Review: Spelt oliebollen from Albert Heijn

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After the holidays I finally have some time to write a blogpost again! It has been wonderful, but I was way too busy cooking and entertaining my family to write a new post. So today I am picking up blogging again.

As it is New Years’ Eve tonight it is time to have some oliebollen. For the non-Dutch reader: oliebollen are eaten traditionally at this day. They are basically balls of dough that are fried in sunflower oil. They are mostly eaten plain, with nothing in it, or with raisins. Many families have a tradition of baking their own oliebollen, but fortunately you can buy them at one of the many oliebollen stands that pop up in december or at every bakery and supermarket.
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Explore the store: Van Delft pepernotenwinkel, Markthal

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It is almost Sinterklaas  (a national holiday in the Netherlands) so it is also my favorite time of the year: time for pepernoten, kruidnoten and chocolate. Kruidnoten are my favorite Sinterklaas treats, they are little spiced cookies which are baked untill they are crispy.

When I heard about the Pepernotenwinkel (which actually sells kruidnoten by the way) from Van Delft in Harderwijk, Haarlem and Amsterdam I knew I had to plan a visit to one of these cities soon. I have this weakness for kruidnoten, almost to the point of an addiction ;p When I see them in the stores in september, which is very early actually, I just can’t control myself and I have to get them. I have tried every variation I could find so far, but my favorites are the plain, truffle and yoghurt kruidnoten. But when I read that van Delft has 35 (!) different flavors  I knew I had so much more to explore. How delighted I was when I found out that there would be a temporary stand in the Markthal from Van Delft! Halleluja! No trip to Harderwijk, Haarlem or Amsterdam needed!
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Explore the store: Jordy’s Bakery, Rotterdam

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Lately, a certain name started to pop up in more and more restaurants and lunchrooms in Rotterdam: ‘Jordy’s Bakery’. Many lunches in town are suddenly served on bread from this bakery. I think I have tasted this bread in four different occasions already, but never from the original source yet. So today I ventured to the Nieuwe Binnenweg in Rotterdam to see for myself what this bakery is all about.

Jordy’s Bakery is run by, of course, Jordy, who is the grandson of a well known baker, Klootwijk in Rotterdam as well. After studying in the United States he started his own bakery where they bake bread with pure ingredients and all in the traditional way. Jordy’s is especially well known for their sourdough bread.
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Explore the store: De IJssalon, Rotterdam

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Everybody in Rotterdam knows: if you want to have some true icecream, you should go get it atย Deย IJssalon at the Meent. People come from across Rotterdam and the areas around it because they truely have the best icecream. They have the classic flavors everybody knows, new and experimental flavors and flavors that vary because of the seasons. Every single ingredient is fresh and that is what makes the ice cream taste so great!
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Explore the store: Koekela, Rotterdam

Koekela1408346188854I already heard so much from friends and family about Koekela, but I never actually visited the store, even though it is in my hometown Rotterdam. I heard they have the best homemade cakes, cookies, brownies and muffins, so I decided to go check it out and try some things. Koekela is really easy to get to by the Rotterdam subway, just get out at ‘Eendrachtsplein’ and the it’s not even a 5 minute walk to the Nieuwe Binnenweg number 79a.
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