Went to Amsterdam yesterday with Tam and Snow and had lots of fun. We went to Wagamama for lunch (green tea bavarois is absolutely gorgeous), and then wandered over to Lush to buy goodies. I may have gone slightly overboard on the glittery shiny products, but they were glittery and shiny! How could I resist? (Yes, I'm fairly certain I was a magpie in a previous life.)
After Lush, we made our way to the American Bookstore and later a second hand bookstore. I behaved myself and in the end have only bought about a dozen books in total. One of them's a Chinese cookery encyclopedia from the 70s. It's marvelous. It's got a recipe in it called 'Pork of Original Preciousness'. I'm almost tempted to make it. And I also have a recipe for 1000 year old eggs. It's scary. The recipe calls for water, pine ash, salt and lime. I'm not sure whether that's quicklime or slaked lime. I'm guessing the former, because the idea is that the eggs are cooked slowly over 45 days. I should make these things, if only to satisfy my geek side, which just loves playing with potentially dangerous substances...
We spent the rest of the afternoon in a good pub called 'De Bekeerde Suster', which I highly recommend. They have nice beer, a good atmosphere and it's within walking distance of the station. We spent some time browsing through our purchases (my Meow Te Ching written by Meow Tsu was popular :) ) and had good beer to keep us company.
Eventually we made our way to the station (passing through the red light district where we window-shopped :)) and went our separate ways from there. I got home around 10 to find a nice surprise waiting for me. Thanks to st_lemur
, I am now the proud owner of an Optimus Prime figure (with an apron). I spent the next two hours trying to get it back to being a truck. and then I turned it back into Optimus Prime. And then back into a truck again. It makes me very happy. In fact, I think I'll go play with it some more.