These are bite-size, puffy pancakes called poffertjes, pronounced "puh-fe-jus". It's one of my favorite Dutch words. (Yes, I have a handful of favorite Dutch words, thank you.) Poffertjes are a bit hollow and moist on the inside. When served hot with a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar, it's a delightful snack!
Delicious, homemade sausages of different sorts and homemade jam. We were able to take some home to America, of course!
And fresh herring eaten raw either with chopped onions or sandwiched in a bread roll. This is my first time eating herring and if you must know, a lot of the Dutch people I came across cringe at thought of eating raw fish fillets.
And of course, bicycles are a craze nationwide, not just in Amsterdam.
When I say that I admire the European lifestyle, this is in part what I meant - living in a community without the complications and greed of a capitalist society. Yes, life is less gaudy in these parts, the two-car garages, 3,000 square foot homes and enormous yards of America are absent, but the quality of living and the happiness quotient seems higher. People are not obsessed with their iPhones. They ride bicycles. Clean energy is not a debate. And the food is fresh and clean.
I cannot help but think, especially in the midst of a federal government shut-down and squabbling politicians in America, that the Dutch, teeny as their country might be, got something right.