Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Freezing Cold Amsterdam:

Amsterdam is freezing these days. It's quite an odd sensation to watch the seasons change. For the past two and a half years I've never lived in one city for more than three months, never giving me the chance to fully enjoy the slow transition from one season to the next. It's truly beautiful to watch AMS slip from autumn into the darker days of winter; which will be glorious as well. I can feel it. Tomorrow is Halloween, which kicks of a two month long celebration of holidays that I love. First we have Halloween (which sadly the Dutch don't celebrate, but I'll be celebrating it in my kitchen tomorrow night by baking a bunch of Halloween-y things), my birthday occurs next week–23–(and I can't wait to bake a bunch of delectables to bring into work in spite of the occasion, as well), then comes Thanksgiving (at least in America), St. Nicholas Day is near, followed by Christmas, and lastly, New Year's Eve. What a festive and joyous time of year this truly is. Last New Year's Eve (called Sylvester in German), I found myself at Sensation White in Düsseldorf, Germany. Who knows where I'll find myself this year.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Oh, Lekker!

Lekker: noun, adjective, verb, preposition, conjunction; really, this Dutch word can be/mean anything.

From urdandictionary.com:
'Dutch and Afrikaans (South African) for "tasty", but used incessantly by everyone to describe everything that could ever possibly be considered even marginally above mediocre. Despite this not leaving much wiggle room in the Netherlands, they manage to use it all the same, since they don't know any better. Rumour has it that after visiting Belgium (or indeed any other country less flat than the Netherlands, use of this term diminishes remarkably, except when talking about Belgium. I wonder why?'

Lekker, the most overused word in the Dutch language. Everything is ' lekker' in the Netherlands, and you can even add the word heel in front of lekker to produce: heel lekker. Which would roughly translate to very tasty. Where's the originality here? How's it taste? Lekker. How's it smell? Lekker Would you like a glass of Chardonnay? Lekker. That flower is... You guessed it. Lekker. Originally the word dates from 1350 BC, and means 'lick'. Interesting how times, and connotations, have changed.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

London Arrives in Amsterdam:

There's so much to say, and so little time. I have friends visiting me right now, from across the North Sea–from London. The Amsterdam Half Marathon is tomorrow at 14:00, and I'm excited. Results I'll share after the celebrations that are to follow. Amsterdam's current weather stats–as well as the projected forecast for tomorrow during the run: sunny skies abound.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cooking For One:

I have happened upon a great digital food publication entitled 'Fancy Toast'. It's all about cooking and is published by a woman based in Chicago, and I'm a dedicated reader–as of today. It's American cooking at its finest, but still quite healthy. And it includes the greatest granola bar recipes I've ever found. And the girl also had a profound affection for Ina Garten (otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa) just as much as I do. Ina and I were involved in a hot love affair every weekday around 14:00–and again at 16:00–when I lived in the USA and watched her show on Food Network, ritualistically. Oh–the joys of being a full time student. Will I ever be a student again some day? I do hope so; I'd love to study in Amsterdam, too.