Amsterdam is really a trip. It seems as though there are more bikes and boats than cars zipping around this city, which is connected by an ancient Labyrinthian connection of canals and bridges. But there are two types of crazy good cookies that are just as good as it gets at the source. Stroopwafel are two thin wafel-type patties sandwiched with a ooey-gooey oozey type caramel mixture--a total-texture WOW! And speculoos--a very old style cookie that is a biscuity (as in cookie)-short dough which is imprinted with different types of images or scenes by using a rolling pin or old style 'press' pictured here. Like so many old European cities, there are lots of bakeries with local specialties and a culture that supports and loves them. Walk the streets early morning and the scents of fresh baked goods just wafts through the air. More later on a dinner that has me reeling from the intoxicating spices and I am now trying to figure out how to get more soon!
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