trakteren
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What does 'trakteren' really mean?

Just that one little Dutch word can send everyone running. Children because it's exciting and usually something delicious, adults because it's just one more of those things expected from you when living in the Netherlands. Anyone living…
dutch snacks
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Five Dutch snacks that will clog your arteries

As I eat my way through the delicious high in fat, high in sugar Dutch snacks, I often wonder why I don’t see more obese people in the Netherlands - then I almost get run over by a bike and realise that they have institutionalised exercise…
roof top
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DeDAKKAS: A new green pavilion restaurant on the roof of a parking garage!

Saturday the 10th of June saw the start of the crowdfunding campaign for DeDAKKAS – a new green pavilion restaurant on the roof of the Kamp parking garage in the center of Haarlem.   DeDAKKAS is a project which has known challenges…
Bart
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Masterchef winner opens own restaurant.

If you've ever wanted to take a seat at Masterchef winner Bart van Berkel's table, you will soon get your chance in the center of Haarlem. The winner of the tv-programme Masterchef will open the doors of his very own restaurant on the 10th of…
European Cheese

30 European Cheeses to Try (Or not)

Do as the Europeans do and eat cheese. Have you tried any of these European cheeses?   1) Afuega’l Pitu, Spain Its name is derived from the local  dialect and means “choking cake”, because its unusual texture can make it…
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TORTA PASQUALINA, EASTER PIE FROM LIGURIA

At home we always eat this savory pie for Easter. It is, together with pesto, the most classic and recognizable dish from Genoa and was made every year by my grandmother Maria, my father's mother. As a child I thought it was wonderful…
Salmon
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EASTER SPECIAL: OVEN-BAKED SALMON WITH HONEY AND MUSTARD

This is one of my most popular recipes and a guarantee for success ;-). Try it out and enjoy the cooking, the meal and the company without any stress. Buon appetito! This is a very simple recipe I made with my experiments-in-the-kitchen…
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Memories linked to childhood favourite food

Does the culture we are raised in influence what we remember about our favourite childhood food? Would the Dutch differ in this from Expats? And if so, how? We discussed these questions with participants of an event in Amsterdam on ‘Taste,…
Warung Mini Den Haag
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Warung Mini in Den Haag

'For nearly two decades Warung Mini on the Amsterdamse Veerkade in The Hague’s city center has been a popular place to eat for the locals in (and outside of) The Hague area. Warung Mini literally means 'small shop' in Indonesian, which…
Belsazar Vermouth
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New Summer Drink: Belsazar Vermouth

Vitamin D gives us the boost we so desperately seek and it tempts us go outside and socialize with everyone, everywhere. Dutchies know how to party, especially with the combination of sun and drinks. There is good news for you! There is exactly…
Tokorico tempeh roti
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Tokorico: A little slice of fire and spice on the Botermarkt

In need of some exotic Suriname cuisine to warm up these winter nights? Or perhaps you’re hitting the January sales and need a quick, tasty lunchtime fix? Then consider Tokorico, a little takeaway joint on the Botermarkt which opened in April…
TONY'S CHOCOLONELY BEER
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TONY'S CHOCOLONELY BEER!

From now Tony's Chocolonely makes also beer! Available since yesterday, 1 January 2017. Tony's Chocolonely makes Tony's Chocolate Milk Stout makes together with brewery Prael. Beer that tastes like chocolate? Sounds worth tasting it. This…
Winteland Hoofddorp
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Winterland Hoofddorp

Experience a true winter wonderland at Winterland Hoofddorp. An ice rink in a fairytale atmosphere, crackling fireplaces, hot glühwein and delicious winter dishes. The Town Hall Square has been transformed into Winterland Hoofddorp. A place…
Haarlem Connect 2016
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HAARLEM CONNECT 2016: THE EVE, THE MOVIE, THE PHOTOS

It was a night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. It was great to see you there. Here are the movie and the photos. Can't wait to see the movie or the photos? The Haarlem Connect…
Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016
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Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016

For the fifth time Winkeliersvereniging Raaks, Café Brilliant and Jopenkerk Haarlem join hands to organize the Haarlem Winter Beer Festival. The Haarlem Winter Beer Festival is this weekend, on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, 2016.…
Kerstmarkt Haarlem (Photo: Haarlem Marketing)
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Overcrowded Christmas market Haarlem in the top 5 of the Netherlands

The Christmas market in Haarlem is one of the biggest in our country. And overcrowded. The municipality expects this weekend more than 200,000 visitors! You are warned.   In the second weekend of December the city centre is completely…
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ProefPark Haarlem final weekend of August

The summer edition of ProefPark Haarlem will be held from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th, August 2016. What is ProefPark? ProefPark is a festival of cuisine from all around the world offered in food trucks! Participants include What Els, Ecopizza,…
Jopen glass (from haarlemmarketing.nl)
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Haarlem Culinair Craft Beer Festival - This Weekend!

This weekend Jopen will organize a craft beer festival at Boereplein (behind Jopenkerk Haarlem) on both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 until 18:30. Around 20 brewers will be there. The Brewers Saturday August 6th Sunday August 7th Bierbrouwerij…
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Rrrollend Foodtruck Festival in Hoofddorp

This year there will be the first edition of Rrrollend Hoofddorp! They promise to have "De beste foodtrucks en de lekkerste gerechten".  Rrrollend Hoofddorp! Program Friday August 19, 16.00 - 23.00 h. Saturday August 20, 12.00 - 23.00…
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New: Licor 43 Orochata, The secret of Southern Spain

We can sip this summer a brand new liqueur: Licor 43 Orochata. It contains 'Licor 43 Original' and is inspired by the refreshing regional specialty, 'Horchata' naturally made from almond milk. What you can expect from this unique newcomer? A…
Haarlem Culinair
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Haarlem Culinair is here!

Get ready to gorge yourself on the delicious culinary treats that Haarlem has to offer.  It's that time of the year when the Grote Markt in the center of Haarlem is turned into a foodie paradise. Restaurants in Haarlem are offering their…
Kloosterkeuken
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Time to Romance: Best Places in Haarlem to have a date

Whether you need a romantic spot to impress a new found love, rekindle an existing romance or just have your weekly date night. Haarlem has many spots from fine dining to magical walks. It is hard to narrow it down, but we gave it a go. So forget…
blue wine
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Blue wine, a hit on terraces this summer?

It looks more like a sports drink or windshield wiper fluid than wine, but blue wine seems to be popular on restaurant terraces in 2016. Horeca Connoisseurs declared blue wine as the terrace hit of the summer. Vincent Janssen, importer of…
Louisiana
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Expat Food Cravings: Where to fulfill them in Haarlem

As an expat you are bound to have at some point the cravings. The cravings? Yes, you know suddenly you miss a certain type of food from home. Sometimes it is simply some food you were used to, but it can't be found here. Or it is a food…
Red light cocktail

Red Light Cocktail

With splashes of  genever (Dutch gin, or jenever in Dutch), orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and frozen raspberries, this cheeky cocktail owes its name to its sexy scarlet color, reminiscent of that infamous Amsterdam neighborhood. Calling…
Kleverpark Festival
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Kleverpark Festival 2016

The 32nd edition of the Kleverpark Festival is upon us and even more fun, more surprising, more exciting, more comprehensive and instructive than previous years. Kleverparkweg, Schotersingel and Van Ostadestraat and Kleverpark change…
Dutch Beer Week
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Dutch Beer Week

Today starts the Dutch Beer Week (20-29 May, 2016).  The Dutch Beer Week (Week van het Nederlandse Bier) is an annual event occurring in late spring that focuses on promoting Dutch beer culture. About Dutch Beer Week Feeling that the…
Food Revolution Day
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Food Revolution Day 2016

. Food Revolution Day . May 20th . 2016 in Amsterdam . . . . . . . . Fifteen Food Symposium . Dedicated chefs and food influentials are cooking from the heart and getting involved in #FoodRevolutionDay during a food symposium at Jamie Oliver’s…
Seinfestijn
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Seinfestijn: A food & lifestyle market in the heart of Haarlem.

Immerse yourself in the cozy, casual atmosphere of this small festival and get pampered with delicious food, inspiration for your home and find fun and original gifts for the people around you and of course for yourself.  The Seinfestijn…
PolderGoud
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PolderGold

'PolderGoud' (PolderGold) is a new festival of Jopen Beer and Je Suis Energy. At this festival visitors enjoy music, activities, food and beer! During PolderGold there will be the 1st edition of the "Happy Hoppy Beer Games'; various…