So… the Netherlands finally figured out how to do a good summer. Although it might be doing it a bit too well, actually. We haven’t had any rain in about a month and a half (with some crazy exceptions like Twente getting more than a month’s worth of rain yesterday – yikes!) and it has been warm for the Netherlands. Admittedly nothing the US hasn’t seen, but still. I need to apologize to Marco as I always complain about how summer lasts less than a week in this country.
Today it was about 95F here in The Hague, with 96-97F predicted tomorrow. And that’s not even close to the highest temperature recorded in the Netherlands today. Another city called Almelo registered 38.9C or 102.02F at the height of today. Almelo is on the east side of the Netherlands, not too far from Germany.
And how do Marco and I stay cool in a country that doesn’t have much air conditioning in homes? Well, besides water and fans…
The first is freezer pops, or ijslollies in Dutch. A blast from the past and great for the nostalgic feelings.
And the other way is iced cappuccinos. Lekker!
melted asphalt in Groningen, in the north (some cities have been salting the roads to prevent this issue)
fires in the dunes
a satellite image comparing July 2017 with July 2018
some bridges in Amsterdam (and other cities) close for the foreseeable future due to the heat
One more day of heat, and then some relief (high of 78F) and perhaps a bit of rain Saturday morning. Maybe. No end in sight to the drought, though.
Lebkov in The Hague is one of my favorite places to drink a coffee (an americano!) while studying or reading a novel. The latest visit saw me enjoying an americano with a large croissant. Yum!
Here’s a cute little flower at Lebkov, a café in The Hague…
Categories: The Hague
Tags: coffee, Lebkov
is a cafe across from the central library, near the city hall. Marco and I went there a few months back. At that time I snapped this photo:
As usual: I have a black coffee and Marco has a cappuccino
It was quite tasty, with an interesting concept (it is part of a furniture store). There is also upstairs seating.
But what I want to try the next time we go there? That would be the creme brûlée latte. It sounds delicious…
Categories: The Hague
Tags: Cafes, coffee
Work is insanely busy these days! But here is a photo of:
- Coffee! Yum.
- Brownie. Handmade by Marco.
- Vanilla ice cream. Also handmade by Marco!
That’s right – guess who got an ice cream machine for his birthday! Lekker!
Here’s a random photo I took while out walking early one morning last month:
The text reads “Where are you?? At the most beautiful terrace in The Hague!” This is Grandcafé Haagse Bluf, part of the Haagse Bluf upscale shopping area.
And, yet another iced cappuccino and iced chai latte at Hometown coffee.
What can I say… except that they are delicious!
Continuing the trend of “things that remind me of home while visiting America”, Marco and I were in a drug/convenience store by the name of Duane Reade when we spotted some Lotus cookies. Except in America it looks like they are known as “Biscoff” cookies.
They are pretty good with coffee – fairly light, fairly small, so one is just right.
Another fun place Marco and I found while visiting Den Bosch last week was Monkey Coffee. At the time we were actually looking for the local Bagels & Beans (which we also like and I’ve posted about more than once) but we were glad we found this one instead.
Bossche bol at left, Oreo doughnut above. I was also a fan of the pretty coffee glasses.
Like almost every cafe in Den Bosch, you can order a Bossche bol. These are large profiteroles, a bit bigger then a tennis ball. They are covered in chocolate (usually dark) and filled with whip cream. Best served with coffee.
Dissection of a Bossche bol
That was for Marco – I decided to go with a doughnut covered in Oreo bits. It was delicious and very light, just like a typical American doughnut would be. Speaking of that – Marco and I spoke with the owner (?) and he joked that he was glad Dunkin’ Donuts was finally arriving in the Netherlands. At long last, Monkey Coffee will have good competition for doughnuts!
Categories: Den Bosch
Over the weekend Roger made stroopwafel cake. Yum!
Here’s a closeup of one of the slices:
And, for randomness, here is a look at the fall mural for Eat Company, drawn by Sophia den Breems:
Spring 2016 mural || Summer 2016 mural
Last week Marco and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary at the nhow hotel in Rotterdam (Dutch | English). The hotel was designed by Rem Koolhaas and currently holds the title of the largest building in the Netherlands (at 160,000 square meters).
Our room ended up being in the lower left building, in the upper left corner on the 23rd floor.
Where we were going and where we were staying was a surprise on my part – Marco only knew that it was a city in the Netherlands and we would be spending one night in a hotel.
Rotterdam Centraal, the train station. We ended up taking the new metro line E from Den Haag Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal, but that is for another blog post. 🙂