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1. Who are you?
I’m Claire, A British expat living in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. After moving to Madrid in 2014 to escape the horrendous weather of Northern Europe, I fell for a Dutch guy and ended up living practically back on the same latitude line that I started on. By day I am a content editor for a travel company and by night (or mainly at weekends) I am an explorer and blogger.
2. What is your site about?
I Wander & Roam is a travel and lifestyle blog with everything from travel tips and photo diaries to stories about my experiences of expat life. One recurring theme is gastronomy which is no surprise considering this is such an important part of my adventures… and life for that matter. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
3. What is one food tip you would give about Amsterdam?
There are Suriname takeaways and restaurants scattered all over the city and a personal favourite of mine is a Javanese/ Surinamese restaurant Spang Makandra in the De Pijp neighbourhood. The interior isn’t much to shout about but as soon as you sample their wares you’ll realize why it is always packed to the rafters. Not only is the food delicious but the prices are extremely reasonable.
Caffeine junkies should be sure to check out the Scandinavian Embassy cafe, also in De Pijp, which serves up amazing pour over coffee and the best smoked salmon and eggs I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring.
4. What is one travel tip you would give about Amsterdam?
One place I always send my visitors to is Brouwerij Het Ij in the East of the city. Not only do they produce amazing beer, including my personal favourite “Natte”, but it’s location is next to a huge windmill (the biggest wooden windmill in the Netherlands to be precise) which is something to shout about in itself. When you’re done drinking beer you can hop over the road to the Burrito Maker which serves up the best burritos in the city!
5. What is the best thing to eat in Amsterdam?
Aside from the Surinamese delights I mentioned above I’d definitely say no trip to Amsterdam would be complete without sampling some Bitterballen. Haute cuisine they certainly are not, but these deep fried balls filled with a beefy roux are the perfect accompaniment to a beer, I like to think of them as the Dutch equivalent to tapas!