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Archive for March, 2015

Amsterdam Expat Golf

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Spring is in the air.

And Britsoc Amsterdam Expat Golf is on the course.

Golf cartoonAlmost every weekend on Saturday or Sunday a group will meet to play 18 or 9 holes on the Amsterdam Hogedijk course, near the AMC and IKEA. It’s a mixed group, different levels and a range of golf aspirations. Some play most weeks, some turn up every couple of months. Tee off time is usually around 8am.

Once you are on the maillist, the weekly invitation for the following weekend will fall into your mailbox at the start of the week, then it’s first come allocation of the 12 places in the three flights for the weekend.

Download the full article here (PDF)

Go to the Britsoc Golf magazine page here

Go to Britsoc Golf Events page here

Slow Beer Braised Oxtail—Britsoc Cooking Coach

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Slow Beer Braised Oxtail—Britsoc Cooking Coach

Yes, we have our very own Britsoc cooking coach. Here to tell you how to make Slow Beer Braised Oxtail.

Karen3Karen Vivers, originally from Scotland, has lived here in Amsterdam since 1997, and has set up the Cooking Coach to help inspire people to get back into the kitchen.

The basis of the cooking lessons are easy, tasty, healthy recipes.  Each course starts with a free introduction session, to make sure that you only cook what you like to eat.

As well as cooking lessons, Karen offers Culinary Tours in Amsterdam, is a passionate Food Blogger  and works freelance as a Culinary Consultant, specialising in small and medium businesses, helping them get started, grow and deal with commercial challenges.

Slow Beer Braised Oxtail

I am so lucky to call The Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam, my local market.  It’s such a great slice of daily life here.  And, as part of their sales of practically everything under the sun, there is of course food.  The market has some really tasty little treasures.  You won’t see them at first glance, you have to look a little closer to see the international delicacies, or the typically Amsterdam classics.  I take my culinary tour clients along the market and let them taste the best fresh stroopwaffels, the classic Belgian style fries, loempia, and of course some herring – the original Dutch fast food.  I love taking them to the spice shop and telling them about how wars were fought over these flavours.  Although some are surprised to hear of the lengths that people went to add some taste to their 17th century European food, not me, I’d fight for my right to spice any day.

DOWNLOAD the entire menu here: Slow Beer Braised Oxtail

Britsoc Sailing Season 2015

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Hello Sailors,

Screenshot 2015-03-25 09.15.13The 2015 Britsoc Sailing Season is here:

We’re more social than serious racing types so beginners are welcome, but we require skippers for each boatas such, we particularly want to hear from them! We sail at one of two locations (Kaag and Loosdrecht), meeting at 12.00 at Kaag, and 10.00 at Loosdrecht.

We sail  in 3-5 man gaff-rigged fixed-keel boats. With the earlier start in Loosdrecht, we stop for lunch and, with the later start in Kaag, we finish with an early evening barbecue.

Dates are:

May 9th  Kaag

May 30th  Kaag

June 13th  Loosdrecht

July 4th  Kaag

July 25th  Loosdrecht

Aug 15th  Kaag

Sept 5th  Kaag

Screenshot 2015-03-25 10.09.15We could add another in late September if there is sufficient interest

 See here for full details on the Britsoc Sailing website.

To book you place in Kaag or Loosdrecht, email Geoffrey Dudley here.

We take bookings by email (latest by the Wednesday before sailing) and try to arrange lifts when necessary.


Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Screening and buffet Dinner

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Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Screening and buffet Dinner. April 11th from 5pm@ Miuden.

The_Boat_RaceBritsoc members invited by the Committee of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of The Netherlands.

We are again joining forces with the boat club in Muiden and setting up a large screen with satellite TV link in order to watch both races, followed by a buffet dinner.

Timetable: arrival in Muiden from 5pm, women’s race starts at 5:50pm, men’s race at 6:50pm, buffet dinner at 7:30pm. (All local Dutch times, not UK times!)



The address of the boat club is:

Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeil- & Roeivereeniging,
Westzeedijk 7, 1398 BB MUIDEN

Britsoc members welcome.

Download all the details here

Download Application Form here-PDF

Download Application Form here-Word

Shakespeare Night Feast. April 25, 2015

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Britsoc Shakespeare Night Feast 2015

April 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Shakespeare plus more at Greenwoods —Amsterdam’s English Tea Room & Shop – since 1988.

Again, our broad imaginations will produce a hotchpotch of Shakespearean and other English delights: poetry, comedy monologues, stories, songs, quotes, puns, jokes – something for everyone.

You too can enjoy the spectacle, and even try your hand at giving your own unique interpretation of some of those English classics.

Be English for the evening and come along and join us in our unique annual “Shakestravaganza”.

Cost: Price including meal will cost 35.00 Euros for members, 37.00  Euros for non-members.



There will be separate tabs for drinks, and, of course, all the fun is free.

Let me know if you wish join us and if you would like to read to something.

Once more into the feast

And, of course, “once more into the feast”, enjoying four courses of Greenwoods’’ justly renowned English cuisine.

Shakespeare Feast 2015