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On the way to work through the Vondelpark

Lovely November light in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam

Photographs like this make me happy. It also makes me glad to be living in a city like Amsterdam, with its lovely parks, like the Vondelpark.

Look at that light! Isn't it gorgeous?


EYE in the Vondelpark

EYE pavillion in the VondelparkAt 1pm I attend the press screening of Yves Saint Laurent, L'Amour Fou at EYE in the Vondelpark, the institute formerly known as the Filmmuseum. The small theatre is quite full with fashionista's, including Fiona Hering (she is a regular on RTL Boulevard, the tv gossipshow, and writes for Glamour magazine, she is a surprisingly good writer).

Classical Vondelpark location
The gorgeous classical building looks out over the Vondelpark with a regal flair. Vertigo is the name of the café that resides on the groundfloor. Its big terrace is a great place for a drink or a bite in the summer (or even after summer, as it has heaters installed).

After the screening of the long and somewhat boring YSL movie I take a seat in Vertigo. I order a croissant (stale) and a koffie verkeerd (the Dutch name for a latte: coffee with a lot of milk), which comes out of a machine and lacks love, aroma and character. Still, with its vaulted ceilings, wooden bar, banquette seating and candlelit interior, this place can't be beat for atmosphere.

vaulted interior of Vertigo bar in EYE at the Vondelpark

Moving EYE in 2011
EYE is open seven days a week. From Monday through Friday from 9am until 10pm. Saturday and Sunday from one hour prior to the first screening to 10.15pm. The cinema screens arthouse movies. Regular tickets cost E8,- for adults.

EYE is due to move to a new location at the end of 2011. The Vondelpark location will be kept in use for cultural activities by Amsterdam's West District.

Offers free wifi.

EYE, Film Instituut Nederland
Vondelpark 3
1071 AA Amsterdam


Everyone to the Vondelpark!

During the summer the Vondelpark is the refuge of everyone in Amsterdam who does not have a garden. People read, sunbathe and eat on blankets in the sun, guys play football, people chill out and talk, while the rosé flows copiously.

Yesterday was one of the first warm days of this year. As promised by the nice people at the KNMI (Royal Dutch Meteorological institute) it was about 17 degrees Celsius out! As a result, the entire Amsterdam population flocked tot he Vondelpark. I was on my way to an appointment, but could not resist snapping this photo of the biggest communal garden in Amsterdam.

Everyone outside in the Vondelpark on warm day in April


Excellent coffee at Dish in Amsterdam Oud West

Excellent latte at DishAs I was riding my bike over the Overtoom, underway from the direction of the Surinameplein towards the centre of Amsterdam, I came across Dish Global Kitchen, on the corner of the Gerard Brandtstraat and the Overtoom. Everything about this place, from the slogan on the window ("All consensus is as difficult as it is rare") to the comfortably kind guy behind the counter to the breezy interior breathes funky, friendly fun.

They offer sandwiches on organic bread, topped with homemade ingredients, as organic as possible. There are pies, soups, quiches and salads, as well as freshly pressed juices and coffee made with love.

I order a latte and a four layer sandwich and sit outside in the sun. The busy Overtoom is pulsating with traffic right beside me, but the Vondelpark is right at the end of this little street, the streetsign on the corner opposite my seat is covered in ivy. I am digging this spot.

Excellent latte
The latte turns out to be excellent. It is not hot, but is sincerely good. I like my latte made with an espresso, not burnt, not too weak and definitely without coffee grind. This is a great example of the kind of coffee I like, its taste is deep and gorgeous. The barista with the casual attire and the big head of afro curls knows his stuff.

He tells me the beans are imported straight from Italy, the brand is called Trucillo. That's a name I want to remember. Their machine looks like it's from another century. It's got big levers and it makes my inner barista itch to find out how to make espresso with it.

Four layer delight sandwich at Dish Global Kitchen

Four layer delight sandwich at Dish Global Kitchen

The Four Layer Delight sandwich is a letdown though. It sounded like a variation on a club sandwich: thin slices of chicken breast, bacon, onions and cheese combined with mustard mayo, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

But the mustard mayonaise tastes nothing like mayonaise, only mustard. Sharp, overpowering, dominating mustard. The onions are the ready-fried kind that come out of a jar. The chicken is a little dry and all in all, the ingredients don't come together on the plate. This is not a sandwich and it is sadly far from a delight.

I eat the thing because I've paid for it and because I will go hungry if I don't, but if it were free, I would leave it and pick something else. Still, eventhough the sandwich is nothing to write home about, the seating in the sun, the nice people, the good atmosphere and the great coffee are well worth remembering Dish for.

Free wifi
Dish offers free wifi and has a reading table in the back. There's a kid's table with toys and children's books and a seat that will accommodate a child at a table. Prices (E2,20 for the latte and E5,80 for the sandwich) are reasonable.

dish global kitchen

"All consensus is as difficult as it is rare"

edit: The homemade brownie is very sweet, but chockfull of chocolate and walnuts and therefore just the way I like it. The pearjuice is the organic kind from Olmenhorst. Excellent choice.

Dish Global Kitchen
Overtoom 255
1054 HW Amsterdam