saturday stroopwafels

saturday stroopwafels

saturdays are meant for stroopwafels…
at least in amsterdam they are! and i hope
we always continue the tradition of stroopwafels
on saturdays – even when we’re back in the states.
(i’ll have to learn how to make them before we go!)

IMG_3878we took our bikes out for one of their first
(and one of their last, before they were stolen ;)
rides to the coziest of bakeries last weekend.
IMG_3805lanskroon is an old family-run dutch bakery that has been
here for 100 years! whoa! we couldn’t wait to try it.
IMG_3782some flurries of snow started right as we arrived, so
it was extra welcoming to swing open the door to a warm,
bustling little bakery full of the best smell of cinnamon + caramel!
IMG_3787 this little bakery is simple, but it has all the good stuff.
it’s good for a morning hot cocoa + pastry, for picking
up sweet treats to take home, or for afternoon tea.
IMG_3798we are major breakfast people – so we opted
for a hot chocolate, fresh squeezed orange juice,
and two delicious stroopwafels, alsjeblieft!

IMG_3793they also have the yummiest sausage rolls + ham
and cheese croissants to add to your breakfast
stop. be sure to ask for them to be warmed up!
IMG_3789IMG_3799oliebollen dutch doughnuts to finish up!
IMG_3792IMG_3777we eyed this AMAZING-looking apple cake
on the way out, but we were a bit full. next time!

IMG_3780IMG_3807the best part of lanskroon is the darling owner claudia.
she is the youngest of four generations of dutch bakers who
have had this bakery in the family. how special is that? she
is so welcoming and makes the entire place warm + friendly.

IMG_3800 one last incredible piece of lanskroon: not only is it
darling and scrumptious, but it is charitable too!
claudia is such a sweet person, and has set up a
nonprofit as part of her bakery. she employs young
adults with minor disabilities and trains them in her
kitchen! it is so inspiring and this gives an entirely
new meaning to the phrase: 
“how can i help?”
IMG_3808we stayed inside sipping hot cocoa until the weather cleared
up. amsterdam weather, i tell you- it changes on a dime.
we hopped on our bikes and headed straight to the market.
IMG_3876 IMG_3875very few things can beat a european market. this
one is albert cuyp markt – the biggest in amsterdam!

IMG_3874heart shaped stroopwafels on the street ^^ cutest!
IMG_3873 IMG_3870i wanted so many items in the market ^^ especially these bowls
IMG_3868 IMG_3865IMG_3872herring is a staple here (i can’t understand it)
but there are fish stands everywhere offering
raw herring & onion sandwiches…a dutch favorite.

IMG_3871 IMG_3862 IMG_3860IMG_3866our saturday continued with some museum-ing:
IMG_3859^^ there’s chase on his bike in the blue up there :)
IMG_3811we visited the stedelijk: a museum for
modern & contemporary art, along with design.
IMG_3857the interior of the museum is gorgeous.
modern art is hit and miss for me.. and some
art here was a little bit too out there, but there
were some complete gems in this museum. 

IMG_3852like this ^^ i would put it in my home!
IMG_3840IMG_3845IMG_3823seeing a picasso is always a treat ^^
IMG_3824IMG_3842windmills by van gogh ^^
IMG_3832 IMG_3819IMG_3835 IMG_3815IMG_3881we stopped in to try salsa shop (like the chipotle here)
…we’ve been missing our mexican so it hit the spot.

IMG_3887i am still in love with this chandelier display over
the canals for the light show. they are gorgeous at
night, but also sparkle in the sun during the day ^^

IMG_3885IMG_3889after enjoying our blue sky day we headed home on the bikes.
^^ this photo above proves how widely used bikes are
here in amsterdam. they are the main mode of transport
for everyone, like this cute lady all dressed up riding
on the back of her husband’s bike. totally normal here :)
IMG_3879we passed the heineken brewery on our way back ^^ though
we’re not beer drinkers, this is something the dutch are so proud of!

IMG_3880i am a fan of our saturdays here.
this weekend we checked off some more museums
(the jewish historical museum and tropenmuseum)
but my camera was since stolen … so i’ll have to share
more about those in an amsterdam museum post!