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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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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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Moshi Moshi Fair 2018

Saturdays are usually a time for us to be lazy but we made an exception for Moshi Moshi Fair 2018. Inspired by the traditional Japanese matsuri, Moshi Moshi Fair came with the promise to allow visitors to experience Japanese Culture at its best. This year it was located in Amstel Park. Japanese Festivities There were a few traditional Japanese games like fishing for prizes or using a small gun to hit a target. However, food was probably the main stage here. Delicious…

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Small Asian Market Haul

We typically buy more from the Asian markets in Amsterdam but we didn’t want to walk away with half the store and settled for some of our favorites. Tao Kae Noi The package says spice but these are very mild slices of bakes seaweed. It can be easily made at home with the right spices but since we were out of seaweed, I just grabbed a pack. It’s a super light and delicious snack! The seaweed flavor is strong though…

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Homemade Whipped Cream

Slagroom is the Dutch version of whipped cream. But the price for 1 can is the same as paying for 4 bottles in America. Sander doesn’t like whipped cream. So 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 thing I’ve ever tasted. They put it on tarts and her son…

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Thanksgiving in Holland

Long time readers know 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 in it. Family, friends, everyone…

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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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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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