Amsterdam Hot Spots

tips AmsterdamBike rides along the beautiful canals, interesting museums, a vibrant night life, countless festivals, the unique King’s Day celebration (27 April), picnics and strolls in the Vondelpark, what’s not to love about Amsterdam? Another plus is that it’s one of the easiest cities to travel to and in. Most of the city’s hot spots can be reached within 15 minutes by bike and Amsterdam Central Station is only 15 minutes by train from the national airport, Schiphol. And with our Amsterdam hot spot tips, you will get the best out of your stay!  Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – Bulgur salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe - bulgur salad recipe

Bulgur is a grain that is often used in the Turkish and mediterranean cuisine. It’s high in iron and fibers which makes it a healthier choice then couscous. Fresh fruits, bulgur and milk/yoghurt form an excellent breakfast, so cook some extra for the morning after.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Cup bulgur
1 Red onion, cut in quarters
2 Sweet potatoes, chopped in 2 cm chunks
1/2 Baby pumpkin, chopped in 2 cm chunks Continue reading

Best travel looks

travel looks 2014There’s something to say for being comfortable but no one ever said you can’t look smashing ‘en route’.  Our front row fashion specialists have paid attention at the NY and London fashion weeks these last weeks in order to bring you the hottest travel looks. So whether you’re packing your backpack or stylish suitcase, here are some essentials that will score the most street credits in the city, on the beach, on the slopes and during your adventurous explorations. Budget proof off course. Just like the Amstel House!  Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – Stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe

sweet potatoes recipe

This is a very easy stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe that requests not much more then the time waiting for your potatoes to be roasted. Once roasted, you can top the potatoes with whatever you have in the fridge. We topped them with feta, black olives and avo. Hummus works great as well! You can eat the potatoes warm for dinner and keep the leftovers in the fridge for lunch the day after as it works great on a sandwich or in a salad as well!

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
4 Sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil

Topping (for example)
1/2 Avocado, sliced
20 Black olives
Juice of 1 lime Continue reading

genius travel tips

best travel tips

We have come across many useful (and not so useful..) travel tips, but here’s the our top 5 most genius travel tips. Courtesy of our super friendly, helpful and handsome Amstel House Hostel staff.

  1. Charge your mobile phone or iPad super fast by putting them on flight modus.
  1. If you’re travelling abroad without an international mobile plan, load your Google maps of the area before you leave. Turn off dataroaming when you arrive and your GPS will still be good to go.

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Easy backpacker recipes – pasta recipe

pasta recipe for travelers

Less is more is a golden pasta rule in Italy. Three ingredients – pasta, oil and garlic – are sufficient to prepare a delicious plate of pasta. Here’s a super easy, super cheap and super yummy pasta recipe that uses ingredients you will find all over the world.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
250 gr pasta (spaghetti/linguini)
40 gr capers
Hand full fresh grated parmesan
2 tbsp olive oil Continue reading

how to book the best flights

best flight tickets
As we are keen on travelling ourselves at the Amstel House Hostel we thought we’d take a minute to share our tips to find the best possible flight.

  1. Use an incognito or private window when booking a flight. Travel websites will recognise your IP address on the second, third etc visit and raise prices. They know you’re interested now…
  2. Book your tickets on Tuesday night just after midnight (technically Wednesday morning…). Think of where the timezone where the airline is based though. Why Tuesday after midnight? Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – chicken stew recipe

chicken stew backpackers This is one of our favourite easy backpacker recipes at the Amstel. It might take a bit more (preparation) time and the list of ingredients may be a bit longer, but this chicken stew serves as great comfort food during a lazy hostel night, accompanied with a nice glass of wine. Moreover, the recipe is very easy to make for a large group of people, so get all your hostel friends together to share some good food! Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – oven fish recipe

backpacker hostel recipeAny country not too far from the sea has a great fish market. You can’t sleep in because these markets normally start very early and will be gone around noon. But we assure you an unforgettable ‘local’ experience! So get up early, go to the market and ask for a local, white fish.  Good fish doesn’t need much condiments to taste great: a bit of pepper, salt, juice of one lemon and a bit of olive oil can be enough. In this dish we added orange and fennel, that really lever the taste of the fish. Simple, easy, light and ready in 20 min.

Ingredients (serves 2)
2 sea bass filets
Olive oil
1 fennel, cut in half and then in slices Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – polenta recipe

simple polenta recipe backpackersIn Italy, originally, the polenta was spread out over the table before the sauce was poured on top of it. The whole family ate the polenta of the table with only a spoon. Unless you like cleaning it yourself spot*less*ly, don’t try this at the Amstel. But fortunately, this easy backpacker recipe tastes just as good on plate!

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the sauce
1
 cup vegetable oil
1
 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch dice
2 
teaspoons tomato paste Continue reading