Several years ago while exploring a quaint little street a few steps from the Prinsengracht Canal in the lovely Jordaan area of Amsterdam, we were fortunate enough to pass by Caro's kitchen and found her "custom card holder" on the outside of her window frame announcing her unique dining experience and special home cooked meals prepared right in her spacious kitchen - and you are asked to be part of the food preparation and get a cooking lesson if you desire! We have been back each time we come to Amsterdam and consider this one of the most authentic "Dutch" experiences you could ever ask for!
Most recently while in the NL to enjoy the SAIL Amsterdam tall ships festival this past August, we reserved an evening at Caro's to take our friends to enjoy this one of a kind dining experience. Caro prepared a very special menu for us that included a wonderful BBQ Lobster entree that was fresh from across the ocean close to where we live. Our friends who are "foodies" loved the chance to sip wine and help Caro with the food preparation and even learned a few tips from her! Everything from the bread and dipping sauce to the fresh local vegetables, cheeses and whipped strawberry shortcake dessert could not have been better. And Caro picked all of the wines with a different one to accompany each course and she even surprised us with several unusual beer choices too!
We spent an entire evening enjoying this one of a kind experience and Caro was the most gracious host one could ever ask for. Our friends still talk about this experience and hope to return the next time they go to Holland.
We had such a nice time with Caro that we invited her to join us on our boat tour to view the tall ships during the SAIL festival and we were so pleased to have her join us and she surprised us with some of the best dipping snacks we have had - a perfect touch during out afternoon on the water! Even the owner and captain of the boat complimented Caro on how great her snacks were!
Caro has gone out of her way each time we have been to her place to make us feel welcome and has shared so many bits of "Dutch" information that we would have never known without our connection to her. She is able to prepare any type of meal for all tastes and dietary requirements and if you are lucky enough to visit her on a Saturday she may just let you come with her to the uber fresh biological market just down the canal at the Noordermarket and Lindengracht and she will introduce you to the local vendors she buys all of her fresh ingredients from!
We recommend this special happening for anyone who desires an off the beaten path experience that you cannot find anywhere else in Amsterdam. Thank you Caro - we will be back on our next trip to Amsterdam!
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