Surprise New Years Eve trip to Amsterdam!

New Years in Amsterdam!

So this New Years eve I had absolutely no idea what I was doing as my boyfriend had planned everything, and on Christmas day he handed me a big black box with a masquerade mask in and some tickets to Amsterdam!

We stayed for 4 days at the amazing 5* Hotel Sofitel the Grand right in the centre and had just the best time ever!

On New Years eve we spent the night at the hotel and experienced our first ever masquerade ball. It was such a beautiful grand hotel and the ball was amazing, everyone was really dressed up and you weren’t allowed in unless you were wearing a mask so it was nice that everyone was in ‘costume’.hotel grand sofitel amsterdamWe also experienced some excellent food – we visited two ‘tasting menu’ restaurants ‘Senses‘ and ‘Envy‘.

Both restaurants consisted of 6+ courses of delicious combinations of flavours and textures.

Our courses from Envy:

( I’ve written below the photo roundabout what was in them if I remember haha)

Oysters with yoghurt, chilli and roasted spring onions.

Mussels and razor clams with a creamy lemon sauce

Salmon paired with a soup inspired by Indian spices

Traditional steak tartare

Braised short rib with jerusalem artichoke and roasted mustard seeds

Mushroom with nori seaweed cracker

 

Mushroom miso soup

Selection of 6 cheeses with toasted almonds and honey glazed cashew nuts

Cinnamon and poached pear and coffee dessert (delicious!)

Our courses from Senses:

I can’t really explain the texture of what looks like bread – it was like a foamy biscuit and the filling was sun dried tomato and something else I can’t remember.

Each 3 of these little treats were pumpkin based.

Quite literally the most delicious bread and butter I have ever had. The butter, oil and salt was all infused with lemon and I’m not sure what else but it tasted AMAZING!

Salmon with different toppings including seaweed and pickles.

Chicken with roasted chestnuts, parmesan and truffle (my favourite)

Oxcheek with season vegetables

Kaffir lime ice balls

Coffee and hazelnut

Aside from the food the shopping in Amsterdam was also so good. The nine lines were great as they had a lot of independent boutiques and a lot of vintage stores. I managed to find a great oversized denim jacket which I have been looking for all my life.

The high-street is great as well it has literally every single shop you could want.

I also loved the fact that everywhere was walking distance, literally everywhere we wanted to go to was always no more than a 10 minute walk away.

All in all it was an amazing trip and I will certainly be paying a visit to Amsterdam again.

Lastly – I just want to say I’m sorry for the lack in my posting lately, some people may not think it but blogging is actually a super busy job and sometimes things do get a bit much and I can find it hard to keep on top of things. BUT with that said it’s a new year and one of my goals is to make sure I post back to how often I used to, every Wednesday and Sunday. I promise to keep it up too so please keep on supporting and reading as without you guys I wouldn’t be able to be doing my dream job so I thank everyone that takes the time to follow me and read my posts 🙂

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