Author: Sonia Kolasinska

Art & History Travel

Grachtenfestival, or how to Combine Summer, Canals and Classical Music

Originally published on the Eating Europe blog, August 14, 2014 Featured photo by delfi de la Rua on Unsplash What is one of the most iconic things associated with Amsterdam? Canals, of course. And Amsterdammers know best how to celebrate their beauty, especially during the upcoming annual Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival). There are many summer festivals in Amsterdam, but as far […]

Art & History Travel

It Doesn’t Get More Dutch than this… Your Guide to the 2014 Jordaan Festival

Originally published on the Eating Europe blog, September 11, 2014 Featured photo by Maaria Lohiya on Unsplash Let’s say you’ve visited the Netherlands or you’ve been living here for quite some time already. You know the taste of stroopwaffels, you’ve learnt to like liquorice candy and you eat poffertjes for breakfast. But I bet you haven’t experienced anything as Dutch as […]

Food Culture Travel

The Great Outdoors: Best Al Fresco Dining in Amsterdam

Originally published in the Eating Europe blog, May 27, 2014 Featured photo by Xochi on Unsplash Amsterdam’s charm lies in its picturesque parks, unique architecture, leafy trees and serene canals. The scenery makes the city a perfect setting for lunching and dining in the open air, especially with the summer coming up. If you need an advice on […]


An Immigration Story: Around the World in Dutch Cuisine

Originally published on the Eating Europe blog, March 30, 2015 Featured photo by Peter Hershey on Unsplash Let’s be honest. What is considered to be traditional Dutch food (mashed potatoes, raw herring, and incredibly thick pea soup) is not the most sophisticated cuisine on earth. It seems to be more about nutritious comfort food rather than spices and beautiful presentation on a plate. But there is more to Dutch food […]


A Quick Reference Guide to King’s Day

Originally published on the Eating Europe blog, 22 April, 2014 Featured photo by Alex Harvey ?? on Unsplash This year, on April 26, you’ll have a chance to be part of the first King’s Day (Koningsdag) ever! Traditionally, the Dutch celebrated Queen’s Day in honor of Queen Wilhelmina’s, and later on Queen Juliana’s, birthday. After the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander last year, […]

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