Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/homersteinweiss/homersteinweiss.com/blog/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 82
Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method GA_Filter::the_content() should not be called statically in /home/homersteinweiss/homersteinweiss.com/blog/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59
Strict Standards: Non-static method GA_Filter::ga_parse_article_link() should not be called statically in /home/homersteinweiss/homersteinweiss.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/gapp/googleanalytics.php on line 356
I am hungry and tired when I wake up in the lovely city of Amsterdam. I missed the free hotel breakfast but find a little time before I get on the bus to hit the local food scene. I come across Simon Meysen Brookbakker, a handsome bakery on Van Baerlestraat (Simon has 4 other locations in Amsterdam). I get a hot croissant with ham and cheese built in (delightful), a blueberry muffin (not the best, but certainly not bad), and some Speculaas. Speculaas is a typical dutch cinnamon cookie or biscuit. It is often decorated for the holiday season (similar to gingerbread men). The Speculaas I have here is a thicker piece and is topped with some sliced almonds. More importantly, this piece of Speculaas becomes my travel companion. The croissant fills my appetite, so the Speculaas remains uneaten. I have a little on the way to Hamburg and enjoy it thoroughly. The next morning, I am pleasantly surprised to still have some Speculaas left. I eat some more. At this point I feel a special connection and decide this guy has to make it to Berlin. Well, Speculaas is no longer with me, but I will always have a place for it in my heart.