Deliciously Dutch Part IV

This is a continuation of a series of short blog posts about our food experience while traveling through the Netherlands this summer. This journey would not have been possible without the hospitality and friendship of the VanVliet family. They opened their home, shared their lives, culture and the love of country with our family.

The Knapp’s and the VanVliet Family
Anneke and Loek

I  love experiencing different food cultures. May it be the diversity of New York City, the Pacific Northwest, a local pub down the street, or across the Atlantic.  The more I travel the better I understand my own culture. I got the “what”  in my American culture but with traveling, I understand the “why”.

I believe what we choose to eat is a reflection of our traditions, basic values and our beliefs. Americans by their very nature are a very diverse Heinz 57 grown variety. While traveling, I see the nuances, how  traditions are adapted to our way of life, and where our traditions began. I also experience the desire of other cultures to take on some of our American characteristics. It is amazing journey and I hope to continue to rediscover my culture by discovering other cultures.

I can’t resist sharing a few more images with you.

Oh! So good! Dutch pancakes with sliced apples, cinnamon and sugar

The Dutch contributed to the American culture and they are proud of their history. They are especially proud of their influence on the development of New York. One of America’s greatest cities.
There is no other way to describe Ginger Ale.
I think this photo speaks for itself.

32 thoughts on “Deliciously Dutch Part IV

  1. so we will see your dutch holiday with your eyes….the pancake look so yummy , somebody was telling me that these are so much better than the thicker american pancakes.and velva….jaggery is unrefined cane sugar which is brown and is made by heating the cane juice till it crystallizes…the crystallization is incomplete though n results in a fudgy mixture which is shaped like round balls or rectangular bars…it is very high on minerals .see this …


  2. The photos are great! I would love to try those pancakes, yum! I definitely agree with you that when traveling in other countries, we learn about other cultures but also learn about our own as well.


  3. i would like a dutch pancake (or three)(or five) with apples and cinnamon IMMEDIATELY. good grief, i didn't realize that's what i wanted to have for supper, but it is!


  4. I love what you said: \”The most basic way for people to share and sustain their bonds with one another is through the simple grace of sharing a meal.\” I can't agree more (esp. being Chinese and all the cliches that entail… LOL) This post is yet another proof of the tagline of your blog. Love it!


  5. Ah! So many great places to go, so little time (and money)! I really want a good hunk off that Dutch pancake! Thank you for the gorgeous pics…I've got a serious case of wanderlust now!


  6. Hi Velva, I share the same sentiment as you with regard to traveling, discovering & experiencing different cultures and food. One other interesting bit for me is 'HOW' people from different cultures eat their food. In Malaysia & in my own heritage, it is common to find people eating using their hands instead of a fork and spoon :).


  7. Hi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. You have a very nice one too. Those dutch pancakes look awesome. I'll have to try those out sometime. Thanks, and keep visiting/following.


  8. I was there in my early twenties and it was my first experience with Europe…I saw women in their late eighties riding bicycles around the city…and many other interesting things that still linger in my mind!


  9. Velva, this is a very sweet post. I, too, appreciate the education and insight that comes with traveling. You are fortunate to know such kind people as the VanVliets, it sounds like you are having an incredible experience. I love the photo of the woman under the umbrella. Was it that sunny? Or did she feel prettier under that dainty umbrella?


  10. Got to love those pancakes (crepes)! They looked almost too good to eat… Was that a brown sugar sauce or caramel drizzled on top?It sounds like you travel like me: the culture and history of the place is inextricably linked to the food and food history. It's hard not to eat/taste your way through a country (with discipline, of course!).Thanks for visiting my blog this weekend … I'm glad I get to explore around yours now!!


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