Cloggie Central Unique Angles About The Netherlands 2016-01-30T11:27:02Z http://www.cloggiecentral.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Heather Tucker <![CDATA[The Van Gogh Museum is Once Again Open]]> http://www.cloggiecentral.com/?p=3724 2014-02-24T23:01:02Z 2013-05-07T13:21:59Z Orange feathers and puke. Granted, only a small amount of each but it wasn’t quite the scene I was hoping to see when I stepped out onto Museumplein in Amsterdam. To be fair, not only is this area sardine packed with top museums but it was also one of the […]

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Orange feathers and puke. Granted, only a small amount of each but it wasn’t quite the scene I was hoping to see when I stepped out onto Museumplein in Amsterdam. To be fair, not only is this area sardine packed with top museums but it was also one of the key places for last week’s (April 30th 2013) Queen’s Day festivities – hence the orange feathers, and probably the puke as well.

Inspecting a Van Gogh

Behind me the remains of a stage used for the celebrations was being dismantled. Groups buzzed around the controversial bathtub shaped building of the Stedelijk Museum in front of me. And just through the buildings on my right, I could see a rather long line of people – all facing the building I wanted to enter – the Van Gogh Museum.

To read the rest of this article, visit Holland.com.

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Heather Tucker <![CDATA[Monday Madness: A Landing That Went Wrong]]> http://www.cloggiecentral.com/?p=3716 2014-02-24T22:56:20Z 2013-05-06T13:21:13Z Monday Madness is supposed to be about news that happened in or around the Netherlands but this story was just too good to miss… A paraglider in Australia landed in the area of ​​a heavily guarded prison in Lithgow, not far from Sydney. According to the police, the landing was […]

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Monday Madness is supposed to be about news that happened in or around the Netherlands but this story was just too good to miss…

A paraglider in Australia landed in the area of ​​a heavily guarded prison in Lithgow, not far from Sydney.

According to the police, the landing was not about an escape attempt but was indeed an accident. The paraglider landed in a place where the prisoners could not come and was allowed to leave after questioning.

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Heather Tucker <![CDATA[Carnival: Party Like You’re King (or Queen)]]> http://www.cloggiecentral.com/?p=3701 2014-01-30T00:04:22Z 2013-05-02T09:11:30Z Were you in the Netherlands on Queen’s Day? If so you know just how crazy and orange the Dutch can get. But did you also know that there is another time of year when part of the country likes to live it up? You can read more about carnival in […]

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Were you in the Netherlands on Queen’s Day? If so you know just how crazy and orange the Dutch can get. But did you also know that there is another time of year when part of the country likes to live it up?

Carnival_Maastricht

“Every year in February, carnival is celebrated in Brabant, Limburg and South Gelderland. There are some celebrations in other parts of the country, like Groningen and Friesland, but the festival is celebrated primarily in the Catholic regions of the southern provinces.”

You can read more about carnival in my article over on Holland.com.

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Heather Tucker <![CDATA[April 2013 Foodie PenPals Reveal]]> http://www.cloggiecentral.com/?p=3708 2014-01-22T22:34:24Z 2013-04-30T11:47:31Z It is an important day in the Netherlands as today was not only Queen’s Day but also the day the country got a new King. It is also Foodie PenPal reveal day and we couldn’t miss out on that, could we?! This month my parcel came from Eleanor in the […]

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Foodie ParcelIt is an important day in the Netherlands as today was not only Queen’s Day but also the day the country got a new King. It is also Foodie PenPal reveal day and we couldn’t miss out on that, could we?!

This month my parcel came from Eleanor in the UK. And what a parcel it was!

Before I mention all the great things that were inside I want to mention one of the best things about the parcel and that was how each item had a little note on it to explain what it was and/or why it had been picked. That was such a nice addition. And what was inside? Here’s the list:

  • Cheddar biscuits
  • Norfolk cherry and almond cake
  • Strawberry and raspberry tea
  • Rhubarb and custards
  • Camomile and spiced apple tea
  • Green & Blacks chocolate
  • Stem ginger shortbread
  • Munchy seeds

If you would like to take part in Foodie PenPals, you can click on the big button below for all the details.

The Lean Green Bean

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Heather Tucker <![CDATA[Monday Madness: Missing Boy Found Helping Elderly Woman]]> http://www.cloggiecentral.com/?p=3696 2013-04-27T09:41:34Z 2013-04-29T10:11:26Z A 9-year-old boy from Voorburg who had been reported as missing last week on Tuesday was found to have been helping a confused elderly woman search for her house. The mother of the boy rang the alarm when he had not come home for dinner. Before dinner, one of his […]

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helping handsA 9-year-old boy from Voorburg who had been reported as missing last week on Tuesday was found to have been helping a confused elderly woman search for her house.

The mother of the boy rang the alarm when he had not come home for dinner. Before dinner, one of his friends saw him walking around outside. Agents started a search, and found the boy and the 81-year-old woman after about half an hour.

After a long walk helping the lady search for her home, the boy treated her to something to eat at McDonald’s. The woman turned out to live in the county of Waddinxveen. The police then brought her home.

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Heather Tucker <![CDATA[Travel Photo of the Week: Ecomare]]> http://www.cloggiecentral.com/?p=3691 2014-01-30T00:04:32Z 2013-04-28T09:11:26Z “Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.” – John Steinbeck As much as visiting Ecomare on Texel in the Netherlands isn’t just about seeing the seals, they sure did their best to steal the show.

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“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.” – John Steinbeck

As much as visiting Ecomare on Texel in the Netherlands isn’t just about seeing the seals, they sure did their best to steal the show.

Seals at Ecomare

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Heather Tucker <![CDATA[Moroccan Food Delights: Mint Tea]]> http://www.cloggiecentral.com/?p=3684 2014-01-29T23:59:01Z 2013-04-26T09:11:07Z   What: Moroccan mint tea (also called touareg (or tuareg) tea, mint tea or Maghrebi mint tea) is a combination of green tea (usually gunpowder tea), mint leaves and sugar. It is poured with an extravagant technique – lifting the tea pot high above the glass – to produce a […]

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What:

Moroccan mint tea (also called touareg (or tuareg) tea, mint tea or Maghrebi mint tea) is a combination of green tea (usually gunpowder tea), mint leaves and sugar. It is poured with an extravagant technique – lifting the tea pot high above the glass – to produce a foam on the top of the poured tea.
 
Moroccan Mint Tea
 

Why:

In Morocco, great pride is taken in the tea culture.Green tea has strong antioxidant elements and is high in caffeine. The mint helps to give the tea a refreshing taste.
 

Where:

The tradition of Moroccan tea began in Morocco and then spread throughout north Africa and southern Spain. Having missed out on the Turkish coffee influence by not being part of the Ottoman Empire, Morocco was able to hold onto its tea culture.
 

When:

The tea is served throughout the day and especially when guests visit. The tea is often served three times. The amount of time each serving has been allowed to steep is illustrated in this proverb:

The first glass is as gentle as life,
The second glass is as strong as love,
The third glass is as bitter as death.

 

Varieties:

Moroccan mint tea tends to be sweeter in the north than in the south of Morocco and some places also add pine nuts. Sheeba (leaves of the wormwood tree) or lemon verbena leaves can be used instead of mint.
 

How Much [Should I Drink]:

If you are a fan of green tea and/or mint, then this tea is likely to suit you. You may wish to sweeten it yourself, however, as the tea is often made with a lot of sugar.
 

Pas Op! (Watch Out!):

Moroccan mint tea is regularly served to guests and it can be impolite to refuse to drink some. This can add a complication when it comes to shopping in the souks and nearby shops as tea will often be offered allowing the stall/shop owner to show you more and more things that you should buy.

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