After a day exploring Amsterdam we went for dinner with my family at Moeders. Gerard had made the reservation, and wouldn't tell us anything about the restaurant, saying it was better as a surprise. I guess I'll ruin the surprise for you by telling about the unique and very special decor.
The inside of Moeders is covered in pictures of mothers and grandmothers - floor to ceiling. It was so neat to see all the photos and together with the vintage-inspired decor they gave the restaurant such a cozy, homey atmosphere. On the menu was a note that they're still taking photos of moms to add to their collection (I think I'll bring in a photo of my mom).
The restaurant specializes in Dutch home-style cooking, so my mom and I ordered the "rice dish": basically an assortment of dutch dishes, including suddervlees (stewed beef), hachée (braised beef), hotchpotch (sausage with mashed potato mixed with sauerkraut), stewed rhubarb, cooked red cabbage, applesauce...you get the idea - it was soooo much food. Everything was delicious, and I love when you can served yourself and sample a bit of this or that. As a bonus, my Mom could eat everything that was served to us! (She has food allergies and has to eat gluten free).
Around the table everyone else's food looked good too - by the time we finished the meal everyone looked happy and full. Even though I was stuffed full of delicious beef and mashed potato Trev and I decided to share the 'chocolate party' for dessert. It was a good thing the plate was small! It had a scoop of chocolate-hazelnut ice cream with chocolate flakes, some chocolate mousse and a truffle...ahhh, chocolate bliss.
Funny story: after we left the restaurant my family was going to catch the train and Trev had ridden his bike there, so he was going to bike home. I didn't want to walk to the tram station by myself, so Trev and I decided that he would give me a ride there Dutch-style, which pretty much means I would be sitting 'side-saddle' on the rack over the back fender of his bike. We haven't tried it before, but you see it everywhere here. You can even see the person on the back holding a dog or a bag of groceries while talking on their phone - totally relaxed. Ummm, yeah, it didn't work so well for us. We got the crazy wobbles as soon as we started moving and almost toppled over in a fit of giggles/screams (from me) in the middle of an intersection. I guess we're not ready to really be Dutch yet.