Last month, I was lucky enough to be invited along on an Eating Amsterdam Tour. They lured me with bitterballen, obviously.
I’ve never done a food / tasting tour anywhere before, so it was an exciting first!
Before I start: A few days ago, one of my fellow expat bloggers posted about her experience of the same tour… and while I enjoyed her post, she went into huge amounts of detail about every aspect of the tour along with pictures of every single food they tried. I’m NOT going to do that.
If I tell you everything that happens and everything you eat – there will be no surprises if you want to do the tour yourself!
So, here in Bitterballenbruid fashion, is a higgledy piggledy series of events that may have happened on the Amsterdam food tour – in no particular order. SPOILER: There were bitterballen.
Because I’ve already ruined that part: let’s start with it.
We went on the Jordaan Food & Canals Tour – so yep, you go on a canal boat! Woop woop!
Definitely one of the highlights of the tour. The captain is awesome, friendly and funny and you get to drink prosecco and eat cheese and bitterballen whilst cruising around the Amsterdam canals. Sweeeeeeeeeet!
Oh, speak of the devil! Here he is:
So yeah, you get on a boat and are greeted with this happy sight!
And then, around half way into the one hour boat trip… this happens…
Only in Holland, right? BITTERBALLEN DELIVERY!
They get one of the best scores yet… a 9/10. Bravo Holtkamp bakery! Absolutely delicious! They’re definitely in my top two ever (the others were at the SkyLounge) but I always score including presentation, so they have to get a minus point for that. Foil tray indeed!
And you clearly can’t have bitterballen without yet more alcohol! YAY!
Hungry yet? So, boat tour over – let’s go to my least favourite part… LIQUORICE!
Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje is owned by Mariska, who is very Dutch (I mean, very direct). I was a bit scared of her, especially when she told an American lady off for taking photos and not listening… but I’m a blogger, so I’m allowed to take photos? Right? Pleeeeeeease?
I hate drop… and (sadly) nothing changed. I tried it. I still hate it. The Dutchie tried it. He still loves it. We got a bag each to take away, so he was super happy as he got two bags!
I then tried to take some establishing shots, but people kept getting in my way… I like the way this one came out though. “Oh, do get out of the way with that silly camera, dear!”
People, just a sec?
Nailed it! Grrrr, dammit… there’s still someone lurking on the right…
As you can see, it was a pretty dreary day in Amsterdam – but our tour leader Annamaria kept our spirits up!
Raw herring, anyone?
There was also kibbeling… Mmmmmmmm…
In addition to all the delicious food, I also used the walking part of the tour to get some random Amsterdam shots… and of course, I had to stop every time I saw any street art!
I’m not even sure why I wanted to take a photo of this blue wall… but people just wouldn’t let me…
Thank you, thank you very much.
Oh yeah, where was I…? Food.
Two words for you: APPLE PIE. But not like apple pie you’ve ever had before – this is Dutch Appeltaart. I am totally not a sweet person, but this appeltart was something else!
And… more food… remember that this tour is 4 hours long!! (And this part definitely isn’t in the right order…)
Then, the icing on the cake.
My first ever taste of poffertjes! I can confirm they are as good as they look – if not better!
So, there you have it. Edited highlights of the Eating Amsterdam Food Tour. It is definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done in Amsterdam!
The full tour is 4 hours long with 7 stops and 12 tastings. It starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm, so take my advice and skip breakfast! Or if you can’t… have a VERY light breakfast.
You and your bellies will thank me later!
Note: I was hosted on the tour by Eating Amsterdam but all views and opinions – as always – remain my own.