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Our Concierge team loves nothing more than bringing you a little closer to the Amsterdam they love. Make the most out of their knowledge; they have the best insider tips to help you discover the Amsterdam that most guests miss. Sitting at home and not sharing their knowledge isn’t their favorite thing to do, so we gave them a platform.

First up, Dominique! Oh boy, how she loves facts, insides, and details. During the Pulitzer History Tour, she satisfies your appetite with all the goods and glory from the Golden Age till now.

History lover or not, Dominique has shared some facts that are an interesting read for everyone.

Did you know that:

1. A few famous paintings used to hang in an art gallery of the owner of the Saxenburg House in our garden in the year 1798?

Pieter van Winter, successful businessman and art collector, built an art gallery in his garden to both entertain and impress his guests. He possessed around 180 paintings of which a few of them you might know: Rembrandt’s Marten & Oopjen and Het Straatje by Vermeer. Both can now be admired at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

2. You can easily spot the difference between a private residence and a warehouse in the Golden Age?

Residential homes had large windows on the first floor so the owner ‘s wealth would be on display for all to see and admire whereas warehouses had much smaller windows with wooden shutters to protect the goods from the weather.

In addition, residences always had steps leading up to the front door and warehouses normally had a large wide door for their horse-carriages which they used for transferring their merchandise.

Now it is your turn! Can you point out which of the 25 canal houses of Pulitzer Amsterdam are warehouses and which ones are residential houses?

3. There are still two wooden houses left in Amsterdam?

Houses in Amsterdam used to be made from wood. After the great fires in 1421 and 1452, the city required that all houses should be built with bricks. Luckily for us, there are two wooden houses left to admire: at the Begijnhof and Zeedijk.

4. There used to be a small flowing water-fountain near the Garden Room?

When the hotel built the Garden Room in the eighties, all in art deco style, they added a beautiful flowing water fountain by the entrance-door.

Unfortunately, they received a lot of complaints from the people who held their meetings there. Apparently, the sound of dripping water caused too many toilet-breaks… ; )

5. A few very rich and, in their time, famous people owned the Saxenburg House? And that they had a few famous visitors?

Walk in the footsteps of John Adams, the second president of the USA, William Lee, American diplomat during the Revolutionary War and Rembrandt van Rijn, the famous Dutch painter.

If you are getting hungry for more, do not forget to drop by when Pulitzer opens again to say hi to Dominique… or join the tour!

Concierge Tours
How many bridges there are in Amsterdam? How many nationalities live in Amsterdam? How many small hidden courtyards there are in Amsterdam? How orange became the Dutch national color? What is the story behind the Jordaan neighborhood?

All the answers to these questions and more are shared on two tours that the Concierge team have put together for our guests: Concierge Walking Tour and Pulitzer History Tour.

From a ready-to-go office lunch to preparing lunch in your own kitchen.

Making your own midday meal will take some getting used to for most people who stay at home, but now you have the opportunity to try out some new recipes. You’ll become an experienced home cook before you know it.

Just hop by the (Asian) supermarket and you’ll be able to bring Pause to your own plate. We’ve asked the chef for the ingredients and instructions of the Pause Poke Bowl with salmon and have listed it down below.

Not a fan of the pink fish? You can also replace the salmon for tuna sashimi, grilled chicken or tofu.

Ingredients Bowl

  • Salmon Sashimi          100gr
  • Sushi Rice                    90gr
  • Soybeans                     40gr
  • Wakame                       40gr
  • Julienne Carrots         20gr
  • Bean Sprouts               10gr
  • Pickled Ginger             5gr
  • Cilantro                         2gr
  • Mirin                              10ml
  • Soy Dressing                 10ml
  • Avocado                         1/2

Ingredients Soy Dressing:

  • Sesame Oil                      5gr
  • Soy Sauce                       4gr
  • Chili Oil                            0.5gr
  • Sushi Vinegar                  0.5gr
  • Roasted Garlic Clove     1/2

Method of preparation: Cook the sushi rice accordingly and mix it with the mirin. In a separate bowl, mix the bean sprouts, cilantro and julienne carrots. Crush the garlic and mix all the ingredients of the soy dressing. When preparing the poke bowl, start with the sushi rice and add the soybeans, wakame, avocado, pickled ginger and carrot salad one by one, finish off by putting the salmon sashimi in the middle. Lastly, sprinkle the soy dressing on top of the greens.

Bon appétit!

Pause at Pulitzer

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Pause at Pulitzer

Kids in Pulitzer Suite

Schools are closed, sport clubs can’t be visited, and it is not encouraged to go to the parcs and playgrounds, what to do!? We believe that this is the moment to enjoy some actual, quality family time. We are sharing five ideas on what to do with kids in your own home, hotel inspired. Let’s make it suite!

1. Cooking with kids
Cooking boring? Not at all! Kids are easily entertained, and cooking is a good way to do so. To make the cooking experience even better, we shared a recipe that your little ones, and yourself, will love for sure; Pause Pancakes. Say ‘pancakes’ once and your kids will run towards the kitchen, getting ready to be a real chef. Extra tip: create a chef’s hat for your kids, for example out of old newspapers. Oh, and be aware: the kitchen is going to be a mess! Sorry not sorry.

2. Create your own Kids Treasure Hunt
Who doesn’t love to discover, right? What about creating your own Kids Treasure Hunt! Make an easy version for the younger ones with your own-drawn map of the house where a cross shows the location of the hidden treasure. Or design a more advanced hunt: hide letters on a few places around the house. Together, the letters will make a word that is the location of the hidden treasure. Check out Pulitzer’s Kids Treasure Hunt for inspiration.

3. Family workout
At Pulitzer, we believe that exercising makes you feel better. And, especially since you are spending most of your time at home, a good workout will get you energized. So, why not exercise together! Working out with your whole family is becoming a hot topic more and more. We’ve collected three of our favorite family workouts, for you and your kids to do at home. Put on your sporty outfit, create space in the living room and get ready to sweat!

POPSUGAR Fitness

Alo Yoga

KIDZ BOP

4. Family’s Got Talent
Do you have a secret talent? Now is the time to take the stage and shine! Dancing, singing, painting or comedy, set up a talent show for the whole family. Spend a little bit of time on the preparations, dress up and decide on who will be the host. Get creative and make a stage out of something you can find in the house: wood, blankets or even the sofa. Laughter guaranteed!

5. Play ‘hotelier’
Remember the time you played ‘teacher’ or ‘doctor’ when you were little? Think outside the box and play ‘hotelier’! Let your fantasy lead the way. You, as parents, can be the guests, your kids the employees. Decide on a name of the hotel, create a check-in desk and let your kids show the way to your rooms. Put on your bathrobes, order room service and go for a relaxing spa moment. If that isn’t the suite life… enjoy!

Create your own Pause moment and become a master chef for a day.

Pause is the kind of place you want to keep to yourself…. but can’t. The velvet green chairs, the relaxed atmosphere and a spacious terrace: Pulitzer Amsterdam’s well-known garden café in the centre of Amsterdam.

Now that all restaurants are temporarily closed, a visit to Pause at Pulitzer is unfortunately not possible. So, get started and bring a little bit of Pause to your own kitchen!

Surprise your partner in crime and eat your way through with the Croque Monsieur, also known as the Pulitzer Tosti: Pause’s most beloved dish. What would you need for 2 people?

Ingredients Croque Monsieur

  • Multigrain bread Vlaamsch Broodhuys      200GR
  • Ham                                                                200GR
  • Gruyère Mix                                                   140GR
  • Butter                                                             40GR

Ingredients Gruyère Mix

  • Crème Fraîche                                               125GR
  • Grated Gruyère                                             100GR
  • Mustard                                                           15GR
  • Egg Yolk                                                           10GR
  • Nutmeg                                                            4GR
  • Salt                                                                   1GR
  • Pepper                                                             0,5GR

Method of preparation: Mix all ingredients of the Gruyère Mix in a bowl. Butter the slices of bread. Prepare the sandwich by the following steps: slice of bread – Gruyère mix – ham – Gruyère mix – slice of bread. Lastly, bake the Croque Monsieur in a pan until golden on the top.

We hope to be able to welcome you again with big smiles in April and serve the beloved Pulitzer Tosti, until then, create a little Pause moment yourself at home. Bon appétit!

Pause at Pulitzer

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Pause at Pulitzer

This year’s February is full of celebrations and enjoying the best that life can give – love, family and food. Imagine yourself in sunny Italy, taste as much chocolate as you can during the Chocolate Festival or enjoy delicious Jansz. dishes on Valentine’s Day. Let us inspire you for a visit in February:

Valentine’s Day
If celebrating Valentine’s Day in one of the most romantic cities in the world, is not a reason enough to book your flight to Amsterdam immediately – we don’t know what is! Spend this special day with your beloved one while cruising the canals, stroll through the characteristic streets that the city has to offer and end your day with a romantic dinner.

Speaking about a romantic dinner; during Valentine’s Day romance makes way for a flirt during Sjansz. Poetry, catchy one-liners and delicious Jansz. dishes is what you can expect during Sjansz. with Jansz. on Valentine’s Day. The dimmed lights and unbeatable views on the Keizersgracht Canal and Reestraat will be the setting for the flirtiest night of the year. For reservations please visit the Jansz. website.

When: February 14
Where: Jansz.

Chinese New Year
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year. This event, also know as the Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar; a special occasion that is nearly always marked by family gatherings, food rituals and the color red. Including this event, a unique Dragon Show will be presented at Dam Square, finding its way to the Nieuwmarkt neighborhood. If you are looking for a more intimate place to celebrate; visit Fo Guang Shan He Hua – a real Buddhist temple in the heart of Amsterdam.

When: February 5
Where: Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt neighborhood

Little Italy Taste & Travel
The first weekend of February stands for all the good that Italy has to offer! Get inspired for your next holiday, taste the most delicious products and discover Italy for the first time… or all over again. Relax at an aperitif bar after attending workshops and lectures. An event that suits all guests with the same interest: Italy! For more information and tickets, please visit: http://littleitaly-event.nl/

When: February 1 – 3
Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Chocolate Festival
Do you love chocolate as much as we do? Then the Chocolate Festival is definitely something for you! On Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of February the Beurs van Berlage will turn into a chocolate paradise. Cocoa farmers, traders and chocolatiers from all over the world come together to inspired each other. Besides that you can participate in a variety of workshops and demonstrations, this festival is all about tasting! Find out more on: https://www.chocoa.nl/festival/

When: February 23 – 24
Where: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam