Expat Life, Day 24: the NeighbourFood Market at Westerpark
A week ago, I bought a used bike so today, Mike and I were going for our first exploring bike ride out together. Little did he know that before our ride to the park, I had a few errands I wanted to run with him. Isn’t having a bike just so damn convenient?
Right now, we’re staying at the Amsterdam ID Aparthotel so we set out for Bos en Lommer for the small errands
we I had in mind.
Along the way, we saw this tiny, tiny, tiny house on a pond (on a very main road…seems out of place to me). I think an elf lives in there… or maybe, a magical fairy.
The first AND second time I biked by this, there were about eight swans surrounding this tiny, mystical house. I had to bring Mike to show him, but this time there were no swans– zero! Perhaps they cast some spell on me the first couple of times, some mirage of swans, and were laughing at me when I came back a third time to show Mike with no swans.
We biked on to our errands, got some mango, ate it on a bench, and found a waterproof jacket for Mike at a market for 10 euros! Can’t beat that price.
Now for the fun part– we biked to Westergas Park to explore.
After biking for awhile, we parked our bikes and walked into Westergasfabriek of Wester Park to find me a nice bench to rest my old, tired self on while Mike checked out the shops and galleries. However, as we walked more in and in, we found the Neighbourhood Food Market, or the NeighbourFood Market for short, and energy came flooding back into my body in no time.
I was so excited about all the smells and things to taste around me. Now, what to eat with the precious little bit of cash we both had on us?
We walked around to check it all out before deciding. First, we saw this guy smoking fresh eels.
Then we got FREE mussels from this food truck. There were quite a lot of mussels for it being a sample, which really gave us a chance to taste how good they were. So we went up and asked if we could buy a full plate, but the truck was strictly for promoting the Dutch mussels. They were only giving away free mussels, not selling any. How cool!
But we still wanted more… We settled on taking the recipe for these Thai flavored mussels.
Still undecided on what to eat after making our rounds, we heard some commotion going on at one end of the market and decided to join in on the fun. This happened– a musical and acrobatic show with the theme of cooking and dining.
That was fun and unexpected, but I was hungry for realz now so we settled on these empanadas. Mine was a really good value at 3 euros but it was decent at best. The seasoning tasted like some pre-bought mix from the grocery store. Mike liked his cheese and onion one though. How can you go wrong with cheese?
Hmm… since that didn’t hit the spot, I needed something else– yes, needed. So we got a sampler plate of those smoked eels and fishes from before.
I loved the eel and salmon. I’ve never had smoked eel before, and it was really fresh… sort of tasted like salmon. As for the mackerel, too fishy for me!
Satisfied with this plate of fish, we concluded our day of exploring and biked home.