Monday, August 18, 2008
Albert Cuyp, one of my favorite Dutch masters (don't I love them all!), was famous for his landscapes. He was a genius at depicting atmosphere in his paintings- the warm, glowing light of the sun, clouds heavy with rain- the man loved nature just as much as I love food!!
BUT...mention Albert Cuyp to the Dutch now and chances are they won't think of the painter, but of the market named after the painter! The Albert Cuyp market has been situated in de Pijp in Amsterdam for more than a century. It is said to be one of the biggest and friendliest in Europe (minus the lady who yelled at Hans for taking a picture of her stall!). You really will find everything here! Not only does the market carry products from all over the world but you'll also find clothes, shoes, handbags, houseware and all sorts of gadgets. It is open 6 days a week and it is BUSY on Saturdays!
I came home fully loaded with all sorts of edible goodies and even with a pair of t- strap shoes which I bought for a ridiculous price!
And worth mentioning is Alain Bernard, the French butcher located on the Albert Cuypstraat 133. We got some gorgeous ham and some sausages which I served with ratatouille for dinner. Have a look here for a picture of the sausages: Wat zullen we eten.