Everyone can agree that one of the best things about going on vacation is guilt free food. All of those calories you would never dare eat at home is ignored because “I’m on vacation!” Famous last words. But you’re right. YOU ARE ON VACATION. So enjoy, indulge and get down with your bad self.
I love food. More specifically, I love anything sweet and anything fried. My husband will not let me go to any local fairs because they are notorious for their fried ice cream, fried Oreos and basically fried anything you can think of. I’d like to think he’s being the night and shining armor of my arteries, but mostly he’s trying to keep us from spending our life’s worth on fried food.
Vacation is the loophole in the fight against fried food. It’s a loophole I will jump in mouth first, when we finally get our trip to Amsterdam. What am I most excited for, you ask? I’ll tell you, but you have to promise not to think I’m crazy. I’m most excited for Vlaamse Frites! Initially, the thought of eating french fries with mayonnaise without ketchup seemed like a terrible idea. I’ve got 29 years of ketchup love ingrained in me. But the more I think about it, the more I can’t help but get behind the idea. Mayo is what makes the BLT so great. So why wouldn’t it do the same for fries? Couple the fries with a plate of Bitterballen and you’ve got yourself a delicious, traditional treat.
After I first researched Bitterballen, I had a dream about them. Don’t worry, I recognize how weird that sounds and I do see a therapist. Let me explain though. Bitterballen is the most genius snack I’ve ever heard of. A little magical ball with minced beef or veal, mixed with beef broth, butter, flour, parsley and salt and pepper. Battered in breadcrumb with eggs, and then fried – these puppies are what dreams are made of. Literally.
To make this foodie experience even better, I plan on ending it with a big ole’ slice of Dutch Apple Pie. Even though apple pie is synonymous with 4th of July and summer days here in the States, they aren’t the real deal pie that you’d find over in the Netherlands. Dating back to the 1500’s, Dutch Apple Pie features that beautiful lattice design sweetened with cinnamon and a bit of lemon juice. Sometimes, they are made with raisins too! As long as it comes with icing on top, we are good to go!
The most exciting thing about these delicious treats is that I can experience them easily during the walking tour. Not having to worry about finding the best of the best when it comes to a restaurant makes all of the difference in the world. Walk, eat, and repeat are the perfect steps to the best Amsterdam vacation.
Jessica Evans is a freelance writer who suffers from an extreme case of wanderlust. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her dreaming about visiting Van Gogh’s museum or wishing she were sitting at a quaint café sipping an espresso in Paris. You can find her at JessicaAudacious.com.