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Cold Winter Shopping and Hot Sandwiches in Amsterdam

Yesterday morning we were delighted to open the curtains and see a sunshiny Amsterdam. It was wicked cold but so beautiful with snow glistening on tree branches and sidewalks, and the canals covered with sheets of crackling ice glittering in the sunshine.

It was the perfect day to stay inside with hot cups of tea reading and watching old movies like “Shop Around the Corner” with Jimmy Stewart. Early afternoon we bundled ourselves from head to toe then carefully walked the snowy streets, popping into charming shops to warm our bones and peruse the wares.

Before too long we were ravenous and freezing and returned to one of our favorite haunts: Singel 404.

Singel 404HS
1016AK Amsterdam
Telephone: (+31) 0204280154

This place has some of the best sandwiches any of us have ever had. My brother Evan brought two of his Army friends here for lunch and they loved the food so much that they said all future sandwiches had been ruined for them.

I like to think that all future sandwiches will be INSPIRED by them.

First take thick slabs of bakery fresh brown bread, spread liberally with pesto or guacamole and add toppings of your choice.

Evan and Ryan chose the tuna melt, Dad had smoked chicken with olives and Brie, and Kendra had ham, roasted sweet peppers and Brie.

I had guacamole topped with smoked chicken, sundried tomatoes, Brie and fresh herbs.

…and Mums had a luscious BLT topped with thick slices of creamy avocado and a sprinkling of chives.

What is your favorite thing to eat on a cold shopping day?

PS – Thank you SO much for all your wonderful notes and comments. πŸ™‚ You make opening my computer each morning so delightful. I will get back to you all as soon as I can. Much love!!

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Kitchen Butterfly - I thought you didn’t make it this far……………..with all the snowy interruptions to flights. Glad to see you’re having a good time. Email….

Anna Johnston - Krista – how fabulous. Your making me long for snow & freezing ice even though I hate cold. It just sounds so wonderful. Loving your journey – enjoy! πŸ™‚

Andi - Oh super yuuuuuuuum!!! I wish I had gone to that place when I was in Amsterdam. Xmas in Europe…ugh!

A Canadian Foodie - PS… how much did you pay for this prophoto custom blog – and was it hard to transfer your old program over… are you still hosted by wordpress?

A Canadian Foodie - Incredible photographs. You have absolutely captured the mood with the warm glowing lights within beckoning… and I think your dish looks way more satisfying and much higher on the yummy scale that your mom’s!

mlleparadis - oh krista! thank you thank you thank you for bringing us with you!!!!! i LOVE amsterdam windows and i LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT MOVIE. thinking about it alot this week. your sandwiches look delish as did that hot chocolate with rum (in the vondelpark…so dreamy!). mr. p. does not like eggnog, now i know what i’ll be making for him as we tuck up this weekend.

have a great time where you are, don’t worry about us. we’ll still be here when you get back! xoxoxo! happy christmas!!!!!! (i know it will be!)

Nicole - Your photos show such an idyllic European Christmas. I love your stories, it’s like we’re right there with you!

Joanne - A huge thick hearty sandwich sounds perfect after a day of sightseeing! Amsterdam is so cute with it’s little shops!

Your sandwich sounds marvelous. i think I’m going to have to recreate it so that it will be almost like I’m there eating it with you!

lana - Never mind about the food, look at all those beautiful shop windows! It looks beautiful Krista! Have a great holiday!x

KelleyPerry - Love seeing your pics from my warm house in Alabama!!! It looks so amsterdammmmm cold!!!!!

Lovin it! Keep more pics and post coming!

Velva - It does look wicked cold. My Florida bones would be in sad shape. I have been to Amsterdam twice both times, in the summer. I don’t think it ever gets hot in the Netherlands.

The sandwich shop looks divine. I will have to pass your post along to my Dutch friends.

Have a great holiday. Stay warm.


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