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Sunday Night Dinner @ My Spanish Table!

  We feel lucky to see a rash of great food in Amsterdam this year, a lot of it driven by pop ups. One of my favorite pop ups is the My Table...

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Midnight Yoga and Warhol at Amsterdam Museumnacht 2012

Once an year on Museum night, more than 50 Amsterdam museums open their doors to the public until well into the wee hours of the morning. It is a great excuse to get...

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Mercat, a little piece of Spain in Amsterdam

Mercat has been getting a lot of press since its opening this summer. It is a beautiful place, gorgeous high ceilings and beautifully lit. It feels warm and welcoming, which is hard to...

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Autumn colors @ Vondelpark

I walked by Vondelpark to see the last of the autumn colors. This is Amsterdam’s very own Central Park, a lovely green oasis in the center of town. I love this park, the...

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Do bridges inspire love?

They must! For how else do I explain all the love lock sightings. First, there was the bridge in Amsterdam, then the Hohenzollernbrücke (try saying that a few times!) bridge in Cologne and...

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Burg Eltz (Castle Eltz), Mosel Valley

  Burg Eltz is right out of a fairytale. You are walking in the woods for a while and then as you round a bend, there appears this castle, complete with towers and...

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36 hours in Paris

My dad is visiting us in Amsterdam. He loves roadtrips and so off we went to Paris over the weekend. After battling through the crowds to admire Mona Lisa, we took a more...

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Autumn On A Plate

My Saturday market continually reminds me why I choose this life in Amsterdam. I love roaming the stalls looking for inspiration. This time of the year is so colorful with summer standbys still...

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Dutch Vineyard Dinner

Our third dinner with Buitengewoon in Het Land was at a winery just outside Amsterdam. Peter from Lute was the guest chef, so we knew we were in good hands. It was a...

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Summer’s last hurrah

We had an Indian summer briefly this past week. Knowing the fickle weather could turn at any minute, we made the most of the few glorious days. We walked around endlessly, went out...

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A Peek Into Amsterdam’s Hidden Gardens!

Every summer, 30 Amsterdam canal-side private homes and museums open their ”hidden gardens” to the public. I have missed my own little garden in Seattle, so Eric and I went to look at a few of...

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Portugal – Seeking sun in the Algarve

We had all along planned for our first Thanksgiving to be at home in Amsterdam - baking pies, the perfect sides and generally enjoying the winter. But as it turns out, when the sun calls,...

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Souk Crazy in Marrakech!

Happy New Year from Marrakech! Marrakech is a short flight from Amsterdam, but what a different world!  Photos don’t do this city justice, you have to stop and slow down to feel it....

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Carnaval Dutch Style!

Well! We are back from our first Dutch Carnaval celebration! While the party is still going strong in Maastricht and will continue for another 4 days, we are headed back home to dry...

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5 Signs Spring Is Here in Amsterdam!

While Amsterdam is always beautiful, it positively blooms come spring time. Sign #1 is when our favorite ice cream place makes the shift back from winter stamppot (mashed potatoes) to ice cream. Sign...

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Weekend Adventures: Keukenhof

The sun is here! We are having remarkable hot – not just warm, but actual hot weather for almost a week now in Amsterdam.  Taking full advantage of the nice weather, we went...

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Dreaming of Dosas..

I woke up this morning dreaming of crispy dosas and fluffy idlis. I know, I am in hangover mode from our week in Hyderabad where we started our days at Chutney’s most mornings....

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When in Amsterdam, Say Cheese!

Let me start with the obvious – The Dutch are big on cheese! Consequently, the cheese stores here are pretty amazing. There are a lot of options in Amsterdam, one of my favorites...

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Weekend Adventures: Ride along the Amstel

We have had a nice three day weekend for Queen’s Day. On Sunday, we decided to go on one of our favorite rides down the Amstel towards Ouderkerk Aan De Amstel. It was...

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Insiders Guide To Queen’s Day!

Few visitors to Amsterdam can boast of seeing grown up men peeing in broad daylight into a canal. This is but one of the many joys of Queen’s Day!  If you are a...

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Eat:Marits Huiskamer Restaurant

I am always on the lookout for new places to eat, especially vegetarian places.  When I first read of Marit’s Restaurant on Amanda’s blog, I was intrigued. Amanda captures the “soul” of Marit’s...

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Brunch In The City: Little Collins

Hallelujah! We are in the midst of a Brunch revival in Amsterdam. Jason’s much loved lovefood is opening soon in a permanent location, Fraiche’s brunches are magic for this southern girl (grits anyone?),...

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Sweet Sunny Sunday!

Every day, I am reminded of what a beautiful city we live in. Especially on sunny days like yesterday, I feel like a giddy schoolgirl. It is all I can do to not...

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Weekend Adventures: Gouda

We are back home from Gouda. Yes, the town that is home to the famous cheese. Without seeing the inside of a single cheese store or tasting any cheese. Because as Eric and...

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Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens)

For one weekend every year, the green lawns of the Westergasfabriek turn into a vast open air kitchen. Rollende Keukens is in town! The atmosphere feels like a good old American county fair....

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A Walk Through Pondicherry’s French Quarter

Adjacent to Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is a former French colony situated by the sea. A strong European feel still prevails in the French Quarter with its broad boulevards, beautiful churches and the distinctive...

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Postcard from Milan

Buena Sera from sunny Milan! I am here for a quick business trip and had a spare hour to take a stroll and get a taste of Milan. I started with a stroll...

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To Market, To Market

We are winding down a fun packed weekend that included Robodoc (Amsterdam’s Burning Man), the first Dutch game of Euro 2012 football (the Dutch lost vs the Danish unfortunately), a raucous Mexican dinner...

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Weekend in Mallorca – The Coast

The nice part about living in mainland Europe is that a new city is never too far, making it especially conducive to impromptu weekend trips. Like this one to Mallorca. Eric and I...

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Postcard from Brussels

As work trips go, this was supposed to be an easy one. Hop on the train to Brussels, go to a work dinner, attend an all-day meeting and hop on another train to...

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Sunday Night Dinner – Spicy Cauliflower Curry

Tonight’s dinner is one of my favorite dishes, Gobhi (cauliflower) Curry. I have been craving home cooking after all these days on the road.  This spicy dish is the perfect one-pot meal, quick,...

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Cows, Clogs and an Outstanding trip to the Dutch Countryside

Last weekend, we drove 2 hours east to the Overijssel province, just 20 miles from the German border for a dinner at a local farm. This is part of a dinner series organized...

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Visiting Gentleman Jack in Lynchburg, TN, pop 361!

We are almost done with our trip to the U.S! On this trip, we split our time among Seattle, Nashville and Atlanta. While in Nashville, we took a day trip to Lynchburg, the...

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My Secret Amsterdam Garden

Amsterdam is known for its private gardens, hidden away from sight and tucked behind walls. The Begijnhof is probably the most famous. There are many others including prominent homes and museums that open...

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Edinburgh Weekend

Our plans to go to Scotland were made a bit impulsively. We had a week to get away and wanted to minimize the travel time. When we looked for flights to places we...

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The Scottish Highlands

Leaving Edinburgh, we headed north to the Highlands. Beautiful seems such an inadequate word to describe the landscape. I loved the mountains, the bluer than blue lochs, the mist lifting off the water,...

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Love Padlocks on Amsterdam Bridge

On my way to the Waterlooplein market, I saw “love locks” on one of the bridges near the Zuiderkerk (southern church).  “Love locks” are engraved padlocks left by couples as a symbol of...

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A Peek Into Amsterdam’s Secret Hofjes (Courtyards)

Each year, more than 1000 Dutch historic buildings are opened to the public on Open Monument Day. Many are private homes and offices, so entry into them is not possible during the rest...

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36 hours in Hamburg, Germany

Water is the first thing I noticed about Hamburg. From the port to the canals and the lakes right in the center of town, water is really the star of the show here....

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Misty Morning

I was up early, well earlier than my usual time:) to head to work. I stumbled out bleary eyed, but the cold air quickly woke me up. The city was starting to come...

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Spending a day with Vincent

  On a cold, crisp, perfectly still Sunday morning, my dad and I walked along the canals, over the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) to see Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings at the Hermitage. The...

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Rainy fall afternoon in Utrecht, Netherlands

This weekend we stayed put in the Netherlands and went on a couple of day trips to show my dad more of the country. Our first day trip was to Utrecht.  Utrecht is...

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Weekend Round up: Unseen Photo Fair 2012

This has been quite the artistic weekend. Eric and I stopped by the SFAM art + food fair yesterday and then went to the Westergasfabriek today to catch the last day of the...

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