After the previous nights extravagances we were all very tired today. Even with a later start we all could have rested for longer. We relied on another recommendation & went to a Kiwi restaurant for brunch. Bakers & Roasters was located closer to my hotel & I arrived first on a drizzly morning. The menu was spectacular & we were all spoiler for choice. I opted for the huevos rancheros. Two fried eggs, black beans, jalapeños, amongst other ingredients all on tortilla bread. We all got a cocktail, but mine had to be the best. I'm sure their bloody Mary's were good. My mimosa though came with half a bottle of prosecco, & seemed to never run out!
While waking to the restaurant we had all spotted the Heineken brewery. Therefore it was only logical to make that our next port of call. Since my previous visit over a decade ago, they had added a number of new features. The highlight being a 'ride' taking you on a journey through the brewing process. I managed to beat Stefan & Emily by kicking two out of three conversions in the rugby section. By the end it was all a bit much with no natural light & lots of visual effects all our heads hurt.
Emily took the opportunity to head back to the hotel, while Stefan & I headed to the Bols experience. Much quieter than the larger Heineken experience we probably had more fun. We smelled all 36 of the bottles they had in their senses section. We didn't do too badly. This section really made you understand that all your senses are involved in a drink. The museum section discussed the history of Bols & Genever the forerunner to Gin. Genever is tipped to make a global resurgence shortly. Though the two samples of it I had, it tasted more like whiskey than Gin. At the end we got to choose our own cocktail for the barman to make. There was also a booth were I pretended to be Tom Cruise. I'm sure everyone has seen the embarrassing video by now.
Stefan & I were now feeling rejuvenated, probably largely down to the beers & cocktails. Instead of breaking for our planned afternoon nap, we went to the largest park in Amsterdam & found a cosy hideaway & grabbed a can of beer. The next stop should have been my hotel but instead we found a very good bar with a wide range of ales. Many a Dunkel could be imbibed. I opted for a couple of blondes.
Back at my hotel Stefan & I shared a large bottle of beer, & I showed him a repeat of ex on the beach. I show him all the best MTV UK has to offer.
We managed to avoid any further bars by getting a Tram up to central station. Stefan managed to not drink any of the bottle of prosecco we were carrying until we got to his room. I had grabbed a glass of Sauvignon from the lobby bar, so was very well served with the prosecco too. For good form we got a sharer Pimms Cup at the Skylounge, before dinner. Stefan had nominated an Indonesian restaurant to try a rice table. By this stage of the evening I wasn't paying too much attention to food. Instead I ordered for the table some Oringina & gin. Such a special combination. Stefan to everyone's hilarity was trying to whisper to Emily but he was almost shouting. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening to round off a non stop day.