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Dutch Easter treats

This is more of a hint of what’s to come. It’s still only February. Even though the Dutch don’t normally celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’d still like to talk about it. But Easter and Paasdagen treats have already made their way into stores. You can say my eyes are bigger than my mouth is! Every time I see goodies that I haven’t tried yet I can’t help myself. So far we’ve only got a small haul but I’ve realized something about Easter…

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Proeflokaal Bregje

It’s been ages since we’ve gone out to eat. Eating at home is cheaper, easier, and just plain wholesome for us. We do, however, belong to a large group of Pokémon GO players. Many of them are blue and it was decided that we needed a night out. So we headed out to a place called Proeflokaal Bregje (Tasting Room Bregje). Monday through Thursday is the three course menu. It comes with an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. I went with…

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Roze Muisjes (Little Pink Mice)

The Netherlands has dozens of old traditions. I’m at the point in my studies where I’m learning about everyday Dutch culture. One chapter discussed parties and events. Now I know we have our American traditions that seem over the top and interesting to read about. I find that the Dutch are particular interested in why I celebrate Thanksgiving. But one Dutch celebration that caught my eye (and taste buds) was the one surrounding the birth of a new baby. It’s…

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Ramen-ya Amsterdam

It’s a big deal when Sander and I go to Amsterdam. We early wake up, have a light breakfast, and pack our bags. See when we plan a day out in Amsterdam, there’s only one thing on our mind – ramen. Our go to place is on the outskirts of the Red Light district, at underground level, but don’t let that fool you. Ramen-ya is home to some of the most delicious hakata ramen we’ve ever had. Hataka refers to…

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Dutch-Oven Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

It’s no secret that I love spicy foods. There’s something about that gentle burn and the acidic flavors that light up my life. However living in The Netherlands makes it difficult. Many spicy foods are mild for my taste buds. I take any chance I can to find something to sate my hunger. A friend of mine shared this recipe with me and it’s just too good to not share. It’s for a super easy Jalapeño Cheddar Bread! I’m a fairly…

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Japan Festival in Amstelveen

The Dutch have a fascination with worldly culture and it’s safe to say that Japan is a popular topic. The Dutch/Japanese relationship goes back over 400 years. With the advances in technology, it’s no wonder that countries are forging new relationships and creating international companies. The Japan Festival is an event strengthens the bond between Japan and the Netherlands. This year the Japan Festival for 2018 took place in the Amstelveen Shopping Centre. Activities started at noon and attendance was…

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October Tokyo Treat Box

I’m pretty good at keeping my spending habits clean. I only pick up what is needed and not what is wanted. Which is why I felt a little itch to indulge this Halloween. One of the things we ordered was the October Tokyo Treat Box. This is a monthly subscription box that has a regular and premium option. We decided to go with the premium option because it includes a drink and a few other items. For now these treats will…

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Apple Buttermilk Pancakes

I love the taste of apple pie. I love the taste of pancakes. This time of the year is perfect for mixing them both into one delicious meal! For months we’ve been using a modified recipe for pancakes and I finally feel like it’s time to share it. But to add a bit of an autumn twist, I’ve added in a few new ingredients that take it to the next level. This is so that my Dutch neighbors can enjoy…

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International Chocolate Day 2018

Today is International Chocolate Day! It’s a bit of a confusing time because there’s a national chocolate day as well. However, today is just another reason to eat and enjoy that delicious dark gold! While I’m all for eating your weight in chocolate, I’ve turned over a new leaf in eating. I still love and would probably die for chocolate. But now I eat a healthy amount of it instead of eating it all in one sitting. So how else…

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