Posts Tagged "winter"


Be Warm!

Be Warm!


Posted on Apr 30, 2015

Be Warm! Well Winter is most certainly on its way! It’s time for broths and comfort food which is exactly what our 2 new wonderful chefs have in store for you. It is also time for us to close in the evenings during the week for a while. From Monday May 3rd we will be open daily from 9am to 6pm and then for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. We’re prepared for the cold and have a fire burning on icy days, gas burners, and loads of wraps in case you get nippy. So don’t let the weather keep you away from Grotto Beach! It’s actually especially cosy in cold weather at Dutchies. There’s nothing quite like cosying up inside and watching the wild winter ocean and the weather passing through over a hearty, hot meal. We hope you enjoy this last long weekend before winter really sets in. Be warm – inside and...

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The perfect Winter Warmer

The perfect Winter Warmer


Posted on Apr 30, 2015

There’s nothing quite like a cup of Anijsmelk to keep the cold at bay. This traditional Dutch drink is made my crushing aniseed into milk. It’s a perfect bedtime drink because it helps you sleep and helps digestion. We also drink it when we’re ice-skating because it warms you up from the inside out. Here is a recipe from Nicole Holten of The Dutch Table to make it the traditional Dutch way. 1 cup of milk 1 full teaspoon of aniseed 2 teaspoons of sugar or honey Warm the milk with the seeds, either loose or in a tea egg. Bring to a slow boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for a good 5 minutes. Pour the milk through a strainer to remove the seeds, add sugar or honey to taste. Drink Warm. Welterusten! You can also buy “tablets” – Anijsblokke – but it’s not quite the same as the real thing! Let us know if you try it and how you like...

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Gezellig Gezelligheid

Gezellig Gezelligheid


Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Gezellig is a Dutch word that has no exact English translation. It can mean cosy, warm, friendly, comfortable, relaxing, enjoyable, gregarious and a range of other feel-good things. It’s the word you’ll hear most often in the Netherlands and embodies the heart of Dutch culture – being happy, having fun, feeling joyful and enjoying good feelings, times, things, people… Thanks to you, our patrons, Dutchies is filled with gezellig gezelligheid all the time. Whether it be on our Thursday night quiz evenings, the monthly live music, the Indonesian Rijsttafel or a quiet meal on the terrace contemplating Grotto beach – Dutchies is always ‘gezellig’. Thank you for helping us infuse Dutchies with this much valued Dutch spirit of warmth and togetherness. One thing for sure is it has certainly kept us all warm through the winter! We’re looking forward to the last of our Quiz nights tomorrow and to getting back to our usual hours from the 1st of August. The sun is rising earlier and earlier, Spring is on the horizon and there are many more days (and nights) of ‘gezelligheid’ to be had with you at Dutchies. Tot siens!...

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The 31st of July is the last of our winter #QuizNights (until next year!) and we have a couple of twists and surprises to spice things up a bit and keep those ahead on their toes. We have organised a FANTASTIC prize that we wish we could tell you about…but we can’t…or it wouldn’t be a surprise. Join us for the last Thursday and find out! Call us to make a reservation – +27 (0)28 314 1392 Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page so you know what our plans are for more fabulous evenings like this. And…if you have any ideas – please comment on this...

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Our winter #QuizNight competition is really hotting up. Luckily stalwarts “Norfolk in Chance” brought Barry Hilton along with them to ensure things didn’t get too serious. See you all on Thursday! Post by Dutchies @ Grotto Beach Hermanus...

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Dutch Bonus Questions 5 June 2014

Dutch Bonus Questions 5 June 2014


Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The final question in each of the four rounds is a bonus question and is always about Holland. These are the questions from last week. How many could you answer?  1. The highest point in the Netherlands is about… A. 300 meters above sea-level B. 600 meters above sea-level C. 900 meters above sea-level Correct Answer: A 2. In the “golden age” for the Netherlands (about 17th century), the Netherlands had many colonies overseas. Which of the following cities used to be a Dutch colony? A. New York, USA B. Dublin, Eire C. Havanna, Cuba Correct Answer: A (though at that time it was called New Amsterdam) 3. The Netherlands has had many famous painters. Which of these Dutch masters cut of his own ear? A. Rembrandt B. Van Gogh C. Vermeer Correct Answer: B 4. Football (or: soccer) is the national sport in the Netherlands. How many World Cups have the Netherlands won? A. 0 B. 1 C. 3 Correct Answer:...

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