I'm baaackk....Amsterdam, Take OneAfter suffering from jetlag, going back to the salt mines and overcoming my writers block of over two months, I'm finally able to blog :)
Today, I'm starting my few-part series on how I ate my way through Amsterdam.
Well, here we go.
Amsterdam, Take One.
Over 5,000 miles traveled, 10 days and approximately 30 meals later, I’m finally home, sweet home.
For two weeks I was dashing around the freezing Netherlands and its surrounding area.
The Netherlands is not only home to the tallest men and women (literally, the people are giants), but to a hodgepodge of food.
Influenced by its neighbors, you can find quality Italian, Greek, Thai and Indian food. Oh, and did I mention they have the worlds best chocolate?
Belgium, in particular, is home to over 2,000 chocolate shops and the small country produces over 172,000 tons of chocolate a year.
Let’s just say that these Belgium chocolatiers put our dear Mr. Hershey to shame.
Never before have I stumbled upon chocolate shop after chocolate shop. Most sell their chocolate per the ounce, so for a few Euros you can get a rich afternoon snack.
White? Dark? Milk? Fruit filled? You name it, they've got it.
In Belgium, it is a chocoholics dream - streets were literally crowded with chocolate shops and tourists peering into the windows to get a glimpse of the magnificent chocolate displays.
I felt like I was Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka - absolutely astonished (and hungry) by the surroundings.
You can't really compare the chocolate to anything you've bought in the US. It's fresh, rich and literally melts in your mouth. In fact, the caramel filled one's actually oozes with fresh caramel.
One of my favorite shops was actually a Rick recommendation, Dumon Chocolatier (note: Rick Steves that is. For anyone who has visited Europe, you know his books are a must-have for any trip. Rick's Christmas card is actually hanging in the shop). This quant little shop was filled with handcrafted chocolates and tons of Easter candies. And, the free samples were simply amazing.