Friday, November 6, 2015

Don't forget to save
room in your carry-on if you're heading to Amsterdam.
Alongside the
must-buy—or must-avoid, depending on your taste—tourist trinity of cheese,
tulips, and clogs, we picked the three best things to bring home with you.
Stroopwafels The signature Dutch cookie, stroopwafel—which consists of
two buttery wafers sandwiched together by caramel syrup—is hard to
resist.
After eating them warm from a street vendor or in a café in
Amsterdam, you'll want to take some home with you.
They make great gifts,
acceptable to all but those on the strictest diets.
Reputedly, the city's best stroopwafels are made at Lanskroon, a historic
canalside bakery and tearoom.
The street vendor at the Albert Cuyp market
comes in a popular second.
Tins of stroopwafels can also be bought in retail
chains Hema and Albert Heijn.
Pro tip: Make sure you get the all-butter
variants.
You can also combine Delft and stroopwafels, by buying the Royal
Delft canal house stroopwafel jar (from the Bijenkorf) to keep your cookies
in.
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Stock Photo Delft Blue Nothing says Holland quite like Delft
Blue, the trademark blue-and-white pottery that dates back to the 16th
century.
Not-so surprisingly, you'll see it everywhere in Amsterdam, from
classic tiles to minimalist modern bowls.
Antique pieces can put you back
thousands of euros, but there are cheap-and-cheerful versions you can pick up
for a few euros in the markets, If you're after the real deal, head for
Galleria D'Arte Rinascimento, which stocks both old and new pieces (the aged
pieces are often great value for money), or for the Jorrit Heinen Delft
Shop.
For the latter, there's a branch on Prinsengracht and also a location
in the historic former city mint, the Munttoren, which stocks a wide
assortment of pieces made by the centuries old and still operating Royal Delft
factory.
Alternatively, check out the &Klevering pieces in the Rijksmuseum shop,
which were inspired by 16th and 17th century originals in the Rijksmuseum
collection.
For something more modern but still traditionally Delft, the
Bijenkorf department stores stocks the simpler, more contemporary Blue D1653
range of Royal Delft, designed by Arian Brekveld, Chris Koens, and Damian
O'Sullivan.
Alf van Beem via
Wikimedia Commons Van Wees Liqueurs Distilling is an ancient
Amsterdam tradition, and to this day A.
Van Wees uses the time-honored
techniques of Holland's glory days to produce its unique liqueurs.
Many of
the recipes date back to the 16th century, some even to the Middle
Ages.
Bruidstranen ('bride's tears'), for example, was traditionally
passed around at weddings.
Distilled from oranges, cloves, almonds, nutmeg,
and cinnamon, the liqueur contains flakes of pure silver, symbolizing tears
(of joy, we hope).
Vergeet mij Niet ('don't forget me') was given by
women to their husbands and sweethearts as they sailed off on Dutch trading
ships in the Golden Age.
It's a heady mix of roses, lavender, violets, rum,
brandy and spices.
A.
Van Wees produces its extraordinary concoctions in the old Distillery de
Ooievaar in the Jordaan, which is a must-visit.
Founded in 1883, it remains a
family business, using the ancient four-step distillation process to produce
new liqueurs, too.
Looking for something more modern? Yuzu is the
distillery's latest flavor.
Heading to Amsterdam? Don't forget to pack room in your
carry-on for these souvenirs.
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