Amsterdam through British eyes

A night in the Radisson Blu Amsterdam #blubloggers

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As one of the blublogger events this year, I was invited to stay overnight at the  Amsterdam Radisson Blu, which I had been getting very excited about, and I wasn’t disappointed (my favourite part of the room was the under floor heating in the bathroom, but more on that another time.)

I arrived at the hotel a little late and sweaty (I had been helping to pack stuff up for our big office move) and was greeted by the manager Pascal Gadet. I had time to rush up to my room, take a look around and have a quick shower before heading down to the lobby to meet Ali (the other Amsterdam-based blublogger), and catch the rest of the tour.

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After the tour we were taken to the hotel’s bar which used to be a Vicar’s house (the hotel is built in what used to be a church), The vicar’s house  still has the chimney, fireplace and original beams in it. We were treated to a plate of amuse bouche (one with beef, the other with fish), and my photos don’t really do it any justice.

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The hotel’s restaurant (De Palmboom – or the Palm tree) is housed in what used to be a bible shop. We were pretty early for dinner (even by Dutch standards), and so the restaurant was quiet. We were treated to a delicious three course meal, which did have some chicken in it, which I don’t eat. To their credit, as soon as I mentioned it they immediately offered to change it, but I insisted that it was fine – I would eat around the chicken!

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Maas-Rijn Ijssel Carpaccio with chicken liver

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Oxtail soup, which was my favourite part of the whole meal.

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The main course

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Dessert

The next morning, we were to take part in some kind of cooking activity (which, as you can imagine I was very excited about). When we got to the Palmboom, there were lots of oysters. For someone who loves food, I’m not the biggest fan of oysters, but I really enjoyed learning how to shuck them even though it’s quite difficult. In total I managed to eat three oysters (which is pretty good by my standards) and I really liked them.

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After the oysters had been shucked

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Oyster with hollandaise – (my favourite)

Next, we learnt how to fillet a cooked sole using a spoon and a fork.

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After a very filling lunch, it was back to the bar to try out their cocktails (it turned into a mini workshop in the end), and I have to say that I was a little pie-eyed afterwards.

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The bartender showing us the strawberries.

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What do you think? Have you ever stayed at the Radisson Blu Amsterdam? Follow more from the Radisson Blu bloggers across Europe with the hastag #blubloggers, and to read more about what this means, please read my original post, where I introduce it all.

I would like to thank Radisson Blu for hosting me for the night (including all food and drinks) free of charge, but as always, my opinions are my own.

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  1. bumblelou@gmail.com'

    Wow, this looks amazing Ashley! The hotel sounds so beautiful, which is not surprising given that it used to be a church. I think a cocktail workshop would leave me a little “pie-eyed” too, love that expression! Lou x

    • Thanks Lou. The hotel is pretty and I loved the history. As for the worD pie-eyed, I love it too – it’s not used often enough.

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