Netherlands Local Custom Tips by sammie
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For some people the Netherlands is difficult to find on the globe. The country is so small that the name has to be written in the sea. Do you want to learn the language of Rembrandt and Vermeer? Check out this site, where you can learn Dutch in 2 different courses. A crashcourse and time to learn Dutch. Further more, there is some additional info about the Dutch language.
a kroket in a bread roll
These golden brown fried tasty tidbits can be eaten as a cocktail treat, but they can also be inserted in a bread roll, smothered in mustard, and devoured as a tasty mini-sandwich. The kroket is the larger version of the bitterbal. So if you like bitterballen, you also like kroketten.
Any snackbar has a kroket (among otherthings) for you.
a bunch of bitterballen
Savory Creamy Meatballs would be an appropriate translation of the word 'bitterballen'. These deep-fried meatballs are filled with a beef ragout and have a crispy outside. They are often served at cocktail parties or as a snack with a pre-dinner drink. You eat these tasty deep-fried morsels hot, on a toothpick, dipped in mustard. But you can also leave the mustard behind, as i do because i don't like mustard.
Start your day with a Dutch breakfast: fresh bread with butter, jam, cheese, ham or chocolate sprinkles (hagelslag). Yes: Scatter chocolate sprinkles on your buttered bread. You might also want to eat a slice of Breakfast cake (ontbijtkoek), a cake containing cinnamon. Get yourself ready for the chilly rain, strong wind, wet snow storm or radiant sunny day. The Dutch climate is full of whimsical surprises.
At 10:30 am it’s time for a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee is not just drinking a cup of coffee. The small, strong cup is to be savored while reading the newspaper or conversing at length with friends.
Lunch is another bread and butter meal, the same as breakfast, perhaps served with thinly sliced cold meats. More coffee, tea or milk. An ‘uitsmijter’ will satisfy your hunger. It consists of bread with slices of cheese and/or meat, topped with fried eggs. In winter a simple order of Dutch pea soup will satisfy your hunger and re-charge your batteries.
At 4 pm it's time for tea. Be sure to try a delicious Dutch pastry (appelgebak) or a piece of ‘vlaai’ from the province of Limburg. If you walk past a cafe/restaurant that advertises poffertjes, be sure to walk in and try these mini pancakes with lashings of butter and sugar. If you’re in the mood for a snack while on the move, buy French fries (patat) covered in mayonaise or sate sauce.
At 5 p.m. it's time for a drink, a borrel as the Dutch call it. A nip of Dutch gin served with cheese or nuts or bitterballen.
The choice of food in Holland is as varied as the weather. Restaurants representing Holland’s multicultural backgrounds. But in Dutch homes traditions die hard and the simple meals of potatoes, fresh vegetables, meat, chicken, fish or salad, followed by a milk-based dessert are still favorite. If you ask a Dutch person what is being served for dinner, he or she will first mention the vegetable being served, then the rest.
This is the route
The 11-city marathon covers a course of almost 200 kilometres, this route has to be done in 1 day!. From town to town, over lakes and ditches, between the fields and under the bridges. Hundreds of thousands of spectators brave the cold and cheer the skaters along the route.
Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland, has always been the start and finish. The marathon takes the participants from Leeuwarden to Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, Harlingen, Franeker, Dokkum and back to Leeuwarden.
On enrolment, every participant gets a card which has to be stamped in each town and at a number of checkpoints secretly located along the route. At each town and checkpoint all the competitors and participants have to show their card and have it stamped by hand. A participant only gets his or her 11-city marathon cross if the card is fully stamped and if he or she arrives back in Leeuwarden within the allotted time... and there are always a few who don't make that.
Our prince Willem-Alexander also took part in the Eleven City tour onc, he signed in under a false name. The last tour took place in 1997, and we've been waiting since.
Other Contact: Postbus 569 8901 BJ Leeuwarden
Phone: "De Friesche Elf Steden"
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