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Some tasty things I eat in the Netherlands

Caution: This list is totally and completely based on my personal taste and findings.

Elstar apples – with just the right crunchy bite and sourness (I am a fan of sour stuff) – at the moment not available at our Albert Heijn supermarket, so I am waiting for the new harvest and have to do with replacements like Jazz apples, which are of the right taste but too hard for my taste. The Elstar is a Dutch apple sort, by the way.

Calvé LIGHT Pindakaas = peanut butter (pindakaas is actually translated as peanut cheese) – with the light blue cap. I have had peanut butter for the first time in my life here in the Netherlands and this one is really good, I like it on a Wasa sesame cracker. The non light (regular) variant with the brown cap is not edible, I find, much too intense and fat.

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Tasty Tom tomatoes – I have mentioned them before, they are full of sweet tomato taste, I can eat them every day. And I almost do 🙂P1180688

Albert Heijn Feta – especially if you are Romanian and missing telemea cheese, like me 🙂 I was very happy with Dodoni Feta, a real Greek feta cheese, very telemea-like, because it missed the creamy character of most feta sorts. But about a year ago it disappeared. I have at that point made use for the first time of the Q&A section of the supermarket, leaving my question behind as to what is happening with my beloved feta.

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I checked several times and I think 1,5 week later the answer appeared: it is no longer available. The picture’s poor quality is due to my not daring to use the flash while taking it:
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Well at that point I was seriously disappointed, but in the mean time, having been on holiday in Greece this summer, I have seen Dodoni feta there with my own eyes, even in the airport store. So I question the answer the supermarket gave me. Meanwhile I had tested several feta qualities and found that the supermarket’s own brand, Albert Heijn, is also a good replacement of telemea. And here, I almost dare to bet, lies the right answer to my question: “We are not selling Dodoni anymore, since we have copied it and are selling it ourselves”… I eat it along with the Tasty Tom tomatoes and maybe a slice of salted buttered bread

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Bonne Maman raspberry jam – It might be that I am getting wiser as I am getting older, but I have recently decided to stop trying jams made of anything but raspberries. Every time it only makes me realise that my favourite is still raspberry jam. I am not completely hooked on Bonne Maman, although I find nothing wrong with it, but I might give another brand a chance, as long as it is raspberry. I am also not frequently eating jam, but for the few times when I do, it’ll only be raspberry, so you know! 🙂

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Posted by on 24 August 2013 in ENGLISH POST

 

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Un nou rege olandez se sarbatoreste cu produse portocalii

Azi traim o zi istorica, de dimineata, putin dupa ora 10, regina Beatrix a devenit printesa, iar fiul ei cel mare, Willem-Alexander este noul rege.

Pentru ca poporul sa poata sarbatori cum se cuvine, magazinele s-au umplut cu produse portocalii, ieri am facut cateva poze:

“Hamburgerii regelui”:

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Ingrediente pentru “supa regelui”:
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“Cremsnitul regelui”:

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“Desertul pentru incoronare”, cu sos portocaliu:

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Gogosi, “cu un strat regal”:
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Supa de rosii, “editia 30 aprilie 2013” si cafeaua regelui: 

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Vin “La Tulipe Royale”:

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Vinurile din Argentina cu reducere (pentru ca noua regina Maxima este argentinianca):

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Iar cireasa de pe tort, un Wuppie de colectie, cu ocazia incoronarii (se primea la supermarketul Albert Heijn gratuit la cumparaturi de min. 15 euro):
P1150479Wuppie are un strat de lipici pe talpi, l-am vazut la televizor lipit pe umeri, pe palarii… Wuppies asemenatori, doar ca fara coroana, au mai fost si in alti ani, cu ocazia campionatelor de fotbal.

Azi vom manca si noi un cremsnit portocaliu sau un desert de incoronare in cinstea fostei regine, care si-a incheiat cariera bucurandu-se de admiratia multor olandezi si pentru noul rege, care speram sa domneasca cu un succes cel putin similar.

 

 

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Premiile primite de Albert Heijn Made

In completarea articolului anterior, am doua fotografii:
premiul primit anul acesta (cel transparent):

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si cecul pentru cei 10.000 de euro:

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Posted by on 18 February 2013 in Actualitati

 

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Supermarketul fruntas din Made

Precum v-am mai povestit aici, in satul Made, in care locuim, avem norocul sa ne facem cumparaturile intr-unul dintre cele mai bune supermarketuri Albert Heijn (AH) din Olanda.

In 2009 a fost cel mai bun AH din 275 de francize, iar in 2012 cel mai bun dintre toate cele 800 de magazine din Olanda.

Anul acesta, decernarea premiilor a avut loc saptamana trecuta, pe 6 februarie. Cele mai bune supermarketuri AH au fost incoronate cele din localitatile Beverwijk si Venlo, dar magazinul nostru din Made nu a fost departe de un nou titlu. S-a aflat printre cei 4 finalisti (din 830 de magazine in total) si a primit un premiu special pentru prestatiile excelente pe care le mentine in ultimii ani. Premiul a constat intr-un buget de 10.000 euro pentru orizarea unei petreceri (banuiesc ca pentru angajati).

Twan van Meel si sotia sunt cei doi din dreapta.
Sursa: http://www.levensmiddelenkrant.nl/11103/beste-albert-heijn-winkels-in-beverwijk-en-venlo-

Castigatorii titlului de cel mai bun supermarket AH primesc cate o statueta, acestea sunt cele doua de pana acum din Made:

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Statueta poarta numele de ‘Gouden Beppie’ (Beppie de aur) si este o replica din bronz a sculpturii aflate in fata sediului central al Albert Heijn din Zaandam. Sculptura reprezinta clientul si a fost un cadou de despartire din partea lui Albert Heijn cand a iesit la pensie, avand mesajul: ‘pentru ca sa nu uitam pentru cine lucram’.

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Din partea AH Made, clientii mai seriosi, printre care si noi, au primit anul trecut o sacosa pentru cumparaturi, cu imaginea acestei statuete.

Ce mai, o piesa de colectie! 🙂

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Posted by on 13 February 2013 in Actualitati

 

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Brutarul premiant din Made

In privinta produselor alimentare (si nu numai) se pare ca am ajuns sa traiesc intr-unul dintre cele mai bune locuri din Olanda.

Supermarketul Albert Heijn la care imi fac cumparaturile a fost in 2009 cea mai buna filiala (franciza) a Albert Heijn, iar in 2012 cel mai bun supermarket din intregul lant Albert Heijn.

Acum avem un nou castigator in sat: brutarul Van der Steen din Made a fost premiat drept cel mai bun dintre magazinele Echte Bakker din Olanda, titlu pe care il va pastra tot anul.

Pe aceasta tabla in fata magazinului brutarul face cunoscut acest lucru, dar este deja evident din baloanele de la intrare ca are ceva de sarbatorit.

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Am consultat site-ul Echte Bakker (adevaratul brutar, in traducere) pentru a ma documenta si mi se pare o poveste interesanta.

Echte Bakker este de fapt o asociatie bazata pe decizia luata in 1967 de cativa brutari de a se impotrivi preluarii pietei de catre marile fabrici de paine. Au hotarat sa faca schimb de retete, cunostinte si experiente, ceea ce a atras tot mai multi brutari si astfel s-a infiintat Asociatia Breasla Brutarilor Echte Bakker. Mi se pare incredibil ca in vremurile astea moderne mai exista o adevarata breasla activa. In cadrul acesteia, calitatea produselor este pe primul loc. Exista un maestru care poate oferi sfaturi si scolarizari brutarilor, totul pentru ca produsele lor sa se distinga clar de cele din supermarket-uri. In total in Olanda sunt 191 de brutari adevarati (Echte Bakkers), care au 383 de magazine. Acestia sunt brutari independenti afiliati breslei datorita faptului ca au o calitate corespunzatoare a produselor. Cu toate acestea, raman liberi, astfel incat fiecare magazin poate arata altfel, nu li se impune nicio formula, insa aspectul magazinelor, igiena si personalul acestora se evalueaza regulat. Ceea ce au toti acesti brutari in comun este pasiunea pentru aceasta meserie.

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Si povestea castigatorului Van der Steen este interesanta. Aceasta brutarie este o afacere de familie, condusa de doi frati, Jeroen si Barry, care au preluat-o in 2007 de la tatal lor, Ad van der Steen. Acesta a lucrat din 1980 in colaborare cu breasla Echte Bakker si inca isi mai ajuta fiii in brutarie. In ultimii ani, brutaria din Made s-a aflat in mod constant printre cele mai bune, iar anul acesta a reusit sa castige premiul intai pentru cel mai bun magazin si cea mai buna calitate a produselor. Pe site-ul brutariei, cei doi frati afirma ca sunt mandri sa fie proprietarii brutariei si ca ofera paine si produse de panificatie de calitate superioara si cu gusturi surprinzatoare, din cele mai bune ingrediente.

Brutaria este si o salvare pentru oamenii care raman fara paine, chifle sau alte specialitati in weekend sau seara, avand un automat in exterior din care se poate cumpara ceva prin introducerea de monede.

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Se pare ca brutaria castigatoare a avut si “geluk bij een ongeluk”, adica noroc  in urma unui ghinion, pentru ca in 2010 un incendiu a devastat magazinul si brutaria, astfel incat fratii van der Steen au fost nevoiti sa renoveze. Probabil si datorita acestuit fapt au castigat premiul. Pe site-ul brutariei puteti vedea cateva fotografii din brutarie si magazin si, bineinteles, cu cei doi frati castigatori: http://vandersteen.echtebakker.nl/home

Profit de tema asta brutareasca 🙂 ca sa va informez ca in Olanda painea pentru toast se numeste Casino. Asta in caz ca va aflati in Olanda si vreti sa cumparati paine pentru prajit. Se pare ca denumirea vine din limba italiana, de la tava cu capac in care se coace painea aceasta.

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Zundert and the Romanian store

3. The last post about Zundert, in case you are waiting for the English translation of it, is about the Romanian store in Zundert.

As it is quite a big text, I would only translate it if there are non-Romanian readers who really are interested in this store which sells Romanian food and drinks in the Netherlands. All in a very typical Romanian way, with a receipt you can barely read and which only contains prices, no product names, with food you craved for and which, once tasted at home, turns out to be horrible, or other food you craved for but which will be available “next week”, with Romanian men hanging out in the store and drinking beer with the owner…

Still, such a store can be good and it probably is appreciated by the Romanians working in the neighbourhood.

For everyone reading this who now thinks: “What a delightful store, where can I find it?”, if you get to Zundert follow the main road crossing it, it is full of stores and the Romanian one is across the street from the Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn.

 
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Posted by on 13 September 2012 in ENGLISH POST

 

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What do the Dutch drink?

If you have ever visited Dutch people, the answer to above question cannot be too difficult to give.
The Dutch drink lots and lots of coffee. I was shocked in the beginning, I couldn’t understand how they don’t get heart problems, don’t get jumpy or just explode from so much caffeine.
You will never hear a doctor in the Netherlands asking a patient how much coffee he drinks, so none will recommend a decrease of coffee consumption.
The Dutch drink coffee any time of the day, it accompanies any occasion, the visits are also called “having a coffee”. Even for a birthday you can be invited to have a coffee, although it is not the only thing you will get, but it seems the most important part of a birthday celebration. It is in any case the first part of it, no matter if the birthday will be celebrated in the afternoon or in the evening, in the beginning one, but mostly two cups of coffee will be drunk, afterwards passing to beer or wine or a soft drink.
OK, I don’t want to exagerate, not all Dutchmen drink coffee, there seems to be some sort of exclusivity, many times those who drink coffee don’t drink tea and the other way around. But at a birthday there might be one in 10 people drinking tea, the rest drinking coffee.
The limit of coffee drinking Dutchmen is very high, I can’t drink more than 2 coffees, while a Dutch person can easily drink 5 coffees during 1,5 hour.
As figures are most relevant, I found some on wikipedia, the drinks consumption in litres per Dutch person per year (figures from 2007):

  • Coffee 144 – about 3,2 cups a day/person (decreasing), about 3 times more than Romanians – when hearing this, a Dutchman explained that it doesn’t mean that Dutch people drink a lot of coffee, but that Romanians drink very little 🙂  Don’t be misled by this figure, it is only an average, there are Dutchmen who easily drink 10 mugs a day.
  • Tea 100
  • Soft drinks 95,8
  • Beer 77,2
  • Milk 44,5
  • Juices and nectars 26,9
  • Bottled water 21,9
  • Wine 21,6
  • Water for coolers 2,8
  • Pure alcohol 1,29
Coffee and tea are drunk the most, because they can easily be drunk all day long and at work they are most of the time for free.
In the Dutch language there is even a word: “koffiepraat” – let’s say “talking over coffee” – making conversation at work, on current issues, and where do you do this most of the times? In the place where you meet colleagues from other offices, at the coffee source 🙂
Coffee, especially during a visit, is accompanied by a cookie, you can find various kinds in the supermarkets. There is a legend known by foreigners who have been in the Netherlands, but from my experience I can say that it doesn’t happen very often: the cookie box which appears when having the first coffee, is passed around the room and then disappears back into the cupboard, without touching the table, which would enable the guests to take a second cookie. If the box is placed on the table afterwards, nobody will take another cookie, even if the host invites them to. If the coffee consumption is limitless, the cookie consumption has very well defined limits.
In the meantime, the classic coffee machine seems old fashioned in the Netherlands, real coffee lovers buy all kind of machineries, most of the times I hear people saying they have a Senseo, with coffee pads, looking a bit like tea bags, which doesn’t produce a big can of coffee, but one, max. 2 mugs. There is also Nespresso,with its commercials starring George Clooney.
Because the Dutch love coffee but also saving stuff  in order to get some discount later on, there are coffee packs from which you can cut off some small coupons, which you can glue on a card and after collecting them for several months or longer and your card is full, you get a discount. For instance, the Albert Heijn supermarkets have their own coffee brand, Perla, on which you will find one and sometimes 2 of these coupons, each with a value of 10 points. When you reach 250 points you get a discount of 2 euros!!!
So remember and don’t be astonished: coffee is very important in Dutch lives.
 
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Posted by on 17 February 2012 in ENGLISH POST, Fenomene olandeze, Gastronomice

 

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