After a few days of wandering on my own, my host, Jacky, had some time to spend with me! We made some toast and coffee and then headed out toward the museum square for some ice skating.
On the way to the square, we walked through the market and past some really cute shops. One white shop caught our eye – on the window it said “Vitamin Chocolate.” Sign me up for that! We went inside and talked to the owner. Turns out that all of his chocolates are made from 100% raw vegan cacao and all of the truffles (& everything they make) are vegan. YESSSS
We bought a date truffle. It was nothing short of life changing. The man selling it to us cut it in half, and we ate it right in the store!
If I lived in Amsterdam (which I am kind of seriously considering), I would spend all of my money here. JUST TAKE IT ALL AND GIVE ME THE CHOCOLATE.
After that experience, we headed toward the ice skating rink. First things first, correct my picture from the other day. Success! All of “Amsterdam” made it into this picture. Thanks, Jacky!
Then another nice person offered to take a picture of us!
She did well! A lot better than the person from before.
Then it was time to get down to business. Did you guys not know I am basically a professional ice skater?
Well now you know.
After skating for hours (I never wanted to stop), we waltzed over to the Christmas market right next to the ice arena. And guess what they had?! VEGAN FOOD!
That sweet little angel baby is all vegan. They usually put a sauce on it, but sadly the sauce was not vegan so it had to go. This was so exciting!
After lunch, we headed over to the Bols house. Bols is a company that makes flavored vodkas. We had a tour of the museum, learned about their history, and then we got to pick a cocktail to taste. I had a blood orange thing, which was pretty good! The pictures did not turn out well as it was pretty dark, so you will have to use your imagination for that part.
After the Bols house, we ran into SANTA!! I sat on his lap and told him everything that I wanted for Christmas.
JK. We actually just said hi and then sprinted off to something a little more important. FOOD.
Or as some would call it, some steamy baskets of goodness.
And it was even better than promised. The place was super cute, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere was great. It was a wonderful ending to the day!