Sep 22: Egg Salad and Sweet Clover Shoots; Lamb Loin Chops with Strawberry and Cucumber Salad with Dolmas

Lunch

For lunch we tried a new bread – Dave’s Killer Organic 21 Grains – that we like although a little sweet for our taste. The goal is to find a tasty bread that doesn’t need toasting and this one works.

Filled with Trader Joe’s Egg Salad and Sweet Clover Shoots, this was a pretty good sandwich, and not toasted was a nice change.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is $4.99 for the loaf of 16 slices, or 63c per serve
  • Egg Salad is $3.69 for 8 oz and we had 2 oz each, or 93c per serve
  • The shoots cost $2.99 and we shared ¼, or 38c per serve.

A good sandwich for $1.84 per serve.

Dinner

When you can get a pound of lamb loin chops for $11.49, there’s no excuse not to buy and grill them. We grew up with lamb chops and these from New Zealand are likely a result of herd downsizing due to drought, which drives the price down.

We paired with a salad of balsamic maserated strawberries, cucumber and feta with dolmas on the side to bulk out the meal a little.

  • Lamb chops were $12.18 or $6.09 per serve
  • Cucumber was 31c or 16c per serve
  • Strawberries were $3.49 but we shared half, or 88c per serve
  •  The tin of dolma’s is $2.49 or 55c per serve
  • The Valpresso feta was $9.99 for the tin, but we used half of a 1/6 portion, or 42c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for the balsamic and seasonings.

We used the remaining strawberry balsamic mix for a dressing on the lamb chops, which were a perfect medium rare and very tasty. A simple, but great meal for $8.60 per serve.

Sep 21: Mustard & Liverwurst, Sweet & Spicy Tuna Melt; Côte d’Azur

Lunch

Back home and back into routine, we did toasted sandwiches again. First was a mustard, liverwurst and shallot, while the other was Sweet & Spicy Tuna, Swiss Cheese and shallots.

  • Liverwurst works out at 40c per serve
  • Shallot and mustard/aioli add 25c per serve
  • The tuna was $2.00 or $1.00 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 33c per serve
  • Add 45c for butter and mayo.

Two sandwiches shared between us cost $2.75 per serve.

Dinner

With one of the Foodies a little under the weather from a bug picked up at the end of the conference trip, Foodie Greg decided on Côte d’Azur: the cure all soup!

Garlic and chicken stock thickened with egg yolks it tastes a lot more interesting than the picture above. The recipe made at least four serves and we served with Trader Joe’s Cheese Bites as croutons (not pictured).

  • Six pastured brown eggs are $3.30 or 83c per serve
  • A whole head of garlic went into the soup: 50c  or 13c per serve
  • Organic chicken bone broth was $3.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Parmesan cost $5.49 and we used 3/5, or $1.65 per serve.
  • Add 40c for herbs, oil  and seasonings
  • Cheese bites cost $2.49 and we used about half, or 32c per serve.

This is an amazingly delicious soup and seems to have done it’s job as Foodie Philip is dramatically improved the morning after. Cheaper than a trip to the doctor for $4.33 per serve.

 

Sep 20: Airline Food; Bahn Mi

Breakfast/Lunch

An early flight out of Amsterdam had two meals: an average “dinner” of an odd cabbage, sun dried tomato and olive salad, chicken teriyaki with rice and green beans and cheesecake.

The second meal had a salad that only one of us ate part of, along with a slice of bread with tomato and cheese, like a very poor idea of a pizza. This meal was accompanied by tiramisu.

The food on flights out of Amsterdam has not been great, and this flight was no change. Meals in flight are included in the air fare.

Dinner

Well, actually a late lunch that ended up substituting for dinner. We did a little supermarket shopping and picked up some bahn mi on the way back, which was definitely the best meal of the day by a good measure.

The bahn mi is $8.75 per serve.

Sep 19: Meijer at Sandvort; Indonesian Rijsttafel

Lunch

As we had a day between trade show and trip home, we decided to go to the seaside at Sandvort, Netherlands. While it was a little too windy to truly enjoy, we had a good meal at Meijer, one of the many, many restaurants on the beach.

The Foodies each had a fillet steak with peppercorn/Baernaise sauces, while our friend had a club sandwich. All were good, without being outstanding, for €17.16 (US$20.25) per serve.

Dinner

Since we arrived our friend has been craving Indonesian Rijsttafel (rice table). We found a nearby restaurant that specializes in them, and tonight was the only night we could get there.

It was a generous feast of a variety of Indonesian/Sumatran dishes served with rice. We started with beef satay with a sweet soy dressing and chicken sate in a peanut sauce. The other dishes were sea bass, chicken, beef curry and stir fried vegetable.

Our friend paid for the meal.

Sep 18: de Kas; D&A Hummus

Lunch

Shortly before the trip we ran across an article of “50 Things to Do in Amsterdam” that include de Kas restaurant, which we’d not heard about before. After determining whether the other person sharing our rented accommodation that she didn’t want to join us, we tried to book for dinner.

There were no booking left for dinner in September but we were able to get in for lunch. The restaurant is in the former Municipal Greenhouse, which has been meticulously restored.

The meticulously restored Municipal Greenhouse is the restaurant’s home.

The meal started with two, off menu, Amuse-bouche: little bites to set the tone, and they were wonderful.

The on to the main meal.

Tomato Salad with green gazpacho, burrata and nasturtium.
Kohlrabi with elderflower beurre blanc and herring caviar.

It’s rather exciting to be eating vegetables and herbs grown on the premises (or in a greenhouse nearby).

The meal was excellent. Every bit was full of flavor and well balanced. A great meal for €32.50 (US$38.35) per person.

Dinner

For a complete change of pace we went to a local (to our rented apartment) “hummus” restaurant recommended by our host. D&A Hummus also did not disappoint.

The three of us shared some hummus (of course), baked eggplant, falafel and Sinija, which is ground lamb and beef on a roasted tomato, sliced eggplant and a crispy pita zaa’ta topped with tahini and pickled onion.

The spread from D&A

A good meal for €59.50 (US$70.21) or $23.40 per person.

Sep 17: Cheese & Meats on Village Bread; de Curtis Italian Restaurant

Lunch

Because we were eating ahead of the trade show meetings we delved into our supply of Salami, liverwurst, Smokey and blue cheeses on village bread.  A little hard to calculate an exact proportion, but it would be around US$5.00 per serve.

Dinner

Since we last stayed in this area of Jordaan a new Italian restaurant has opened around the corner: cafe de Curtis. Between the three of us we had some excellent asparagus ravioli, a perfectly cooked fillet with arugula and Parmesan salad, and some amazing nut crusted lamb chops.

We will definitely come back again. Our friend paid for the meal.

Sep 16: Pannenkoeken; Not Very Supermeet

Lunch

On our way back from some early meetings at IBC, we stopped for Dutch Pancakes or Pannenkoeken. Being lunch we had savory versions. Foodie Greg had a mixed mushroom filling, while Philip had a pancake version of a schwarma, or yeros.

Both were generous serves and very tasty for €10.05 average, or US$11.71 per serve.

Dinner

In past years, Sunday night at IBC has been dedicated to the Supermeet, but unfortunately the event can’t find a home in Amsterdam at the moment.  A few of us who would otherwise be at the Supermeet got together at the Capri in Jordaan and had an alternate meetup, a.k.a. dinner!

The tab was picked up by one of the associated companies.

Sep 15: Fillet American; Riva

Lunch

On our way to the convention center we stopped again at Van Dobben for each, or US$5.26 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner the Foodies were invited to join our friends at LumaForge for their annual cruise and dinner. The cruise was a pleasant trip up the Amstel river and back to restaurant Riva, which is where we had an excellent meal last year.

We er not disappointed this year. As we only saw the menu in Dutch the descriptions are my own.

We started with a deeply tomato flavored tomato tatin topped with creamy burrata.  The main was a choice between beef two ways: slow cooked and grilled. That was the choice of 90% of our table, including Foodie Greg . Philip had the fish, which turned out to be a piece of seared and perfectly cooked white fish like cod, on a potato mousse, with kale and mussels. As you would expect it was very good.

The meal concluded with a rich soft chocolat balanced against a sharp orange sorbet, which perfectly balanced each other.

An excellent meal, and excellent company. Many thanks to LumaForge for inviting us.

Sep 14: Smoked Trout; Eatcafe Koevoet

Lunch

Last IBC started our flirtation with smoked trout over the last year, so we decided to go back to the RAI’s Grand Cafe and once again enjoyed the smoked trout, baked potato and small salad with a beer included for €22.50 (US$26.18) per serve.

This was not just good food for a convention cente, but genuinely good food.

Dinner

A last minute change of plans found us at Eatcafe Koevoet, near where we are staying in Jordaan. Every time we’ve been here we’ve had an outstanding meal and tonight was no exception.

We started by sharing a tuna carpaccio and a beef carpaccio, swapping half way though. Both were good, but we gave the edge to the tuna.

The tuna carpaccio.

Foodie Philip chose the mixed ravioli in a sage butter sauce, which was flavorsome. Foodie Greg had the Eggplant Parmigiana, which sounds a lot fancier in Italian! This was definitely our favorite of the two, because of the deep, rich tomato flavor of the sauce.

The meal cost €28.25 (US$32.87) per serve and was well worth it.

Sep 13: Filet American; Indian

Lunch

Part of our IBC/Amsterdam experience is a visit to Van Dobben for Filet American on a very good small baguette. Filet American is a raw meat mix like steak tartar.

Each Roll is €4.50 with tax, but Foodie Philip had two, making the average €6.75 or US$7.89 per serve.

Dinner

At dinner time we visited a well regarded local Indian restaurant Shahjahan in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district.

As soon as we walked through the door we were hit with the smell of warming spices, which of course carried through to the food. The samosa we started with had a little growing heat, while the rest of the meal was well spiced but not hot.

A mixed grill, butter chicken, aloo gohbi and garlic naan rounded out the meal and was the perfect amount of food for three people.

The meal averaged €18.83 per person, or US$21.33 per serve.