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Dutch Food: Erwtensoep

The Dutch aren’t well known for their flavorful meals. There aren’t a lot of herbs and spices used in their recipes… But that doesn’t mean that their aren’t delicious meals. And let me tell you, Erwtensoep is an amazingly delicious meal. It’s a simple staple that has been around for ages. And it’s as Dutch as it gets when it comes to soups. Nothing is more traditional than Erwtensoep. Think of pea soup but even better. It’s got the same…

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A Wonderful Dutch Gift Basket

Sander’s boss is such a thoughtful guy. He always puts his employees first and I’ve never seen him without a smile. He was aware that I had Dutch exams to do but had no idea that I had finished them. When he found out that I had passed, he did such a generous thing by putting together a gift basket! It contained a lot of traditional and delicious items so let me share what we got in this Dutch Gift…

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Dutch Food: Appelstroop

It’s been ages since I’ve spoken about the strange things the Dutch eat. So here’s to the start of a new series, Dutch Food. Today I want to talk about Appelstroop! How to eat After I had my appelstroop on toast, I was curious to see how others ate it. Apparently it’s perfect paired with cheese and spread into small rolls. I had neither of these items so I went head first and spread it onto wheat bread. Texture Appelstroop,…

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Indian Food at Himalaya Palace in Aalsmeer

I’m Indian American, meaning I was born in America to parents who were born in India. My brother and I are first generation Americans! Even though I didn’t grow up with a lot of Indian culture, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate it. And my favorite part about being from India, is the food. Oh my gosh, the flavors, the textures, the colors… Indian food is amazing in all areas. Sander, who is Dutch, was never exposed to much of…

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The Dutch and American Treats

The Dutch have a million delicious treats to eat but I always find myself wanting more. I came from California, a place known for taking food flavors above and beyond of what they normally are. I’ve had Mexican and Asian fusion foods, I’ve had gourmet cheese toast, and even brownies that I still dream about. When it comes to what the Dutch groceries sell, the selection is vast but lacking. Many cookies are the same simple vanilla flavors with sugar…

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Tokyo Ramen in Amstelveen

Sander and I love ramen. Maybe a little too much. I’ve often written about Ramen-Ya in Amsterdam. The food there is amazing and we always go when we can. But sometimes Amsterdam is just too far and out of the way to go for a lunch date. And have you seen the downtown parking rates? Just wow. So this time around we decided to visit Tokyo Ramen in Amstelveen. We’ve seen the restaurant many times during our Japan Festivals but…

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How the Dutch celebrate Christmas

The Dutch enjoy the holiday season a lot and festivities begin early! We even saw Christmas treats in our supermarket in October! Sometimes it feels like Christmas season starts earlier each year but the traditions always stay the same. So how do the Dutch celebrate Christmas? Christmas Markets I’ve written about Christmas Markets before but it’s such a huge part of Christmas in The Netherlands. Christmas decorations hang from every store front in America. Outdoor house decorations get larger and…

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How to eat like the Dutch

I’ve lived in The Netherlands for 3 years now! Can you believe it? I hit my anniversary on the 1st of August and didn’t even think about it until a few days later. I’ve got a good understanding on how the Dutch eat. Their dishes are world famous! It’s interesting that Dutch food has so much in common with American food. Of course there are differences but I’ve noticed there are a few ways the Dutch go about meal time…

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Snacks from Australia

A few weeks ago I made a post about Snacks from The Netherlands. I had exchanged a box of tasty treats with a friend from Australia. I’ve had the box long enough now that I can openly talk about what was inside and how it tasted! The fun part of opening a treat box like this is sharing it with Sander. We like to discuss the flavors of various snacks and how we feel about them. It’s a fun experience…

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