Stroopwafels, poffertjes + naps on the canal.

Last day in Amsterdam.

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I head out on the bike down to over 100 year old street market, the Albert Cuyp Market, to shoot a Market Focus photoessay for Taste & Travel. While I was there I loaded up on Dutch snacks like freshly made poffertjes (mini pancakes) and stroopwafels (paper thin gingerbread spiced waffles with caramel sandwiched between).

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The Dutch colonised many countries, and have brought elements of their cuisine with them. When I was in Sri Lanka I saw Dutch culinary influence everywhere, but it seems that the same is true in reverse. There is a lot of Surinamese food in Amsterdam, and many delicious things from this cuisine can be tasted at this  market.

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Being Holland, there were beautiful flowers everywhere.

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I head over to De Hortus Botanicus, and napped in the gardens for a while.

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After a while, I decided on one last cycle through the streets before I needed to return my bike. I found a cute little pier over the canal where people were reading, playing the harmonica or napping – I joined those napping on the edge, with little sound except the lapping of the water and the faint toot of canal boats.

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My options for dinner before I head to the airport were many – but I decided to end my trip where I started, at De Laatste Kruimel. I sat in the window overlooking the canal, and ate another slice of the zucchini cake I tried when I first got here, and a huge slice of polenta, ricotta, tomato and basil. Perfect way to end a perfect, sunny four days.

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