Thursday, February 01, 2007

Food again - Bakkerij Goossens etc.

Just a P.S. to yesterday's post, the dagmenu at 't Injaske did not disappoint. I was almost going to order Moussaka but decided to try the dagmenu (menu of the day). It just said something in Dutch about a plate baked in the oven. They make great comfort food there - sounded like casserole to me. It was like au gratin potatoes with ham and leeks, with some cheese sprinkled on top and put under the broiler to make a crackly crust. It was served with some squash soup as a starter. Yum.

This morning we wandered around looking for a cafe after the girls were safely ensconced at school, and ended up at Monaco on the Meir. Cappucino was good there. We read a London Times and watched the traffic go by.

Next we decided to try Goossens Bakery. That's the place I'd found in the "starfish" of pedestrian streets just off the Meir, on Korte Gasthuisstraat, the one with a line out the door. I found out why there's a line out the door--what scrumptious stuff they have there! I got some whole grain bread, sliced, a coffee cake type pastry with frangipane filling for tomorrow's breakfast, and six koekjes (cookies) that are like pinoli cookies sandwiched around a pistachio filling. Yum! I hear they make bread with apples every Friday morning...we'll have to stop by there again for more scrumptious treats.

Finally we stopped into a bookstore called Standaard Boekhandel. They have a good children's book section and a good English language novel section, but we didn't get anything today. I'm still working on Dave Eggers' What is the What and after that is Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children. The girls have a small but growing collection of English language books (the one thing we could've brought more of--hard to find here!) thanks to my mom and aunt, who have so generously mailed a few at a time.

Got back to the apartment and hung out til John went to get the girls. I made lunch while they were on their way back. No school tomorrow, so we're looking into a daytrip of some kind.

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