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The Restaurant in Amsterdam that you NEED to know about.

August 7, 2017

When you visit a new city it’s sometimes hard to know where to eat. Especially in a place like Amsterdam where all the streets look the same and it’s difficult to tell one pub from another. If you’re after somewhere a bit different outside of the main city then read on.

Introducing Plekk.


Plekk is a short ferry ride from Central Station in North Amsterdam. The ferry is free and only takes about 15 minutes. When you get across the water don’t be put off by your surroundings. It may seem a bit deserted but you’re only a 5 minute walk away from Plekk. You can’t miss it either as it’s built from colourful shipping containers.


So what’s so special about Plekk? Well, it’s right on the beach for one. You can sit inside but the best seats are the long benches outside. Expect to share with other people but this just adds to the friendly atmosphere of the place. Sit down and look across the water at Amsterdam. We went on our last night in Amsterdam so it was great to look at where we had spent a great few days with friends.


Food wise, everything looked good but we went for some tapas options. We pretty much went for one of everything from the menu and shared 7 dishes between four of us. It’s always difficult to know how much tapas to order but our waitress thought 7 would be enough and it was perfect for us.


Every dish looked and tasted amazing. We had olives, flat breads, chorizo, a cheese platter, padron peppers, boar croquettes and roasted mushrooms. The chorizo was all of our favourites and we managed to leave a piece each to finish with. Because your last mouthful has to be the best, right?


After eating, we took our drinks on to the beach and sat on one of the many huge cushions. The sun was just starting to set so it made for a great view. There was also a silent disco going on and they are always fun to watch. It was great just to chill out and enjoy a drink at the end of our holiday.


We decided to head back to central Amsterdam for some more drinks and managed to catch the ferry back during a fantastic sunset. I hadn’t heard of Plekk before but I’ll definitely be recommending it now to everyone visiting this beautiful city.

 

Europe, The Netherlands, Travel

The Heineken Experience, Amsterdam

October 31, 2016

Did someone say free beer?


One of my mine and Stu’s favourite memories from our trip to Amsterdam a few weeks ago was our visit to the old Heineken factory. I’ve had a tour of a brewery before in Bundaberg so I thought I knew what to expect but I was seriously wrong.


The Heineken Experience is so much more than your average brewery tour. It was interactive, informative and most of all FUN! I think a lot of people just go for a free beer at the end but then get caught up in all the history and games inside.


Rather than having a bored tour guide walk you around a disused brewery, the clever marketing people at Heineken have made it a self guided tour with activities in each section to keep everyone interested. I never knew learning about beer could be so good! There’s also free tasters at various points so you’re never too far away from trying the ingredients or the actual finished article. *SPOILER ALERT* – Beer only tastes good at the end, all the ingredients are rank on their own.


I’ll actually let you in on a little secret. I don’t like beer. Believe me, I’ve tried so hard to like it. When we were backpacking throughout Asia, I would have loved to have chilled out with a local beer instead of getting stuck into the spirits straight away or paying a fortune for a cider, but it’s just not for me. The only beer I’ve ever liked was served ice cold in a frozen glass but that means you can’t actually taste the beer which kind of defies the point.. Anyway, you’re probably wondering why I went to the Heineken Experience if I don’t like beer. Simple answer, Stu likes beer. I think it says a lot about the tour if you can enjoy it without liking beer. We saw some families with young children so it’s designed for all ages.


I don’t want to tell you everything you get up to during the tour as I’m sure it’s better when it’s a surprise but expect everything from talking portraits to singing dutch songs to becoming a bottle of beer. It’s amazing!


At the end, you’ll enjoy your two free Heineken’s with a big cheesy grin on your face. Surprisingly I drank both my beers and liked them but maybe I was just a bit drunk from the tasters…

 

PROST!

Europe, The Netherlands, Travel

Amsterdam – A Photo Diary

October 17, 2016

Hello everyone! So this is my first post since I’ve transitioned from a ‘Travel Blog’ to a more ‘Lifestyle Blog’ and ironically it’s actually a post about my recent trip to Amsterdam. Haha bad timing from me!

This trip to Amsterdam was a birthday present from Stu (the boy did real good!) and he announced the trip in a fantastic way. On the morning of my birthday Stu put a load of balloons in our living room and some of them had a letter on and I was told that the letters spelt out my present. At first I couldn’t believe Stu was making me do an anagram on my birthday but then I got really into it. Stu was worried that the letters would spell out something else and funnily enough the first letters I found were, M…A…R… and then …M…E. The next letter I found was a ‘D’ to which I said to Stu, “There isn’t a ‘D’ in ‘Marry me’ is there?!” Soon after I had Amsterdam spelt out in front of me and Stu started playing Blind Man in Amsterdam by George Ezra. I burst into happy tears straight away! I was so overcome with emotion that Stu had arranged such an incredible present. I’m very lucky!

I thought I would share with you some of the pictures we took in Amsterdam. It’s a really pretty city and we loved that we didn’t know much about it before we went. When we went to Paris last year, we knew what landmarks we should see but Amsterdam was totally different so our break felt much more relaxed. I hope you enjoy the photos and I’ll write a post soon about what we got up to!