28 March, 2009

Saturday morning in Amsterdam

We're staying on the edge of the Jordaan area which is residential, arty and quiet with nice shops and bars and a fantastic Saturday morning market near the Noorderkerk. There was a traditional market with all sorts of clothes, fruit and veg and the odd stall of goats cheese or salami or bread. And then round the corner, an organic market with flea market thrown in. Lots to look at. I really liked this stall of mushrooms, and bought some dried fruit for the girls from another.

The fruit and veg was pretty standard, the bread stalls interesting because they had not just the usual but also lots of rye breads and pretzels. I find cheese is mixed in the Netherlands. Every time I saw a good cheese stall I found that most of the cheese they were selling was either French or British. Dutch Gouda is good, Edam is frankly dull and it's all a bit monotonous. But the goats cheeses were lovely. Other things I bought were some very moreish olives and delicious mushroom tapenade with a kick of chili in it.

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