Adventures in Amsterdam

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Just when I was getting in the swing of things….ha… it’s been a while but I have been so busy with work and Christmas preparations, I’ve barely been remembering to capture any moments to share with you all but hopefully now that I have 2 weeks off (woop! woop!), I shall be able to create a little more vegan filled content.

Today, I have some food highlights of my work trip to Amsterdam.  I go abroad often for work and can sometimes struggle, especially when having to go out with colleagues to predetermined places, but I have to say I didn’t do too badly.

Being a huge book lover and a big fan of libraries, first up is one of my favourite finds; a food court on the top floor of Amsterdam Public Library. As well as being a pretty impressive library, the food court in itself is an added bonus.  Offering a selection of yummy salads and vegetables as well as hand made sandwiches to order. They also have a juice bar too so how could I resist? I got a selection of veg, including sweet potatoes, couscous and green beans and a strawberry and banana smoothie. A wonderfully healthy start to my first day in Amsterdam.

Library Salad bar
Library Salad bar

Up next is my first room service meal on my trip and after scouring the menu for any vegan options, I discovered there was none, so called the very helpful staff who after a little to-ing and fro-ing and some further elaboration from me, the chef came up with this warm seasonal salad of butternut squash, beetroot and rocket. I asked for some rice on the side and voila, a pretty decent vegan meal. It’s always worth asking what they can do for you and I make sure I look at the side options to see whether they can be made into a main meal with a few additions and amends.

Warm seasonal salad
Warm seasonal salad
Room Service
Room Service

I wasn’t familiar with Vapiano before this trip but apparently this is an International chain that even have 2 restaurants in London (Great Portland Street and Southwark Street). Their menu includes pasta, pizza, sandwiches and salads and they have a great concept where they cook the food in front of you. I love the fact they have a transparent kitchen where you can even watch the chefs hand making the delicious pasta.  As it was lunchtime, I went for the seasonal special salad of lettuce, candied apples and walnuts and I switched out the cheese for some roasted veggies. It was beyond delicious and I am definitely going to try to recreate this one at home. http://www.vapiano.de/frame.php?section=locations&lang=uk

Festive salad
Festive salad

Lastly, was definitely the most unique offering I had in Amsterdam. The famous Tomato burger from &Samhound Places. This very cool restaurant actually has 2 Michelin stars but if you eat in the lounge on the ground floor, prices are much more affordable. I omitted the cheese in this burger to vegan it up and oh my, this was one of the best veggie burgers I have ever had and served with some particularly delicious chips. (although I would recommend an additional side order as the portions are a little ‘fancy’). http://www.samhoudplaces.com/

Vegan Tomato Burger
Vegan Tomato Burger

Would love to hear from you if you have been to Amsterdam and how you got on with the vegan options over there.  Overall, I wasn’t pretty impressed.

Till the next time.

London Vegan Bird

 

 

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