FEBO’s Automat’s Metal Wall of Food

FEBO is a Kind of Institution in Amsterdam

FEBO is a Kind of Institution in Amsterdam

When visiting Amsterdam, if you are eating this far down on the culinary food chain, odds are you are stoned, drunk or starving. I was none of the above, but when we strolled by one of FEBOS’ many automated walls of fried food I was intrigued. It was cold and rainy, and I had a hankering for something warm and fried. I may travel the world, but I was raised in the American south and, for some reason, comfort food from a soulless stainless steel vending machine seemed somehow appealing.

FEBO's Metal Wall of Food

FEBO’s Metal Wall of Food

“Rundvleeskroket” or Beef Croquette from FEBO

I had the “rundvleeskroket” or the Beef croquette. FEBO’s website (through Google Translate) describes it as a “Crispy pastry of creamy ragout, made from fresh broth and Dutch beef.” The coating is almost like Japanese panko breadcrumbs. You have to be careful when you bite into it, or the thick, starchy gravy will squirt out. There didn’t seem to be anything inside resembling meat, but the crunchy exterior and the warm filling made it, and I hate to admit it, almost tasty. Not worth traveling for, but if you are in Amsterdam and you want to give it a try, why not?

There are Other Options Available at FEBO, Each as Appealing as the LAST

There are Other Options Available at FEBO, Each as Appealing as the LAST

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn’t intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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  1. If you go to a real Dutch fast food kiosk or store (a Patatzaak or French fry shop), you can actually get freshly fried rundvleeskroket and they are great! Much better than from the FEBO but the FEBO is open at 4AM…

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