Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Saturday at Noordermarkt


One of the things I miss the most about New York City is the variety of fresh, inexpensive produce that can be found in almost every neighborhood. Luckily, Amsterdam has quite a few farmer's markets which are not only great for shopping but people watching and having some traditional Dutch snacks.


Barely any of the local supermarkets sell fresh fish so my mouth was watering when I spotted these fresh slabs of salmon....


Fresh baked loaves of bread, anyone?


The Dutch love cheese and specialty cheese shops are common. So far I haven't bought an authentic chunk of Dutch cheese and have stuck with the pre-sliced versions. That will change soon though. 


Meat broodjes (sandwiches) and traditional Dutch pea soup are must eats when you're in Amsterdam.


There's really nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a blistery cold day. Though the temperature here is similar to New York, the wind and constant gloominess make it seem much colder in the Netherlands.


Poffertjes are probably one of my favorite Dutch snacks. I usually keep some pre-made ones in my fridge to have for breakfast or dessert but these fresh made ones were so tempting!


The reason I passed on the poffertjes was because I was simply too full from the soup and a giant homemade stroopwafel! The fresh stroopwafel was definitely tastier than the usual prepackaged ones. 


Lastly, here's a look at some pretty charms also on display on Noordermarkt since half of the market is dedicated to food and the other to clothing, trinkets and such.

Next on my list of markets is to visit is the Albert Cuyp Market. Until next time, tot ziens!

10 comments:

  1. Everything looks so tasty! The thing used to make poffertjes looks similar to the one used to make Takoyaki. I think I would eat that way too often if I could haha xD

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    1. Poffertjes are similar to Gai Dan Jai also! But I like poffertjes better :P I try to limit how often I buy them but they're a super easy treat to make in the mornings!

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  2. Everything looks so yummy! I've never seen chunks of cheese displayed that way! It's so cool!!

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    1. Cheese is EVERYWHERE here! I know they have a lot of cheese in NYC too but I've never had the courage to go up and order a specific kind. I have to get over my cheese insecurities and just take a chance :)

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  3. How fun!! Your stroopwafel looks delicious! I'm glad you are having a blast =)

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  4. Looks super fun. I love these travel posts. presliced cheese? Shame on you ;)

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    1. I need to really get over my fear of looking like a cheese noob and just talk to some cheese shop people! In my defense, the sliced cheese is still gouda cheese and way better than Kraft XD

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  5. Thanks for sharing the pictures and your experience. I love shopping at flea markets and farmers markets. There's always fresh food and I love finding unique things there.

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    1. I can't wait to go to more flea markets in the area! The weather really gets in the way of things and prevents me from being outside for more than three hours at a time!

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