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New: Sugar And Spices Bites
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New: Sugar And Spices Bites

The couple Umang and Jalpa had a clear vision: they wanted to create a place where you can have a casual drink, where you can have lunch or dinner, with the Indian cuisine as a starting point –without the cliché curries-, paired with excellent…
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Renting a Boat in Haarlem

Renting a boat in Haarlem for a few hours in much easier (and more affordable) to do than one might expect. Now that the weather is nice, it might be something to think about doing. This article is a review about my experience with renting…
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Smaak van Italië 2015

Italian flavors, fragrances and emotions, among the avenues of the wonderful Kasteel De Haar. A terrific location for the Italian event of the year in The Netherlands, among the tree-lined avenues surrounded by a beautiful park. And a couple…
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My top 10 terraces in Haarlem for the summer

In the Netherlands, people are so anxious to sunbath that when the sun is showing up you can find everywhere in the streets improvised terraces in front of the doors. This is the Dutch way! In the Netherlands, let's be really clear, sun…
Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem (Photo: Stephi)
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Fresh and authentic Indian food: India Corner in Haarlem

One of my great girlfriends, Carla brought me to her favorite restaurant some years ago. Her hair salon is located next door and she is used to coming for dinner to India Corner. I felt like being at home as soon as we sat down. Miriam,…
Pizzeria Back to Basics
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Pizzeria Back to Basics

Recently the Zijlstraat and a few other streets in Haarlem have attracted new restaurants.. Since I'm a foodie I always happily volunteer wher/whenever possible to test new places. So.. what better than to try 'm out?! I heard good stories…
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Remember Me: not your everyday holiday movie

Ho ho ho! As the days of Christmas are creeping up against us, so are bad, bad music (one word: Wham) and cheesy movies in the category: Boy loses girl, boy works hard to win girl back and in the end they're happily back together, all this…
Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum (Photo: Frans Hals Museum)
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Exploring and Experiencing Emotions in Frans Hals Museum Exhibition

Concerning the exhibit “Emotions – Painted Feelings in the Golden Age,” now showing at the Frans Hals Museum, some of the newspaper headlines I read were: “Emotions, by the Old Masters,” “Pain and Pleasure in the Golden Age,” and…
HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe
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HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe

World of Wanderlust just published the top 13 most romantic small towns in Europe: Haarlem in the Netherlands is among them and scored the 8th position. My beloved Cinque Terre are nr. 4. According to World of Wanderlust if you need of…
ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!
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ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!

Espresso Lounge opened its doors in the Kleine Houtstraat in May this year. It is is a relaxed café with good coffee, cake and sandwiches for a fair price. Plus a special Kids Lounge. During the whole month of NOVEMBER expatsHaarlem Parents…
Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food
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Eating Amsterdam: How to discover Dutch food

What to visit in Amsterdam? What to eat in Amsterdam? What is the typical food in Holland? These are some of the questions I get from all my guests who come to visit Amsterdam. It is always weird to answer what to eat... Dutch cuisine is…
Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”
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Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”

This new book on the bilingual block is the first of a planned series written in both Dutch and English. It tells the story of red headed twins, Kiki and Rembrandt, who move from England to the Netherlands. They have a Dutch mother and their…
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Rotterdam The Hague Airport is worth a try

Recently I wanted to take a trip to Budapest but was outraged that it was going to cost about €400 to fly from Schiphol with KLM. I checked Eindhoven Airport and there the prices were much better and I could buy a round trip for around €60.…
Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014
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Haarlem Photo Club Summer Photo Walk 2014: feedback and photos

Haarlem! Summer! Open Air! Photography! We had the best ingredients for a wonderful PHOTO WALK. A bit of wind didn't spoil our day: 42 photographers having a great day! What about the shoots? Our jury, composed of our Photo Club Team members…
5 reasons to choose for an Omafiets (Granny bike)
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5 reasons to choose for an Omafiets (Granny bike)

When we tell our friends abroad that we have just purchased a new Granny Bike they wonder: ‘What on earth has gotten into them?’ Unrepentant we reply: ‘Because it is the best way of getting around’ Here are the 5 reasons why…
Variée restaurant in Haarlem
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Variée restaurant in Haarlem

Some weeks ago we went to try Restaurant Variée, because I spent the last 2 years passing by but never stopping by! It was time to discover the place and the cuisine. The owners prepared us a special menu and welcomed us as I never had…
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…
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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…
Best Pool of the Year Election (Photo: ANP)
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Best Pool of the Year Election

Summer! And that means (hopefully) nice weather. Time to look where the best outdoor pools are located. The annual Best Pool of the year Election has started again. After the first round two winners by province will be elected. The first…
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…
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.  
Full house for Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt at Stadsschouwburg Haarlem
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Full house for Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt at Stadsschouwburg Haarlem

expatsHaarlem has published an article informing her readers about a free theater show with good reviews: Vuile Was with Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt. Nice! I got a free ticket and last week I saw the young talented comedian Yvonne van den Eerenbeemt…
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…
Duinrell: a fun day out or family vacation
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Duinrell: a fun day out or family vacation

Duinrell is an amusement park located in Wassenaar, close to The Hague and Leiden, approximately 40 minutes driving from Haarlem. It’s wonderfully located in the forest and dunes and nearby a wide beach and the park itself is one of the most…