Amsterdam Marathon carboloading (pasta!) and recovery meals
Prepping for another European marathon and that means a chance for CH suggestions on pre- and post-race dining. The race: Amsterdam Marathon (16 Oct). We are staying at the Amsterdam Marriott so bonus points for suggestions on the first two meals that are within short (!) walking distance or easily reached by public transportation:
--Saturday night carboloading. This is spaghetti, nothing fancy, the bigger the plates the better. Sad to say but delicate sauces, exceptional appetizers and fantastic wine lists are not the goal. Simple presentation, nothing spicy about the sauces and expedient service. (Yes, yes, not the CH norm but keep reading.)
--Sunday night celebration. Last year in Austria the girlfriend and I enjoyed an amazing schnitzel dinner thanks to a CH suggestion. We're looking for a venue to commemorate this race (hopefully after a successful run). The goals here a menu with local/national specialties and preferably bigger portions (hey, it's 42.2 kilometers!).
--Monday night thank-you. She puts up with a lot during 16 weeks of training and this is a way to acknowledge all of her contributions. A romantic air is good, as is a well-rounded wine list and a memorable meal.
Hey motownrunner, is your handle indicative of you being a Detroit native? I'm from Ann Arbor and have been to Amsterdam 3 times in the past 2 years. Dutchgrub has some great suggestions. I'd like to add my favorite restaurant in Amsterdam, Cafe Bern on Nieuwmarkt. They have incredible fondue and entrecote, so if you're looking to replace some calories, they'll do a hell of a job. It's very laid back and is not overrun with tourists. It's my husband's and my favorite restaurant and we hit it up on Sunday nights. Good luck and enjoy the Dam!
Guess I'll have to help you out on this one, having run a marathon myself and writing a popular food blog on Amsterdam. It's not an easy one, though, as carboloading places don't make my blog, local cuisine is often asked for but not plentifully available, and many good restaurants are closed on Sunday and Monday.
Alternatively on Sunday and matching your Monday requirements, and actually open on both days, try www.restaurantfyra.nl (international menu, close by) or www.bistrotneuf.nl (French, in a great lively street).
Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more info and good luck with the 42.2 km! You'll be surprised how small Amsterdam is - the course will actually take you outside the city to nearby Ouderkerk!