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Last night Dave and I went to see Boom Chicago …. which is actually a English language comedy show in Amsterdam and has nothing to do with Chicago. A combination of Improv and scripted skits, this American comedy troupe has been performing in the Dam for the past 15 years. Last night’s show “Me, Myspace and Ipod” was a very funny tribute to society’s obessession with technology (there was a great song about replacing God with an ipod). I’ve seen these guys perform a few times over the years, but last night’s show was definitely the funniest. They also have an online comedy channel: http://www.boomchicago.tv If you’re in the Dam, check it out. Shows are nearly every night and cost about 20Euros. They also serve dinner, which we passed on but Dave ordered a Banoffee pie that was pretty killer.

Envy had been recommended to me ages ago but it took until now to finally get a chance to eat there.  The ordering is a little confusing; if you’re party is less than 6 people you can choose between a la carte or set menu. Since we were a big group our only choice was between the 4 or 5-course set menus. All the food is “global fusion” and the chef decides what he wants to serve you, which may or may not be the same as the table next to you. Yes, they ask about any allergies/dietary restrictions beforehand. The Tartare plate was great (Tuna, Salmon and steak serves in various ways), the wine list was very  balanced with good options under 30Euros. It was a very fun meal, but not for ‘meat and potato’ people. It’s not cheap either, we had wine, 4 courses, desert and coffee and it came out to about 70Euros/head. I would definitly go back, it was an experience and everyone in our party really liked it.

We’re staying at the Hotel Vondel this week – am v impressed. The room is bigger than a closet, the location is great (south of Leidseplein and just above Vondel Park). The place itself is funky and the staff is great. We’re paying about 100 Euros/night which is on par for Amsterdam.

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