Carter Bar & Kitchen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

I loved the neighborhood we stayed in during our Amsterdam trip! Just a few blocks from our Hilton hotel, we came across CARTER Bar & Kitchen. We both really enjoyed dining al fresco at this super cute restaurant. The cocktails were amazing (the Caprese Liquida was delicious!) and I was completely obsessed with the salmon marinated in beetroot — it was such a bright and refreshing dish. I have to say, I’ve been extremely impressed with the food in Amsterdam. Everything I’ve eaten has been amazing!

Al fresco dining

Caprese Liquida (Bombay Gin, lemon juice, thyme & rosemary syrup, black pepper, and fresh basil) & Moscow Mule

Salmon marinated in beetroot, Creme of Watercress, Beets, Cucumber, and Salted Yogurt

Carter Bar & Kitchen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Patates (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

During our many tram rides, we kept passing by Patates, so I had to check it out. Thanks to a recommendation from a fellow food lover, chubbychinesegirlseats, who had just traveled to Amsterdam a few weeks ago, I was pumped to try the Patatje Oorlog (“war chips” in Dutch) with frites sauce, peanut sauce and raw onion. These fries, which are a unique fusion of Dutch and Indonesian cultures, were out of this world delicious! The peanut sauce and mayonnaise combo with onion was so tasty. Love love love!

Patatje Oorlog (“war chips” in Dutch) with frites sauce, peanut sauce and raw onion
Yum is right!

Patates (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

BAUT & Dreesmann (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Just had the most amazing experience at BAUT & Dreesmann, Amsterdam’s most famous pop-up restaurant by Chef Michiel van der Eerde. This meal may have been one of the best meals of my life! Every single aspect was mind-blowing and amazing: the food, the service, the ambiance, and the views. We ordered up a storm (eight dishes total) and our server was looking at us in disbelief. By the end of the meal, every plate was scraped clean and every last bite had been devoured. I am still dreaming about Chef Michiel’s outstanding food!

The entrance of this pop up restaurant is in an old department store
Up the ramp and three flights of stairs…
Open kitchen and super cool dining room
CLASSICS: Beef Tartare with Crostini, Egg, and Bacon Mayonnaise
EUROPE: Oysters European (champagne granita, cucumber)
SOUTH AMERICA: Tuna with Chipotle Mayo, Avocado, Tomato & Tortilla
ASIA: Oysters Asian (soy, sesame, spring onion, ponzu)
CLASSICS: Lobster Bisque with Dutch Prawns & Granny Smith Apples
EUROPE: Plaice with Leeks, Tuber Cream, Lemon & Lardo
EUROPE: Risotto with Tomato, Sea Bass, and Mussels
Bread with Truffle Cream
Amazing, unexpected paintings on all of the walls
The view from our table (doesn’t get any more stunning than this!)

BAUT & Dreesmann (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

De Vier Pilaren (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

After a fun day of sightseeing and museum hopping, we stopped to try Poffertjies (trafitional Dutch treats that resemble tiny pancakes that are thick and fluffy) topped with butter and powdered sugar at De Vier Pilaren. They were soooooo good! We also devoured a couple of Dutch pancakes with savory fillings. I just love discovering so many tasty eats here in Amsterdam!

Poffertjies (small, fluffy pancakes with powdered sugar and butter)
Butter and sugar make everything better!
Savory Dutch pancakes
Chicken & veggies (left), Ham & cheese (right)

De Vier Pilaren (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

My sister and I were so excited to visit the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. We’re normally not big on museums, but these two were so worth checking out. The Anne Frank House was a truly touching, somber, and bittersweet experience. It was surreal to actually walk through the house that Anne Frank and her family hid in — the way the tour was laid out was extraordinarily organized, tasteful, and really eye opening about the horrors and unspeakable acts that occurred in concentration camps. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have gotten the opportunity to visit this incredible museum. Next up, we hopped on the tram and headed over to Museumplein to see the Van Gogh Museum. It was a beautiful, open layout where we were able to leisurely and comfortably view his artwork at our own pace. I had no idea that Van Gogh was inspired by Japan and really liked his Japanese-inspired paintings! Not only did we have a great time, we also learned some stuff. 😉

 

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Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Cafe Carbon Zuid (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

First meal in Amsterdam was fantastic! I found a new neighborhood restaurant in Zuid that was close to our hotel and it ended up being the perfect spot. The atmosphere was casual & comfortable and the menu had a great selection of meats & beer. My sister and I loved our steaks (I had the ribeye and she had the “Lady Steak” AKA filet) and Grimbergen beers were so complementary. But the real standout dish was the beef carpaccio with truffle mayo, arugula, pine nuts and cheese on papadum (a thin, crispy flat bread). AMAZING!

Carpaccio op papadum met truffelmayo (Beef Carpaccio with truffle mayo, arugula, cheese & pine nuts on a thin, crispy flat bread)
Grimbergen Tripel
Ribeye and “Lady Steak” with coleslaw and salad
3 ounces of super delicious Ribeye
Steak frites with mayonnaise
Grimbergen Dubbel
Warm sticky toffee pudding with ice cream
The dining room
Cafe Carbon Zuid – their second location
Perfecr weather for outdoor seating
So many great options on this menu!
Cafe Carbon Zuid (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Hilton Amsterdam Hotel (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Our stay at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel was nothing short of amazing. The hotel was gorgeous, our room was super comfortable, and the service was impeccable. We also had the added bonus of getting to enjoy the Executive Lounge, which offers complementary breakfast as well as canapés & cocktails. What a wonderful treat! Many thanks to the NYC Downtown Alliance and Hilton Amsterdam for providing such beautiful accommodations for our trip! 

The lobby of Hilton Amsterdam
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View from our room on the 8th floor
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Another shot of our view
Hilton at night
Breakfast in the Executive Lounge
Asian chicken skewers
Crispy cheese rolls and Gougeres
Assorted bites (sushi rolls, chciken wraps, cheese cubes, and cucumber finger sandwiches)
Petit fours
The Executive Lounge

Hilton Amsterdam Hotel (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Gastronami in Amsterdam

I am beyond thrilled to have been chosen as the lucky winner of a trip to Amsterdam, provided by the NYC Downtown Alliance! My sister and I have never been to The Netherlands, so we’re pumped to explore the city together. Everything was carefully coordinated, super organized and just perfect in every way — the flights were direct and smooth, the Hilton hotel was incredible, and the city was beautiful and lively, and the weather was cool and breezy. We were provided with the best goodie bags containing all of the essentials, including a 72 hour iAmsterdam pass. This convenient pass gave us access to all GVB public transportation (trams, buses, metro) and a number of cool museums and sites. By the end of our trip, we were zipping around the city on the tram like locals! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to travel to this amazing country. A million thanks to the Downtown Alliance, Hilton Amsterdam, iAmsterdam, and everyone who made this trip possible! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience! :-) #DownIsWhatsUp

First thing we saw after exiting the airport
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Our awesome goodie bags!!!
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Centraal Station
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Taking the tram around the city was easy and fun
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These gorgeous flowers were everywhere
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So amused by tiny cars parked on sidewalks!
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Loved all of the tiny alleys filled with restaurants and outdoor seating
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Every day was a beautiful day for dining al fresco
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More vibrant pink flowers – I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them!
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Discovered so many amazing sights just walking down the street
View from Centraal Station
There are so many lovely canals all over the city
Stunning sunsets
We passed by the Heineken Brewery – the line was so long!

Gastronami in Amsterdam

Adrienne’s Pizzabar

Enjoying a late lunch at Adrienne’s Pizzabar on Stone Street. Their Eggplant Rollatini is the BEST! Lightly fried slices of eggplant filled with ricotta and smothered in melted mozzarella and marinara sauce — Can you think of anything warmer and cozier than that?! The pizzas are awesome, too. :)

Eggplant Rollatini (eggplant, mozzarella, ricotta, marinara)
Funghi (mushroom) 12″ round pie
Adrienne’s Pizzabar