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24 hour layover in Amsterdam

Hi,

We have a 24 hour layover in Amsterdam (hooray, lucky us) on our flight back to the states from Africa. We have a hotel room booked at the airport as we have an early flight home the next morning. So we have an afternoon and an evening to wander around Amsterdam, eat, relax and photograph. We have spent an extensive amount of time in Amsterdam so we haven't missed much and do not care to repeat visits to the Riijksmseum, Van Gogh museum, etc. We would like to indulge our palates with some good Indonesian food and also (don't judge me) some olliebollen. We are looking at the RS recommendation of the Aneka Rasa Indonesian restaurant but also would like to know if and where we can buy olliebollen (kirsenbollen in particular). Have any of you eaten at the Aneka Rasa and is it good? Are there kiosks or shops around town that sell olliebollen? Thanks.

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Hi,
Being if Of 100% Dutch Heritage I had to goggle olliebollen to see what they were. My grandmother used to make them for New Year's Eve every year year. We always referred to them as "fat balls". They were very tasty. I have no idea where you can get them. I would never judge you for liking them as my family always thought they where a treat to eat! Have fun on your layover!

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For those that don't know, olliebollen are the Dutch donut. The ones we had (13 years ago) were like the American jelly filled donuts but they were filled with a fruit filling not jelly. The ones we had were filled with something like cherry pie filling and dusted with powdered sugar. So bad but so good. I've been dreaming of these ever since we were in Holland in May 2004 (13 years ago). They were sold from stands in Dam Square and also in The Hague. I don't know if they were a seasonal thing or if they are available year round.

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Oliebollen are commonly sold on stands set up in December up to New Year's Eve. It is a festive treat. Outside that period, you will find "out-of-season" oilebollen in some pastry shops and bakeries, especially the more high-end ones, which will also have some interesting combinations that elevate traditional recipes to something better and more tasty (once you decide to sink in the calorie bomb an oilebol is, you'd better eat a really good one to make it worth I think).

Do not mistake the "Berliner" (a donut filled with fruity syrup) with the oilebol, though.

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Thanks, Andre. We were in Amsterdam and The Hague in late April/early May that year and there were quite a few stands selling them. Hopefully, we will find one somewhere.