Hi, readers. Adam here. It's less than a week before I leave for Amsterdam as part of the Bloggers in Amsterdam blog junket.
I need suggestions! Anyone know where to go for good burgers there? What about hash burgers? Anyone?
Any nonburger suggestion for food is welcome, too. As are suggestions for places to go, things to do. Anne Frank House and the major museums are already in the itinerary. Other less obvious sights to see?
Also, I'm reminded of the scene in Pulp Fiction near the beginning:
Jules: Okay, so tell me again about the hash bars.
Vincent: Okay, watcha wanna know?
Jules: Hash is legal now right?
Vincent: Yeah, it's legal, but it ain't 100% legal. I mean, you can't just walk into a...restaurant, roll a joint, and start puffing away. I mean, they want you to smoke it in your home or certain designated places.
Jules: And those are hash bars.
Vincent: Yeah, it breaks down like this, okay, it's legal to buy it, it's legal to own it, and if you're the proprietor of a hash bars, it's legal to sell it. It's legal to carry it, but but, that doesn't matter, because...get a load of this, alright, if you get stopped by a cop in Amsterdam, it's illegal for them to search you. I mean, that's the right the cops in Amsterdam DON'T have.
Jules: Oh man, I'm going, that's all it is to it, I'm fuckin' going.
Vincent: I know baby, you dig it the most. ... but you know the funniest thing about Europe is?
Vincent: It's the little differences. I mean, they got the same sh*t over there that they got here, but it's just, it's just their's a little different.
Vincent: Alright, well you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam, and buy a beer. And I don't mean just like no paper cup, I'm talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer in McDonald's. And you know what they call uh...a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
Jules: They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
Vincent: nah man they got the metric system, they wouldn't know what the fuck a quarter pounder is.
Jules: Then what do they call it?
Vincent: They call it, uh, Royale with Cheese.
Jules: Royale with Cheese?
Vincent: That's right.
Jules: What do they call a Big Mac?
Vincent: A Big Mac is a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.
Jules: Le Big Mac [laughs]. What do they call a Whopper?
Vincent: I don't know, I didn't go into Burger King ... You know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?
Jules: Damn [laughter]
Vincent: I seen them do it, man. They fuckin' drown them in that shit.
Anyone know what the call the Quarter Pounder in Amsterdam?
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