ‘cod cheek’, because the kibbeling used to be made from this. Cod used to be (in the 19th century) an important component of food in the Netherlands. And these cheeks were then prepared in a batter with herbs. Nowadays, kibbeling is no longer made from cheeks or just cod, but from different types of white fish such as polak, hake, whiting and saithe.
You can also easily make kibbeling yourself:
For 2 portions you need:
400 grams of cod fish
10 grams of fish herbs
1 egg yolk
100 grams of flour
150 milliliters of milk
Cut the cod into pieces (+/- 4 cm) and sprinkle with half of the fish herbs and some salt and pepper. Toss the pieces well. Make a batter of the flour, egg yolk, rest of the fish herbs and milk. Dip the pieces of cod well into the batter so that everything is covered. Fry the kibbeling until it is nice and golden brown and let it drain.
“De Nieuwe Winkel” named best plant-based restaurant in the world
Located in Nijmegen, Netherlands, “De Nieuwe Winkel” was named “the best plant-based restaurant in the world” at the Gastronomy Forum in Barcelona.
Nijmegen restaurant, which also has two Michelin stars and a green star, took second place last year.
If you want to try some of the best plant-based dishes in the world, you have to be patient; because the restaurant is completely full until the end of February.
Check menu: www.denieuwewinkel.com/menukaart
5 Little Known Places in the Netherlands
5 Little Known Places in the Netherlands. We know all the famous Dutch places like Kinderdijk, Amsterdam, Keukenhof and Giethoorn are great, but there are always tons of tourists there. These are also great places to see and are definitely worth it. But in this article, we have listed the special places that not everyone knows:
Jongenhoeve Kaasboerderij, a dairy and shop in the Southern Netherlands. You can taste tons of different types of cheese before choosing what you want to buy. The old woman who works in this tiny cheese shop cuts the giant wheels of cheese herself. Pretty surprising. So you can buy exactly the amount of cheese you want.
Besides cheese, they also sell farm-made juices, fudge, mustard, ice cream and even goose burgers. They were also explaining how the cheese is made, but they haven’t had such a service for a while. Maybe they will start over. Be sure to leave here with a bag full of cheese and many other delicacies.
Klompenmakerij Traas is where they make their famous Dutch clogs. They sell slippers of all sizes, from baby slippers to adult slippers. You can also get clogs made to order with the design you want. You can also learn about the clogging process by taking a tour. This small but impressive clog factory is located in the state of Zeeland.
Most people are familiar with the famous Dutch stroopwafel, but few know about the Dutch siroopwafel. Stroopwafel and siroopwafel are two different flavors. Hidden behind in the center of Gouda, this factory only makes siroopwafels. Everything about the history of these delicious cookies is in this factory. A highly interactive and delicious experience.
La Trappe Brewery
La Trappe… This beer is sweet and full of flavor. This is not a regular brewery, it’s a monastery. And here the beer is made by the monks. In addition to the tour, don’t forget to stop by their restaurant to try all the beers and Dutch snacks. Also, visit the gift shop to buy cheese and other products made at the monastery.
But most importantly, don’t leave without buying a bottle or two of their oak-aged beers. You won’t find this beer in any grocery store or liquor store. They only sell it there and each one tastes delicious. This factory is close to Tilburg and in an amazing location. Come hungry and thirsty.
Como & Co Restaurant
This will be one of the most memorable restaurants you’ve ever been to. While not very memorable for food, it is memorable because of its location. This restaurant is at the foot of a lake with lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Everywhere you walk is full of flowers. Can you imagine a more perfect place?
It’s a sunny day and you’re sitting with a beer or tea at the restaurant on a lake surrounded by tons of gorgeous colorful flowers. A better way to enjoy the sun and this beautiful country cannot be imagined. This restaurant will leave a lasting impression on you.
Best 10 Street Foods in Amsterdam Netherlands
What are the best 10 Street Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam? There are countless reasons to love Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its surroundings, architecture, people, its main mode of transportation, the bicycle, its cute flower-adorned houses, cool designer shops, bars and even street food are some of our favourites. Street food is often the first thing we run to when we get off the plane as soon as we step foot in the Netherlands.
10 Street Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam Netherlands
1. “PATATJE OORLONG” – FRIED CHEESE AND SPECIAL SAUCE
The issue of whether the French or Belgians were the first to discover french fries is a sensitive and controversial issue. However, if you ask me, it is our friends from Amsterdam who make this wonderful street flavor the best. There’s nothing like walking around the streets of Amsterdam while eating your hot and most delicious french fries in a paper cone, in 3 different sizes and with countless sauce combinations.
Especially mayonnaise and Dutch cheese-based sauces are very tasty and I recommend you to try them. Also, my recommendation for the best french fries chain is Manneken Pis Frites. This chain, named after the tiny peeing boy statue in Brussels, does not use frozen potatoes at all. They buy the potatoes fresh and cut them by hand one by one, they are thick like home fries made by the mother. Sometimes you will see very long and never-ending queues in front of Manneken Pis Frites branches. The reason will be that the potatoes will run out and the workers will peel potatoes and cut them to fry, and people will wait.
2. “POFFERTJES” – BABY CREPES AND LARGE CREPES
I have never seen a country that loves pancakes as much as our Dutch friends and does it well, regardless of whether they are sweet or salty. There are countless spots where you can get great crepes to sit and eat, or wrap up like a wrap and eat on the go. There are also extremely tiny and sweet baby pancakes (aka “poffertjes”), unique to Amsterdam, that are made like pancakes but are puffy inside, with lots of butter and powdered sugar on top.
My favorite spot for all kinds of regular and baby pancakes is De Vier Pilaren, directly opposite Voldelpark (read my previous detailed post here). Here you can eat the best baby pancakes; Moreover, they serve it with cream and strawberries on the side. And if you add a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream, happiness is guaranteed.
3. “BROODJE HARING” OR “KIBBELLING” – RAW OR FRIED HINGAS
If you can eat it raw, if you say you can’t eat raw fish, fried herring is a street delicacy in Amsterdam that cannot be praised, especially by the locals. Herring; A large, bony fish of the sardine family, with a length of 12-40 cm. It is generally abundant in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean.
First of all, the recommended one is broodje haring, that is, raw herring. It is eaten with pickled cucumbers and diced raw onions. If you wish, they also make bread rolls. If you don’t like to try uncooked fish, there is also a kibbelling version, which is deep-fried. It comes with mayonnaise-based sauces, and you enjoy it. For the best and most local herring, Vishandel Molenaar in Albert Cuypmarket is everyone’s common recommendation.
Best 10 Street Foods in Amsterdam Netherlands
4. “STROOPWAFELS” – WAFFLES WITH CARAMEL FILLED
Now start imagining… A wonderful round waffle big enough to cover the top of the coffee cup; It smells like caramel filling and butter. It is delicious both hot and cold. When you put the new coffee on top of the warm glass, the caramel filling inside melts and becomes even more delicious. This dream is called “stroopwafels“.
In my opinion, these caramel-filled waffles are the greatest gift the Dutch have given to the world in the field of eating and drinking. It is also the sweetest gift you can bring to your loved ones from Amsterdam.
5. “KAAS” – VARIETY OF NETHERLANDS CHEESE
The Netherlands is indeed the homeland of cheese. The Dutch have been making cheese for 2816 years, from 800 BC to the present. They are the world’s largest cheese importer and their annual cheese consumption per capita is 21 kg. When this is the case, there are so many varieties and delicious “kaas”, that is, cheese, beyond imagination.
The most local top 5 cheese types are as follows; guoda, edam, hoorn, alkmaar and woerden. You can also find all cheeses made from cow’s and goat’s milk. There are also varieties such as smoked, paprika and even wasabi. So, the possibilities are endless when it comes to cheese in the Netherlands. There are shops where you can buy and taste cheese on every corner.
Best 10 Street Foods in Amsterdam Netherlands
6. WOK TO WALK – YOUR OWN DESIGN NOODLES
Noodle, you guessed it, also belongs to the Dutch cuisine not; Asian food. However, Wok to Walks, which are almost on the corner in Amsterdam, do their noodle business as a street food, in wok pans that are on fire in the open kitchen. Wok to Walks has 7 types of noodles (including rice and rice-based noodles. Celiacs can eat it too), 21 types of ingredients, 8 types of sauces, 5 types of seasonings.
You can click here for this wonderful noodle chain menu and here for the branch lists. Over the years, my favorites are as follows: rice noodles + shrimp + pineapple + broccoli + (if you like spicy) hot asia , if you don’t like hot shanghai sauce.
7. “ROOKWORST” – Smoked Dutch-style pork sausage
Rookworst is an old Dutch pork sausage made using traditional methods. How it is made? Pork is lightly smoked in wood fire, various spices are added and this mixture; It is stuffed into the porcine gut membrane and dried. However, instead of being smoked, aromas that give a smoked taste and smell are preferred in rookworsts sold in the markets today. Instead of porcine intestinal membrane, membranes made of collagen are preferred. However, they are delicious because they reflect a hundred years of Dutch tradition.
If you say “I will eat original and old-fashioned” smoked sausage; There is a solution to it too. You can buy it from local butchers and cook it yourself. There’s nothing like an easy-to-prepare meal like sausage, especially when staying at an Air B&B. Traditional rookworst is usually eaten with lettuce on the side.
8. “CROCKETS” FROM FEBO AUTOMATS
The first name that comes to mind when it comes to “fast food” in Amsterdam is the FEBO kiosks with vending machines all over the city. In these fast food kiosks, which are 100% Dutch domestic goods, you deposit your money and buy the food from the vending machines. In addition to the usual types of fast food such as hamburgers, onion rings, french fries; There are local Dutch fast foods such as kaassouffles (cheese soufflé), frikandel (hot dog made from ground beef) and most importantly kroketten.
For those who will pass through the FEBO kiosks, let’s talk about “croquette” a little bit. When I think of croquettes, I think of crispy coated fried croquettes without chicken inside. However, in Amsterdam, croquettes can be made with beef, shrimp, chicken with satay sauce or even vegetables. There is also an endless variety of sauces for each option.
9. “BITTERBALLEN” – FRIED MEATBALLS
Bitterballen is simply “fried meatballs”. Bitterballen is one of the favorite snacks in pubs and bars where beer is generally consumed. So what exactly is it and how is it done? Salt, pepper and butter are added to the ground beef and kneaded. Then the kneaded meatballs are drizzled over eggs, bread crumbs and flour. Finally, it is fried in hot oil.
I strongly recommend that you enjoy bitterballen with your beer.
10. “DUTCH LIQUORICE” – Dutch Liquorice Candy
Even though we do not know it by name, we all remember the bad sugar of red licorice, which is obtained from the licorice plant. Now you forgot that this candy is elongated and red and white like a straw. Forget that it’s even sweet and smells like candy. Imagine it’s pitch black and just the way you want it, and it’s just as salty as it is sweet. could you? I think it’s hard to imagine, but our Dutch friends made and produced it.
Dutch licorice candy is also known as “drop,” meaning drops. If you like double flavors like salted caramel, it’s for you! In addition, the average Dutchman consumes 2 kg of this sugar per person per year! Be sure to try it while you’re there.
Best 10 Street Foods in Amsterdam Netherlands
BEST 10 CAFES in AMSTERDAM
Which are the best 10 Cafes in Amsterdam? When it comes to coffee, Amsterdam knows how to do it right. The city is home to some of the best cafes in Europe, each with its own unique atmosphere.
Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot to curl up with a book or a vibrant place to people watch, there are amazing cafes in Amsterdam for you. Here are our best 10 picks.
BEST 10 CAFES in AMSTERDAM
De Koffieschenkerij is one of the most popular cafes in Amsterdam. It is located on the floor of a building on the Oudekerksplein. The cafe has a large terrace. The menu features coffee, tea, sandwiches, pastries, and salads. There is also a selection of beer and desserts.
Location: Oudekerksplein 27, 1012 GX Amsterdam
If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee in Amsterdam, look no further than The Bocca Coffee. This popular cafe has locations all over the city, so you’re never far from a good cup of joe. The coffee here is always fresh and delicious, and the baristas are experts at making all your favorite drinks. If you’re looking for a place to relax and also work, Bocca Coffee is the perfect spot.
Location: Kerkstraat 96H, 1017 GP Amsterdam
BEST 10 CAFES in AMSTERDAM
Koffiehuis ‘De Hoek
If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee in Amsterdam, you can’t go wrong with the Koffiehuis. This cafe is located in the heart of the city, and it’s one of the most popular spots for locals and tourists alike. The Koffiehuis has a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, and the staff is always happy to help you find the perfect coffee for your taste. They also offer a wide selection of pastries and sandwiches, so you can enjoy a light meal with your coffee.
Location: Prinsengracht 341, 1016 PM Amsterdam
If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee in Amsterdam, The Koffiespot is the place to go. The coffee is excellent, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. The cafe has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a good cup of coffee. There are also a few small tables outside if you want to enjoy the fresh air.
Location: Elandsgracht 53, 1016 TN Amsterdam
If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee in Amsterdam, look no further than the Zuivere Koffie. This cafe is known for its excellent coffee and friendly staff. The cafe is located in the heart of Amsterdam, on the Utrechtsestraat.
Location: Utrechtsestraat 39, 1017 VH Amsterdam
BEST 10 CAFES in AMSTERDAM
The Coffee Company
There are plenty of great cafes to choose from in Amsterdam, but The Coffee Company is definitely one of the best. The coffee here is excellent, and the staff are always friendly and helpful. The cafe has a great atmosphere, and it’s always filled with people enjoying their coffee and chatting with friends. The Coffee Company is definitely the place to go for a great cup of coffee in Amsterdam.
In Amsterdam, there are many great cafes to choose from. The Caffènation Amsterdam is one of the best, offering a wide variety of coffees and other drinks, as well as delicious food. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and the cafe has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The wifi is free and fast, making it the perfect place to catch up on work or social media. And if you’re looking for somewhere to people watch, Caffènation Amsterdam is definitely the place to be!
Location: Warmondstraat 120, 1058 KZ Amsterdam
With a convenient location just off Oosterpark, Coffee Bru is perfect for a quick caffeine fix in between walking. The coffee here is excellent, and there’s a good selection of sandwiches and pastries if you need a snack.
Location: Beukenplein 14, 1091 KG Amsterdam
BEST 10 CAFES in AMSTERDAM
Coffee Culture Center
The Coffee Culture Center is one of the top cafes in Amsterdam. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. The atmosphere is cozy and the staff is friendly. They have a wide selection of pastries and sandwiches, and the prices are reasonable.
What to order at each cafe
Assuming you want a list of what to order at the best cafes in Amsterdam:
Whether you’re looking for a delicious cup of coffee or a cozy place to relax and people watch, Amsterdam has plenty of great cafes to choose from. We hope our list has helped you find the perfect cafe for your needs and that you enjoy exploring all that Amsterdam has to offer. Thanks for reading!
8 of the best green Michelin star restaurants in the Netherlands in 2022
Which restaurants in the Netherlands will receive a green Michelin star in 2022 will be announced at the end of May. Green Michelin stars were first awarded to a handful of restaurants in the Netherlands in 2021. What exactly does a green Michelin star mean?
Restaurants with a green Michelin star are distinguished from their culinary counterparts by a commendable and forward-looking focus on sustainability. For example, they only work with local suppliers, strive for zero waste, or take plant-based foods to the next level. Every restaurant in the Michelin guide qualifies for a green star, and I expect that number to increase due to the popularity of plantforward. This year, cooking at a high level will only increase!
Restaurant de Kas : De Kas grows its own vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in the center of Amsterdam. It is harvested at the last minute so it is as fresh as possible on your plate. In other words: from plant to plate! The garden is always open to those who want to inhale the scent of fresh basil with or without a glass of wine. What I love about De Kaş is that they are also open for lunch! Party: Because you start with a table full of appetizers and then you can enjoy a delicious menu.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Amsterdam – restaurantdekas.com
Bolenius: This restaurant in the middle of Zuidas offers a vegetarian menu (vegan is also possible). With food-local thinking, fresh herbs and vegetables are sourced from its own vegetable garden located next to the restaurant.
George Gershwinlaan 30, Amsterdam – bolenius-restaurant.nl
De Librije: Not a hotel or restaurant where you stay or dine every week, but once in your life, when you have something very special to celebrate, it will be an experience you will remember often. The hotel, which has 19 uniquely decorated rooms, is located in the former women’s prison. Two Michelin-starred restaurants need to be booked months in advance. Or book one of the packages.
Spinhuisplein 1, Zwolle – librije.com
Restaurant Lokaal : A beautiful place in Achterhoek where the environment plays an important role. That’s why the entire menu is inspired by the seasons and the professionals who provide the restaurant with their best products every day. Highly recommended for a weekend away!
Ruimzichtlaan 150, Doetinchem – hotelvillaruimzicht.nl
Restaurant ONE : In 2007, ONE opened its doors in one of Roermond’s oldest districts. A lot has changed since then. In 2010 they were already awarded a Michelin star and now the beautiful restaurant can add a green star.
ECI 17, MA Roermond – restaurantone.nl
Het Seminar: On the edge of Zenderen, you will find the restaurant Het Seminar, located in a former monastery. Here you can enjoy nature and the best the season has to offer. Here they mostly work with fresh produce from their own garden.
Hertmerweg 42, Zenderen – hetseminar.nl
De Nieuwe Winkel : A dinner at De Nieuwe Winkel is high on my food list . This restaurant, where mainly vegetable dishes are served, is one of the places to be considered. De Nieuwe Winkel even has a word for it: botanical gastronomy. The team believes that you can let your guests eat very well at a high level while choosing your ingredients in a way that does not tire the world. Chef Emile van der Staak prefers to design his new dishes on a log in the food forest where your dinner ingredients grow. I’ve been following De Nieuwe Winkel on Instagram for a while and the food looks great. Come back soon to try it!
Limbourg Square 7 brothers, Nijmegen – denieuwewinkel.com
Organic restaurant Aan Sjuuteeänjd : An organic restaurant in Schinnen where everything revolves around good quality, taste and a friendly atmosphere. Here, they mainly cook organic food and prefer local products as much as possible. They also cook with forgotten vegetables from their own garden. Chef Jean Thoma loves to visit this vegetable garden. There he finds his peace and creativity. Sjuut’s dishes are inspired by the flavors of the past and can also be seen as regional dishes, but at a high level.
Village Street 74, Schinnen – sjuut.nl
The idea, which his management found “ridiculous”, brought McDonald’s millions of dollars
Half of the limited edition Happy Meal menus prepared by McDonald’s for adults in the past weeks were sold in just 4 days. Exactly 45 years ago, when the idea of creating a special menu for children was proposed, the company did not foresee such a success…
The 1970s, when Happy Meal emerged, corresponds to the years when McDonald’s lost its dominance over family and children in the market. At that time, McDonald’s arch-rival Burger King began to win the hearts of children with its “king” image. As such, the company asked Bob Bernstein, the creator of the Happy Meal idea, and his team to develop a concept that would appeal to families and children. Bernstein came up with the idea of designing a special children’s lunch box with puzzles, riddles, games and comics for kids to have fun while they eat.
Passed 2 years trial period
Stating that the idea went through a grueling process to be adopted by the company, Bernstein said, “Happy Meal, which emerged in 1977 with a regular size hamburger, french fries, Keebler cookies, soda and Cracker Jack surprise toy, is only available at McDonald’s franchise stores in Kansas City, Denver and Phoenix. Released as a promotional product. For some reason, the company was reluctant to distribute Happy Meal at branches outside of Chicago.” After 2 years of trial work, Happy Meal spread around the world but experienced its rise in the 1980s. The menu, which has undergone various innovations and changes in the intervening time, has earned millions of dollars by being among the cult products of the company and continues to do so.
McDonald’s recently decided to blow nostalgia on the menu, which was a source of happiness for children of a period, and launched Happy Meal for adults. The menu, which is currently on sale in limited numbers, was very popular, and even the employees had difficulty in keeping up with the orders. Thus, the company has made a significant profit today from an idea that it was not sure of 45 years ago.
The XtraCold Ice Bar Amsterdam
Where is The XtraCold Ice Bar Amsterdam? Sipping a cocktail in frosty temperatures of -10 °C and from a glass made entirely of ice? In the XtraCold Ice Bar Amsterdam it is possible. We reveal how you survive a visit without frostbite and whether it’s worth it.
The Ice Bar and all of its furnishings were created from around 60 tons of ice. There is hardly a better place for really “cool” drinks …
Prices, tickets and opening times
The entrance fee for the XtraCold Ice Bar is €26.50 per person. You can get tickets at Get Your Guide , for example . When you visit, you can show your ticket either in printed form or as an e-ticket on your smartphone.
You do not necessarily have to book the ticket for your visit to the XtraCold Ice Bar in advance. However, the number of visitors is limited and there is usually a high demand, especially on weekends.
So that you don’t miss the icy bar attraction under any circumstances, it is advisable to play it safe and buy the ticket in advance.
The opening times are set as follows:
- Friday to Saturday : 1:40 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Sunday to Thursday : 2:40 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
Important: The ticket office closes one hour before the ice bar itself closes. Even if you booked your ticket in advance, you must arrive at least one hour before closing time.
4 important tips for your visit to the ice bar
The ticket is booked and the anticipation great? Then the frosty fun can begin – at least almost! Before that, we’ll tell you what you should consider when you visit Amsterdam’s “Ice Bar” and how you can best prepare for it.
1. How much time do you have to plan for a visit?
You can spend up to 20 minutes in the Ice Bar itself – you won’t be able to stand the cold much longer. However, you can stay in the associated lounge as long as you like. In order to fully enjoy the experience, it makes sense to plan at least two hours.
2. What clothes should you wear?
Even though the Ice Bar doesn’t have a dress code, you should definitely opt for warm clothes.
Since the temperatures in the Ice Bar are as low as −10 °C, dresses, shorts, T-shirts or open-toed shoes are out of place! In order to keep visitors warm enough, the bar provides each guest with an additional coat and gloves.
3. What drinks are served in the Ice Bar?
The selection on the drinks menu at Amsterdam’s Ice Bar ranges from a glass of Sprite or orange juice to beer and various shots. The regular admission ticket includes two drinks in the Ice Bar and one in the associated lounge. In the lounge you also have the option to order additional drinks; however, this is not possible in the bar.
4. Can I take photos of the Ice Bar?
Taking and posting photos is allowed and even encouraged. There is also the option of having a photo taken by a professional photographer and purchasing the results or downloading them online.
Stay tuned: In the next part, we’ll tell you how to get to the ice bar and whether it’s worth a visit.
How to get to the ice bar – map with directions
The XtraCold Ice Bar is located right in the center of Amsterdam – just a few steps from the Blauwbrug .
Address : Amstel 194-196, 1017 AG Amsterdam.
From the main train station, it is best to take the metro (lines 51, 53, 54) and get off at Waterlooplein station. From there you just have to cross the Blauwbrug and you’re already there. You can buy discounted tram tickets here .
Alternatively, you can also reach the bar by car. You will find multi- storey car parks and parking spaces right next to the Waterlooplein metro station.
Conclusion: Is the Ice Bar in Amsterdam worth a visit?
If you are in Amsterdam, you should definitely not miss the Ice Bar XtraCold . Enjoying drinks against such a backdrop is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Even those who do not normally count themselves among the typical “bar-goers” will appreciate this special kind of refreshment.
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