Posts Tagged "family"


Shiny side, sunny side, any side…as long as it’s UP! How wonderful these long Spring days are! It is great to see everyone coming out of the woodwork and enjoying the beach, the sea, the whales and the balmy days.  As well as one another’s company. How wonderful these long Spring days are! It is great to see everyone coming out of the woodwork and enjoying the beach, the sea, the whales and the balmy days.  As well as one another’s company. We had the VOG motorcycle group join us last weekend. They drove out from the city along Clarens Drive to meet up with family for breakfast at Dutchies. There’s something quite thrilling about a band of bikers arriving en masse and listening to them talk about their ride. They handed out some awards, ate a scrumptious breakfast and then hit the road again wishing one another a “Shiny Side up” – biker-speak for – goodbye, travel safely. We have several events that are perfect for enjoying with friends and family coming up. The Indische Rijsttafel this Friday and Manouche on the 3rd of October. Our Sunday Classics will start again on the 18th of October.So lift your spirits and make sure your days are spent any way that’s up with an outing to Dutchies for breakfast, lunch, dinner, live music and Dutch...

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No matter how long this glorious weather we’re having in Hermanus lasts, we have so many celebrations coming up that it’s going to be an Indian summer at Dutchies even when the winter sets in. It’s our Indische Rijsttafel on Thursday and Easter is coming up so we’ll be celebrating in true Dutch style with paasbrood, poffertjes and delicious lamb for lunch on Easter Sunday. Other celebrations we have lined up to keep you warm this winter include Koningsdag, live music, the Hermanus’s Got Talent competition for Fynarts and something exciting for wintry Tuesday evenings. More about that next week, so watch this...

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A Bundle of Cuddles

A Bundle of Cuddles


Posted on Feb 12, 2014

Meet Bloos – the newest (and cutest) member of the Dutchies family. We are most certainly in love! She is named after our favourite wine from Hermanuspietersfontein, Bloos. Bloos is a Bordeaux-style blush wine that we love too! Well perhaps it’s an addiction? It is delicious, as lively and unique as our new pup. We’re pet friendly so your ‘furry’ loved ones are welcome...

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Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Vrolijk Kerstfeest


Posted on Dec 24, 2013

In the Netherlands Christmas is celebrated over 2 days,  Eerste Kerstdag (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and Tweede Kerstdag (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays. This may seem similar to what you know here in South Africa but things are actually quite different in the Netherlands. Christmas is not about Santa Claus bringing gifts on a sleigh with reindeer. It is about the ambience, the food and your loved ones. Children do get gifts but not at Christmas. The Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas (St Nicholas Day) on the 5th of December and this is when the children receive their gifts. Christmas is about a cosy atmosphere. Christmas trees are decorated with glittery pine cones, glass balls, golden nuts and candles. Advent star lights are put in windows and each town square has a large brightly lit Christmas tree. At Christmas you will find old-fashioned food stalls selling doughnuts, oliebollen and appelflappen, flower sellers who offer beautiful wreathes, poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and decorated pine cones, and you will hear Christmas carillon music (an instrument made up of many bells)  played everywhere. Christmas is family time and it is only recently (and confusingly) that de Kerstman (Santa Claus) is trying to edge in on the traditional Dutch Christmas. Some families attend late night Christmas services together and then eat an early breakfast of kersstol (Christmas loaf) with butter and luxury goodies like pates and smoked salmon. Whether religious or not, Dutch people spend Christmas relaxing at home with their loved ones and eat course after course of delectable dishes. Gourmetten is probably the most typical Dutch meal at Christmas. A grill is placed on the table and everyone cooks their bite sized chunks of meat and vegetables themselves. The second day of Christmas is spent visiting family and friends, doing something together as a family like going ice skating and most definitely – eating left overs! We hope that you enjoy a Christmas filled with love, loved ones, Christmas sparkle and delectable...

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