Hotspot: Choux

During my last trip to Amsterdam I went for a late night dinner at Choux. The website didn't say that much, but the people around me did. The restaurant is ideally located for people from out of town, it's a five minute walk from central station. 

Natural wines with a 3 course dinner
We sat down and ordered a nice subtle red wine. Nice to know: all wines on the menu are natural wines. Since it was already past 9 PM we opted for the 3-course vegetarian flight. The tasty amuse with fennel was a great way to start our appetites going. As it should be. 

The entree 'green leaves from the garden' had a nice balance between oils and crunchy vegetables. As the main dish we enjoyed something the waiter called "a vegetable bouquet of bitter vegetables". These kind of dishes I always enjoy a lot. Simple, tasteful, playful. The dessert was an interesting choice. For us, it felt more like an entree than a dessert. Probably because of the beetroot. Espresso and some chocolate to call it a night. 

I'll be back
Choux has a nice casual atmosphere with dito staff. We paid 125€ including tip, which I found was neat pricing for the quality and quantity. I will definitely come back another time to taste some more and make my final decision about where this restaurant fits in my list of Amsterdam tips. 

(Honestly, after a day of working, walking and wandering I didn't write down all the menu details. That doesn't matter all that much, it's the overall experience and vibe that matters. Emotions over facts. I'll do better next time!)

Food on the trail

Well hi there foodie! As a diehard hiker and dito food lover, you'll have to make some decisions and concessions. You don't want to get sick, get a stomach ache, have low energy or feel unsatisfied. 

Being vegetarian
I've been a vegetarian for 13 years. I've had periods of being a pescotarian, but during my travels I usually stick to the plant based diet. Not without reason. You don't know who's cooking the food, where the animals come from, how fresh your dish is. Don't get me wrong; I'm not a scaredy type that evades street dishes. But.. when your main focus is hiking a trail you were dreaming about for years, you're better safe than sorry. Right?

Snack attack
When your breakfast/lunch/dinner wasn't all you expected, there's always this thing called snacks. Pack them! And do yourself a favour, don't stick to snickers, cliff bars and M&M's. They will bore you. And they will make you sick in the end. I'm all about snack diversity. Oven grilled chickpeas, dried fruits, trail mix, hard candy, gummy bears, mentos, peanut butter (packs), dates and Kendal mint cake. My ultimate favourite were the chickpeas. Mix it up and make one normal batch, one spiced and one salty.

Everest Base Camp 2016


Walking on carbs..

Emergency foods
There are foods that make you feel better and foods that do the direct opposite. At the hut where we stayed after Everest Base Camp I only managed to hold down Pringles and Coca Cola. Bless them. It gives you enough energy and kills germs and stomach aches that are bothering you. But the healthier options are ginger (tea), green veggies and lots and lots of water. Keep away from sour drinks, orange juice and alcohol.

Keep on drinking/eating
The key is to keep eating and drinking even if you don't feel like it. You need the energy. You need the sugars, carbs and warmth. You'll lose enough kilo's anyway, keep the body fuelled. 

How do you prepare your trek food-wise? Let me know!