It has been a few days that I was online to blog something. But summer is full-on (we are currently experiencing the first heat wave since 2006) and let’s be honest the few sunny days we have must be enjoyed to the fullest. So, the past few days I spent relaxing at the beach in Zoutelande. Not so coincidentally elected the best beach of the Netherlands by Zoover. A nice picture to proof this on the side.
But as befits a city girl, after a few days of “hanging” at the beach, it is time to go back to the lively city and meet up with friends for social activities, preferably in the wining and dining category.
So, yesterday I met with Joyce, part of our usual group of four, for a dinner for two (as the other ladies are enjoying the sun overseas). As always we tried to find a restaurant that we haven’t been to before. This time we choose for a pizza place with a slightly tropical name, Pink Flamingo’s, to celebrate summer and talk sex & the city. This small restaurant is located in the heart of one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Amsterdam “De Pijp” (Gerard Douplein 8).
Lucky as we are, we were able to find a front-row spot on the cosy terrace, otherwise completely filled with happy people enjoying drinks and pizza. And because we were thinking pizza we were expecting the usual suspects on the menu like a margarita, Quattro Stagioni and 4 cheeses. But no, Pink Flamingo’s offers nothing like that. Their slogan “Pas commes les autres” (not like the others) gave it away a little bit of course. Instead of the ordinary pizza’s they have a menu filled with funky combinations that you would never imagine to be delicious on a pizza. To name a few; the Obama with bacon and pineapple chutney and the Ho Chi Min with chicken, shrimps, green curry and coconut milk.
We, however, decided to take the Pizza Du Moment (made with season products and inspiration of the chef) and a Aphrodite and split the two. The Pizza Du Moment was topped with fresh figs, pistachios, goat cheese and honey. The Aphrodite was nicely decorated with slices of grilled egg plant and humus. So like I said not your ordinary pizza, but super delicious nonetheless. Accompanied with a few glasses of sauvignon blanc and summer stories to share we could not ask for anything more to enjoy the lovely evening.
So I would definitely recommend to go and try out the tasteful 2.0 pizza’s. And, no worries, Pink Flamingo’s is not only based in Amsterdam. The chain also has four restaurants in Paris, and locations in Bordeaux and Valencia. If you are living close enough to one of the shops consider yourself lucky; Pink Flamingo’s delivers there pizza’s at home as well, but by bike only.
Funny fact; Pink Flamingo’s Amsterdam is co-owned by Jaap Reesema winner of the 3rd series of X-factor in the Netherlands. The chances of running into a Dutch celebrity are thus very high.
Interested in reading more about Pink Flamingo’s and their pizza philosophy check out their website: pinkflamingopizza.com. Interested in enjoying the best beach of the Netherlands, let me know and I’ll hook you up with some great tips.