It wasn't a very spontaneous trip because we thought about it for a few months, but when we actually bought tickets and booked a hotel just the week before, it was quite surprising for me ;)
Probably everybody knows what kind of a place Amsterdam is. For some people, it is naughty, for others it is liberated, but without doubt it is very arty. Well, you'll find there what you are looking for ;)
Among the other things, we were looking for a place where we could eat a decent dinner (not a falafel wrap from a veggie fast-food chain). And we found a place that was listed on the Happy Cow website.
Terra Zen Centre, Caribbean & Japanese Vegan Food in Amsterdam
OK, so maybe it is not the most fancy place we have ever been, but you can feel quite comfortable there. It is a family-owned place run by a couple and they don't employ anyone else. That's why the same person takes your order and sometimes even makes your meals. It is a funny wee place and the owner is a bit quirky, he will for sure correct your poor pronunciation of the exotic names of the meals ;)
The choice is very big, for me probably too big. But I don't complain. Apart from veggie burgers, there was a massive choice of different meals.
For a start, we ordered drinks. Hot drinks. Interesting combinations of soya milk and green tea or ginger. I will need to try it at home. I would imagine that the ginger version can be a good remedy for a cold.
|Soya milk with ginger|
|Green tea with soya milk|
I don't remember the exact names of our meals - and I've lost somehow photo of the menu that I am sure I took in the first place. The first meal was quite familiar because it reminded me of Polish pierogi (dumplings) and I am pretty sure that in the menu it was described as a panzotti. Very nice stuff.
I forgot to mention that, if you don't have much time to grab your meal, a better choice will be a falafel fast food chain as in this place nobody is in a hurry. If you are not starving you can enjoy the music (with a large dose of reggae as the male owner is Rastafarian), your partner's company (no wi-fi) and your drink and wait for the delicious food. And wait, and wait... Everything seems to be freshly prepared and, in my opinion, compared to the vegan stuff I ate before, flavours are very unusual.
I read some opinions about this place on the Happy Cow website and some of them weren't very good. Well, it depends what you expect. I got used to the situation that it is difficult to find a 100% vegan place, that I am not fussy. Ok, maybe this place itself is tiny and not very fancy, but hey, it is a family business. Some people complained that it was not very clean. Well, tables and chairs were clean for sure. And, comparing to the Tchai-ovna in Glasgow, that place was super-clean I would say ;)
We decided to go back to the same place on Sunday. Since there was such a big choice of meals, we didn't have a feeling that we ate the same stuff two days in a row.
Our meal on Sunday:
|Sushi with crispy tempeh|
|Survival cake with cashew cream|
Assuming I will visit Amsterdam again, I will go to this place to have nice meal in a quiet atmosphere again. Compared to the falafel fast food places, it is like an oases. Nobody is waiting behind your back to grab a seat, no queues... I can compare because in the late afternoon we had some chips at a veggie falafel place and it was madness. So, yes, I would like to go back to that place in a couple of years and find it not closed down, as happens very often to veggie-friendly restaurants...
But, to not finish this post in a sad way, I am attaching my photo with the huge clog :D
And Crazy Bunny Lady in Amsterdam:
|Crazy Bunny lady in Amsterdam|
Now you can keep an eye on my blog because I am back to posting my crafty stuff again ;) I still have some old photos to show you and hopefully some new stuff coming soon. I am now more focused on my graded unit at college. That's why it is not very busy here. But I'll change that soon :D
As a crafty accent of the trip: Me wearing clogs ;)