So I have been to these places, where they have food, lots of food and everything related to food. The Netherlands seems to be craving for trendy food markets where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your food with your loved ones but without the fuss of being apt and elegant. Street food and healthy organic dishes have also become THE thing here. I know, for those of you in America, this is so yesterday, right?
Jamie Oliver is … well, who does not know Jamie? But just in case you have never heard his name before: Jamie Oliver is a famous British television chef. In the Netherlands you can find two of his restaurants: Fifteen in Amsterdam and since recently, Jamie’s Italian in Rotterdam. Because I am a huge fan of Italian food and I love to watch Jamie’s cooking programmes, it has been on my bucket list to go to Jamie’s Italian.
This capital city of the Netherlands is just like any other famous capital cities in Europe, busy all year long. Those hustling and bustling of the pedestrians, cyclers, scooters and cars; that iconic and classic sounds of bicycle and tram’s bell and the breeze of the coastal wind just at the corner of the canals makes a visit to Amsterdam at any time of the year seems to be inevitably mesmerizing.
I am an Indonesian living in the Netherlands. As part of the Asian communities living abroad, I do have to admit that I still carry on some of the best (well I think it is still the best) Asian traditions while living abroad, such as the food tradition. Luckily I live in the Netherlands. Since the post colonial period there have been so many exotic, especially Indonesian, products in the Netherlands and dishes such as nasi goreng (fried rice) has become a common dish.
Sometimes you think that the grass is greener on the other side. You look for something beautiful too far. We tend to do this as well while travelling. I encountered a gem at a city nearby the place I live: Breda. I have only been in this city once and it was eight years ago. What intended to be a few hours of chit-chatting with fellow blogger Ruby from rubybackpacking, ended up to be a half day of wandering.