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Part 2, An Autumn Lunch In Amsterdam

Good morning, dear ones. 🙂 I’m writing to you sitting close to the heater, a cup of Moroccan Mint tea at hand to soothe my sore throat. I’m still fighting this flu/cold/thingamajig but have high hopes that I’m almost on the mend now. 🙂

I had such fun revisiting my trip to Amsterdam with you yesterday, that I decided to share the rest of our lovely meal with you today. 🙂

When I thought of European food growing up, especially in the colder northern countries like Holland, Germany, etc, I mostly thought of potatoes, wild game, thick stews, hearty noodle dishes, and lots of seafood. I did not, however, think of salads, organic produce, healthy whole grain sandwiches. How wrong I was!

It is in Paris, Amsterdam and Denmark that I have had the most scrumptious salads piled high with luscious ingredients, divine sandwiches layered atop the best bread I’ve ever tasted, and vibrant produce straight from the garden. Our Amsterdam lunch was no exception.

I was so inspired and have been tracking down the best breads, cheeses and fresh veggies I can find to replicate these amazing yet simple lunches.

It was the perfect start to our exploration of a new city: Haarlem.

Have you been surprised by foods you’ve encountered on your travels?




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Mia - AM sooo hungry looking at all the deliciousness here!!

elra - Oh yummy !!!! They making me hungry Krista 🙂

Faith - Oh wow, that salad with bacon and avocado looks amazing! What’s the creamy dressing on it?

lequan - the first picture with the bacon and avocados look delicious. i gotta admit though, i won’t eat bacon unless it’s done to a crisp.

having travelled to the Asian places such as china, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, I’ll have to say I definitely have been surprised by foods I’ve encountered. Not the same surprise you got though, more of the, “what the heck is that?” and “keep that away from me” type of surprise.

William H. Stoneman - Gorgeous Pics!! Thanks for sharing your bounty!

RamblingTart - Thank you, dear Mia! 🙂 They did such a lovely job, didn’t they? 🙂

RamblingTart - That makes me happy, Elra! Everything was scrumptious!

RamblingTart - It is amazing isn’t it, Faith? I’m afraid I didn’t have the salad so I’m not sure what the dressing was.

RamblingTart - I’m with you, Lequan!! It’s gotta be crispy or I just can’t eat it. 🙂

I’ve never been to Asia, but sounds like quite a culinary adventure!! 🙂

RamblingTart - That is funny, Katie!! I felt the same way about it’s other neighbor, Albania. Crazy how those countries seem so distinct and far apart to us, eh? 🙂

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Anna Johnston - I’m a big salad fan, over the years I’ve pretty much proved anything can go into a salad & I’ll love it, so all these look wonderful.
Food x Travel Stories you ask….. Oh yes…, good and bad & some just right off the wall mad…., but I love ’em all (even those deadly scallops in Italy that had me lying low for a week….., I still can’t quite believe something that tasted so good could practically produce a death rattle…, but there ya go!!!!)

Carol - Delicious looking foods! Especially the salads!

Maria Staal - The food looks delicious, Krista! I hope you can find similar nice meals when you come back in December. 🙂

Sarah, Maison Cupcake - I guess the salads need all that rain to look green? I like the look of that cheese on toast.

MaryMoh - That’s a lot of good healthy food. When on my travels, I love to eat more healthy food cos I’m so afraid of falling ill and lose all my joy. The weirdest food I have found is in Korea….healthy food but a lot of food I won’t know how to eat.

LindyLouMac - I have just had a browse around your blog, your photographs are fantastic. I am a big salad fan and the ones in this post look simply mouthwatering.
Thankyou for calling by ‘News From Italy and commenting it is much appreciated.

deeba - I love reading about your escapades and all the food included makes me hungry! Fab post Krista!

Chef E - I am soooo glad I ate already! I had chicken tortilla soup, extra brothy diabetic style with no corn, and avocado slices!

My recent trip to Spain has a few surprise, like octopus with a caramelized orange sauce that blew my son and I away…loved the fresh seafood on each outing!

Thanks for sharing this- I have been to Cancun and Amsterdamn, and have the fond memories of fries with mayo and stroop waffles made on the street corner by vendors. Did you do that?

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