Local Heart, Global Soul

April 21, 2019

Something For Every Taste And Style…

During every Thursday and Sunday in summer in the Lange Voorhout, centre of the Hague there is a book and antique market. Since I attended the 2017 Food Truck festival on a Saturday, I found the two event side by side. There are some interesting stalls, something for every taste and style. Even though they are apart from the Food Truck festival I managed to find a could of food stalls too. One had a variety of fresh baked vegetable pies, the other, glass jars that contained ingredients for bread, muffins and soup. Each stall is well worth a browse, enjoying the ambience with the rest of the visitors.


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April 20, 2019

Cats Wearing Glasses? …OK, Why Not!?

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Back during the Food truck festival of 2017, I found that not only were the foodie vans in full swing, so were various other vendors.

Some were the same stall holders that can found on the Lange Voorhout every summer, antiques, bric-a-brac, books, and the like but some I have never seen before.

Amongst those were two stalls that made me stop and look closer…

The first was a lady selling Tee-shirts and card with copies of her own painted artworks, the subject of which was what made me smile.

Dogs, cats, pigs and all sorts of animals were depicted wearing hats, glasses and other paraphernalia.

Although not to kind of thing that I would wear personally, they were wonderful pieces of art.

The second was a lady selling some of the most unusual jewelry I have ever seen, incorporating amongst others, (I assume plastic) mice, lizards, spiders and crabs. Talk about a “statement piece” of jewelry! These make one of the biggest statements and most eye-catching pieces I have ever seen! Again, not really anything I  could pull off, but definitely for someone bolder out there to love and enjoy. I’m just not certain what happens if you walk into the room wearing all these mice around your neck and encounter someone who is scared of mice: would they leap into the nearest chair? or does that only count for real rats and mice? Not having any fear of mice I wouldn’t know how that would work. Both of these are quirky, unusual, colourful, delightful, and artistic. Neither suit my taste but hey, the world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same thing…  and the idea of cats in sunnies? (sunglasses) …What’s not to like?

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April 19, 2019

The Cutest, Most Determined Perseverance…

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I usually try not to post photographs of children but since almost every photo I took of this little girl does not show her face, (and the one that did, I edited), I decided to break my rule.

The other reason for posting this is because I took the photos back in 2017, so this child is no longer in nappies, will have grown a heap and would be rather hard to recognise from just these photos of her back.

I’m guessing her age in these photos to be between two and a half and three years old, and she demonstrates a serious determination, and a perseverance that I am sure will mean that she will grow up to be someone who chases her goals and dreams with a vengeance.

Without interruption, intervention or verbal encouragement that I heard from any adult or other child, she repeatedly attempted to put to the ball into the lowest hole “goal” on this adapted truck. This was part of the entertainment at the 2017 Food Truck festival, where there were quite a few entertainment possibilities, making this also a family friendly festival. I was very impressed with her tenacity, the fact that even though the first goes failed she kept trying. Without having the co-ordination to aim the ball and throw, her efforts were never going to pay off. I was torn between going to help and not interfering,  not seeing who the parents were and expecting that they would probably intervene any moment holding me back. Luckily her father stepped in to help eventually and she scored her ‘goal” with a big celebration afterwards. I was proud of her and her efforts, loving how she determined she was. You Go girl,  you are fabulous!

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April 18, 2019

A Continental Cuisine Tour…

It’s brilliant that in the space of a few hundred metres on the Lange Voorhout, visitors to the 2017 Food Truck festival can provide food varieties from all over the world. It’s a fast track cuisine tour where you can try something new or stick to a tried and tested favourite.  I have now found out that this has become a yearly event in the city of the Hague so I’m going to try and watch out for it this summer. Yum, this one yearly treat that it would be good not to miss.

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(Below): These two volunteers at the First Aid tent were wonderfully friendly…

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April 17, 2019

Slow-Motion In Stills…

The 2017 Food Truck festival did not just cater to adults. The idea was that this would be a fun family outing and that there would be something for everyone. Several things for smaller children like a Bouncy Castle. One of the things or older kids and adults was a set of trampolines that had a series of sort of elastic “ropes”. The system can take four jumping participants at a time. One little girl was very skilled in doing backflips, so I took photographs of her from an angle where she can not be easily identified. Piecing together photos from several “flips” I manage to get a sort of “continuous” series that show the backflip in a sort of slow-motion in still photographs. this cool kid really had this done pat… wonderful!

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April 16, 2019

One Of Life’s Guilty Pleasures…

One of life’s guilty pleasures is enjoying a snack that looks a little different and possibly healthier but is actually something old in a bit of a disguise. Take these “Tornado” fries for instance, they are a potato with flavouring / seasoning, right? or… let’s not beat about the bush, I should just confess to the reality that these are really just long, posh potato chips (crisps). I suppose the name “Tornado” was inspired from the fact that another name for a Tornado is a “twister” and these have a twister, or spiral shape to them. One thing is for certain, these were not just my guilty pleasure, the queue here was more or less continuous and it took a bit of waiting until there was enough of a gap for me to get these photographs.  It wasn’t even jut the potatoes that looked arty, even the garlic had photogenic appeal. After the potato has been put onto it’s stick, it is deep fried and the spiral shape becomes one long potato chip (crisp) which then is rolled or dusted in the flavouring of the customers choice. I can only recommend the Garlic pepper seasoning… yummmm…. wow it was good!, but judging by the range of other flavours other customers were choosing the other flavours were pretty good too. Long live guilty pleasures!

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April 15, 2019

Colourful And Aromatic…

The 2017 Food Truck festival in the Hague, gives us insight into many different types of cuisine. I took the chance to observe some of them, and delighted in the sights and sounds of colourful and aromatic food being prepared. I didn’t get to taste these yet because they weren’t quite ready yet but the preparation process still intrigued me….

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April 14, 2019

Good Mood Food… Everywhere!

Attending the 2017 Food truck festival in the Hague was an excellent experience.  I don’t know it this is a yearly event because I didn’t manage any follow-up trips in 2018, but I would be delighted if it was.  As the vendors set up, the numbers of visitors start to swell… there are so many thing to choose from and it’s both a foodie and photographers delight.

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“Lente soep” (Autumn / Fall soup)

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Biodegradable paper pouches for things like fries with a compartment at the top for sauce…

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April 13, 2019

Melt In Your Mouth, Melt Your Heart Too…

In 2017 I attended my first “Food truck festival”. On of the stalls is a firm Dutch favourite: Poffertjes. These are essentially mini pancakes that are usually served with butter and icing (powder) sugar. The vendors were setting up because I arrived early and they were most happy for me to take photographs, not just of their stand and the process, but also of them. The couple were friendly and really helpful, they made my day. Let their smiles and obviously wonderful connection light up yours too.

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April 12, 2019

First Grab A Ticket…

Visiting the 2017 Food truck festival in the Hague was quite a new experience for me. A foodies delight, there were so many different cuisines to choose from, in fact it was quite difficult to know where to start. The Food trucks do not accept cash however, you have to go to a central booth and buy special tickets. You then use these tickets to purchase your food. I found this method difficult, I wanted to know how much the vendors charge before committing to buying a heap of tickets.  I bought what I hoped would cover things, and by some stroke of luck ended up with just enough for what we wanted. There were also fences around the festival area which had signs on them and a big board with house rules which I have to confess I didn’t read. The stalls are inviting so we queue for tickets…

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