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Kristen de Joseph

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Amsterdam in June

Thursday May 29, 2014

There's a reason why peak tourist season in Amsterdam falls in June: the sun is out, the cafe terraces full, and the festival season at full tilt. Find out what to expect in Amsterdam in June.

A Dinner-Workshop with an Eye Towards the Environment

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Last month I attended one of Mik le Chef's "eco-correct" dinner workshops in southwestern Amsterdam, where I learned all about how to make the most of local, seasonal fare with professional kitchen techniques - then sat down to the lavish dinner I and the other participants had prepared in the marathon six-hour workshop. Read more about my experiences in the linked review.

Focus on The Hague Food: Het Gouden Konijn

Thursday May 22, 2014

If we want to talk personal favorites, Het Gouden Konijn is certainly one of mine: this lunchroom/cafe is an authentically Neapolitan tavola calda set in The Hague's likable Zeeheldenkwartier.

Focus on The Hague Food: New Meyva

Tuesday May 20, 2014

New Meyva is Surinamese comfort food at its best: home-style classics such as noodles, rice and roti with rich, spicy curries. With a central location near The Hague's Grote Markt, it makes a convenient stop for lunch or a casual dinner.

A Tower Called "Silly John"

Friday May 16, 2014

The Montelbaanstoren (Montelbaan Tower), a later addition to the medieval city wall, became known not for its defensive capacity, but for its mischievous carillon which, after a period of extensive repair work on the tower, would sound out at the most unpredictable hours - and earned the tower the nickname Malle Jap ("Silly John").

Amsterdam Architecture: The Mint Tower

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Thousands pass it every day, the landmark Munttoren (Mint Tower) - but few appreciate the history of this tower on the busy corner of Rokin and Kalverstraat. Once part of the city's defensive wall, the Mint Tower was turned into a makeshift coin mint in the "Disaster Year" (Rampjaar) of 1672, when multiple invasions of the country made it too risky to transport bullion to the usual mints outside the city.

Amsterdam Architecture: The Tower on the Corner

Monday May 12, 2014

This week, we'll revisit some landmarks preserved from Amsterdam's medieval city wall, which represent the oldest secular architecture in the city. The Schreierstoren, a former defensive tower in the city wall, was so called because it sat on a corner (archaic Dutch schrei) of the wall; in time, its name because popularly misconstrued as the "Weeper's Tower", thanks to the similarity of schrei 'corner' with Dutch schreien 'to cry'. Find out more about this misunderstood tower on Amsterdam Travel.

Il Sogno: Pizza with a Concept

Thursday May 8, 2014

The Italian "concept store" Il Sogno, on a side street off the popular Nieuwmarkt square, churns out tasty pizzas from its centerpiece of an oven while customers browse its imported food, fashion and Italy-themed books.

May in Amsterdam

Wednesday April 30, 2014

May keeps up the pace after the festivities of the very first King's Day (Koningsdag). Find out what's on for Amsterdam in May as well as other season-specific travel advice for the city.

Best Bubble Tea in Amsterdam

Thursday April 24, 2014

Fans of bubble tea - as well as those curious to try the Taiwanese-born tea trend - can now head to YoYo! Fresh Tea Bar for their fix in Amsterdam. Situated on the Zeedijk in Amsterdam Chinatown, the tea house brews their teas fresh from ingredients imported directly from Taiwan.

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