Horsemeat yay or nay (Photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)
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Horsemeat: Yay or Neigh?

While the horsemeat scandal highlighted the aversion many have to eating horse, Lisa Wisker – the daughter of a horse butcher – says it only boosted business. “The same day the story broke in the newspapers, there were lines down to the…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer (Photo: Luca Coppola)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem turned into the Temple of Beer

The most amazing thing in Holland is the attitude to consider that nothing is useless.. and that everything can produce income taking on a new value in the function of a new activity. This concerns particularly the new destinations of old churches.…
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Spaarne 66, second best terrace!

Haarlem's restaurant "Spaarne 66" has ended as second best in the contest "Best Terrace of the Netherlands". The jury of the Misset Terras Top 100 was overwhelmed by the warmth of this family business which consists of mother Marianne Lemmers…
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Free Festival: Haarlem Culinair

Once a year the biggest free culinary festival within Haarlem takes place in our wonderful city centre. In 2014 even more restaurants will show their culinary creations at the 20th edition of Haarlem Culinair! The organisation of the culinary…
Jopenkerk in Haarlem, the temple of Haarlem's beer (Photo: Fashion Lady Lovely)
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Jopenkerk in Haarlem, the temple of Haarlem's beer

It is well known that the Dutch love beer,.... so much that they created a temple in glory of this delicious and surprising beverage! The Jopenkerk opened in November 2010 in the old Jacobs church. When you enter this church you enter a world…
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Gluten and wheat free chocolate cake

Searching for a gluten and wheat free yummy chocolate cake??! If you don't mind some passing traffic and like sitting on a terrace across the water, then I suggest you to visit Brasserie Appel at the Spaarne. I just tried a piece…
Patxaran in Haarlem, the true flavor of Spain
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Patxaran in Haarlem, the true flavor of Spain

Wouldn't you like to feel like in Spain, in a real tapas bar in the Vasc country choosing pinchos from the bar and collecting your toothpicks? The answer: Patxaran! Now you can feel like being in Spain when you get into the Patxaran…
Beach Body Diet Tips (Photo: Fitness Magazine)
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Beach Body Diet Tips

With the summer sun heating things up, it’s time to shed those heavy clothes or better yet, hit the beach or pool to cool off. With that thought in mind everyone seems to be gearing up to show off their toned beach bodies. As health and…
Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")
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Kanen bij de Kerk ("Eating at the church")

This summer, the Boerenplein (Farmer Square) next to the Jopenkerk is one of the nicest places in Haarlem. For many reasons. One of them: eight Sundays long fresh and healthy food enthusiasts can sit at long tables next to food trucks for lunch,…
Luilak Day
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…
The Italian ice cream goes on tour from Florence to Amsterdam (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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The Italian ice cream goes on tour from Florence to Amsterdam

"Gelato Festival", the Festival of the Italian ice cream, goes on tour: from Florence to Amsterdam, where the event will take place from August 7 to 10. Do you know that Italian ice cream comes from Italy? Of course! Do you know that it comes…
Appeltaart tuned into a Dutch Cheesecake with no oven (by Appetit Voyage)

Appeltaart tuned into a Dutch Cheesecake with no oven

This is a personal interpretation of the Dutch cheese cake / appeltaart. A quick and easy recipe mixing apples and cinnamon into a delicious cheesecake! I arrived in Haarlem (NL) a few years ago, to taste the life here! I already knew…
Real Espresso in Haarlem (Photo: Nick Ferrara)
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Real Espresso in Haarlem

Looking for a real espresso in Haarlem? Check out Mogador in the Botermarkt. Espresso here is always amazing and in my opinion the best in Haarlem.  
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Piglets in a thick puffy blanket

I adapted the traditional pig in a blanket snack recipe into this so easy and quick one, that it will become one of your must haves in any of your parties! Some years ago, it was difficult to find some ready to cook puffy pastry dough,…
Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow! (Photo: Katherine Strous)
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Haarlem is Ready for Food Revolution Day tomorrow!

Food Revolution Day 2014 is coming on May 16th and it’s happening here in the Netherlands. The Food Revolution Day (FRD) is an initiative organised by famous chef and food activist, Jamie Olivier to inspire people to eat more healthy and to…
expatsHaarlem living on the edge: drinking Chianti wine
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Myth busted: Red wine and chocolate don't make you live longer.

It has been common knowledge for decades: There is something in red wine that also happens to pop up in the chocolate ingredient list and is super healthy! This substance makes up for the bad effects of saturated fat and alcohol and prevents…
Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

Weekend lunch: Quick and Easy Spring quiche

This recipe is a free adaptation of the French quiche but made with spring onion, bell pepper and bacon, perfect for a light lunch or for the weekend! It takes no more than 30 minutes to be ready to serve and it is really quick and…
Restaurant review: Toujours fish & meat
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Restaurant review: Toujours fish & meat

Last week my hubby and I tried a for us new restaurant in Haarlem: Toujours, on the Oude Groenmarkt. We had passed by many times but always doubted about entering. A quick view in the entrance gives a good impression, thanks to the modern, stylish…