One of the things we appreciated about Amsterdam was that, unlike Paris or Venice, it had a very wide variety of ethnic foods to choose from. In Paris there was an abundance of French food, and in Venice there was Italian, but in Amsterdam we could find Argentinian, Brazillian, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Ethiopian, French, Italian, and American all in the same neighborhood. In fact Dutch restaurants were outnumbered.
Sadly, we didn't sample very much of the local foodstuffs. At the first Dutch restaurant we tried, Chris ordered what he thought were meatballs and got fishballs. . .or something (we never did quite figure out what was in them but it was gooey and not at all appetizing). At the second I ordered a salad and was shocked and a little horrified that it came with a *whole* round of goat cheese on top of it. There was more goat cheese than lettuce. When I mixed it thoroughly it was actually kind of good, but Chris was still traumatized by the fishballs so we thought we'd try something something closer to home next.
I didn't know this but Argentinian food seems to consist mostly of steak. We're used to British-style steakhouses in Toronto, but in Amsterdam the only steakhouses around were Argentinian and Brazilian. We went for the latter. I had the rib special and Chris had the steak. They came with fries and iceburg lettuce salad - pretty standard stuff, sadly. Feeling just a bit guilty about the un-adventurousness of the meal, I ordered a traditional Brazillian drink. I don't remember what the name of it was, but it had at least two 'C's and an 'X', and seemed to consist mostly of lime. Also it came with a buff, naked, plastic man-shaped drink stir which was very amusing.
The night before we left Chris and I got up the courage to try Indonesian food, since neither of us have ever seen an Indonesian restaurant anywhere else (that we've noticed). After that we understood why there was one on every block in Amsterdam - man, that food is GOOD! Kind of like Thai, except a bit less spicy. Chris got some kind of chicken dish and I had goat meat, both with a different coconut milk-based sauce. I thought goat meat would be gamier somehow, but it was really quite tender and yummy. The sauces were delicous and they came with some very nice noodles and jasmine rice. I really, really have to learn how to cook with coconut milk because I don't think I've ever had a meal cooked in that stuff that I didn't like.
My posts seem to be lagging further and further behind, but there's really so much to do here that I haven't had much time to sit down and update these past few days. So far in London we've seen:
-The London Eye
(although we didn't go up)
-The London Aquarium
-Walworth Road (thriftshop crawl yay!)
Also we went to see two movies (Children of Men and Little Miss Sunshine), because we both realized we were going through some pretty serious movie-withdrawal.
The weather kind of turned bad yesterday and it's not looking good today either, but we're both itching to go to Hyde Park (horse rides whee!). There's also a graphics design fair on tomorrow near Wagamama's and the conveyor-belt Japanese restaurant. I think we might forego the theatre shows because they're just so darn expensive.
But, yeah, lots to do here. Woot!