March 9, 2008

First dessert restaurant of the Netherlands

Filed under: Dutch first,Food & Drink by Branko Collin @ 3:15 pm

This month restaurant Sucre will open its doors in Amsterdam, serving only desserts. The restaurant is owned by Martijn Machielse (of local caterer Mynth Events) and Eline Kok (of local restaurant Bloesem), while the man behind the pan will be Peter Scholte, formerly of Chateau Brakkestein in Nijmegen. Sucre will be the first of such restaurants in the Netherlands, although similar places in New York and Barcelona (Espai Sucre) have blazed the global trail.

“You can get four or five courses here, made entirely of desserts,” Machielse told the Zest blog. “We will have one non-sweet dish though.” The menu is still a secret, but Machielse ensured the restaurant would not take the molecular cooking route. “We will choose accessible dishes, but twisted! You may for example discover non-sweet ingredients in your sweet dishes. But you won’t find classics like crème brûlée on the menu.”

Sources: Bizz and Zest (both Dutch).

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October 8, 2007

Lou Reed to open photo exhibition in Amsterdam

Filed under: Art by Orangemaster @ 10:45 am

On 10 October, musician, rock singer and photographer Lou Reed will open his photo exhibition entitled “Lou Reed’s New York” in Amsterdam at gallery Serieuze Zaken Studioos. The exhibition will be open to the public from 11 October through 15 November.

Why were all the photos from New York in this exhibition? “I think Leonard Cohen had a line, `I would travel anywhere in the pursuit of beauty’. And this is the beauty of New York. I just wanted to take pictures of that, with no other motive than that.”

Galerie Serieuze Zaken, Bilderdijkstraat 66 in Amsterdam. Opening hours: Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 pm and the first Sunday of the month from noon to 5 pm.

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August 22, 2007

Amsterdam is as multiculti as it gets

Filed under: General by Orangemaster @ 10:41 am

Amsterdam is again in 2007 the most multicultural city in the world, according to the City of Amsterdam. As of 1 January 2007, 177 different nationalities were living in the city, making Amsterdam No. 1 in this respect. Runner up is Antwerp with 164 nationalities, while New York has 150.

In 2006 a new nationality was added to Amsterdam, as someone from Malawi went to live there. Most foreigners come from Morocco (64,588), Turkey (37,421), Great Britain (10,244), Germany (6,670) and Suriname (5,609).

Despite the constant hordes of people, Amsterdam only has 743,104 inhabitants, who are mostly Dutch, as 532,548 only have the Dutch nationality. As well, another 123,204 have two passports, including a Dutch one.

And what’s this picture? This is De Bijmermeer or ‘Bijlmer’, a suburb of Amsterdam, an architectural feat and the city’s symbol for where to put all the poor and usually non-white foreigners. I’ve lived there as a foreigner, so I know first hand, although I did see some poor, white, retired Dutch folk. It was also world news for the plane that crashed into one of the buildings. If you don’t know this story, grab a beverage and read it, it’s really something.

(Link: trouw)

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