Posts Tagged "love"


Weekend of Love

Weekend of Love


Posted on Feb 12, 2014

This weekend will be filled with love at Dutchies. We are thrilled that a couple have chosen to have their pre wedding celebration at Dutchies ON Valentine’s evening! How romantic is that? This does mean we are closed on Friday evening but Dutchies will be infused with romance for the whole weekend.  The Dutch keep Valentines celebrations simple – it’s all about the declaration of love, the moment, the atmosphere, the music. Bring your beloved to Dutchies for a meal this weekend. Everything is sprinkled with love. We have some great specials, and some new tapas and cocktails specially designed for the occasion. A Bundle of Cuddles 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 too! Indonesian Rijsttafel Our monthly Indische Rijsttafel is coming up on Wednesday 19th February. Rebecca loves these evenings because she gets to share more of the dishes traditionally served. Please book ASAP as these evenings are very...

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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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