I have not seen recent posts about what is kosher in Amsterdam these days. I was last there in 2004 so I am pretty sure things are not the same any more. Shamash.org has not been updated in some time either. I will be staying next to Schiphol airport but will have access to public transportation. Any suggestions would be welcome for restaurants as well as Shabbos accommodations. Lastly, if any place is suitable for a business meal, please advise as well.
I haven't been there recently, but you should check out Amstelvleen. It is a suburb of Amsterdam and considerably closer to Schiphol.
I can tell you the kosher grocery store products, if you give me an idea of what you like to have around and whether you'll have a mini-fridge. Dutch products don't carry heckshers, so most Dutch Jews shop off The List (found in full here: http://www.nik.nl/wp-content/uploads/...) or at a few kosher/Israeli shops in Amstelvleen.
I am pretty flexible. For breakfast would like to stick to just simple bread/cheese or yogurt and of course coffee is a must. It would be helpful to have snacks to stash in my bag for the day as I am not sure if i will have time for lunch (plan to be in a dusty warehouse near schiphol most of the time).
Are there any restaurants within a short'ish drive? I would prefer to eat dinners out. I do not plan to have any type of a kitchen as will be staying in a hotel. Possibly a mini-fridge if i can secure that option.
*For coffe (koffie) or instant coffee (poederkoffie), you'll have an easy time of it as anything you'd find in a Dutch supermarket. That's mostly because they carry about one brand: Douwe Egberts. It's delicious. If you end up with a Senseo or Nescafe pod machine for coffee, those are fine except Senseo cappuccino is not recommended.
-As for dairy products, regular milk from the big producers (Campina, Becel and Friesche vlag) are fine, as are the plainer offerings (regular, chocolate, koffiemelk*) from MinusL which is lactose free but not pareve). Plain sugars are fine too. Do yourself a favor and get a bottle of Chocomel (any version but mokka is kosher), it is simply delicious.
-Kosher cheese is tough to find but cream cheese (philadelphia brand, like in the US) is widely available. Regular bread is tough but roggebrood (a wholegrain rye bread) is popular and the two big brands are kosher: Bolletje and Van der Meulen.
-Yogurt is probably a better bet. I've pasted in the list below. If there's a flavor you want to avoid, I can tell you the name for it:
Almhof:0%: aardbei, maracuja/perzik; halfvolle: aardbei, kers, perzik; milde room: aardbei framboos, hazelnoot; roomyoghurt: aardbei, citroen, maracuja/perzik, sinaasappel, stracciatella, walnoot/griekse honing
Campina: boerenland met fruit: framboos, peer
Danone Activia: ananas, muesli appel, mueslinaturel, pruim, vezel-mango, vijg
Friesche Vlag: magere yoghurt: banaan-sinaasappel, mango-passievrucht, perzik;stracciatella yoghurt naturel, vanille yoghurt
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MinusL (lactose free): fruityoghurt aardbei
-for portable snacks, 'tussendoortjes' are good. They're usually fruit and nuts in in a cracker/cookie-type thing, but there are more savory ones too. The following are approved:
Hero: b’tween: hazelnoot (p), melk chocolade (m),
puur chocolade (m)
Liga: evergreen original krenten (p); milk break: chocobanaan (m), melk (m), melk-choco (m)
Lu: time out: granenbiscuit speculaas krokantegraanrepen: appel-kaneel (p), naturel (p)
Peijnenburg:tussendoor: fruit (p), noten (p)
Snack a Jacks:crispy: barbecue paprika (m), sour cream &chive (m) sweet chilli (m); rol: barbecue paprika (m), chocolate chip (m), chocolade&kokos (m)
Sultana: fruitbiscuit: naturel (m), volkoren (m)
Zonnatura: notenmixreep (p), pinda crunch (p), sesam cranberry (p), sesam crunch (p)
*Koffiemelk is a shelf-stable and slightly sweetened milk that Dutch people use most often to cream their coffee. I generally don't sugar my coffee, but I think it's delightful. This is NOT to be confused with karnemelk, which is kosher but disgusting. If you're curious, leave some buttermilk out on your counter overnight. A terrible surprise when I unknowingly poured this on my cheerios one morning.
Depending on how strict you are with kashrut, there are branches of Maoz (the falafel place) in Amsterdam. The ones in the US have a certification, although it is not widely recognized. Perhaps (and this is a stretch) the ones in Amsterdam also have some certification?
Wow, these are so great. So I have now learned that chances are I will be staying in Haarlem. Is that completely far away from kosher civilization? I also found the website for restaurant Habaron on chabad.org. They seem very nice. Thanks again for all your help. I might have another slew of questions as the imminent departure will approach (after Shavuos).
I follow standard kashrut per CRC here in Chicago - would the falafel place be ok then? I know it probably sounds like a dumb question, but Chicago is very different from say New York, which has multiple certification agencies. Here things are pretty black and white for the most part - either an establishment is certified or it is not, so I am not sure how the whole strictness thing exactly works. I hope this makes sense...
Haarlem isn't too far, but I'd recommend leaving the car and taking the train. Parking can be tricky and if you go around dinner time there are traffic jams that span the width of the country. You'd go to Amsterdam Zuid or Amsterdam RAI station. www.ns.nl has a trip planner and is available in English.
As for Maoz, there is no supervision. However, many people are fine with the fact that the only non-pareve items in the place are the yoghurt and possibly the garlic sauce.