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Dutch snacks

I guess typical Dutch snacks can not be called healthy. But it is really worth it to try some of them:

Drop: liquorice, a candy flavoured with the extract of the roots of the liquorice plant. We just love that stuff.
Kroket: a croquette filled with meat. The best one is found at Patisserie Holtkamp, but traditionally we get them out of the machine at FEBO (named after the FErdinand BOlstraat, where the first FEBO was located and still is). Eat it with mustard!
Bitterballen: sphere-shaped croquettes filled with meat. We love to eat them dipped in mustard, while drinking beer in a bar. The art is not to put a whole bitterbal at once in your mouth as they are served freaking hot. Have a small bite, wait, blow and enjoy the rest 🙂
Stroopwafel: a waffle made of two thin layers of baked dough with caramel-filling inside. You can buy them in a supermarket but it is so much nicer to go to the Albert Cuypmarket and buy them freshly made.
Hagelslag: chocolate sprinkles we use as a sandwich topping.
Beschuit met muisjes: it is a Dutch tradition for parents to serve beschuit met muisjes (rusk with a topping of coloured aniseeds) when a baby is born. The aniseeds are blue and white when the baby is a boy, and pink and white when the baby is a girl.
Haring: eating herring is very popular in The Netherlands. Most people think we eat it raw, but it is a legal requirement to freeze the fish for at least 24 hours before consumption (to kill parasites). According to the owner of the herring stall at the Albert Cuyp market it is an old Jewish tradition to cut the fish into bite-sized pieces, that’s why the fish is sold this way in Amsterdam. It is garnished with onions, pickles and a cocktail stick with a small Dutch flag.
The best herring is called ‘Hollandse Nieuwe‘. It is the first herring of the season and it contains at least 16% fat. It is caught between mid May and the end of June. Traditionally, the first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe is sold at an auction and the money goes to charity (sometimes its price goes up to € 90.000)
The best experience is to eat your herring at a herring stall, but you can go to fish shops as well. You can find herring stalls throughout the whole city of Amsterdam, but here are a few recommendations.
Oliebol: deep fried dough with raisins. These sphere-shaped sweet treats are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve, but during winter they are sold in mobile stalls as well. They are served with powdered sugar.
Poffertjes: batter treats that are very popular on summer festivals, but also during winter. They look like small pancakes and the best way to eat them is with powdered sugar and butter.
Kruidnoten: we eat these small sweets traditionally during our Sinterklaas festivity. They are made with the same ingredients as speculaas. Lots of Dutch people think they are called pepernoten, since these are also eaten during Sinterklaas.
Pepernoten: small sweats made of rye flower, sugar and anise, Pepernoten and kruidnoten are usually thrown in handfuls through rooms during Sinterklaas and kids will run around to collect them.

Kerstwinkel 2017

Hi there, my name is Sandra and Amsterdam is the city where I was born. In my opinion, this city is amazing! We have so many good restaurants from all around the world, beautiful museums, romantic canals, city parks, a world famous concert hall etc. And the great thing about Amsterdam is that it is a really small city. It actually is a big village compared to other cities in the world. I have been a host to many people staying at my apartment and they always told me that they loved their stay in Amsterdam so much thanks to all my recommendations. After receiving so much positive feedback I decided I want to share all these cool places with the rest of the world. When I travel myself (I have been to many places all around the globe) I love to end up at those special places that are not stuffed with tourists, but where I will always remember that wonderful dish that was prepared with so much love, or where the staff just made me feel so welcome that I spent all day or night at that specific place. I hope that my recommendations will contribute to your unique experiences in this beautiful city.

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