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by Gayle DeM » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:31 am

I have two free days in Amsterdam coming up. Any suggestions? I know the Rijksmuseum is reopening next week, so that will be a must. I've been there several times so I am more concerned with the food scene. I'd especially like to get some recommendations for place to pick up a "to-go" lunch that could be enjoyed in one of the great parks.
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Re: Amsterdam

by Ed Vermillion » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:56 pm

Love Amsterdam, Gayle! Highly recommend two stand outs for us:

http://translate.google.com/translate?h ... CDcQ7gEwAA

which is the english translation for this site:

http://www.coteouest.nl/

Also, one of the finest BLT sandwiches I've ever had was at the Park Plaza Brasserie located in the Park Plaza Victoria directly across from the central rail station.

http://www.parkplaza.com/amsterdam-hote ... g/netamst/

If you have the time we also enjoyed the Rijsttafel at Aneka Rasa.

http://anekarasa.nl/menu/

Enjoy!
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Re: Amsterdam

by Gayle DeM » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:02 pm

Thank you. Ed. Much appreciated. I, too, love Amsterdam. And this time the tulips should be in bloom!
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Re: Amsterdam

by GaryF » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:58 am

Yum- what I wouldn't give for some herring and salad from an outdoor stall- and since you'll be there in spring there will be matjes herring, my personal favorite.
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Re: Amsterdam

by Gayle DeM » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:14 am

Oh yes, Gary, I also love herring, especially the matjes. Can't wait! And the tulips should be in bloom. :D
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Re: Amsterdam

by AmyBK » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:15 am

Gayle, if you haven't been to the Keukenhof, and like flowers, it is worth the time. It is the most amazing display of flowers I've ever seen. It is usually open daily until the end of May and about 1/2 hour outside of Amsterdam. There is bus service from the airport and other points. Acres and Acres of the most incredible flower beds. http://www.keukenhof.nl I just love the Netherlands.
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Re: Amsterdam

by Gayle DeM » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:25 am

Thanks, Amy. It sounds wonderful. I've now put it on my list.
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Re: Amsterdam

by Deb Hall » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:25 pm

Gayle-

There is an existing thread with recommendations from when I went lest year- just search on it.

My three favorites of the trip entertaining-wise:
the very small Tulip museum - totally unique and fun ( no more than an hour to do this- on a lovely canal section by the Anne Frank museum

Renting a bike and riding it all over town ( highly recommend)

The newly done Maritime museum

( I did not have time in 36 hours to go to the large museums or the flower market but I know they are great)

I had a fabulous meal outside of downtown at Wilde Zwijnen. Great choice ( recommended by Mark Bittman) on east end of town. The 3 course Chef's tasting was fantastic! ( and at great value at 30 euros). Every course was perfectly prepared and great flavors; service was very good and very friendly/helpful. High recommended!! http://www.wildezwijnen.com/contact.html

Enjoy!
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Re: Amsterdam

by Gayle DeM » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:59 pm

Thanks for the info Deb. The restaurant sounds devine! The other suggestions sound good, too.
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Re: Amsterdam

by Deb Hall » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:20 am

Gayle-
My new issue of Travel & Leisure has a feature article on dining in Amsterdam. :D PM me with your address if you want me to mail it to you.

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Re: Amsterdam

by Gayle DeM » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:23 am

Thanks for the offer, Deb, but another friend is lending me her copy. -gayle

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