Local Heart, Global Soul

June 19, 2017

This Was A Delicious Surprise!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following yesterdays post, Himself and I were in Garderen in the east of the country for a quiet weekend away.

I had spent Saturday touring the Sand Sculpture festival, with the aid of a wheelchair, managing to see everything from start to finish.

Himself  first enjoyed a long walk in the forests of the Veluwe and then hired a bike from the hotel and cycled to the birthplace of his mother, some 17 kms away, did some touring and sightseeing and had the sort of hours alone that is impossible to achieve at home.

After I’d taken a nap we went for dinner in the  Hotel ’t Speulderbos of the Bilderberg Group, where we were staying. The dinner we had enjoyed the evening before set a very high standard so we were intrigued to see what was on offer this evening.

Having discovered the Oklahoma smoker,  (my latest addition of “kitchen equipment” on my “If I won the lottery” list .. forget shoes!) we then had the terrible dilemma of everything looking so good that we didn’t know where to start.

Inside was laid out an extensive buffet of salads, hot and cold side dishes, most of the meat and fish of course coming from the smoker, some of the veggie dishes too (the courgettes and corn were amazing).

The outside tables were packed full when we arrived so we sat inside, but since we were late arrivals the crowed thinned out allowing me to take photographs of the food without disturbing other diners.

The only error I made was to leave the photographs of the desert buffet until later. The diners had made excellent inroads into these delicious specimens, I had only one photograph of anything “whole” and that was a new desert that was place there just as I came to take photos.

One small detail as the “Kiwi” in me did a double take, I thought I saw a Pavlova amongst the desserts! My heart soared! Then I realised it was actually a Baked Alaska, and that foamy- marshmallow-look was actually vanilla ice cream. My heart sank, but not for long because the Baked Alaska was divine too. The food was amazing, not only did I covert the Oklahoma smoker, Himself and I wanted to steal the chefs as well! It’s not often that I would return somewhere on the globe solely for the food, this is one of those places.

Himself and I agreed that we would not hesitate to return to this hotel, or any others in this same Bilderberg chain.The staff were friendly and helpful to a level that pleasantly surprised us, our later arrival and dinner the evening before was no problem, the one and only glitch was that I could not get my laptop on line, even multiple attempts by the willing and able staff at Reception were fruitless.

As you know, bloggers are lost without their beloved internet connections but actually Himself and I enjoyed our evening so much I didn’t miss it at all.  This was a meal much enjoyed and Himself and I have discovered a new “favourite” place to come for  treat. With locations throughout the Netherlands, who knows where we will be traveling to in the future. The chefs here are far above the standard that  Himself and I often experience, it’s safe to say that this was a delicious surprise!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Hotel ’t Speulderbos / Garderen – Veluwe / Hotel Bilderberg Group

April 27, 2017

A Fabulous Evening And A Seriously Good Meal…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Arriving at the Bilderburg Hotel’t Speulderbos in the Veluwe last year, Himself and I headed into the dining room before it closed for the evening.

As late arrivals we headed in to find it almost completely full, but most of the diners had left by the time our entrée was finished.

We discovered later that there was a very large group staying at the hotel this weekend who were keeping to a schedule so clearly they arrived at roughly the same time earlier in the evening.

It was wonderful to enjoy a more sophisticated dinner, and to have conversation uninterrupted. Without the need to drive home, Himself could enjoy wine and an after-dinner cognac.

Having been busy packing bags for ourselves and the kids, the afternoon had been busy; I’d skipped lunch and Himself, a habitually early riser at around 5:00 a.m. usually has an early lunch so we were very hungry when we sat down to eat.Both of us enjoyed three courses, the food was fabulous and we were pleasantly surprised at how high the standard was.  I had fish, Himself had beef and everything was cooked to perfection.  It was a fabulous meal, well enjoyed.

Afterwards we stopped at the Reception desk so that Himself could sort out hiring a bike for the next day, whilst he was busy I spied a wooden box filled with small brown paper bags.  Although they were labelled “Veluwse Sprokkelhoutjes” (Veluwse tinder) and “Veluwse Zwienenkeutelties” (Wild boar poo), they were in fact bags of sweets (candy). Back in our room Himself caught a glimpse of a large frog on the path outside. I tried to get a photograph but only succeeded in a blurry blob because it was too dark.  My night photography skills leave a lot to be desired!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Hotel ’t Speulderbos in Garderen / Bilderberg chain / The Veluwe / The Netherlands

April 26, 2017

A Quick Trip Means Checking In Ahead Of Schedule…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and I arrived at the end of summer 2016 at the Hotel ’t Speulderbos of the Bilderberg Hotel chain, located in Garderen, a small town in the east of the Netherlands.

This was supposed to be a twenty year wedding anniversary gift to ourselves but it took until we were twenty-two and a half years married to get the opportunity to take it.

We left The Hague as soon as the kids got home from school on Friday night, dropping off the kids to their weekend lodgings on our way out.

Apart from a small delay with traffic around Delft, our trip was hassle free and quicker than we imagined it might have been.

The hotel is light, open, spacious and we have a room on the ground floor close to Reception, so getting around is easier.

We discover that we forgot there was an indoor swimming pool, so neglected to pack swimming costumes. Never mind. We check into our room and freshen up… after all this rushing around to get here, we are keen to get to the dining room before it closes and have a nice dinner together.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Hotel ’t Speulderbos in Garderen / Bilderberg chain / The Veluwe / The Netherlands

November 21, 2015

Not Let Loose On The Highway, But Well On A Segway…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch and a young neighbourhood friend stayed at the Landal Colderhoven holiday park in the Veluwe during the “Pinksteren”, (Pentecost) long weekend earlier this year.

We chose a location in the Veluwe for it’s walking and cycling opportunities and a Landal Park because we knew that there would be a restaurant, swimming pool, play area, snack bar, and other facilities enough to keep the kids happy.

My only wish was for internet connection in case it poured rain and a bedroom in the ground floor of the holiday house, which in this instance is easy because it’s a bungalow (one floor) house anyway.

The kids are then in a safe area where they can ride their bikes and run round to their hearts content, there is a lawn area outside the house where they played football and badminton, and general “space” with trees where they can burn off energy.

While they are busy doing that I can rest most of the time and everyone is happy. Kiwi Daughter is at bit of a disadvantage however, since Little Mr has a friend his own age to play with and she doesn’t. There was one activity on offer that she was bursting to do: an outing on a Segway.

Himself went to Reception to see if it was possible and was in luck, there was one solitary place left in the entire weekend’s bookings and Kiwi Daughter could have it.

There is an age restriction which Little Mr and his friend were too young to comply with, but she met, so there were also no tears from Little Mr and friend that they couldn’t go too. It wasn’t cheap, but we live simply during the year and save for treats like this, so once in a while it’s worth doing something fun. Kiwi Daughter was nervous in the beginning but quickly got the hang of it, and after a training lesson with the rest of the group, they all disappeared for a tour around the greater area of the park. Two ladies in the group were particularly entertaining, shrieking and making comments loudly as they learned how to stop and start, and it was they that we heard laughing, egging each other on and shrieking as the group containing our daughter Segway’d their way down one of the paths into the forest.

An hour later the group were back, beaming from ear to ear as they relished their achievement and it was clear to see that Kiwi Daughter had enjoyed every single second of her adventure. A grin like that makes it completely worth the price. Lots of lovely photographs for the family album. Both Himself and I had to admit we were rather jealous! Our “I-hate-hugs-girl” even gave us each a hug, she was so over the moon!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the “exuberant” ladies getting some tips (complete with shrieks and funny exclamations)…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have no idea how the instructor kept a straight face, almost nobody else did…

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Kid and Adult sized Segways…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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