I have been eating out of necessity for three decades and eating for a living for the past seven years. When I first arrived in Amsterdam (by way of the UK, Malaysia, Indonesia and Africa) in 2003, the city was considered a culinary desert and service was something a garage did to cars.
Some people would argue that service hasn't improved much in that time, but on the food front at least a young generation of chefs has introduced new ideas and flavours to Amsterdam's restaurant scene.
In 2009, after having eaten my way through hundreds of Amsterdam restaurants, I set up Eat Amsterdam. I aim to offer English-speaking residents and visitors to Amsterdam independent reviews of restaurants, bars and food shops, as well as information on openings, foodie events and dining deals - a resource I think the city is missing.
When I'm not planning my next meal, I'm a freelance food and travel writer. I've been the Food & Drink editor for Time Out Amsterdam magazine, written about food for Time Out Amsterdam and Zagat Amsterdam guides, interviewed some of the world's leading chefs for Holland Herald and contributed to CNN.com, New York Times, The Telegraph, Conde Nast, Middle East Times andTrazzler.
Author of Walk & Eat Amsterdam guide
My first book was published at the start of 2011. Walk & Eat Amsterdam
is a guidebook that combines exploring the Dutch capital on foot, with details of the best places to eat and drink along each route.
Walk & Eat Amsterdam is available in pocket-sized format for £8.99 (approx. €10.50) from Amazon. It is also on sale on the Dutch equivalent, Bol.com, and in Waterstones on Kalverstraat and Athenaeum (Spui 14-16).
Eat Amsterdam mentions
Eat-amsterdam.com has been mentioned in New York Magazine, The Guardian's 'Best blogs for travel in Amsterdam', Time Out Amsterdam (page 22), Dutchnews.nl and CityLemon.
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