eat like the dutch

The Best Dutch Foods EVER GibbsonGirl.com

When you think of the Dutch, what type of food comes to mind? Gouda probably. And maybe herring.

I’m admit it, The Netherlands isn’t my number one choice for cuisine, but the Dutch do have some really tasty dishes. Here are my favorites:

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Cheese sandwiches. But not just cheese sandwiches. Super delicious varieties with mayo, mustard, avocado, and more.

Dutch Coffee #100DaysofMiaPrima

Dutch coffee. Neither an espresso nor an Americano, Dutch coffee is somewhere perfectly in between. And it always comes with a cookies, so there’s that too.

Dutch Kibbeling #100DaysofMiaPrima

Kibbeling. Cheap and delicious.

Dutch Cookie Butter #100DaysofMiaPrima

Cookie butter. Obviously this is one of the best things to ever come out of the Netherlands. Add some hagelslag on top and your mind will be blown.

Dutch Puffed Pancakes #100DaysofMiaPrima

Poffertjes Tiny puffed pancakes. So yeah, they’re awesome.

Dutch Apple Pie #100DaysofMiaPrima

Apple pie tart. Why is this so much better than any apple pie I’ve eaten in America?!

Dutch Stroopwafel Cookies #100DaysofMiaPrima

No words can describe the majesty of the stroopwafel. (By the way, it’s not a real waffle…it’s 1000x better than that)

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Gummies. So. Many. Gummies.

Dutch White Asparagus #100DaysofMiaprima

White asparagus. Okay, yes, it looks…weird. But trust me– it’s delicious!

Belgian Beer #100daysofmiaprima

Belgian beer. Okay, not it’s Dutch per se…but Belgium is so close that their beer in incredibly easy to come by in the Netherlands.

Frites with Curry Sauce in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrima

Frites. Technically also Belgian. But these deliciously cheap fries (complete with Dutch mayo) are everywhere.

Do you have a Dutch favorite that I missed?

tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #86 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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tour de france 2015 in utrecht

I only have a few days left on my Europe trip (nooo!), so I was so happy to find out that’d I’d be leaving on a high note: specifically, the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Utrecht. Honestly, I didn’t even know the Tour started in the Netherlands until a few weeks ago, and I was even more pleasantly surprised to learn that the race started in one of my favorite (and very close by) towns– Utrecht.

The best recipe for a Tour de France celebration? Combine a cool city…

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With lots of selfies…

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…And even more free stuff.

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Awesome spectators…

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..And inspirational cyclists. 

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Needless to say, the day was a blast, and I’m looking forward to following the race as the cyclists continue through the Netheralands and beyond.

Disclaimer: While I throughly enjoy watching and following the Tour de France (and admire the inspirational athletes who compete), I find it very disappointing that women are excluded from the event. Excluding women from high profile events like the Tour de France equals fewer racing opportunities for women, which in turn mean less publicity and support and lower female athlete salaries and prize money opportunities. It’s a big deal, and it’s something we should remember after we’ve enjoyed the excitement and the thrill of events like the Tour de France. (Thankfully, there has been some progress.)

A plus tard and tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #73 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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holland vs. the netherlands

Watch the below. Because I’ve met too many Americans who think the Netherlands is Norway.

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Sarah

This post is #52 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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den haag, the netherlands

Den Haag– the Netherland’s third largest city after Amsterdam and Rotterdam– was a stark contrast to Delft, the small town I visited just a day before. Whereas much of Delft was accessible by foot, Den Haag, also known in English as “The Hague,” required the use of pubic transportation to make good use of the city. Thankfully, as so often is the case when I travel, I was lucky enough to have a very kind bus driver-turned-tour-guide.

Den Haag, The Netherlands #100DaysofMiaPrimaCoffee Shop in Den Haag, The Netherlands

The two main attractions in Den Haag that I was set on seeing were the Mauritshuis, where Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring is located, and the Louwman Museum, a classic car museum that rivals Turin’s Nazionale Dell’automobile.

Below are some of my favorite shots from the Louwman Museum and a few of my favorite paintings from Mauritshuis. Overall, the day trip to Den Haag proved to be a good one– full of diversity: from swan cars and royal chariots to creamy coffee and Vermeer’s strokes of daylight.

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Mauritshuis, Den Haag

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Girl With a Pearl Earring, Vermeer #100DaysofMiaPrimaMy favorite paintings from the Mauritshuis

Tot ziens!

Sarah

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The Miniaturist

the miniaturist

Despite being a praised bestseller, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton eluded my knowledge until my sister suggested I read it. It was a timely suggestion given I had just packed away my life in Pittsburgh to spend two months in Holland before beginning business school. I finished the novel the other day, quite fittingly during a day trip to Amsterdam– where the story takes place. Albeit more than three hundred years ago.

The Miniaturist in Amsterdam #100DaysofMiaPrima

With its magical storytelling, suspenseful plot, and host of well-rounded female characters– all set within the Dutch Gold Age of the seventeenth century– the novel is as much a mirror of the Dutch society years ago as it is of our modern society today. The story reveals how far we have come (and how much farther we have to go) to achieve equality for women, people of color, and the LGBT community.

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I never expected a book about a 1600s Dutch doll house to enliven such subjects. But it does. And eloquently so, supported by almost flawless storytelling (My sister, a writer, claims that parts of the novel are overworked– a byproduct of an author’s first novel, and I don’t disagree. But I’d be lying if I said I disliked Burton’s style.).

For me, the novel was brought to life even more with a trip to Amsterdam’s Hermitage museum, where I visited an exhibit of Dutch guild portraits that expanded my understanding of Dutch society during the Golden Age represented in The Miniaturist. As in the book, the museum revealed a society driven by the desire for wealth (not an inherently bad trait) in which the power of nobility was transferred to merchants and men who could prove their economic worth. Vanity and abuse of power notwithstanding.

Dutch Guild Portrait, Hermitage Museum #100DaysofMiaPrimaWerner van den Valckert, Four Regents and the Patriarch of Amsterdam Lepers’ Asylum, 1624 // Hermitage Museum

There are few contemporary novels that strike me as so layered, so moving, and so poignant as The Miniaturist. If you are planning a trip to Holland (and even if you aren’t!), this book must be on your list.

Tot ziens!

Sarah

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cookie butter (need i say more?)

Ah, cookie butter! The Netherland’s greatest edible invention (second only maybe to stroopwafels). For a mere two euros, you can indulge in what is essentially cookies ground up into a spreadable paste. With speculoos (Dutch for this marvelous concoction) a plenty, I just had to use it for baking. And what better use for cookie butter than to make…cookies!?

Dutch Cookie Butter #100DaysofMiaPrima

I used Averie Cook’s delicious Softbatch Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Cookie recipe and was not disappointed.

Cookie Butter Cookies on Averie Cooksphoto credit // averie cooks

Surprisingly, I’ve only used cookie butter for baking once before (as the filling in these monstrous Christmas cookie sandwiches).

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Any suggestions for more cookie butter recipes? Let’s hear ’em!

Tot ziens!

Sarah

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The day trip was a last minute idea of my sister’s. I had planned to spend more time in s’-Hertogenbosh, but admittedly, I have already more or less exhausted much of what that charming (but small) town has to offer. I knew I wanted to buy a bit of the famous Dutch Delft blauw, so a trip the earthenware’s birthplace made a lot of sense.

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Not only did I find some sweet little pieces of Delft ware for my home, but I also found a very sweet Dutch town that charmed me instantly with its venerable churches, princely abodes, and narrow canals. I can see how Johannes Vermeer (who hails from Delft) was inspired to paint his masterpieces in this quaint Dutch town.

tot ziens!

Sarah

This post is #48 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima.

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