Going on a two-week vacation and having any type of interest in photography means that you end up taking a lot of photos… and that results in a lot of sorting and editing, which is why it took me a while to get through everything from my recent trip. Hence the delay in putting this post together on some delightful food I devoured while traveling through the Netherlands and France.
The second half of my vacation was split between the two countries, both of which are familiar to me as I had visited them in the past. The time spent in the Netherlands was short, just a couple of days as it was really more a trip for meeting people and less about vacationing in the traditional sense. But it was enough to indulge in a few things. The time in France, which involved five full days there, was longer and that means there was even more time to indulge in some deliciousness. So let’s talk about all the food, shall we?
We enjoyed a mixed bag in the Netherlands. I learned that the word for chicken is “kip” — a handy word to know when I picked up a tandoori chicken sandwich at the train station. I learned exactly how serious the Dutch are about their bread and cheese at breakfast. And then I learned about the glory that is hagelslag, sprinkles — specifically the chocolate ones in this case — that you put on top of your buttered bread.
I now possess a box of milk chocolate hagelslag as well as the dark chocolate stuff in my kitchen cabinets. No regrets. If you can enjoy Nutella on your bread, why not some chocolate sprinkles from time to time?
Now that my ode to hagelslag is out of the way, onto the French stuff. Yes, there were numerous morning trips to the boulangerie to pick up fresh pains au chocolat or brioche, or whatever else struck our fancy. Lots of stops at cafes to sip on coffees as well, plus a trip to a small-town chocolatier closing its doors after decades because the owners were retiring — I indulged in an eclair and came back with a box of chocolates that I’m still relishing to this day. And I made my first trip to Laduree to try some of its macarons (pictured at the top of this post) — while I did feel a bit like a tourist, the macarons lived up to the hype. The Marie Antoinette macaron with its tea and honey flavor was unique and lovely. There was a strawberry candy-like macaron, rose and more. It was wonderful and I do recommend stopping by at least once to try them out.
Also, when in France, it is important to partake in eating crepes. On our final day in Paris, we went to Crêperie Paris Montorgueil, which has a good selection of galettes (savory crepes) and sweet crepes too. As there were already plans for an indulgent dinner that night, we skipped the sweets and I got myself a vegetarian galette that contained potatoes and mushrooms. Because I didn’t want tomatoes, they were nice enough to substitute in a little cream to add some moisture. It was a delicious, hearty meal.
And of course, the trip needed to end with something a little fancy, so dinner that night was at La Fermette Marbeuf, which has some beautiful art nouveau decor — if you end up there, get the signature souffle to finish off your meal.
No surprise — there’s no shortage of delicious food in the Netherlands and especially in France. It’s worth stopping by the well-known spots to try regional fare; they often live up to the hype. Whatever you do, put aside any notions of a diet while visiting — it will be worth it!