Amsterdam, European waterway

amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands located in province of North HollandThe city enjoys an oceanic climate because of its proximity to the sea.

Among the main places to visit in Amsterdam are the Rijksmuseum which houses many of Rembrandt and Vermeer’s paintings; the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the Amsterdam MuseumOther interesting sites include the city’s many canals, red light district and the cannabis coffee shops.

Amsterdam is famous for its cafes and one of the leading cafes is Getto. Getto is a burger bar which has each of its burgers named after a drag queen who performs there.

For restaurants that serve Dutch food there is Moeders. This restaurant serves classic Dutch food. The Haesje Claes offers pea soup, fish stew, and chicken livers while Loetje dishes up biefstek and friet.

Amsterdam is one of the most bike friendly cities in Europe and getting around on a bicycle is quite easy. It is possible to hire a bike using MacBike or City Bikes which both charge €10 per day. Getting around the city may also be done by tram.

The city is served by the Schipol International Airport with flights from other cities across Europe.

DISCOVER OTHER INTEREST ON PLACES: SIGNUP IN CIRCLEME SOCIAL

Beef Pot Roast, taste in a pot

poat_roast1
When we think “roast” we often think “oven” but one of the tastiest roast meals is pot roast beef which can be done simply and easily on the stove top.

Pot Roast is an excellent meal to serve for an evening entertaining friends for a dinner party. It can be served with baked potatoes and gravy and a side salad of lettuce and tomatoes.

The ingredients required are 2 teaspoons olive oil, 4 pounds boneless chuck roast,1 onion, chopped, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Meat should be seasoned and left to marinade prior to cooking.

First preheat an oven to 325 degrees F. Heat a Dutch oven on top of the stove over a medium high heat. Then add meat and sear for around 4 minutes, searing all sides for 3 to 4 minutes each. Remove from the pan and sprinkle salt and pepper, add garlic, and 1 bay leaf. Replace meat in the pan and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and cook for a further 1 ½ hours. Garnish with onions and gravy.

A variation on this dish involves searing the meat. Once browned, add water, and boil until tender over a low flame. 

DISCOVER OTHER INTEREST ON FOOD&DRINKS: SIGNUP IN CIRCLEME SOCIAL

St. Martin, a double dose of delight

St_maarten
The island of St. Martin in the Caribbean is unique. It is the smallest island in the world that is governed by two sovereign nations.

One side of the island is ruled by the Kingdom of The Netherlands and is called Sint Maarten while the other is governed by France and is known as St. Martin. It is the only land border shared by those two nations anywhere in the world.

The Dutch side’s main city is Phillipsburg while the French side’s capital is Marigot. The island is served by one airport – the Princess Juliana International Airport.

The island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten is hilly and tends to by dry. Like most of the other islands in the Caribbean it has a dry season from December to April and a wet season from June to November.

The Dutch side of the island is quite festive. A cruise ship port sits in Great Bay near Phillipsburg and tourists can enjoy fine restaurants serving French, Chinese, and Indonesian cuisine.

There are also loads of little shops where interesting jewellery and clothing can be purchased. The € is the unit of currency on the French side while the guilder is used on the Dutch side.

The main languages spoken here are English, Dutch, and Papiamento. French is the main language spoken in the other half of the island. Here is like a little slice of France in the Caribbean with exotic boutiques, cafes and patisseries all around the narrow streets. Duty free shopping with high-end brands makes St. Martin very attractive to visitors.

DISCOVER OTHER INTEREST ON PLACES: SIGNUP IN CIRCLEME SOCIAL