Dutch Burgers and Frites
I’ll admit it: I like burgers.
Ever since the day I could fit one in my mouth, hamburgers have taken on a steady role in my repertoire of things to order. Of course that list has expanded immensely since, but if all else fails, the burger is still my standby. So, needless to say, I had to try one in Amsterdam.
But now that I have, I’m sticking to American burgers. It’s a good thing this waited until one of my last days in Amsterdam because as soon as I took a bite out of that thing I knew I could never live in Holland for an extended period of time.
I’m sorry to say, but they’re just too salty! I like to get my flavor from the condiments (er one condiment – ketchup), not the actual burger. And I suppose it doesn’t help when at the same time as trying to throw one of these back, you have to monitor your water consumption. I could have drank about 8 bottles of water with that burger but my wallet couldn’t afford that, so I suffered. And ate the fries instead.
And speaking of fries, you can’t really say you’ve tried true frites until you’ve had them served in a cone topped with mayo from a street vendor.
I read ALL about the fries in cones and knew I would have to get them, but I’ll be honest – at first it wasn’t easy to find them. But eventually we came across some locals indulging in a midnight snack and asked where to find the nearest cone-contained fries vendor. They directed us to: Chipsy King.
It wasn’t at all what I was picturing – yes, it was on the street, but it had a storefront! That took away some of the fun, but in the end I still ate up the novelty of the situation, and had some tasty fries to boot.
The situation in Antwerp, however, was much more of what I was picturing. We went to the grotemarket (Great Market) where there were booths upon booths serving all sorts of drinks, food, and frites in a cone. It was sort of like a Taste of Antwerp (read: Taste of Chicago) except that virtually everyone was serving the exact same thing.
So to wrap up my series of travel-inspired posts, let me just say it’s good to be home and back in America. Yes I did enjoy my time in the Netherlands, as well as Belgium, and yes I am dying to travel much much more, but it’s good to return to the land where the water is free and the burgers aren’t salty.
Thank you for reading and reliving my trip with me – it has certainly been a blast.
P.S. A very big thank you to Stef at the Cupcake Project for tagging me in this meme, but just like she did, I’m going to opt out of publicly answering the questionnaire for the sake of sparing my readers extra boredom.