I met an old friend for dinner. She happened to be in Amsterdam the same day–we had figured this out thanks to Facebook.

We ate at Restaurant Greetje, a restaurant that has revived old Dutch dishes in a new atmosphere.

Tourists don’t seem to eat Dutch food while they are in Amsterdam. There seem to be about three Argentine restaurants on each block.

But I’m a purist so no Argentine, Italian, Mexican, or French food for me while I am in Amsterdam.

We started with an amuse bouche which was a thin purée of cucumber and apple with tiny shrimp.

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For our appetizers I had blood pudding and my friend had mustard soup. The soup was the winner of this pair of dishes.

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We both went for the porkchops for our main course. The moist chops came with peas and truffled mashed potatoes and had a delicious sauce made with duck liver to pour over it.

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Surprisingly the best choices on the wine list were Italian. I picked a Corvina which I thought went perfectly with the pork chops.

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