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Homemade Whipped Cream

Slagroom, as it’s called in The Netherlands, is as rich and creamy as it is in the States. Yet, the price for 1 can is the same as paying for 4 bottles back home. Sander doesn’t like whipped cream at all and I don’t see why we should pick up a can for myself. That’s when my wonderful tutor and neighbor, decided to step in. She makes homemade whipped cream for her family, and after trying it, it’s the best…

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Thanksgiving in Holland

Those of you who have stuck around for awhile know that we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving last year. Booker was just a baby and she was so sick at the time… Sander and I weren’t concerned about anything else but the wellbeing of our small pup. I’m so far away from home, in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving so I knew at some point I had to do something. Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for life and everything…

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Food Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Post Halloween Party: Good Eats

As we get older, making time for friends gets exceedingly difficult. One couple even told us not to plan anything until after the New Year! They were booked every weekend in December. First I’ll talk about what we ate (because it’s extra important) and then how the party went. I think it’s important to discuss cultural differences because experiences are unique to each person. I started this blog to express how it felt to live in a country with cultural…

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

There are pros and cons living overseas during  the autumn months. One pro is you get to see the seasons change (I couldn’t previously because California has summer year round). One con, however, is that if I want something very American, pumpkin spice for example, I need to make it myself. Over the past few months I’ve tried recreating some American favorites with mixed results. Before I moved overseas, I never baked so I’m not very confident in my skills.…

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Food Food in South Holland

Mouth watering ice cream at Lekkers

Lekkers is a magical and delectable storefront down in quaint Zoetermeer that features some of the best organic ice cream I’ve ever had. Featuring tarts, a multitude of ice cream flavors and even custom chocolates, it was featured as the best ice cream of South Holland. It’s not hard to see why. The ice cream bar is packed with customers and there are more than enough flavors for any palette. The first time Sander and I stumbled upon it, was when we…

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An introduction to Dutch Gourmet

The Dutch are very family orientated. Any excuse for a get together is a good one. American family reunions center often around a backyard BBQ or a potluck of variety. The Dutch have their own definition of the typical family reunion meal: Gourmetten. What exactly is a gourmetten? In simple terms, it’s a long hotplate that is placed on the dining table, Benihana style. Family members set up enough hot plates to accommodate the mouths to feed. Types of cook-able…

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Dinner at Le Paddock

This year was our first Valentine’s day together but Sander and I are pretty anti-social people. We knew that even though the holiday isn’t very big in the Netherlands (and by big, I mean you won’t see those cute cards that children pass out to classmates sold in the stores here). I believe that here, Valentine’s day is more of an adult event, couples do dinner and women receive flowers or chocolates, etc. So since we didn’t want to have…

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Food Food in North Holland

Dutch Chinese food

Yes, I know, the title is a bit strange. It’s interesting enough to say that each country has their own version of foods from different cultures, but Dutch Chinese food?  Now that is something to talk about. As an American, I’m used to the typical Orange Chicken and Kung Pow Chicken on top of fried rice but the Dutch don’t have any of those things. When I saw the menu, I had to have it explained to me. You buy…

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Proef Park and tasty treats

A delicious treat we were able to experience took place in Haarlem on the 28th of August. Proef Park had their Tasty Late Summer which showcases a variety of unique and savory food trucks. Of course we had to sample bits and pieces of a few select vendors because why try out only one type of good eats when so many are available? We first headed to the Indian food truck, Joeri Tandoeri, because I was so curious about the taste of…

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Food Food in California

Cherry Valley’s Lavender Festival

It’s never officially summer for my family until we’ve been to the annual Lavender Festival that takes place in Cherry Valley, CA. This was the 12th year for 123 Farm, a sprawling estate that helps to bring awareness and an appreciation for organic farming. While they have events year around, the Lavender Festival has been a tradition for my family for the past five years. Demonstrations are held for people who are interested in aromatherapy and other uses of lavender oil.…

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