Sunday, June 30, 2013

Dutch Vocabulary Lesson: Food and Drink

View from hotel room in Amsterdam
Common words on Dutch menus
SAPPEN                                             JUICES                                                                   
Sinasappelsap                                      Orange Juice
Applesap                                              Apple Juice
Grapefruitsap                                      Grapefruit Juice
Tomatensap                                        Tomato Juice
SMOOTHIES                                      SMOOTHIES
Ananas                                               Pineapple
Ardbei                                                 Strawberry
Yoghurt                                              Yogurt
Sinaasappel                                         Orange

Frisdranken                                         Soft Drinks
Chocolade                                          Chocolate
Warme Chocolademelk                     Hot Chocolate
Wijnen                                               Wines
Bier                                                    Beer
Appel                                                  Apple
Appelgebaken                                     Apple pie or tart  (one of my favourites!)
Aardappel                                           Potato
Basilicum                                            Basil
Broodjes                                              Sandwiches
Chutney                                               Relish
Chocolade Saus                                   Chocolate Sauce
Chocolade Gebaken                            Chocolate Cake
Chocolade Ijs                                      Chocolate Ice Cream
Dille                                                     Dill
Diverse Vissoorten                              Assortment of Fish
Franse Friet                                          French Fries
Gerookte Zalm                                     Smoked Salmon
Gerookte Kipfilet                                 Smoked Chicken
Geroosterde Paprika                             Roasted Bell Peppers
Gefrituurde Garnalen                           Fried Shrimps 
Garnalen Kroketjes                              Mini Prawn Croquettes
Ijs                                                         Ice Cream
Kaas                                                     Cheese
Kaastengels                                          Deep-Fried Cheese Sticks
Kreeftensalade                                     Lobster Salad 
Kaas Broodje                                       Cheese Sandwich 
Komkommer                                        Cucumber
Knoflookcroutens                                Garlic Croutons
Kippendijen                                         Chicken Thighs
Kip                                                       Chicken

Olijven                                                 Olives
Osenworst                                            Beef Sausage

Pindasaus                                             Peanut Sauce

Roomkaas                                            Cream Cheese
Rucola                                                  Arugula
Rosbief                                                 Roast Beef

Schaaldieren                                         Shellfish
Spinazie                                                Spinach
Selderij                                                 Celery
Slaagroom                                            Whipped Cream

Tomat                                                   Tomato

Uits                                                       Egg

Vanille Ijs                                             Vanilla Ice Cream
Vlamse Friet                                          Belgian Fries

Zongedroogde Tomaten-Pesto              Sundried Tomato Pesto
Zalm                                                      Salmon

Reckoning Alstublieft                           Bill, please
Zonder Slaagroom                                Without Whipped Cream (The Dutch like it on everything)


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An Anniversary and A Dutch Treat, Part Two

Our Trip to The Netherlands

Part Two: Scheveningen

After a week in Amsterdam, we drove to Scheveningen, which is a small city on the North Sea, near The Hague. "Scheveningen" is such a hard word to pronounce and to spell, it was used as a Dutch language test for spies during World War II.

We stayed at The Kurhaus, where we also stayed on our honeymoon. The Rolling Stones played there--and were booed off the stage--in August 1964, in their first performance outside The UK. (M pointed out , "They didn't do so badly afterwards!") Stevie also played there.

We often ate at this Italian restaurant with its patio just outside the hotel.
Our room overlooked the beach and sea.
Click the photo to enlarge it.
You'll see a motorboat, a sailboat and a tall ship.

 "Which would you choose?"    ;-)

We walked through Westbroek Park and saw geese relaxing beside a pond.
Bookstores, and print books, are still very popular in The Netherlands.
The Hague is the seat of Parliament and where the new king, Willem Alexander, lives. We found some souvenirs in this covered pedestrian area, The Passage.
After a week, it was time to say goodbye to the sunset over the North Sea
and return to Amsterdam.
Last Day in Amsterdam
We had an afternoon and night in Amsterdam before flying home. We went for a walk and found some delightful shopping near our hotel, at the Nine Streets.
Bicycles and bridge on the Prinsengracht, not far from the Anne Frank House.
Mint Tower
The Pulitzer Hotel's sculpture garden
The Pulitzer Hotel is comprised of connected, renovated 17th century canal houses on the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht. Spanning the two canals are gardens.  It also has its own art gallery. Yes, it's the same Pulitzer family as the people who award the Pulitzer Prize.  :-)

The Rolling Stones played here, too; but more successfully than at the Kurhaus!

And so did this fellow...

Dylan in the Pulitzer bar
"Like a Rolling Stone"?
Tot ziens!

Monday, June 10, 2013

An Anniversary and A Dutch Treat!

An Anniversary and A Dutch Treat

M and I just came back from two weeks in The Netherlands, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.

We returned, for the first time since 1993, to the place we had our honeymoon.

Part One: Amsterdam

Amsterdam's floating flower market on the Singel canal.

After window shopping on the Bloor Street (or Fifth Avenue) of Amsterdam, P.C. Hoofstraat, we took a break here.
Our room in the Pulitzer Hotel overlooked a canal and the glass-ceilinged tour boats.
On the one rainy day, we had tea in the lobby of this stunning, newly renovated hotel. The Conservatorium was a 19th-century music conservatory. Two buildings are joined by this atrium.
Tomorrow I'll continue our tour with a look at Scheveningen, on the North Sea....
Tot ziens!