While Amsterdam is transitioning from November to December, with Christmas trees and winter lights slowly replacing pumpkins and other autumn decorations, we went out for brunch with friends today.
We chose Buffet van Odette, a lovely restaurant in one of Amsterdam’s most charming neighbourhoods, the Spiegelkwartier. I hadn’t been to Odette for a long time and forgot just how pretty the place was. It felt cosy and classy, with a front row view to the Prinsengracht, and food that was a delight for the senses: homemade ravioli with pumpkin and cottage cheese, truffle cheese omelette, sticky toffee cake… I didn’t have champagne this time – I went for fresh juice instead – but made a promise to return soon.
Before heading back home, we went for a short walk around the area. The air was crisp and in it, I could feel the winterish smell of burnt wood. Gazing at the oh-so-cosy houses in Spiegelkwartier, I thought of mulled wine, candlelight, and bedtime stories. I also thought that people living there were a very lucky bunch – I hope they know that.