Point to Point walking

Belgium has once again led the way in introducing a brilliant new idea: point-to-point walking. They’ve had bike “knooppunten” for years, and recently began to make routes for walkers, based on numbered signs, an online map, and the possibility of devising and printing your own walk. Here in the Netherlands we’re busy catching up, and … Read more

Utrecht’s fabulous trees

One of the unintended benefits of staying closer to home since March of this year (2020) has been a better acquaintance with Utrecht’s many trees. In all frankness, we didn’t recognize many different species, until having read Peter Wohlleben’s “The hidden life of trees”, and afterwards Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Overstory”. We became curious … Read more

Walk: Hollandsche Rading to Baarn

Lage Vuursche – Pancakes and the Bunnyberg The Food We’ve often seen articles about how dining out in the Netherlands has improved over the years. These articles frequently mention our great Michelin three-star chef, Jonnie Boer, of De Librije in Zwolle and its sister restaurant, Librije’s zuster. In one interview, he charmingly let slip that … Read more

Salad Rant

What is it that people just don’t get about Caesar salad? Is it really so difficult? I used to think that it had a principle everyone understood: Romaine lettuce with a lemony, olive oil dressing, Parmesan cheese, croutons, and a good twist of black pepper. I accept that the debate over anchovies and raw or … Read more