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The Avocado Show, featuring one main ingredient, the avocado!
The Avocado Show is a restaurant in the trendy Pijp cooking with one main ingredient: it's all about the avocado! I recently took Sara on a little mama-daughter lunch date here, and we both loved the experience. Obviously we're both big avocado lovers, so the menu was right up our alley! The Avocado Show offers ...
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De Bakkerswinkel
Of the many things to love about Amsterdam, certainly one aspect that makes the city all the more enjoyabe as a young family is how child friendly it is. In the Netherlands children are not only accepted, but they are welcomed as a part of life: they are both seen and heard -- and this ...
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Noordermarkt
One of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences when travelling to a new place can be found in visiting the local markets -- somewhere you can truly immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine. Markets always offer beautiful seasonal produce, fresh foods and an atmosphere that is representative of where you are. In Amsterdam there ...
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Il Pecorino in Amsterdam-Noord
  Situated just north of Centraal Station and across the water from IJ-lake you will find Amsterdam-Noord (North Amsterdam), one of Amsterdam's more up and coming neighbourhoods. In recent years Amsterdam-Noord has become an increasingly popular destination to visit due to both the urban-industrialized style of the area as well as the many hip and trendy shops, ...
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De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam
It is not difficult to find good cheese in The Netherlands. For a country that is renowned for its wonderful cheeses --such as Edam and Gouda, it comes as no surprise that even the selection of cheese available at your local grocery store is great. You really can’t go too far wrong! There are many good cheese ...
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Easy Meals
Exploring a new city can be tiring for a family, and sometimes you just need a good meal, fast. To help you out, here is a list of tasty and easy meal options available around Amsterdam. Bagels & Beans Founded in Amsterdam in 1996, Bagels and Beans brought the popular American bagel to the Netherlands...but ...
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Burgermeester
Even though they don’t serve French Fries at Burgermeester (Dutch for mayor), they do serve the most delicious burgers! Think burgers with Blonde d'Aquitaine beef and truffle, lamb with red onion compote, wild duck with Chinese cabbage, salmon with grilled asparagus and lemon mayonnaise... Or the vegetarian burger with falafel and grilled vegetables -- all of ...
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Boerderij Meerzicht
Nestled away inside the Amsterdam forest, Boerderij Meerzicht is a beautiful Dutch pancake restaurant and farm house that is  so much fun for the kids! Boerderij Meerzicht dates back to 1857 (before even the Amsterdam forest existed!) and during the construction of the forest in the early 1900s when many of the other farm houses in the ...
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The Hoxton, Amsterdam
    Located in the heart of the Herengracht district, one of Amsterdam’s most desirable addresses, The Hoxton hotel is a great place to explore this super cool city with the family. We spent a long weekend together exploring the museums, the markets and simply hanging out with friends and we fell in love with the ...
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Pancakes Amsterdam
What exactly are pancakes? In America they are thick and small and eaten for breakfast in stacks - the higher the stack the cooler the cowboy! In France they are called crêpes and are very large, thin and delicate and eaten for lunch or a snack from one of the little street stands. In Holland, ...
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Radion
Time to let you in on a little local secret...a restaurant bar with a nanny service (yes, you heard correctly, but shhhhhhhh!). Radion is not only a cool, retro-style restaurant and bar with a funky industrial feel (and a nice selection of beers on tap), but on Sundays they provide a nanny service so that you can ...
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De Kleine Parade
Nestled into the heart of the trendy district known as De Pijp you will find this little gem.  De Kleine Parade is a kids concept store, cafe and atelier that offers a beautifully curated selection of kids clothes, toys, books, home deco and accessories. It is the ideal spot to come with your little ones if you want ...
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Vondeltuin
The Vondeltuin is a lovely café/restaurant with a huge terrace and playground situated in the most southwestern end of the beautiful Vondelpark. It is the perfect place to come with children on a summery day, but even when the weather is less forgiving there is an indoor restaurant area with a cosy little wood fire to warm up in. The ...
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Boca's Bar
If you happen to be in De Pijp area of Amsterdam's South, a great place to stop for drinks and a meal with the family is Boca's Bar.  The specialty here is 'broodjes' (little bread roll sandwiches) which are made and presented like a sort of tapas with many different and interesting flavour combinations. You can sample a couple of little ...
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Foodhallen
Inspired by such places as Torvehallerne in Copenhagen and the Borough Market in London, Foodhallen is The Netherlands' first indoor food market, situated in Amsterdam's West. It is part of De Hallen, a large complex  of buildings that are a newly renovated old tram depot dating back to the 19th century. The entire space is still very new with ...
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Dignita Restaurant
There's a new kid on the block in Amsterdam's Old South and it has fast become popular, not only among trendy city-goers, but also among young families thanks to its child-friendly design. Dignita restaurant specialises in brunch and has been developed with much love and thought, both in terms of décor and in their deliciously crafted menu. The café ...
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Le Pain Quotidien
One of my favourite international chains in the world must be Le Pain Quotidien (PQ). Even after, I don't know, 10 years or so, I still am not tired of the deliciousness of the PQ tartines, cakes, salads and, well, everything. So the fact that the PQ finally came to Amsterdam has made me very, ...
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House and Park Frankendael
In the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age, it was the fashion for Amsterdam's wealthiest merchants to buy a plot of land outside the city and build themselves a stately country house. The beautiful old House Frankendael, located about a mile east from the city centre in Watergraafsmeer, is one of those country estates and ...
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Restaurant As -- pure food
One of my favourite restaurants in Amsterdam is Restaurant As. Located in a modern chapel on the edge of the Beatrix Park, this is slow food at its best! The cooks use organic, seasonal food from local sources and are big on treating the food the way it should be treated, so that it tastes exactly ...
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Ristorante Le 4 Stagioni
Delle 4 Stagioni is the neighbourhood Italian restaurant that every Old-South family knows about. It is located in a beautiful old butcher's shop with all the original antique wall tiles still present (and depicting the four seasons). The restaurant serves a good Roman style pizza, tasty fresh pastas and has a decent wine list. The ...
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Bazar
In one of Amsterdam's hottest neighbourhoods, de Pijp, you can find Bazar, a restaurant serving Arabic dishes in a middle Eastern atmosphere.  I really like Bazar, mostly for it's relaxed atmosphere.  No dressing up, no big prices, nothing fancy but on the other hand super relaxed and kid-friendly.  Mini picnic tables are put next to ...
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Utrechtsestraat
  If you happen to be in Amsterdam and have a few hours to spare for some coffee and shopping, Utrechtsestraat is a good place to go. The Koffiesalon, a lovely coffee-shop (in the true meaning of the word), has good seating, great espresso, yummy cakes and sandwiches and you can help yourself to as ...
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Marqt
I'm sure I'm telling the food-concious Amsterdam inhabitant nothing new when I say the word 'Marqt'. Because Marqt came and conquered, and we didn't look back! The concept behind Marqt (not a supermarket but a 'fresh market') is fresh food, mostly organic, coming from local farms in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam and of very high ...
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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
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