Local Heart, Global Soul

March 14, 2011

Himself and a Very Stout (‘stout’) Breakfast…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

As explained in my March 13th post, I’m taking you on a tour of Amsterdam using some of my archive photos from last summer.

Himself and I have arrived before breakfast and have parked our car further out from the centre of the city, so after a decent walk we find ourselves in the centre of Amsterdam approaching our destination with rumbling stomachs.

We passed a variety of fast food places on the way to where we are going, but none appealed in the slightest, so we resign ourselves to the idea of an extra large lunch instead of breakfast and press on.

In the Netherlands if you are travelling between the big cities it’s always a good idea to allow some time for traffic jams and even though this is a Saturday we allow extra time anyway.

This time as per Murphy’s Law extra time is not needed and since we forget that we both tend walk fast sans kids,  we  surprised ourselves by arriving  thirty-five minutes early at the Leidseplein. Breakfast is thus back on the agenda.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s a “Plein” ( a kind of “Square” that doesn’t necessarily have to be square in shape) where a bevy of cafes and restaurants line the outer perimeter and where the outside seating area is cheek by jowl crammed  together in the centre.

Himself’s eyes light up as he spies an Irish cafe/Pub  and declares happily that he’s more than in the mood for an Irish breakfast washed down with a glass of Guinness.

Naturally it’s not our normal type of breakfast fare, and had the kids been tagging along he wouldn’t have been considering drinking Stout with breakfast, but today is a day for just the two of us and once I spy fish-‘n-chips on the menu, we make ourselves comfortable and order.

The Dutch do cook fish in batter, but it doesn’t taste at all like the fish-and-chips that I know so well in New Zealand, so we have the Dutch variety only once every few years.  Usually our fish-and-chip cravings are only fixed between trips to New Zealand and the UK when I make it myself at home, so this “find” is a treat indeed.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The day is patchy, threatening rain and so a hot breakfast is welcome … my Fish and Chip’s costs Euro 12.60 and Himself’s Irish of bacon, beans, eggs, sasuages, toast and jam costs Euro 8.70.

He of course washes his down with a glass of Guinness and I wash mine down with a Cola Light.

Yum! What a treat of a  way to start the day!

We did advise as soon as possible that we had limited time for breakfast and our waitress was friendly and passed the message onto the kitchen so that we could cut waiting time to the minimum.

We also asked to settle the bill as soon as our breakfast was served, and all in all we managed both a relaxed breakfast and a quick getaway… .. both of which were appreciated. The food was good too… not quite New Zealand standard fish and chips, but ok all the same.

* So… for those of you who noticed “stout” mentioned in brackets in the title, I need to tell you that there is also a word “stout” in the Dutch language… but nothing to do with beer because it means “naughty“! So naturally, now you know, that having a Stout Guinness for Breakfast IS rather naughty!!!

Photos? Oh yes of course…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


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    Pingback by Himself and a Very Stout ('stout') Breakfast… « Local Heart … | Today Headlines — March 14, 2011 @ 5:16 am | Reply

  2. Wow this is my type of breakfast and definitely ditch my coffee without a doubt for a glass of guinness, this will definitely make me moving!

    Comment by rsmacaalay — March 14, 2011 @ 7:50 am | Reply

    • A hearty breakfast to be sure! and Guinness for breakfast is a wonderful treat, but maybe not for every day heh?
      As a celebration of a rare “day to ourselves” it’s definitely a decadent way to start the day!

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 16, 2011 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  3. i was hungry before reading your post – after all those food pictures it has gotten unbearable 😀

    Comment by SkP — March 15, 2011 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  4. What I love most about this post is the feeling I get that you and Himself are first and foremost, delicious FRIENDS that truly enjoy spending time together! You ‘get’ each other so the suggesstion of Stout for breakfast is received with an enthusiastic ‘Sure!’ rather than the unpopular eye-roll and argument for something ‘healthier’. Yes, you two were being ‘stout’ indeed! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 16, 2011 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

    • You have to get lucky sometimes … our luck is that we both are very much on the same wavelength and appreciate special times together, especially since with kids these times are few and far between. We have been through some difficult times with health, jobs and family in the last 15 years and when the tough times come you soon find out if you have a “keeper” or not. We are very fortunate, we are indeed FRIENDS as well as lovers and I think that if you find that in someone, it’s well worth working hard to keep 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 16, 2011 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

      • I hear you loud and clear, Kiwi, as I (thankfully) and hubby are deep in the “lucky” category! We’ve now known each longer than not (met in highschool) and are coming up on our 19th wedding anniversary. Life is good… 🙂

        Comment by milkayphoto — March 16, 2011 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  5. As soon as I saw the first photo, I recognized this place. We had dinner there before a concert last month. It was cold, and neither of us felt like wandering around to find a random restaurant, and the food on offer was the kind of thing both of us were in the mood for that night, so that’s where we went. I think we even sat at that little table in the front corner (seventh photo from the bottom). We had plenty of time to kill and weren’t driving, so we enjoyed a couple of Guinness!

    Comment by Alison — March 17, 2011 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  6. Oh dear. Just today we discussed with my wife about beer when shopping in a market. She bought Kotzel dark beer, as normally. She said that the best beer is Guinness beer and I saw it in Your post. Normally I do not drink beer, but when abroad, I test some. Thank You for this post.

    Comment by sartenada — March 18, 2011 @ 11:20 am | Reply

    • Please tell your wife that my husband thinks she has EXCELLENT taste (but you already know that don’t you 🙂 )

      Comment by Kiwidutch — March 18, 2011 @ 11:43 am | Reply

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