My wife and i were visiting Amsterdam prior to a cruise. as we were here back in 2014, and saw all the typical sites, i was looking for something different and more personnel. Martine, and her husband Olav showed up in trip advisor under a...section related to eating at a locals house. that was the something different i was looking for. before i booked, I read the reviews, and started the booking through Trip Advisor. it took me to a webpage Eatwith where i made the reservation and the payment. Martine, then contacted me through the website (Very user friendly). she asked about any food allergies.
We arrived at their home overlooking a very old cannel. we were joined by two other couples. As both Martine, and Olav are chef's they shared the cooking. while the food was amazing, the hosts made the evening. they were both so warm and friendly, with great stories. The 3 hours flew by.
as for the food, one of the best meals i have ever eaten. It started with a toast of an old Dutch liqueur, then came the appetizers, including a mushroom ragout tart, cheese paired with pickled ginger, an amazing deviled egg and a local sausage. This was paired with a nice white wine. Then came a wonderful salad with shredded smoked mackerel. The main course, was a ground up pork sausage wrapped in bacon, with two types of mashed potatoes. one was made with bacon bits, and endive. the other with carrots, and grilled onions. both were so good, we all asked for the recipe. this was paired with a nice red wine. desert was a French toast made with a special local bread. It included, a homemade berry compote, and a special yogurt.
In addition to the Dutch meal, they also have a French meal option.
As a side, Olav is a local tour guide. we hired him for a wonderful localized tour in the AM. lots of insight that you don't usually get.More