Burning Fat in Haarlem, Netherlands! (AmsterGRAM)

Eating healthy and staying in shape is important, especially if you want to keep up with the Dutch in those chaotic bike lanes. However, no one likes to diet on stuff that doesn’t fulfill their ultimate cravings such as ice cream, burritos, pizza, and potato chips. Well, people, the diet of the future is here!

A little (or a lot) of farting goes a long way!

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Amazing Finds at Albert Heijn, Pt 2


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Here we go again people! This is the second installment of “Amazing Finds at Albert Heijn”. If you are just joining My Random Amsterdam, you can read “Amazing Finds at Albert Heijn, Pt 1″ in the categories section of the sidebar.

So, of course I found some more astounding, mouth watering, blow my mind types of treats at Albert Heijn again. Let’s get started!

Chocolade Vla…

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I thought I was purchasing chocolate milk, which at the time I was craving for some odd reason. Actually, that’s not odd because I love chocolate milk. Who doesn’t? However, when I arrived home and opened the carton, I did what any person would do and took a nice big gulp from the carton. To my surprise, the chocolate “milk” was very thick. Was it bad? It didn’t taste bad, I can tell you that much! It actually tasted amazing. I thought, hmm, did I actually buy milk? I Google translated “Chocolade Vla” and it turns out that I actually purchased Chocolate Custard. In a carton?!!! In any case, this was like drinking a Jell-O Pudding cup, which if you are familiar with them, then you know they are damn good. So, overall I was pleasantly pleased and surprised with the purchase and still drink that chocolaty goodness! Of course from the carton.

Brioche Bread (loaf)…

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I bought this bread one day to make Eggs Rothkus. I took one bite and it is the fluffiest, most mouth watering bread I have ever tasted. It is so soft, I almost expected the Snuggles Laundry Detergent bear to come floating down from the sky. What’s even better, is that I decided to lightly toast a few slices and used them as a bun for cheeseburgers that I made: CAN I GET AN AMEN!! I can put 2 slices of this heavenly stuff around anything… A burger, ham and cheese, breaded chicken, a piece of wood even! I’ll do it, it’s that good.

Kokos Drink…

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What can I say? Coconut milk, but a little thicker. I can’t just sip it, I have to funnel it into my mouth as fast as I can. If I could attach it to my body via an intravenous drip… Trust me, I would!

Albert Heijn Ice Cream Cones…


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Oh boy! Have you ever had a “King Cone”? Well these come close! AH Basic? Not so “Basic” at all! And that’s saying something considering I am a King Cone snob. However in the States a King Cone can cost you about $2, for only one… AH Basics: 1.20 euro. I KNOW!!! And it’s for 8 cones! Ice cream cones with chocolate on top and these little crunchy caramel pieces too!… YES PLEASE!! I buy this particular wonder of the world in a box that contains 8 cones. I get home and there are about 5 left. By the end of the night… None! Ate them, didn’t share, and loved every second of those bad boys. Try them and tell me you don’t form a problem.

Puppy Toilet Paper…


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Well, here it is! Puppies on toilet paper. Not much to say without getting into details that I doubt anyone wants to hear. But I will say one thing. It makes wiping so much more enjoyable! Poor little pups 😉

So there you have it! Another great day at the market. Until next time, try these must have groceries!

The Spanish Farmer’s Delight (AmsterGRAM)

I recently visited Barcelona, Spain and it was nothing short of amazing. Barcelona is a great city with a lot to see and offer. However, I love to eat, and I will eat almost anything, which is why I fell in love with La Boqueria market located on the Ramblas. It’s an outstanding place to grab some fresh meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables whether you are planning a huge family dinner or just looking for some quick, small snacks to enjoy a nice little picnic. I did, however, come across this one of a kind treat that I can only assume has all the necessary nutrients. Yes, it’s the “Penis Pepper”…

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Eating My Way Through Europe

Living in Amsterdam, Netherlands is of course awesome in its own unique way, but it also makes it easy and accessible to visit different places being in such close proximity with the rest of Europe. I (My Random Amsterdam) will be extending the content with a new ongoing series, “Eating My Way Through Europe” which will include a little food porn, insights, and recommendations on the different cuisines and restaurants that I have experienced in other countries/cities throughout my travels. Some will make your mouth water and some may just be… “Did he really just eat that?” Whichever the case, it will be fun!

Check out my countdown calendar in the sidebar to see where I am heading next. Stay tuned and enjoy.


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Zaanse Schans, Netherlands (Day Trippin’)

I spent the day in this charming little Dutch village just outside of Amsterdam (about a 10 minute train ride) and had a lot of fun. If you like to be outside, especially when the weather is nice and sunny, then I suggest giving it a shot. Old windmills, canals, beers, chocolates, and of course, the very first Albert Heijn (for those who already know my obsession with Albert Heijn from a previous entry)!!

Also, there is a workshop that demonstrates how the famous Dutch wooden shoes are made. I think it’s time I get a pair! After watching how they are made and seeing all the different styles/designs they come in, I am convinced that these bad boys could give Nike’s “Air Jordans” a run for their money. And at cheaper costs!

In any case, if you have a free day or even a few hours and want a cheap getaway out of the city, then check it out. But remember, don’t feed the animals! And for good reason…

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Interior Decorating at Its Finest (AmsterGRAM)

Cheap wallpaper? Why not? Of course the Dutch love to drink their beer, love a great value, and are not very wasteful people. So why not take recycling to a whole new level, save money and redecorate your bathroom with this awesome display of beer bottle label wallpaper. A little Mod Podge and a whole lot of beer and you’re golden. Try it!


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Typically Dutch (AmsterGRAM)

Typically Dutch…

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A typical Dutch weekend afternoon in Amsterdam. Friends gossiping, sipping beers and wine, eating cheese and meat, smoking cigarettes, laughing and of course, the token lap dog.

Cafe Heuvel: Located at Prinsengracht 568 (corner of Prinsengracht and Nieuw Spiegelstraat).


If you are in town or looking for a nice, local place to grab a drink, I advise checking this place out. They also have outside seating which has a beautiful canal view and great people watching (if you are into that). In any case, I definitely recommend stopping by to get a taste of the local culture.