Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nam Kee in Amsterdam

If we can get a good recommendation we like to try Chinese food when we travel and Nam Kee came highly recommended. The house specialty is Oysters and these were beautiful. Not for the faint of heart; if you have any fear of oysters, these aren’t the ones for you. But if you love the ugly monsters, do go, dig in, slurp on. Nam Kee Zeedijk 111 – 113.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Brasserie Roux, London

We stayed at the Sofitel St James in London. This is our favourite hotel in London for rooms, location and cofee. Brasserie Roux serves a pot of coffee that makes me happy to settle in behind a newspaper and enjoy the start of every day in my favourite city. We also tried a pre theatre meal at Roux and weren’t disappointed. Albert Roux consults on all things food at Sofitel St James and lends his name to the brasserie. This is Michelin food without the cost of those stars. Time it right and you can have a short walk after dinner to your show. A perfect evening.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bridges in Amsterdam

Even if you aren’t lucky enough to stay at the Sofitel Amsterdam be sure to have a meal at Bridges. I had the best mussels I’ve eaten in my life and I’ve eaten the lovely bivalves a long time. Bridges restaurant at the Sofitel Amsterdam is a modern restaurant that exudes northern European chic. The mussels were served on the half shell. Impressive. Bridges (at the Sofitel), Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cheeses in Amsterdam

Tip: Canada Customs allows hard and semi hard cheeses back into Canada. Technically you can bring 20 kilos or $20 worth of cheese back into Canada. I don’t know where you can buy 20 kilos of cheese for $20 or who would want to eat such a thing. In practice I’ve never been asked about the specific value of my cheese but have been asked whether the cheese was runny, soft or liquid and if it was packaged with a shrink wrap.

Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room Amsterdam is a delight for the cheese lover. 182 at the South East corner of the Nine Little Streets it’s a must for food lovers visiting the city.

Reypenaer XO is the Wijngaard families King of Cheeses. They claim that the cheese factory itself contributes to the maturation process so important to this cheese. The accumulation of micro organisms and aroma aged into the wood of the building built in 1906 on the Rhine river are factors in the flavour of this protein and fat rich cow cheese. This specialty gouda must be aged at least one year to be called Reypenaer, the XO loses approximately a quarter of it’s weight in the aging process.

De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam Runstaat 7 is a member of SlowFood . Also in the Nine Little Streets they carry nearly 400 cheeses. Here you’ll find the best cheeses of Holland and Europe along with wine, salads and lots of great take away.

Kaashandel Wout Arxhoek Damstraat 17 – 19 carries an excellent variety of cheeses but I especially like their selection of small round goudas and specialty Dutch products. A trip to this store right off Dam Square could take care of all your shopping.

Au Vieux Bruxelles

In Brussels we loved Au Vieux Bruxelles - casual, no reservations, opens at 5:30pm. We had sole 3 ways on the good recommendation of our friendly and helpful server. There were a lot of happy diners there.

Sint-Bonifaasstraat 35
1050 Brussel ( Elsene ), Belgiƫ
02 503 31 11