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Pursuit of Noodles: An Autumn Bike Tour

  • Nov 10, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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This is a scenic bike tour in pursuit of a delicious and authentic Japanese noodle soup in a beautiful small town by the Amstel river. A tour to enjoy Amstel in all its autumn glory!


If you like a laid-back Sunday biking and a succulent pork noodle soup for lunch to be enjoyed with some like-minded people…. why not join us? :)

Rain or shine, we commit ourselves, so bring a rain gear. Keep in mind that if it is windy then we might need to bike against the wind during most part of the journey.


Here is the plan:

Meetup location: Diemen Zuid station car parking.

We start from
Diemen Zuid station (metro+train) at 09:30
Coffee break at Amstelveen 10:30
Restaurant Raku, Uithoorn 11:30 ish
Total journey 25 Kilometers (one side)
Map: http://bit.ly/1bs4bZ9


After Lunch we have two options.
Options 1: End the trip at Metro station Westwijk, Amstelveen. You could end the trip and take your bike in Metro (5 KMs).
Map: http://bit.ly/18YzFY6

Options 2: We could bike back through the other side of Amstel and finish our trip in Amsterdam at Cocos pub, Rembrandtplein(40 KMs). Westwijk metro station is in the same route. 
Map: http://bit.ly/HkecyO


You may choose your option after lunch.

Check out the restaurant and the lunch menu: http://www.restaurantraku.nl

http://www.restaurantraku.nl/Raku_lunch_nl.pdf

Since it is a very small restaurant this trip can accommodate only 15 people max. Even then we might need to wait in turn, as booking is not possible. But isn't it worth the wait! and the bike! :)


Important announcement

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Considering the demand we are increasing the number to 20! Restaurant will be opened half an hour early to accommodate us all in one go!! That means 2 things

1) We start early, 9:30 AM sharp, to reach restaurant between 11:30-11:45
2) We call the restaurant and order lunch Sunday when we meet at 9:30 in the morning.

http://www.restaurantraku.nl/Raku_lunch_nl.pdf

All Ramen contains a slice of pig meat(varken vlees) Miso and Soya are just the flavour options if you select lunch menu. Vegetarian food is not possible to order nor another meat (like beef/chicken).

436 Calories Per 100 grams



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  • Kasia

    Thank you guys for a nice day :)

    November 10, 2013

  • Jesus J

    Nice pictures, sky doesn't look so rainy at all! It seems guys that you took the right option challenging the forecasts, for next time I wll buy waterproof pants and throw the dices as well... ;-)

    November 10, 2013

  • Marie-José D.

    Really nice pictures !
    I guess you had a good day together :-)

    November 10, 2013

  • Sanjay

    Okay, all those rain drenched pictures were not posted :D

    November 10, 2013

  • Sanjay

    Good morning :)
    Bad weather understandable... no problem. For those who are coming, I will be there and we leave at 9:30 as planned

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Slawek

      I'm comming!

      1 · November 10, 2013

    • Slawek

      Running 15 min late,[masked]

      November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bad weather. I'll drop out too. See you next time.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sad -but I'm chickening out, guys. :-(

    November 10, 2013

    • Jesus J

      So bad is the weather over there? I start to worry :-(

      November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good morning, it is raining pretty hard and the weather forecast says it will rain till lunch! I am not sure if I want to do long distance cycling in freezing rain ;-) so will join you next time. Sorry about bailing out, hope you all have a great time! Iris

    November 10, 2013

    • Simona B.

      Same here,,,,just woke up and checked forecast but it is too bad for me...i am really sorry cause it looked an amazing trip..will join next time! Have fun! Simona

      November 10, 2013

  • Susan

    Thank you for the detailed info about the food, that's very helpful I don't eat varken, so I will either bring my lunch or change my plans.

    November 10, 2013

  • henry

    Hi All,

    Sorry for the last minute change but I won't be coming tomorrow. I have just received a new deadline for work and will be in the lab all day tomorrow. Hope its a blast

    Henry

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sanjay,

    What exactly is the outward cycling route? Is it Diemen Zuid station (09:30), Amstelveen (10:30) and Uithoorn (11:30)?

    Thanks,

    Paul

    November 9, 2013

    • Sanjay

      Yes from DiemenZuid we go directly to Amstel and then we never leave Amstel till we reach Uithoorn. The coffee break is in 'Loetje aan de Amstel' Cafe

      November 9, 2013

  • Inken

    Sorry, figured today that I don't have suitable gear to go on a longer bike trip tomorrow without getting in a bad mood...

    November 9, 2013

  • Josevi

    Looking forward to meet all of you tomorrow ! :-)

    It is so nice now with all the yellowish leaves

    November 9, 2013

  • Sanjay

    A little bird told me that everyone is practising hard for option #2, the 70 KM ..the ultimate soup burner!
    Little bird also told me that you want to bike in the rain :D

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Venkat

      We all probably have to bike back. 20 bikes aren't gonna fit in one metro. Unless people want to wait in turn for next metros :)

      November 9, 2013

    • Sanjay

      never thought about it as I wanted to bike back ..selfish me

      November 9, 2013

  • Jesus J

    Hi all, specially you on the waiting list :-) What do you think if we meet about 10:00 to avoid overloading the route, follow smoothly the same tour proposed by Sanjay, have lunch at somewhere in Uithoorn and meet the main group later? I found a place that looks nice http://www.eet.nu/uithoorn/grand-cafe-plux

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Jesus J

      Hi Sanjay, as nobody contacted me from the waiting list so far, I considered the best option to join the main group and ride with you all, if possible. Same applies probably to Iris...

      1 · November 9, 2013

    • Sanjay

      Yes Yes :)

      November 9, 2013

  • Inken

    The weather for cast says 70% odds that it rains... Does the trip happen when it pours?

    November 6, 2013

    • Sanjay

      Agree it won't be a laid-back biking then :P

      November 6, 2013

    • Sanjay

      BTW I only see 10% rain chance and it looks sunny

      November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jesus, Sanjay, I would like to join the second group as the main restaurant does not serve vegetarian. Hope thats OK. This means one more official spot is freed up! I will be at Dieman at 9:30am just in case. Look forward!

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Sanjay

      sure, have nice bike!

      November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sanjay - Raku Lunch Menu for me please (soya based Ramen)

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    RAku for me too.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Sanjay

    We can call the restaurant and order lunch Sunday when we meet at 9:30 in the morning. Just made the deal with the restaurant. Another good news for those waiting .. we have 2 spots available!

    November 5, 2013

  • Jesus J

    Hi all! Already 12 of us waiting for a spot for the restaurant... Sanjay, what do you suggest? Apparently, there is a pizzeria close to Raku... it's not the same, I know, but being hungry anything may be fine :-)

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • Jesus J

      It's a pity, Sanjay... Maybe we (on the waiting list) can start one hour later and join you guys of the main group somewhere later...

      1 · November 5, 2013

    • Sanjay

      That's the spirit! How like minded we all are :)

      November 5, 2013

  • Sanjay

    All Ramen contains a slice of pig meat(varken vlees) Miso and Soya are just the flavour options if you select lunch menu. Vegetarian food is not possible to order nor another meat (like beef/chicken).

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sanjay, sorry too for the delayed reply. I am wondering if there is any vegetarian choice? I dont mind which menu, and if possible I would like a miso base. Thanks! Iris

    November 5, 2013

    • Sanjay

      Hi Iris, unfortunately there is no veg dish, all ramen(soup) contains pork(varken vlees)

      November 5, 2013

  • Simona B.

    Hi Sanjay...sorry for the late reply as well! I ll pick the Raku lunch menyu with the miso soup!

    See you at Diemen, and thanks for organizing this...it looks amazing!!

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • henry

    Hey Sanjay, sorry for the delayed reply. I am coming for Utrecht, so I think that I will bike by myself and meet you all there for lunch. I'll have the Raku lunch menu (miso). -

    Henry

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Sanjay

    Everyone, Please let me know if you like to have lunch from Raku restaurant. If yes, then send me your menu choices as well. We need to pre-order in advance. This was suggested by the restaurant so that the regular Japanese customers flocking this tiny restaurant won't have to wait.

    November 5, 2013

  • Susan

    Ideal...cycle to good food.
    Hopefully a spot will open up for lunch, but otherwise I'll join just for the ride.

    November 4, 2013

    • Sanjay

      hmm never thought of such a scenario :) come along!since Venkat is not having lunch you can take his place :) send me your lunch menu choice..as you know we need to pre-order

      November 4, 2013

  • Kasia

    I go for Raku lunch menu (miso), thanks Sanjay!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I presume a regular dutch commuting bike, like my Sparta Pick-up, is OK for this?

    1 · November 2, 2013

    • Sanjay

      Yes of course! It is an easy going very talkative bike ride :)

      November 2, 2013

  • Kasia B.

    M-rajah! I go for the Raku lunch menu since the chopice has to be made right away :)

    November 1, 2013

    • Sanjay

      Okay which ramen? Miso/Soya? and I see you uploaded a picture Raj-kumari... this meetup is going to be full :D

      1 · November 2, 2013

    • Kasia B.

      Soya sounds vegetarian so i go for the other one then Miso :P have a great weekend

      1 · November 2, 2013

  • Marie-José D.

    Wôhw that looks nice!!! Really good organized, well done Sanjay.
    Very attractive with all these nice pictures. Wish you a good day with much fun ;)

    1 · November 1, 2013

    • Sanjay

      Thanks Marie.. but you are the best! :D

      November 1, 2013

  • Sanjay

    Important announcement added to the bottom of description. Check it out

    November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town, but sounds great!

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, will be out of town

    October 27, 2013

  • Venkat

    Check start time :)

    October 27, 2013

    • Sanjay

      :D changed thanks!

      October 27, 2013

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