BEHIND THE SCENES
On Super Disco Breakin’, from their classic 1998 album Hello Nasty, the Beastie Boys rapped: ‘Sometimes I like to brag, sometimes I’m soft spoken. When I’m in Holland I eat the pannenkoeken.’ I’ve often found it wise to follow the advice of the Beastie Boys to the letter, so I knew exactly what would be on my plate in Amsterdam. Legend has it that Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock came up with the line after visiting the Upstairs Pannenkoe kenhuis, a tiny restaurant with only four tables at the top of a steep staircase in a traditional Dutch house that dates back to 1539. Squeezed into a corner table, I ordered the apple, bacon and cheese pannenkoeken (pancake). It was exquisite. Sorry, sometimes I like to brag.