Amsterdam, Netherlands
Max, 54
Software Developer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I build Email Design App Zenduz, an online app for professional email designers which is easy to use and running on our Zenduz Engine (code). Zenduz is built to create and design professional email Templates which can then be used in any email server like Apple Mail, Gmail, Outlook...

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Even in an age where streaming music is bigger than ever, a good playlist can be hard to find. With tens of millions of sounds, countless artists, and a never-ending supply of new tunes to mop up with your ears, discovering who to trust when it comes to compilations can be a daunting task. Even a cursory search of Wikipedia’s List of Lists of Lists reveals nothing musical (and makes our heads hurt).

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Hard to say as I stop watching TV and series some time ago... have better and more entertaining thinks to do.

Name some spots in Amsterdam that are good for a Tinder date.

Het Concertgebouw if you want to look classy and cultured? It’s got some of the best acoustics in the world, making it seriously worth checking out even without a date to impress. There are regular concerts, some of which veer away from the classical standards, but if you want to be authentically Dutch about it, go for the free weekly lunchtime rehearsals.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Do you also like to score the best vintage items for little? You sometimes have to rummage between old things, but to be honest: vintage it is very HOT. Whether it is clothing, accessories or furniture ... nothing is too crazy in the vintage world. How cool is it to score a (semi) unique item that no one (anymore) has! Where do you have to be in Amsterdam to be able to make vintage purchases? Find out on the web, there is plenty to choose.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

De Cantina. Word of mouth or a bicycle ride takes you to this secret spot in Amsterdam West. I live far into west Amsterdam so for me, it was only a matter of time before I discovered De Cantina. This place is amazing. They serve coffee, cake, homemade lemonade and sandwiches with ingredients from their own garden or local produce. Nothing major but it’s the location and use of space that makes this secret spot worth mentioning. De Cantina is situated in between the “1800 roerden” a creative area where artists work.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Amsterdam and where did you get it?

You can’t get more local than STROOP. Serving up the savoury and sweet plate-sized pancakes for which the Dutch are known, STROOP (which means “syrup” in Dutch, by the way) embraces traditional Dutch cuisine with local ingredients. The restaurant is situated within NoordOogst, the urban agricultural project in Amsterdam Noord where sustainable, eco-friendly businesses find their place. In fact, the ingredients used by STROOP are more than local — they’re right next door! Traditional pancakes can be topped with thinly sliced sausage Buitengewone Varkens, also located at NoordOogst.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Amsterdam that you particularly like?

Wynand Fockink: This tiny tasting bar and distillery, also near Dam Square, is Amsterdam’s oldest and has been producing jenever and liqueur since 1679. In late afternoon, join the lively after-work crowd for a glass of beer or jenever in the adjoining alley. JENEVER Jenever, gin’s cousin, is made with juniper berries, herbs, grain alcohol, and malt. Oude (old) jenever is maltier, slightly sweet, served chilled, and sipped straight. Jonge (young) jenever is clear, less malty, tasty in cocktails, and often paired with beer in a drink called a kopstoot, or “blow to the head.”

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Amsterdam? How much did it cost and what did you get there?