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Food Food in North Holland

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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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

My favorite iced tea flavors

It’s no secret that tea and water is all I drink. Water is my go to drink when we go out to eat, or celebrate with friends. Tea isn’t as simple to ask for so I never do. I’m not a fan of prepackaged teas either. Many of them have added sugar that make me feel disgusting after an hour or so. Instead I prepare my own tea and I do have some select favorites! Rose Hip tea This tart…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

How the Dutch eat fries

I’m missing out on the 4th of July celebrations back home. To help lighten the mood, I’m going to share a bit of information I have about the Dutch and fries. I came from America so all I know is “a side order of fries please.” I had no idea what was in store for me when I moved to The Netherlands. The Dutch are serious about their fries and have a variety of ways to enjoy them. All about…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

How to create a gourmetten spread

Spending time with family is very important to the Dutch. Since The Netherlands is such a tiny country, it’s pretty easy for family to get together for the holidays. One very popular and easy to prepare meal setting is the gourmetten spread. I’ve mentioned it previously but I’ve never talked about how to recreate one. If you come from America, picture something like a Korean BBQ at home. You gather together and spend time chatting in a comfortable environment with friends…

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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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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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Food Food in North Holland

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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