Stroop, There It Is!

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National Tulip Day

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NTD is a celebration that kicks off tulip season in the Netherlands, and it happens in Dam Square on the third January of every year. For those of you familiar with the beauty that is Keukenhof, you understand that tulips are something that deserve a big splash of attention. The Square is filled with about 200,000 tulips that are up for grabs for whoever gets there in time to snag a spot in line before they’re all gone.

We were told about this event from a new friend met here in A’dam (shoutout to you Sonny!) and were so excited to check it out – SO excited that we didn’t think about the thousands of others who had the same plans for their Saturday morning. We thought we could stroll in, pick a tulip, maybe get a cute Insta while pulling the flower up from the crate, and go on our merry way into the day. Boy were we wrong.

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This picture doesn’t even do the crowd justice. This was only half the square and it was cut off from the line of hundreds of people waiting to get in. Shan and I only got to peek in because they offered a platform to watch the smart ones who arrived early posing for pics while picking their tulips. This platform was also uncomfortably crowded and someone was coughing on me while I took this picture #doitfortheblog.

Albert Cuyp Market

Our next stop was one of the places I’ve been the most curious about visiting – Albert Cuypmarkt (Cuyp is pronounced like “cowp” – I messed that up in our video). This market happens to be conveniently located near the Heineken Factory in the neighborhood known as De Pijp.

It’s been one of Amsterdam’s most popular markets since it began in 1904, and has been featured on many travel shows…so yeah, that’s where I got the idea to go. BUT, it was the fresh stroopwafels I saw with the drool-worthy caramel pull (1:21 in the video) that motivated me to get off my butt and venture off to this new place.

Boy am I happy I did…try to keep it in your pants because the following content is straight up food porn:

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Mini mother-effing pancakes with Nutella
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STROOP there it is!

Sweets aren’t the only things Albert Cuyp has to offer – vendors sell everything from fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and spices to clothes, cosmetics and bedding – all of which I resisted because ya girl’s still unemployed.

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The Heineken Experience

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Next stop was the first Heineken brewery (est. 1864). We’ve received many recommendations from friends and family to go on the tour and learn the perfect pour, so that’s exactly what we did. It began with the history of the creator of Heineken, Gerard Adriaan Heineken, and continued with more about his grandson, Freddy, and other key people who made Heineken as refined and famous as it is today.

2 things that blew my mind about Heineken:

  1. It was one of the first brands to boil beer down to a science. Scientists relied on chemistry to experiment and master the perfect brew, which was revolutionary for its time.
  2. Many of the Heineken men who drove the brand received multiple medals and awards from different countries – not for their beer, but for their service to the world.

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The tour turns from history to good-ole-fashioned fun with interactive toys, games, and samples, of course. It ends with the two beers you get included with your entrance ticket (€16 per person) in a club-style atmosphere and another great view of the city.

Check out some of the other souvenirs we walked away with:

The following video is a bit odd:

What did we do after the Heineken factory? Grabbed a six pack of Heineken, of course. It was just the beginning to our night out in the Red Light District, which I’ll share more about once I can wrap my head around what I witnessed there.

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day and enjoyed reading!

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Fun fact: I once wrote a business plan for an ice cream shoppe named Scoop, There It Is! in my Intro to Management class. It was the coolest theoretical hangout ever out ever & you best believe I got an A.


Have a favorite flower? Ever been to a famous market? What’s the best brewery tour you’ve been on? We’re interested! Comment below to share them with us 🙂

We Had a Supperb Weekend

Peep the video, then read the post…or do it the other way around. Whatever.

We’re covering more and more of the city each day.

It’s been a few days since we’ve done these things so I promise to be better about keeping up with this blog. These pictures below will do a lot of the talking for me, so feel free to skip the sap, scroll through them, and then head onto the next post.

The Rijksmuseum

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Look at this thing! This giant wonderland was founded in 1800 and is rich with art and history – because the two go hand in hand (duh). I was in awe with the size of the museum and its collection, and here I’ll share with you some pieces that caught my eye.

A Few of My Favorijks Things

The main attraction:
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The Night Watch, Rembrandt, 1642

Three fun facts about The Night Watch:

  • The artist – Rembrandt – is a famous Dutch artist and this is his most popular painting.
  • The figures in Rembrandt Square were created in memory of his 400th birthday.
  • It’s the centerpiece of the Rijksmuseum.
The biggest painting in the museum:
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Jan Willem Pieneman, The Battle of Waterloo, 1824
A pretty outdoorsy landscape:
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Italian Landscape with Umbrella Pines, Henrik Voogd, 1807
Ugh…I found Herbert (our mouse, who we saw yesterday):
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Mouse with a Candle Stump and a Nut, Joris Hoefnagel, 1594
And here’s the most beautiful thing I saw in the entire museum…my reflection: 😉
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Selfie in a Mirror, Shannon McCormick, 2017

I’m extremely glad we checked this place out first. Through the magnificent storytelling of visuals and guides, I’m beginning to further understand this place we chose to venture off to and the history that made it what it is today.

After seeing the attempts to capture Holland’s beautiful violet skies, it was cool to get a glimpse of the magic that night:
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Every canal is picture-worthy.

Right behind the Rijksmuseum is the ever-so-famous I amsterdam sign. Would we have really gone to Amsterdam if we didn’t take this tourist pic?

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The Irish girl who took this could’ve zoomed in a bit.

Dinner in Style

To round out our productive day, Shan and experienced a lovely, chic wine-and-dine thanks to one of our dearest friends, Frank (@frankroche, not the kitty Frank 🐱) – it’s called Supperclub, where we ate and partied (and looked good) in bed.

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When we first got there, the hostess covered our phone cameras with stickers and warned us not to use our phones at all. There were even characters crawling around with flashlights making sure we were following the rule. Funny enough, we met some really cool people on both sides of our setup and enjoyed the company around us. Europeans are so interesting, hah. We lived large with the cuisine and cocktails, and we enjoyed entertainment that was meticulously bursting with unsaid messages. Our dinner turned into dancing and the night disappeared before we knew it. Thank you Frank!

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Needless to say we spent the next day recovering – until Monday when we went back to the Museum Quarter for more.

Stay tuned to see which museums we hit up next!

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Any suggestions on what Shan and I should do next? We’re interested in your recommendations! While you’re at it, feel free to share some of your own experiences by leaving a comment. 🙂  Subscribe to get notified the next time a post is published!

Friend Fave: Kreayshaun aka Cersei Lannister

I know Halloween is already over, but this link is definitely one worth sharing no matter the time of year.

Check out these GoT character costumes in this Mashable write-up.

My wicked cool friend Shaun is late to the GoT madness and binge-watched every episode within a solid two months. When you’re 23, that’s what real accomplishment looks like.

Shaun works on the customer relations team at Go Ahead Tours. They conducted a company-wide Halloween costume contest which required each person to bring their A-game. Check out Cersei Lannister to see her costume, along with the other ones that put my geisha costume to shame. She nailed the eyebrow raise, didn’t she?

Let us know what you think about this collaborative office geniusness. It makes me wonder why every company doesn’t do this…

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8 Steps To Writing the Facebook Invite Your Friends Will Go Nuts Over

Whether it’s your first or your hundredth FB-official gala, you’re here because you want to write the ultimate Facebook event invite. Anticipation is key, so when the big night comes you can kick back, relax, and soak it all in.

1. Start with the picture. 

Facebook has plenty of generic party backgrounds that are totally lame and will not suffice to draw your guests in. The go-to move is usually a pic of an adorable animal wearing some sort of festive outfit. If you can’t find one to fit your theme, a plain ole cute animal works just fine.

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Who doesn’t love this?

2. Make it as funny as you can.

Nothing sets the tone for a big night like words that resemble the hilarious ones that slip out when you’re tipsy. Talk to your friends the way you would if they were showing up at the party…let them know you’ll be happy to see them! Start off with something you would greet people with if you were showing up to a room full of these people.

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3. Tell them what’s really up.

Are you supplying alcohol or is it BYOB? Where should people park? Is there a theme?

Also, can people sleep over? If so, should they bring blankets and pillow? Getting the heads up so allows your guests plan on getting a car or designating a DD. Have at least some room for people to pass out if they really want to experience the party. If not, your friends might find a place where they can.

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Most importantly, don’t let anyone be a moron and drink and drive!

5. Send it out at least one month in advance.

Once you’ve got your date, time, and amusing message, hit send on that baby. Commitments are a real thing, and they can suck when you want your friends to come through. Otherwise their other friends will snatch up their weekend before you had the chance to let them know about your party.

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6.  Delegate.

After you’ve given your guests time to decide if they’re coming, figure out who’s bringing what. 10 times out of 10, your true friends are going to offer to make something. If not, try to seed out that one person to be voluntold they’re making an app.

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Try using that volunteer as an example by posting in the FB event saying: “Julie’s bringing fried mac & cheese balls…if you want to bring something, you totally can.” Try to take inventory because people get hungry when they’re drunk, and with that being the case, human portions are no longer relevant. Knowing this is key to feeding the other people who only showed up with booze.

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7. Check in before the party.

A few nights before the par-tay, send another quick note saying how excited you are for your friends to come over, and to remind people to give you the heads up on the things you asked of them.

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Make sure to have fun at your party!

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8. When it’s all over, thank everyone for coming.

A sure way to get people to come to the next shindig is to let them know how much it meant to you that they chose to spend their night at your place.

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