Staring at Jacob

This great little brunch-and-cocktails place is located on a corner of Amsterdam where Staringstraat IMG_2609meets Jacob van Lennepkade (Staring + Jacob = clever name!). Having sampled the brunch on one previous occasion, we decided to head there last Sunday (along with the camera) and fill up on more delights before a long walk through the city.


The combinations on the menu do seem a little odd – Yorkshire puddings crop up in plates which also feature ratatouille – but they do have simple offerings in the ‘sides’ section of the menu, so you could always create your own fare. We both opted for ‘The all-rounder’, as you can see in the picture below:


Needless to say, we both cleared our plates, drank all of the maple syrup and felt throughly satisfied. Callum also discovered a new beer he’s rather fond of, which is turns out, is from an Amsterdam-based brewery.


Below are some shots of the cafe itself. We got there at just the right time as there was a table available straight away but by the time we were finished, a chatty queue was building and the bar seating was full of people ordering beers and delicious-looking cocktails (it was about 12:30 by this point, on a Sunday. Definitely drinking time!).



If you want to see more pictures then head to their Tumblr site or if you’re in the area head over and sample their delights for yourself. It’s still a new place; you don’t have to scroll far down on the Tumblr feed before you get to the construction pictures! I will definitely be heading back for more pancakes and syrup… Perhaps some cocktails will also be sampled??


(Just one more picture of the food. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)


It’s the law

When strawberries are discounted in the Netherlands there is a law* which states they must be eaten with some type of pancake or you face 25-30 years in jail. What else was I to do apart from follow orders?

The poffertjes come with a little sachet of powdered sugar and a tab of butter. Very considerate of them.

Two minutes later…

*Insert Homer Simpson drooling noise here*

Some of you may be aware that we do enjoy worshipping at the holy pancake altar once in a while and today I opted for poffertjes. An excellent choice if you feel like eating a dozen pancakes but know that you would fail miserably/throw up before getting half way.

These are my kinda strawberry fields

I went for the holy trinity of toppings: strawberries, powdered sugar and melted chocolate.

Due to their handy size, you can fit a lot of them in your mouth at a time. This means that it takes less than a minute to demolish an entire plate of them. And they’re completely devoid of calories**.


*Not actually a law.

** 26 calories in each poffertje

PANCAKES! Amsterdam

The Dutch have the best cuisine in the world. Arguably. And near the pinnacle of their culinary colossus are the pancakes.

There are a number of gourmet pancake houses to chose from in Amsterdam, but none more excited than Pancakes! Amsterdam.

The menu is vast here, maybe needlessly so- who orders avacado on pancakes?!


If you are on a diet, you can order smaller pancakes-“poffertjes”:

That didn’t last long

Free key chain with every bill!


This weekend I ‘ave been mostly eating…

…pancakes. Although I didn’t take a picture of this morning’s pancakes topped with banana and syrup, I do have a shot from a few weeks ago when Callum made me a bitchin’ breakfast:

Super healthy way to start the day. Maple syrup counts as a vegetable, right? It comes from trees, trees are a plant, therefore a vegetable. Excellent - 4 of my 5 a day!

I’ve also been smiling a whole lot; the sun has actually made a significant appearance this weekend.

This morning's view. I very nearly sang 'Oh What A Beautiful Morning' when I saw this. Luckily for my neighbours, I restrained myself.

You may have noted the ugly, amateurish graffiti on the bridge. It was an unfortunate by-product of the canals being frozen over and has ruined the view from our house. *shakes head in disgust*

Flowers are also appearing through out the city; these tulips have sprung up in my house over the past couple of days…

Tulips in Amsterdam

I’d love to say that I grew them myself but I didn’t even buy them, they were a present 🙂

I’m very excited about the prospect of spring/summer: warmer weather, longer days, drinking beer outside (the Dutch LOVE a beer outside) and just down the road one of the best ice cream shops is open again (post to follow soon). Only downside is that sunshine makes the tourists multiply like backpack-wearing, map-reading, sign-squinting rabbits who like nothing more than standing still in the middle of the pavements.

I also started a new book this weekend: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. I’ve only read 90-odd pages so I’ll withhold judgement until I finish it but I will say that I seem to have read the word ‘cedars’ 384 times already. Fingers crossed the rate of reference slows down a little, but seeing as it’s also included in the title, I’m not holding out too much hope.

Back to the food: I also whipped up a tasty dish of meatballs with vegetables..


And there goes the sun. Please let it come back tomorrow. Pretty please…