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Restaurant of the week Frank’s Smokehouse

chocolate lava cake

My Restaurant of the week Frank’s Smokehouse Disclaimer: If you’re a vegan, look away, as this post contains gratuitous and explicit descriptions of eating meat. I first discovered the food of Frank’s Smokehouse many years ago. An American friend of mine in Amsterdam had a thanksgiving party and served turkey …

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Proof of Life in Noord The Butcher Social Club

The Butcher Social Club Amsterdam North. So near, yet so far away. David Bowie sang ‘is there life on Mars?’. I had similar thoughts about Amsterdam North. In fact, the Shallow Man hadn’t visited that part of the world for some time until on a cold December evening I took …

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Review of Bella Vista Italian Restaurant in Amsterdam

To date Dutch women means standing outside in the cold while they smoke

Bella Vista Amsterdam On a¬†cold and rainy saturday evening, I was looking forward to a sumptuous meal in the warm bosom of one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Amsterdam, Bella Vista. Located in the chic Museum District of Amsterdam, not far from het concertgebouw¬†in Amsterdam oud zuid (old south), …

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Door 74

Door 74 special of the day

The Shallow Man once had a brief and pointless relationship in Amsterdam,¬†with a lady who like the aftermath of eating drop, left a bitter taste in my mouth. In fact, the only good thing I can remember from our brief affair was that she introduced me to a cocktail bar …

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The first Lions and Antelope evening

During my corporate days, one of my first deliverables as a newly appointed manager was to manage the process of letting go a team member that hadn’t been performing to expectations. I’d inherited this delightful task from my predecessor, who had sat down with the team member on a monthly …

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The Shallow Man’s first gay party

Being naturally elegant, and so well dressed that I even take time to choose what I’m going to wear when visiting my local supermarket, the Shallow Man has often been mistaken for being gay. When this occurs, I usually take it as a compliment, due to the reputation gay men …

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Two expat events in one night

The Shallow Man, has lived in Amsterdam far too long to seriously consider himself an expat. I think that after ten years here, I consider myself to be pretty well integrated. I date Dutch girls. If I find a euro coin on the street, it puts me in a fantastic …

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