The Last Meal in Holland: Pancakes! Amsterdam

My last day in Ams­ter­dam I fig­ured that since I don’t smoke pot, didn’t ride a bike and am not 6 feet tall, I should do some­thing that is Dutch. So I decided to try pan­nenkoeken at Pan­cakes! Ams­ter­dam.

A 10-minute walk from Lei­d­se­plein, this cute, white-washed break­fast spot serves, you guessed it…

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And now, for some techno! CLR showcase, Amsterdam Dance Event

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The rea­son I came to Ams­ter­dam this time around was for Ams­ter­dam Dance Event, now the largest elec­tronic music con­fer­ence in the world, and with good rea­son. It’s not just a fes­ti­val, it’s not just a col­lec­tion of shows all over the city — the event is five days filled with sem­i­nars with music indus­try lead­ers and trend­set­ters, pro­grams for uni­ver­sity stu­dents who want a legit­i­mate career in the music busi­ness, movie screen­ings, cul­tural events, DJ cook offs, pop-up DJ sets. It’s entirely pos­si­ble to skip all of that and just rave your face off for five days straight over every sin­gle genre of elec­tronic music available.

I was for­tu­nate enough to be invited by Claire Van Der Hall to one of the pan­els she was host­ing dur­ing the day, which also hap­pened to be the only one that was in Eng­lish, held in this giant cube in the mid­dle of Leidseplein.

James Minor of SXSW was sup­posed to be dis­cussing… some­thing, but it seemed like he didn’t really have much to dis­cuss, despite Claire’s best efforts to get use­ful infor­ma­tion out of him. To be fair, SXSW and ADE and other elec­tronic music fes­ti­vals are dif­fer­ent ani­mals entirely, so his basic sug­ges­tion of “work hard, don’t be a dick” was use­ful, just not enough to fill up 50 minutes.

You know who always shows up, works hard and is not a dick*? Chris Liebing.

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Damn, Amsterdam! Bigger Bites: BAUT

Now, when I asked my friends who live in Ams­ter­dam and speak Dutch what “baut” actu­ally meant, they couldn’t exactly tell me. They assumed it came from the name of the street it was on Wibaut­straat, but the word “baut” itself was slang.

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Damn, Amsterdam! Bigger Bites: Saigon Cafe

Despite its noto­ri­ety for being a town filled with ston­ers, the culi­nary delights in Ams­ter­dam are not rel­e­gated to Bit­ter­Ballen, which I did suf­fer through the last time I was there. Here’s the famed Dutch Kroket­ten in log form, straight from the infa­mous FEBO machines that mag­i­cally replen­ish them­selves. It’s like eat­ing deep fried sausage gravy, and not in the pleas­ant way.

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Damn, Amsterdam! Random bites…

It has taken me some time to digest my recent leg of Techno Tour 2012, and as such, I’ve finally fig­ured out how to pro­ceed with both the food and the techno that I’ve con­sumed the past three weeks or so.

My first stop of my tri­umphant return to Europe was none other than the Nether­lands for Ams­ter­dam Dance Event.

But as it is in this lifestyle, food usu­ally comes before (and rarely after) the techno, so here’s a few bites that I man­aged to choke down.

As soon as I set­tled into my great apart­ment over­look­ing the IJ bay (Thanks AirBNB! ), I hit up the gro­cery store for pro­vi­sions. One of my favorite things about gro­cery stores in Europe? The sheer mad­ness of their cheese sections.


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