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29Sep/103

Sweet lemon pie at Bakken met Passie

lovely lemon pie at Bakken met PassieSummer is over. Rainy days and watery sunny days alternate this mercurial September. Real warmth is hard to find. With this in mind,I am declaring my ice cream days over and I am switching to reporting to you about pies, tarts (not the prostitute-kind), cakes and good coffee in Amsterdam. First up is one of my absolute favourites: Bakken met Passie. The name means "Baking with passion", but can also be translated as "Loads of Passion."

This shop slash tearoom is located in De Pijp, near a McDonald's and opposite De Burgermeester (great burgers, I owe you a review of that place). I keep coming back here for the scrumptious lemon pie: sweet and tart, with a crumbly crust. Levi and I love to try new things here. This time he's opted for a small pecan tart. The crust is covered in a honey caramel layer, with pecans dotting the top. It's ok, but not fabulous. I won't be ordering it again.

Noooo, but other favourites include the French apple tart, the Tuscan almond squares with their lacquered chewy tops and sandy crust, and the 'saucijzenbroodje' which is the Dutch version of a pig in a blanket: seasoned minced meat (veal in this case) in puff pastry. One of the best 'saucijzenbroodjes' in Amsterdam!

Levi has ordered plain coffee (on the pricey side at E2,50 for a tiny cup) and I have opted for a latte (E2,70 for a small glass) when suddenly a row breaks out. A woman, stylishly dressed, slim, with brown hair, argues with an older gentleman over whose turn it is. She is adamant he is being served out of turn and she completely loses it. The shop attendant tries to steer the gentleman out of the woman's way, while she insists on kicking up a shitstorm. In the end, the woman has to be shown out of the shop, because she won't stop yelling and screaming "It's just because he's thirty years older, isn't it?! It's ridiculous! I won't stand for it! It's not fair!"

The crazy thing is, even if she were right about the man cutting in line, if she would have just shrugged and kept her mouth shut, she would have had her turn, the man would have had his turn, everyone would have had their pastries and the world would be a happy, harmonious place. All in the same time (or less) it took her to go to battle.

Anyway. Bakken met Passie: Loads of passion! Gorgeous pastries, strong coffee and live entertainment to boot.

Besides pastries, Bakken met Passie also sells freshly baked bread, brioche, sandwiches and many many other good things. Service is friendly and is recognisably dressed in passionate red.

Bakken met Passie
Albert Cuypstraat 51-53
1072 CM Amsterdam

There is no website to speak of, but this is their telephone number: 020 6628309

2Aug/100

A cool morning latte at Espressofabriek

Espressofabriek at Westergasfabriek AmsterdamIt's a Monday morning and I am in the Espressofabriek, on the Westergasfabriek terrain in West. The sky is overcast and it's a cool day. The space, with the big open door to the terrace, is also cool, as is the welcome. The guy behind the counter wears a funny BA Baracus t-shirt, but he's not smiling.

Did a shipment just come in? There are boxes on the counter and the space behind the counter is a mess. My latte is made without much enthusiasm or flair, but it comes with beautiful latte art (you know, figures in the foam) and a small glass of water.

The latte is small and, at E2,40, a little on the expensive side. But how nice it is. Smooth, strong, full. The milk is creamy, the foam soft and lovely. It makes me want to break my one-coffee-a-day-principle almost immediately after I finish. Oh darn, I forgot to take a picture, now I simply must get another coffee.

Single shot latte macchiato at Espressofabriek AmsterdamTerrace in the sun at Westergas
At some point in the afternoon BA Baracus man is replaced with a nice girl. She makes my second coffee (a single shot latte macchiato, E2,60) for me and eventhough she spills a little water over my croissant when she sets the tray down, she is hospitable and really sweet and more than makes up for t-shirt guy's morning coolness. Thanks to her, I spend the rest of my afternoon outside in the sun.

The coffee is made on a gorgeous lever action Mirage. The beans used for the coffee are Ethiopian Gaya Amaro organic espresso and Kenia Espresso Arabica. They can be bought for use at home and if you are not in possession of a grinder, Espressofabriek will grind them for you.

There are sweet snacks, like prepackaged cinnamon rolls and Donny Craves organic oatmeal and raisin cookies, but nothing in the way of actual food, like sandwiches.

Espressofabriek at the Westergas is open from 9.30am until 6pm from Monday through Friday and from 10am until 6pm on weekend days. There is also a branch on the other side of town, in IJburg. Free wifi is available for guests, the password is 'espresso'. 

Espressofabriek
Gosschalklaan 7
1014 DC Amsterdam

www.espressofabriek.nl

28Mar/100

Coffee and pie on a Sunday

Levi and I have been wanting to go to Unlimited Delicious in the Haarlemmerstraat for some time. Their name does what it is supposed to: it makes you drool at the thought of their chocolates and cakes, pies and coffee.

So today is Sunday and after a hard week and a long Saturday night, we'd planned to go to Unlimited Delicious. Relax, have some coffee, try a few pies and take home some chocolate. But it's closed.

We're still going out, but we'll see where we end up!