Posts Tagged With: Cafes

Coffee and apple pie (Or: Bagels & Beans)

I was looking through my phone recently and I came across a few photos that I had taken earlier in the year when Marco and I went to Bagels & Beans here in The Hague. The first time I had ever had a mochaccino… it was pretty tasty! I generally go for black coffee, but this choice was not to be ignored.

Cappuccino, mochaccino and apple pie at Bagels and Beans, The Hague

Marco’s cappuccino above and my mochaccino below

And a look at the apple crumble:

Apple crumble at Bagels & Beans, The Hague

 

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Palace Garden (Or: Enjoying a day off)

As I mentioned in my last blog post, Thursday was a holiday here in the Netherlands – Ascension Day (40 days after Easter). It was also Liberation Day (Dutch | English). For most people, that is only an official holiday every 5 years (2015, 2020, …) so most people had the day off because of Ascension Day.

But the reason Thursday was so great was the weather – 18c, or low 60s. A great day of sun that almost everyone got to enjoy. Since Friday we’ve been in the 70s.

Marco and I went to Hometown Coffee where I again ordered my iced mocha coffee. Yum! Marco got a blended cappuccino. Due to the good weather we decided to take a walk. Somewhere along the way we decided to go to the Palace Garden (Paleistuin in Dutch) where we found a bench to soak up some sun and watch the kids play on the playground.

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And that’s the thing – good weather is precious here in the Netherlands and something to enjoy. The city comes alive in this time, with the outdoor cafés crowded, every table in the sun taken. It’s a great time!

(And here is a shoutout to my mom on this Mother’s Day!)

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On the rocks (Or: Hometown coffee)

On Sunday Marco and I went to Hometown Coffee. It was Easter but a lot of cafés and restaurants were open regardless. This cafe is close to Spui Buitenhof (a movie theater) and Popo’s, a Mexican restaurant.

I ordered my favorite drink there: iced mocha coffee on the rocks. Yum!

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Almost spring time (Or: The last reminders of winter)

Here is a photo of a mural on the side of Eat Company, a café near the Grote Kerk:

Eat Company The Hague winter graffiti

And here is link to the artist Sophia den Breems. Nice work!

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Pim café in The Hague (Or: Over on Wagenstraat)

For Valentine’s day, Marco and I visited Pim, a café on Wagenstraat. They have a “breakfast for 2” on their menu which I thought might be interesting to try out. While they have another café on Prins Hendrikstraat, the one on Wagenstraat has only been open since September.

The ambiance was pretty nice, beginning with the flowers on the table:

Pim cafe Wagenstraat Den Haag flowers

There was also a foosball table hanging on the wall:

Pim cafe Wagenstraat Den Haag wall decoration

And here is a look at the breakfast for two. Two large croissants, four pieces of brown bread, four pieces of white bread, orange juice, coffee, hummus and a few vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, paprika).

Pim cafe Wagenstraat Den Haag breakfast for two 1The blue plate was awesome…

As you can see below, there was also cheese, ham and two cooked eggs. I am not a fan of eggs in general, so luckily Marco was willing to eat mine as well.

Pim cafe Wagenstraat Den Haag breakfast for two 2

But definitely a nice breakfast – very filling!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (Or: Wait, what? Really?)

Marco and I went to Marks and Spencer for coffee and noticed along the way that the Christmas items were out. It’s not November yet, but I am sure Christmas items have been out by American stores for at least a few weeks. Halloween and Thanksgiving be damned, of course.

I have to admit that the Christmas tree cookie by the coffee was a nice, cute touch:

Christmas tree cookie and coffee, Marks and Spencer

And the Christmas section included ornaments, Christmas cards and wrapping paper and snow globes and…

Christmas items by Marks and Spencer in The Hague 2015

I didn’t buy anything. But I do like looking. Marco, the good husband that he is, rolled his eyes politely but came along.

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Art cafes and singed buildings (Or: Amersfoort photos)

As mentioned in a previous blog post, Marco and I visited Amersfoort for our second anniversary. I took some photos of the Eemplein, a shopping area not far from our hotel.

Eemplein in Amersfoort

KAdECafe in Amersfoort

The inside of the KAdECafé, a cafe attached to an art hall.

You can read more about the KAdECafé here.

Random building in the Amersfoort

A strange looking building not far from the plein, deliberately painted to look as if it had recently survived a fire. At least that is what I guess…

Free refills at the Burger King in Amersfoort

There is also a Burger King right by the hotel we stayed at. The crazy thing was they had free refills, which mirrors the American system — you order a drink and are given the appropriate size cup to go with it. Then you can dispense the drink yourself (with the soda fountain shown here).

Let’s just say “free refills” are an all but unheard of concept here in the Netherlands. The only exceptions I’ve seen are at some of the buffets.

Only a few more days until a nice, relaxing weekend!

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A view of fishies while you eat (Or: M C Escher)

A few weeks ago, Roger, Marco and I went to the café in Marks and Spencer for mid-afternoon coffee and cake. Yum! At some point I looked over Roger’s shoulder and finally noticed what should have been glaringly obvious as soon as we walked in. There was a fish staring back at us!

 

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M C Escher’s Three Worlds; click to see a slightly larger version

It is a lithograph by Dutch artist M C Escher, “Three Worlds” (Wikipedia). Hopefully the picture above gives a good sense of the enormity of this copy – the fish itself is pretty much the size of an adult human!

Here is a close-up:

M C Escher Three Worlds at Marks and Spencer 2

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The black and white colors blend in nicely with the the rest of the café as well. If you’re in the area (the central part of The Hague) make sure you check it out!

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Outside with coffee (Or: Last day of summer)

Marco and I went out today for a cup of coffee, eventually ending up at the Buitenhof plein. The main reason for doing it today was that the temperature will drop after some rain tonight – and that marks the end of summer. Although I guess we should be glad we made it to October with 20c/68f days!

cup of coffee in The Hague

 

Of course with the beginning of autumn, you get to look forward to the upcoming holiday season. Unfortunately Halloween (English | Dutch wikipedia) isn’t as big here as it is in America (although it is growing in popularity).

And the changing leaves, and the crispness of the air…

But still, I am going to miss being able to have a cup of coffee outside.

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Helemaal geen probleem (Or: Done with the tests)

On Thursday I took the remaining two tests for my B2 Dutch course – het was helemaal geen probleem. It was not a problem at all. The first test was a one on one speaking test with the teacher for 15 minutes. I did get a bit off track with one of the questions but was able to save it.

Due to the scheduling, that test was from 6:45 – 7:00PM and the following test (listening) was at 8:30PM. Because of that, I asked Marco to come with and wait downstairs, and after the test was done we walked to Hema. We had coffee and shared a chocolate chip cookie.

coffee and cookie by Hema

Of course, the chocolate cookies aren’t quite as awesome as the white chocolate cranberry cookies by Hema… yum!

I must admit to being happy – I thought I would have been more nervous during the speaking test. The listening test was also fine, so I know I passed the course. There are still two “lessons” to go – we are on vacation next week, and then the following Tuesday we receive the results and on Thursday we have a party.

Party time!

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