Food

Dunkin Donuts store opens in Amsterdam, 23 March 2017
Mar 23 '17 13:20

Dunkin Donuts plans to eventually open 160 stores in the Netherlands, the first of which opened in Amsterdam on Nieuwendijk on Thursday. Dozens of people lined up early on Thursday morning to be the first through the door of the new branch, Het Parool reports.

Some even spent the night in line in front of the donut shop - the first 100 customers got free donuts for a year. Adnan (15) and David (16) were in line since 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. They believe it was worth it. Andan describes Dunkin Donuts as "caviar among donuts."

Taco Bell
Mar 9 '17 11:05

An American fast food invasion seems poised for the Netherlands this year. A record number of five new-to-the-Netherlands  American food chains will be opening in the country  in 2017, according to Metro Nieuws.

Loetje steakhouse in De Pijp in Amsterdam
Mar 3 '17 14:20

Loetje Klinkhamer, founder of steak house Loetje, died at the age of 83. He passed away last week Friday after hitting his head while falling down his restaurant's stairs. His family said goodbye to him in Amsterdam-Zuid on Thursday, the Telegraaf reports.

The first Loetje opened in Amsterdam-Zuid 40 years ago as a community and billiard bar. Later the pool tables were replaced by dining tables and the legendary Loetje steak was born

Feb 24 '17 13:50

Albert Heijn is opening restaurants and cafes in its larger stores. On  Friday the first Bakery Cafe and Deli Kitchen are opening in the Albert Heijn store on Amsterdam's Gelderlandplein. Dozens of other stores will follow in the coming months, the Telegraaf reports.

The Bakery Cafe is located at the entrance of the store. There customers can get something to eat before or after doing their grocery shopping. In the Deli Kitchen, customers can order salads, meals, pizzas and grilled chicken to take home or eat right there. You will also be able to create your own pizza or salad. 

Bill Clinton spotted in Amsterdam, 6 Feb 2017
Feb 7 '17 16:55

Former American president Bill Clinton was spotted eating traditional Dutch dish stamppot at Amsterdam restaurant Tomaz in Begijnensteeg on Monday, AT5 reports.

It took the chef at the restaurant a minute to decide what to make for the 42nd president of the United States, he said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "I had to see what I could make. Well, we do a lot with forgotten vegetables, we make some samppotjies. Those kinds of things." So Clinton got a real Dutch stamppot - traditionally made with whatever vegetables you have leftover in the fridge. 

Jan 27 '17 15:30

A 31-year-old man from Amsterdam is in custody in England on suspicion of trafficking 12 kilograms of cocaine. He will remain in custody until his case goes to trial in April, Het Parool reports.

The man in question is Kevin B., a defender for the Amsterdam Crusaders - an American football team. On December 27th he flew from Breda to the Biggin Hill Airport in London where customs found 12 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. According to the local authorities, that amount of cocain has a street value of converted 1.6 million euros in England. 

Albert Heijn promotional pans
Jan 25 '17 16:00

Cynthia Harms' pet birds fell dead to the ground while she was cooking with Albert Heijn's promotional non-stick pans. They died of Teflon poisoning, she claims on Facebook. The supermarket chain is investigating the matter, but stresses that the pans are safe when used normally, Albert Heijn wrote in a response on Facebook.

A spokesperson for the supermarket chain told the Telegraaf that they received complaints about the pans and birds from two customers.

Inside restaurant Tribeca in Heeze
Dec 12 '16 15:30

Restaurant Tribeca in Heeze was named the 20th two Michelin star restaurant in the Netherlands during a ceremony in the DeLaMar in Amsterdam on Monday. Restaurant Rijks, in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, was given its first Michelin star, the Volkskrant reports. 

Dec 1 '16 15:55

Jan F. has to pay 2.6 million to the Netherlands state. That is the amount the court in Breda calculated he earned from selling horse meet as beef, AD reports.

Between 2006 and 2009 F. ordered horse meat from Argentina. He took it in Breda, where he butchered it and sold it as halal slaughtered beef through his own company Draap. Incidentally Draap is the Dutch word for horse - paard - spelled backwards. His main customers were in France. 

Restaurant
Nov 30 '16 11:40

The hospitality sector is feeling the Netherlands' improving economy. In the third quarter, the turnover for hotels, restaurants, snack bars and cafes increased 2.6 percent compared to the previous sector, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Wednesday. Compared to the third quarter of last year, the hospitality sector saw 8.8 percent of growth.

This is the biggest turnover increase in this sector since 2007, according to Statistics Netherlands.

Jamie Oliver
Nov 30 '16 11:35

The Amsterdam court declared Fifteen, Jamie Oliver's restaurant in the Dutch capital, bankrupt on Tuesday. The restaurant can no longer afford its 25 thousand euros a month rent and now owes over 200 thousand euros, Het Parool reports.

The restaurant served as a training institution for troubled young people between the ages of 18 and 24 years. Many of them struggled with alcohol or drug problems. The eight young people currently training at Fifteen will be transferred to other restaurants to complete their training, according to the newspaper.

Meat processing
Nov 24 '16 10:16

The Public Prosecutor plans to demand 1.2 milion euros from bankrupt meath wholesaler Willy Selten, according to Brabants Dagblad. In 2011 and 2012 Selten sold horese meat as beef. According to the prosecutor, he earned 1.2 million euros in doing so. Selten appears in court again on Monday.

Nov 23 '16 13:45

Brabant was named the "European Region of Gastronomy 2018" and budgeted some 7 million euros for a program around this title. But according to research by the Brabants Dagblad, this title formed no part of an actual competition.

The province announced the title with much ado in the summer, according to the newspaper. The annoucment created the idea that it was a hard fight to be named the European Region of Gastronomy, with words used like "prestigious title" and "award" accepted by deputy Marie Spierengs and her Brabant delegation.

Nov 22 '16 13:25

Restaurants' association Koninklijke Horeca Nederland is concerned about the independence of top review site IENS. Since the site was taken over by TripAdvisor, restaurants are no longer listed by positive reviews, but those who have a reservation deal with the site are listed first, the association said to the Telegraaf. 

Canned Tuna
Nov 22 '16 12:50

Lables saying "sustainably caught" or "caught with respect for nature" on canned tuna are often not true, according to environmental organization Greenpeace on Monday. Tuna are still often caught in a way that is damaging to the environment and other marine animals like sharks, the Telegraaf reports.

The environmental organization looked into seven canned tuna producers in the Netherland to find out which tuna they use and how exactly the fish are caught. Six of the seven producers sell canned tuna that were caught in a way that is damaging to the environment.

Bistro Nijeholt in Beetsterzwaag
Nov 15 '16 10:40

Michelin announced its Bib Gourmand 2017  fr the Benelux region. A total of 134 restaruants in the Netherlands got these honours, 18 of which for the first time. 17 restaurants lost their Bib Gourmand, Misset Horeca reports.

Michelin awards the Bib Gourmand title to restaurants that offers a full menu for no more than 37 euros. A total of 313 restaurants in the Benelux received this honor - 165 in Belgium, 14 in Luxembourg and 134 in the Netherlands. 

The following 18 restaruants are new to the list in the Netherlands:

Tony's Chocolonely
Oct 26 '16 13:55

Tony's Chocolonely is opening a stoor in Amsterdam on Thursday. The store will not only sell all flavors of the Tony's slave-free chocolate, butt also exclusive brand items like Tony's rompers and bags, Het Parool reports.

The store is an extension to the Tony's office on Polonceaukade. It will be located at number 12 Polonceaukade and will only be open on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will be manned by the office staff and closed over lunch time. 

Jan 5 '16 09:33

Albert Heijn's cranberries was voted the most misleading product of 2015 in the annual Foodwatch elections, the food watchdog announced on Monday. According to Foodwatch, the cranberries consist of 68 percent added syrup, and only 30 percent actual cranberries.

Apr 18 '14 15:12

Shoppers looking for bread in the North and East of the country came upon empty shelves Friday morning as a small group of drivers are on strike.