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Published on November 25, 2012, by John in Netherlands Life.

For those of you back in the US wondering, the Dutch don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but that didn’t stop us! After working through the holiday (Thursday and Friday), we went to hang out with our friends Ben and Huong. We checked out the awesome Eindhoven market, where we loaded up on halal lamb, beef, and chicken,

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Published on November 22, 2012, by John in Netherlands Life.

Now that all you Americans are sitting around eating turkey (Happy Thanksgiving by the way!), I can introduce you to our new friends: Sinterklaas and the Black Petes! Christmas is a little different around here… In Dutch tradition, Santa Claus (Sinterklaas) was a real person, with a pretty creepy origin story. Every year he gets

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Published on November 21, 2012, by John in Netherlands Life.

  We are not sure why, but the burgers here taste weird. Different type of meat or different cooking method, perhaps? However, frites with mayo are always a winner, and that fried chicken roll was good! Update: We learned that the roll is a “Loempia”, which is the generic name for spring roll in Dutch.  

 
 
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Published on November 18, 2012, by John in Netherlands Life.

  I’ve been spending my free time (what’s left after apartment-hunting, job-hunting, and generally wandering around Europe) by trying to get a feel for Dutch food. I’m far from a foodie (Jackie still tells the story, with cruel glee, of the time I made a “romantic dinner” including Nutmeg mashed potatoes… there’s a reason it

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  After looking at apartments, John and I spent the evening sipping warm drinks (fresh mint tea and hot chocolate made from real chocolate) and discovering how the Dutch kick off the holiday season. We found a warehouse store with Christmas bulbs, Sinterklass statues, and decorations in every color. John really liked the polar bears,

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