Sep 11: Sandwiches; Dutch Finger Food


The second day of our trade show event had sandwiches on site, so we enjoyed those at no cost.

Both days the sandwiches were excellent. A real cut above what you would expect for similar sandwiches in the US.


Our annual Amsterdam Supermeet event, where we were exhibiting. Like the event two nights earlier, the finger food was excellent: smoked salmon, prosciutto wrapped melon, bitterballen and various crochets were all excellent.

We didn’t pay anything directly for the food, but as an Event sponsor, we did pay quite a lot indirectly!

Sep 10: Sandwiches; Lamb Loin Chops, Fries and salad


We were working at a trade show style presentation event so lunch were half each of a chicken sandwich and cheese sandwich from the supermarket, purchased ahead of time.

Cost per serve, approximately $6.00


For dinner we ate in a group of friends at a ‘Mexican’ restaurant in Amsterdam, which is as authentic as you would expect. The Foodies both had some very excellent lamb loin chops, with steak fries and a garden salad.

Cost per serve converted to US$ was $33.60.

Sep 9: Conference luncheon; Tapas


The foodies spend lunch apart. Foodie Philip was participating in an IBC Forum event with typical luncheon sandwich-type offerings, while foodie Greg noshed on a baguette, brie, salami and liverwurst.

One lunch was free, the other about $5.00, so $2.50 on average.


The early part of the evening was spent as a mixer event, with finger food. The bitterballen (a Netherland speciality) which were among the best we’ve tasted, and a cheese stick that actually tasted of cheese, and not ‘deep fried’.

On the way home we stopped for some tapas: Spanish Tortilla, Scallops and sausage. All were very excellent.

The mixer was free but the tapas cost $23.65 per serve.

Sep 8: Airline Breakfast; Seafood Risotto/Triple Pasta


Well, lunch today was really breakfast, served just before we landed at midday. Airline omelette with a sausage link. Free but not really good.


Dinner was at a restaurant local to where we are staying in Amsterdam that we’ve eaten at ‘regularly’ on previous trips. The seafood risotto and triple pasta dishes were quite good.

Dinner tonight was $22.60 – no tax, no tip required.

Sep 7: Roast Beef and Swiss Sandwich; Indonesian Beef Curry


On our way to the airport we stopped for lunch at a diner near the airport for lunch before our flight to Amsterdam.

Lunch today cost $16.62 with tax and tip per serve.


Indonesian Beef Curry with coconut rice, airline style!

This was either the most expensive meal of the year, consider the cost of air travel, or free. As there was no direct cost, I’m going with free!

Sep 6: Sushi; Lamb Shanks with Mushroom Barley Risotto


We actually purchased the sushi last night.

The Spicy Rainbow roll and Firecracker roll cost $11.24 per serve.


A do-over of the mushroom barley risotto, with some generously proportioned Lamb Shanks.

  • The risotto is $2.60 per serve
  • 2.16 lb of lamb shanks cost $17.26 or $8.63 per serve.

Dinner tonight cost $11.23 per serve and was more food than we could eat.

Sep 5: French Dip; Dinner at Gordon Birsch


We used the last of the pot roast meat on two wholemeal rolls with a dipping sauce.

  • The bread roll is 50c
  • The pot roast meat is $3.63 per serve
  • Beef stock adds 42c per serve.

Lunch today was pretty good and cost $4.55 per serve.


We were meeting a colleague for business, so we ate at Gordon Birsch in Burbank.

Dinner tonight averaged $26.80 with tax and tip.

Sep 4: Asada Burrito; Mushroom Barley Risotto


We decided to head down off the hill to greater Chatsworth and pick ups a burrito. This time we tried the Asada, which was pretty good.

The burrito costs $5.50 with tax.


With so much meat over the last couple of days, including lunch, we opted for a (mostly) meat free dinner. Well, there was some bacon.

The recipe makes a good six serves.

  • Two packs of fresh, sliced mushrooms cost $3.99 a pack, or $1.33 a serve
  • The pearl barley is $4.89 for a 28 oz bag, or 61c per serve
  • Two cups of broth is half a $1.99 carton or 17c per serve
  • The packet of parmesan cost $6.99 but we used about 1/8 for three servings, or 29c per serve
  • Add another 20c for onion, oil and herbs.

Dinner today cost $2.60 per serve.

Sep 3: Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs; Italian Pot Roast with Grits


A weekend lunch it time to spoil ourselves, and today smoked salmon scrambled eggs on an onion bagel certainly fit the bill.

With scrambled eggs it’s important to anticipate when the eggs will be cooked, because they continue cooking on during service and on the plate. If you leave them in the pan until they appear cooked, they will be over-done on the plate.

  • Five pastured eggs went into the scramble, or $1.25 per serve
  • An onion bagel is 50c
  • The wild caught smoked salmon was $5.99 or $3.00 per serve.

Lunch today cost $4.75 and was exceptionally good. Today’s featured image is from lunch.


With so much of the Italian pot roast left, it was time for a low effort do-over. For variety, tonight’s pot roast was served with grits.

  • The pot roast is $5.63 per serve
  • The 10 grain ‘hot cereal’ is $5.99 for a 25oz pack, but we used about 1/4 or 75c per serve.

Tonight’s dinner was, again, excellent and $6.38 per serve.

Italian Pot Roast
Italian Pot Roast with ‘grits’.

Sep 2: Gyro Wrap; Italian Pot Roast


A return to the gyro meat wrap, and again with cucumber because it adds a nice, wet crunch to the wrap.

  • The fully cooked sliced gyro/yeros meat is $3.99 per 10oz pack. There are really four serves, so each serve is very slightly cheaper than the chicken, at $1.00 per serve.
  • The flatbread is 50c per serve
  • Hummus is $3.99 per container and we used about 1/6 or 33c per serve
  • A box of Persian cucumbers was $2.49 for five, and we used half, or 13c per serve
  • We served 1/4 of the tabouli salad or 67c per serve.

Lunch today cost $2.43.


Our Prather Ranch meat delivery included a family size brisket, something we’ve never cooked before. Foodie Greg found Pioneer Woman’s Italian Pot Roast recipe, which is really, really good. The brisket was cooked to perfection so we only needed a fork for dinner.

The recipe made six serves of the pot roast, which is half the recipe.

  • Our 2.6 lb brisket cost $21.80 or $3.63 per serve
  • Marinated artichoke hears cost $2.69 or 45c per serve
  • The sun dried tomatoes cost $1.99 or 33c per serve
  • The beef broth cost $2.49 or 42c per serve
  • The fire roasted red peppers cost $1.99 or 33c per serve
  • One cup or red wine costs 14c per serve
  • The onion cost 79c or 13c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic, flour, and arugula
  • Egg noodles are $1.99 for the pack, but we only used half, or 33c per serve.

Dinner tonight cost $5.96 per serve.