Just got back from a wedding in Amsterdam, and I managed to branch out from my normal routine of Tempo Doeloe, herring hawker at Albert Cuypmarkt (the new herring this July nearly brought me to tears), and Vlaamse Friethuis on Voetboogstraat (which this trip wasn't as good as when I lived there years ago, but still is regarded as the best frites in the city).
1. The wedding lunch was catered by Small World Catering (www.smallworldcatering.nl), which operates a deli and small cafe on Binnenoranjestraat 14. The sandwiches, quiches and tarts were amazing, using great fresh breads and produce.
2. The dinner and celebrations were held at Pont 13 (www.pont13.nl). Pont 13 is housed in a former boat docked in the IJ by the Westerpark. The food was really first-rate, although, I know, you can't judge a restaurant's food by what is served at an event. Nevertheless, it's a pretty spectacular location with a great bar and waitstaff, plenty of space outdoors, and it is definitely a place I would return to when in Amsterdam.
3. Had a great takeaway from Warung Spang Makandra (www.spangmakandra.nl) at Gerard Doustraat 39 in De Pijp. This small Javans-Surinaams place had a nice minimalist interior and a friendly proprietor, and the food was really among the best of its kind that I have had in Amsterdam. As I couldn't fit in a trip to Tempo Doeloe, Makandra gave me my spicy food fix at a fraction of the cost.
4. I had a great farewell lunch at Restaurant 11 on the 11th floor of the Post CS Tower at Oosterdokskade 5 where the new Stedelijk Museum is housed. The views are phenomenal, and I had a fantastic grilled sardine salad for 8 Euros. On the weekend, the huge space becomes a club and probably warrants a visit. Also, there's a bar on the terrace above the restaurant with pits for grills, massive beanbags and mini wading pools for an artsy (read mildly annoying) urban beach atmosphere.
5. Finally, I picked up a box of chocalates from Unlimited Delicious on the Haarlemerstraat to bring home to the lady in Brooklyn. We both agree that the flavors are more interesting than Jacques Torres in Brooklyn and the chocalates themselves are tastier than Torres as well, and we both really like Torres.