kingsday

No.58: King’s Day (Koningsdag)

For a nation which often insists on "normal" behaviour and the following of rules, King's Day is truly nothing of the sort. It's one day of the year where the Dutch break all their self-imposed rules and let lo...
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No. 52: Cocktail sausages

When I first moved to the Lowlands I remember pondering why the selection at my local grocery store was seemingly so poor. I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was missing, but the cramped aisles certainly ...
stroopwafels

No. 48: Stroopwafels

You can’t visit/live in The Netherlands for long without stumbling across the famous stroopwafel. It sounds fairly medieval, but in reality it is a modern day tasty treat. Stroopwafels are made from two very th...
dutchoven

No. 49: Infiltrating English

Dutch people should be proud. Very proud. For such a tiny little country, they've managed to successfully penetrate the English language. Have you ever noticed how often the Dutch are referenced in English exp...
flood

No. 5: Battling it out with water

Many think of the Dutch as a passive peaceful country but let it be known that Dutch people have a mortal enemy; an adversary with whom they have battled for centuries.  Whether it originated from sheer determi...
tulips

No. 9: Tulips

Ahhh....the tulip. An iconic symbol of Holland -only to be topped by the windmill or the clog. You certainly can't get more Dutch than the tulip. Or can you? ;) I will let you in on a little secret. The precio...
salade-compressor

No. 46: Nasty spreads (broodbeleg)

If you've ever worked in a Dutch workplace, you've probably been tricked convinced at least once to chip in a few euros and share a communal lunch.  Yes, the peer pressure was probably hard to resist, and yes, ...
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No.9: Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag)

Have seen my friend? For a nation which often insists on "normal" behaviour and the following of rules, Queen's Day is truly nothing of the sort. It's one day of the year where the Dutch break all their sel...
borrel

No.51: Borrels

Dutch people love a good borrel. Or should I rephrase: they love a good excuse for having a borrel. Borrels are quintessentially gezellig; and gezelligheid is, of course, quintessentially Dutch. Confused? Well...
vlaai

No. 18 : Bring your own cake

If you’ve spent any time in a Dutch office you are sure to quickly notice an abundance of confectionery goods. The larger the office, the more often cake will mysteriously appear around the coffee machine. The ...
hagelslag

No. 3: Hagelslag

The thing that shocks me most about Dutch people’s peculiar eating habits is Hagelslag. I giggled to myself when seeing a room of adult Dutch business men sipping their milk cartons, I was amazed at the pride...