Pannenkoekenhuis (Pancake House in English) is a small restaurant in Leiden that serves the largest pancakes I've ever eaten in my life! 😯
The first time I tried one of their pancakes was a few weeks after I had moved to the Netherlands. By then I'd already made the decision to step out of my comfort zone in terms of food, and to try something new every now and then.
So I chose to have a savoury (as opposed to my usual sweet) pancake fried with bacon, cheese, mushrooms and onions. But after trying that combination, I decided that sometimes it's best to just stick to what you're used to. Lol. 😉
Eager to wash the bad taste of my first experience out of my mouth (quite literally 😄) , I decided to try yet another pancake at Pancake House, but this time I decided to go for a sweet one...
So one Spring evening, my lovely roomie Paula and I made our way there after class. 👯
I've never been one to throw a huge party on my birthday. If anything, I prefer to spend it with fewer and fewer people as the years go by.
This year was no different.
I had made plans to have dinner with my friend, Paula at a restaurant called David's Burgers, and I was super excited about it! 😄
I'd previously been to a restaurant owned by the same family, and had thoroughly enjoyed the food there. So I had high hopes for the food at David's Burgers.
Finally, February the 23rd came! 🎉🎉🎁🎈 And I can't think of a better way for my birthday to have begun...
First thing in the morning, I received a stream of sweet, thoughtful messages from family and friends, and I was greeted by the most beautiful rainbow I'd ever seen - right outside my window! 😍 I always seem to have such bad luck with rainbows, lol, always catching them just as they are disappearing. But this one was so clear and visible that I had to look at it for a while to make sure that I wasn't imagining it! What a view! 🌈😃
A friend and I recently had a late lunch at a small and cozy café called Doppio Espresso. It is an Italian café with many different branches within the Netherlands and Europe. We chose to eat at the one in Leiden, and were not disappointed.😜
For drinks,☕ I had a white hot chocolate, and she had iced tea.We each ordered a sandwich to go with our drinks. Mine was a chicken and bacon sandwich, which I enjoyed thoroughly!🍴
Doppio can get a bit noisy during peak hours, and we found the tables a bit too small, but that was understandable - considering the café's size. There are one or two small bookshelves in the café where customers can find a selection of magazines to keep them busy while they wait for friends.
Apart from the food, my favourite thing about Doppio is the Italian quote printed on the wall: "Il caffè dev'essere caldo come l'inferno, nero come il diavolo puro come un angelo e dolce come l'amore, which means, "The coffee must be hot as hell, black as the devil, pure as an angel, and sweet as love".
I'm more of a hot chocolate kinda gal, but what a way to leave an impression!
As I always say, "Food is my love language!"😄 And I believe a memorable eating-out experience is worth sharing, and a good recipe is worth passing on.
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