Diana Laskaris


Over the years, we have noticed changes in ourselves, in travel, and in our world. These changes have prompted us to refocus Food Travelist on what we call “Deliciously Mindful Travel.” It’s our new tagline, our approach to discovering the most delicious destinations in the world, and how we look forward to creating a joyful future of exploration in a meaningful, low-impact way. But what exactly does Deliciously Mindful Travel mean? Let’s look at each aspect of this approach and see how it benefits every Food Travelist.

How To Travel Deliciously

Our name Food Travelist says it all. We travel for food. We seek out destinations, restaurants, recipes, products, services, food and beverage experiences. That’s just how we roll. If it isn’t delicious, we probably won’t write about it. If it isn’t part of our taste memory, we probably won’t remember it. We travel with our taste buds and follow our noses to find the best of everything culinary travel has to offer. Even when we stay home, we want to experience the thrill of dining adventure, whether through what we make or what we buy and sometimes even both.

Vienna Christmas Market


Are You A Food Travelist?

If you’re a Food Travelist you probably already know what we mean. We talk about many of our favorite trips in terms of the dishes we’ve tasted, the conversations we’ve had over meals or about them, the friends we’ve met through our food-focused explorations and the cultural deep dives we’ve experienced through a universal human connection to food.

Sometimes we don’t wait to talk about our next meal while we’re still enjoying the one that we’re on. Or we’re looking through all the different options for tasting a local snack with a bit of street food already in our hands. We’re always looking at what the folks around us are munching, drinking, or waiting in line for at a cart, stand, truck, or hole-in-the-wall. If you can relate, you’re probably a Food Travelist, just like us.

Food Travel Means Connecting

The food we most seek out in our travels is the product of the location, its history, traditions, geography, resources, and people. It’s the true taste of a destination, the food eaten by the people there. Sure we love a Michelin-starred restaurant and unique fine dining experiences. But our greatest pleasure is discovering delicious dishes prepared by the people who have the deepest connection to the land in which they live.

We love to meet the restaurant owner, chef, fisherman, cheesemaker, farmer, rancher, brewmaster, winemaker, pastry chef, bartender, and all those who bring the freshest and most delicious flavors to our table. We want to hear their stories, get their opinions, and understand their points of view. We view food and drink as a tool for communication, and we want to listen and learn.

Flavors Of The World At Home Too

Because not everyone can get to all of those people and places, we want to share our discoveries here on Food Travelist through stories, recipes, and recommendations that excite your imagination and allow you to travel deliciously too. We all learned through world events like pandemics, climate crises, wars, strikes, and more, that sometimes we also need to bring the world into our homes. We refined our methods, discovered new products, and explored global tastes deliciously at home. Wherever we do it, experiencing the flavors of the world is top of our agenda at Food Travelist.

What Is Mindful Travel?

In our early days, travel often included major destinations and a checklist of attractions. Rushing from one site to another to check everything off the list became an end to itself and we were left with exhaustion and emptiness that, although we had “seen” all of those wonders on our list, we didn’t really have time to “experience” them in a meaningful way. After a while, we came to believe that there were better ways to travel – and to live our lives – that involved slow traveling, paying attention, throwing out the checklists, and seeking to enjoy each experience and each moment to the fullest. In short, we wanted to live and travel more mindfully. Slow travel allows us to do just that.

The Food Travelists cycling through Burgundy.
The Food Travelists cycling through Burgundy.

Over the years the number of people traveling, often to the same desirable places, has become overwhelming. In some cases, overtourism is even causing damage to important historical sites and foundations of cultural heritage. You may have heard about “sustainable travel,” “responsible travel,” “green travel, “eco travel,” and similar concepts. The idea behind all of these ideas is to travel in a way that lessens the destructive impact and increases the positive benefits of travel. They are concerned with traveling to minimize negative consequences on the environment, community, economy, and other facets of destinations we visit and instead bring a positive benefit to them.

Mindfulness Gives Meaning

The concept of mindfulness has also become more familiar in everyday life. Many people who have been stressing themselves out with overbooked days and hyperactive evenings have searched for a way to slow down and actually enjoy their days and nights rather than just get through them. Methods to bring mind and body together, into focus, inserted into daily life, help us take a breath, enjoy each moment, and take pleasure in being alive. This mindful approach also incorporates the idea of “slow travel” and “slow food,” where one resists the urge to experience everything all at once. Instead, the mindful Food Travelist savors the sweetness of individual moments and meals.

Our understanding of “Mindful Travel” embodies all of the above ideas and others. We think of travel as education, inspiration, entertainment, enlightenment, personal growth, contribution, contemplation, connection, refreshment, relaxation, and more.

The Benefits Of Mindful Travel

Mindful travel is the ultimate two-way street. We engage on a journey of discovery and allow all of its beauty to bloom slowly, opening us up to whatever may come. There’s no agenda, no checklist, just awareness of what is happening around us and within us. We interact with those we meet on our journeys with an open mind and heart. Curiosity rules and compassion grounds us. We seek to understand, to connect, to immerse ourselves in the present moment of each experience.

The reason we believe that mindful travel is more important than ever is that our world is groaning around us in so many ways, warning us that we must change our course. We want to be part of the solution to personal and global unrest. The benefits of mindful travel are that we can change the course we are on and save our beautiful world with all its exceptional experiences for future generations. We hope to set an example for how to enjoy delicious travel experiences that are both personally enriching and socially responsible, no matter where in the world we may go.


What Does Deliciously Mindful Travel Look Like?

We hope this explanation is appealing and excites you to start thinking about Deliciously Mindful Travel yourself. But, how do you get started? What does Deliciously Mindful Travel look like in practice? We’re glad you asked!

Here are a few key steps you can use in planning your next exciting trip with the Deliciously Mindful Travel approach.

Deliciously Mindful Travel can take you to places that are not on the tip of every tourist’s tongue. In fact, some of our favorite trips have been to places we had never heard of or had not considered for a visit. Places like the tiny island of Nevis or the little town of Cartmel England filled our bellies with spectacular unique eats and in the process captured our hearts as well. We can’t wait to discover more hidden gems on our journeys.

For example, thinking that France is somewhere you’d love to go? Skip Paris and instead taste the phenomenal food and explore the wonders of Toulouse or Gers in the beautiful southwestern part of the country.

Perhaps you’ve got Portugal on your mind (which we totally understand). Zip through Lisbon or Porto and spend your time winding your way through amazing places like Cascais on the coast, the island of Madeira, or the romantic and historical villages in the Center of Portugal. We don’t mean that if you’ve never been to Paris you should never see it. But when visiting a major city like Lisbon, be sure to allow for some tasty day trips as well. And, whenever possible, plan in accordance with our tip number 2 below and then also spend time in less well-trodden locales with even more wonders waiting for you.

2. Travel In The Shoulder Or Off Season For Better Prices And Fewer Crowds.

Wherever you find yourself drawn to for travel, plan to go there when they are not so busy. Summer is often when tourists do the bulk of their travel. Some locations that are well-known are bursting with people so the lines are incredible as are the prices. Spring and autumn, often called the “shoulder season” provide a great alternative in many destinations. The weather is usually still pretty good and the prices reflect the greater availability. Sometimes, the off or low season can also be an option. If you particularly like cold weather for sport or a change of scenery, great deals can often be found. Just be sure to do your homework to make sure that the place you’re interested in doesn’t have a huge surge in tourism at that time or conversely, everything that you want to see or do is closed.

Traveling outside of the major tourist season is great for Deliciously Mindful Travel because you’ll likely have your choice of dining options and attractions with fewer lines or wait times. You’ll also be able to mingle with residents and locals who may be more intrigued by your visit than annoyed by it. Giving yourself a chance to immerse yourself into every meal, every unique food market, and every stroll without watching the clock or wedging yourself in enables you to more consciously enjoy each experience and feel inspired by the feelings it gives you.

3. Ditch Your Checklist And Other Expectations

One of the challenges of travel is having expectations of what you will see, taste, or do and that your expectations will be met. A hallmark of Deliciously Mindful Travel is letting go of those expectations. Let go of the checklist of attractions and instead follow your instincts, the advice of locals you meet along the way, and whatever tickles your fancy when you start immersing yourself in your location. Opening ourselves up to new and unexpected experiences gives us the chance to encounter more authentic and enriching moments we might otherwise miss. You’ll no longer say no to that unique opportunity because if it sounds like fun, you’ll just do it. And allow yourself the time and space to enjoy it fully, without worrying about jumping into the next thing on your list – because you ditched the list!

4. Let The Locals Be Your Guides

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing some research on the place you plan on visiting. In fact, we recommend you research it a lot in advance of deciding it’s a destination you can really sink your teeth into, so to speak. But once you arrive let all your research be the background to the present local scene. Be sensitive to what is going on around you. One of the ways we always find the best places to eat is to see if there are local people lined up waiting or inside. The best deals and most authentic flavors are often found in the most unassuming locations.  Even when it comes to which stand to get a snack at the local farmers market, regulars will know where to go. Follow their lead for surprising and delicious meals.

While the hospitality folks will often have recommendations, we prefer to ask people we encounter throughout our journey about where they like to go to eat or what their friends prefer. They don’t always have the same tastes as us, but the more they talk the more ideas they give. Eventually, you’re bound to hit on something you will like. And you can always validate the suggestion by looking at who else is eating there. Don’t forget too that some of the tastiest food we ever get is from trucks or stands on the street. Even if you’re just looking for a snack, street food is great for getting to know the people and flavors of a place.

Thermea relaxing hammocks Winnipeg
Thermea relaxing hammocks

5. Give Yourself Time To Breathe

Even once we master Deliciously Mindful Travel, we can fall back into our old habits of trying to see and do everything. FOMO (fear of missing out) overtakes us and we begin rushing from one hidden gem to another. We have to accept the fact that in order to go deep, we may not be able to go too wide. And, that’s okay. The thrill of discovery is sweetened when we appreciate how wonderful an experience is while we are experiencing it, not worrying about the next wonderful experience.

It can be difficult to start, but it’s important to give yourself permission to go slow. Enjoy the moment, each moment, for what it gives you, and what you give back. Help yourself by taking just a few minutes to stand or sit somewhere that you can see everything that’s going on around you, the beauty or history, the people or landscape, and just breathe it all in. There is nowhere better than where you are. There is nothing you are missing out on if you are fully immersed in what you are experiencing. Allow yourself the luxury of time, time to just relax and be.

Travel journal

Where Will You Go Next?

So, now that you have a better understanding of what we mean by Deliciously Mindful Travel, we hope that it appeals to your sense of adventure as well as your ideas of personal satisfaction. We have begun exploring the roads less traveled, and they truly do make all the difference. We feel good about traveling and hope that we provide as much benefit to the places we explore as they give to us.

We hope you follow us on our journeys. We promise to share stories, recipes, and recommendations that you can use to help you discover your own favorite roads less traveled.

So, that just leaves us with one last question. Where will you go next?

We can’t wait to hear your answers and to explore more Deliciously Mindful Travel with you.


What Is An Aperol Spritz?

The Aperol Spritz has experienced a great surge in popularity in recent years. But the idea of creating a fizzy combination drink we now know as a “spritz” actually came to be in the 1800s when some of what is now the Vento region of northern Italy were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is believed that the soldiers and visitors to the region at that time found the wine to be too strong for their delicate taste buds. So they added a splash (or “spritz” in German) of water to lighten it up. The evolution of the spritz then led to adding sparkling instead of flat water. Over time fortified wines and liqueurs found their way into spritzes as well.

Aperol, a bitter-sweet liqueur made with bitter and sweet oranges, rhubarb, gentian root, and other unique ingredients (the actual recipe is still a secret) was the creation of two Italian brothers, Silvio and Luigi Barbieri who spent years developing something special after inheriting their father’s liquor business. It caught on in Italy and in the 1950s the Aperol Spritz was born around the same time that Aperol made its first television commercial. The taste was a hit and its electric orange color has proven irresistible. When you add a bottle of Aperol to your cabinet, here’s how to make your very own spritz.

Aperol Spritz

Although there are of course many different ways to play with the ingredients of an Aperol Spritz, the official recipe is known as 3-2-1. It’s simple to remember and delicious to enjoy, especially on a hot summer afternoon whether in Venice or anywhere else in the world.

Aperol Spritz

Although there are of course many different ways to playwith the ingredients of an Aperol Spritz, the official recipe is known as3-2-1. It’s simple to remember and delicious to enjoy, especially on a hotsummer afternoon whether in Venice or anywhere else in the world.


  • 3 parts Prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol
  • 1 splash Sodawater or any unflavored sparkling water
  • 1 Fresh orange slice for garnish, optional


  • Fill alarge wine glass (or other glass of your choosing) with ice cubes.
  • Add 3oz. (or 3 parts) chilled Prosecco.
  • Add 2oz. (or 2 parts) Aperol liqueur.
  • Stirgently.
  • Topwith a “spritz” (1 oz, a splash, or 1 part) of chilled soda water or flavorless sparkling water
  • Garnish with slice of fresh orange, if desired.


Options and Variations

While a classic Aperol Spritz is perfect in the eyes of some, others like to experiment and mix things up a bit. In the spirit of adventure that goes naturally with our dabbling behind the bar, here are a few ideas for you.
  1. Skip the soda and just use Prosecco or other sparkling wine for the spritz.
  2. Use grapefruit soda instead of plain soda water.
  3. Ginger beer can make a fun twist in place of the Prosecco and soda water for the fizz.
  4. Try a sparkling rosé instead of Prosecco.
  5. Add some syrup from Luxardo cherries and a couple of cherries to the garnish. The syrup will enhance the sweetness a bit while the Luxardo cherries add a nice contrast to the garnish.
Course: Drinks

Mezzo-Mezzo Spritz

This is our own spritz twist provided by the bartender at the Palazzo Paruta Venezia (LINK TO ARTICLE) where we stayed during our most recent visit to Venice. Aperol entered the Campari Group’s portfolio of brands in 2003, so it’s no surprise they play well together. Using them both in the c context of a spritz seems only natural (and tastes like a dream). The herbaceous bite of the  Campari is moderated by the sweetness of the Aperol. It’s neither too bitter nor too sweet, in our opinion. And the color is absolutely delightful. Please note, this is not to be confused with a cocktail known as a “Mezzo e Mezzo” which uses a unique blend of different liqueurs in an aperitif.

Mezo-Mezo Spritz


  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 3 oz Prosecco, chilled
  • 1 Splash (spritz) of soda water or any unflavored sparklingwater
  • 1 Orange slice and maraschino or Luxardo cherry for garnish,optional


  • Fill a large wine glass (or other glass of your choosing) with ice cubes.
  • Add 3 oz. (or 3 parts) chilled Prosecco
  • Add 1 oz. (or 1 part) Aperol liqueur.
  • Add 1 oz. (or 1 part) Campari liqueur
  • Stirgently.
  • Top with a “spritz” (1 oz, a splash, or 1 part) of chilled soda water or flavorless sparkling water.
  • Garnish with slice of fresh orange and maraschino or Luxardo cherry, if desired.
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Cocktails

The Aperitivo Experience

One of the best things we discovered in our travels to Italy is the aperitivo experience. An aperitivo technically is an aperitif, a beverage designed to open the appetite before dinner. But over the years, the concept of aperitivo has turned into a ritual, the defining end of the business workday and welcoming of the personal time in the evening that is to come. And more than just a drink, the aperitivo experience now includes food as well.

Restaurants, bars, hotels, and all sorts of spots around Italy offer aperitivo as a way to illustrate their hospitality and talents. Just like the tailgate picnics in the United States, they can range from the simplest little bites to full-on banquets. Aperitivo is not meant to be synonymous with Happy Hour, but the customary time may be around the same.

Aperitivo Drinks

Drinks can be nonalcoholic but the most traditional appetite-whetters are spritz drinks, vermouth,  and other bitters. But these days, just about anything goes including beer, wine, Prosecco, Negroni and other cocktails.

Aperitivo Eats

What can you expect to find on the plate at aperitivo time? Just about anything you can consume as a nibble. Most common are cured meats, cheeses, canapés, nuts, grissini (breadsticks), olives, potato chips, pizza bites, and taralli (mini bagel-shaped crackers). But really, there is such a wide variety that just about anything may show up on an aperitivo table. The point is to enjoy, and we’ll put up some easy recipes for your own aperitivo experience in another post soon. In the meantime, enjoy your choice of these delicious Venetian cocktails.

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Venice Italy Cocktails Are Sparkling

When visiting Venice Italy, it’s easy to get caught up in all the dazzling sites there are to see there. From the magnificent Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace to the dreamy sites of gondolas gliding on the Grand Canal, romance takes hold of the heart.

But all that excitement and romance are bound to make you thirsty, so we wanted to share our recipes for three of the most popular (and tasty) cocktails you can try in Venice or at home. They all happen to contain Prosecco, the delightfully fizzy sparkling wine that Italy calls its own. If you don’t happen to have Prosecco, you can improvise with your favorite sparkling wine.

These bellinis are all quite easy to make and I provide you with some different ways to prepare them that make it fun as well. Choose your favorites and enjoy!

Classic Bellini

This is a classic sparkling fruity drink often served with breakfast or brunch. But you can enjoy it anytime. It was the creation of Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar, in Venice, Italy, around 1948. In its simplest form, it consists of 2 parts prosecco to 1 part white peach puree. He used white peaches in the original recipe. These days, white peaches are not so common, so you can use whatever peach is your favorite. Prepared nectars and purees can be found year-round making it easier to enjoy outside the prime peach harvest months. We love them served in a champagne flute.

Classic Bellini

This is a classic sparkling fruity drink often served withbreakfast or brunch. But you can enjoy it anytime. This prosecco cocktail is the creation of Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar, in Venice, Italy, around 1948. Inits simplest form, it consists of 2 parts prosecco to 1 part white peach puree.He used white peaches in the original recipe. These days, white peaches are notso common, so you can use whatever peach is your favorite. Prepared nectars andpurees can be found year round making it easier to enjoy outside the primepeach harvest months. We love them served in a champagne flute.


  • 2 oz Peach nectar or puree
  • 4 oz Chilled Prosecco
  • Peach slice and fresh mint for garnish


  • Fill champagne flute with peach nectar or puree.
  • Add chilled Prosecco slowly (it will bubble up as you add it).
  • Stirgently and top with 1 slice fresh peach and sprig of mint garnish, if desired.


Options And Variations

You can punch up the sweetness, fruitiness, or booziness of this classic Bellini in a variety of ways. Here are some options you can choose from to make the drink your own.
  1. Add 1 oz. peach schnapps for more potent peachy goodness.
  2. Add 1 oz. of vodka for a stronger drink.
  3. Mash fresh peach slices and add to the nectar or puree for more fruit forward flavor.
  4. Add 1 oz. of simple syrup to sweeten the cocktail.
  5. Choose a demi-sec Prosecco or sparkling wine instead of Brut to make it sweeter.
Course: Drinks

Frozen Bellini

Sometimes an icy, frosty beverage is what calls to us in the heat of the day. This frozen version of the Bellini cocktail is the perfect choice for chilling out all the way. You’ll need to do this one in your blender and probably want to enjoy this with a friend, so here’s a recipe for two.

Frozen Bellini


  • 1 1/2 Cup Frozen Peach Slices
  • 1/2 Cup Peach Nectar of puree
  • 1 Cup Prosecco Chilled
  • Raw sugar and lime wedge to rim the glasses, optional
  • Fresh peach slices and mint sprigs for garnish, optional


  • If youwant to add a little jazz to your glass, spread some raw sugar on a smallplate, rub the edges of the champagne flutes with the lime, then dip the rimsin the raw sugar to coat evenly. You can set aside the flutes while you makethe drinks or skip this step.
  • Putthe frozen peach slices, nectar, and Prosecco into the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pourfrozen mixture into the champagne flutes and garnish as desired.
  • Add a splash of vodka, light rum, or cachaça to kick up the punch
  • Add some simple syrup to sweeten.
  • Add afresh strawberry, raspberry, or cherry garnish.
Course: Drinks

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One of our favorite ways to get the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to be healthy is through fun and easy recipes that put the veggies in the background. Healthy zucchini bread has to be near the top of our list. This super tasty and fun way to sneak in the ubiquitous zucchini that summer brings is a real winner that pleases even the most demanding non-veggie eaters. Try this easy zucchini bread recipe at home and you’ll be surprised by how many requests you get to make it again and again.

Healthy Zucchini Bread
Healthy Zucchini Bread

You can adjust the spices to suit your tastes. Some people double up on cinnamon and that’s all they use. Others include a variety of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and more. We even know some folks who like to use pumpkin pie spice to give their zucchini bread a bit of fall flavor.

Whatever you do, be sure that when you shred your zucchini that you leave all the juice with it for this zucchini bread recipe. That’s part of what makes it so nice and moist.

We enjoy topping our healthy zucchini bread with light cream cheese, ricotta, Sun Butter, tahini, or other nut butters.

Add Your Favorite Toppings
Add Your Favorite Toppings

Zucchini bread is great for breakfast or a snack, even just all by itself. It’s filling with fiber, making it a good way to avoid the hunger monster between meals.

This is a pretty quick and easy way to enjoy zucchini with a touch of sweetness. Let us know what you think!

Easy Zucchini Bread Is A Great Snack
Easy Zucchini Bread Is A Great Snack

Healthy Zucchini Bread

Enjoy this moist and tasty, slightly sweet zucchini bread recipe at breakfast, for a snack, or any time of day.

Zucchini Bread Is Nice For Breakfast
Zucchini Bread Is Nice For Breakfast


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup neutral oil (vegetable, macadamia nut, etc.)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 2 cups grated zucchini, 1 medium-large squash

Make A Delicious Loaf In No Time
Make A Delicious Loaf In No Time


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Generously grease the bottom and sides of a 9×5 loaf pan.
3. Grate the zucchini into a bowl using a box or straight grater with medium or large holes. Do not peel the zucchini and do retain all of the liquid that results from shredding.
4. Combine flour, spices, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and stir to blend.

Moist And Delicious
Moist And Delicious

5.  In a medium bowl, use a whisk or fork to thoroughly combine the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
6.  Add in the grated zucchini to the wet mixture and stir to integrate.
7.  Pour the wet zucchini mixture into the dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined – don’t overmix or your zucchini bread will turn out rubbery.
8. Place batter into the greased loaf pan.
9. Bake on center rack in oven for 60-70 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
10. When fully baked leave to cool thoroughly before removing from pan or it might stick to bottom or sides.

A Favorite Among Zucchini Recipes
A Favorite Among Zucchini Recipes

You can also add other things to this easy zucchini bread recipe if you like. A few popular additions include chocolate chips, golden raisins or other dried berries and fruit, chopped nuts, and coconut flakes. Make it however you like it.

If you like zucchini, try out our Zucchini Spaghetti recipe too!

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We loved exploring Amsterdam food in the capital city of the Netherlands. Many Dutch specialties like Pannenkoeken (formerly spelled Pannekoeken) and Poffertjes have names that twist the tongue. But trying all these amazing treats is worth the challenge. We want to share a few of our favorite Amsterdam food finds. And if the Food Travelist in you wants to enjoy these delicious bites at home, we’ve included links to our recipes for some of the best so you can give them a try.


If you like pancakes, then Pannenkoeken will take you to your happy place. These Dutch pancakes are large and can take up a whole plate if left flat. They’re thinner than an American pancake but not as thin as a French crepe and either served with toppings or rolled with fillings. Oddly enough, they’re not particularly a breakfast dish. With Dutch pancakes Amsterdam diners eat them all day long.


Pannenkoeken can be served as a savory or sweet dish. When we were exploring Amsterdam food in the fall, we saw a wide variety of toppings. Two of our favorites were a combination of apples, bacon, and cheese for a savory touch and bananas, strawberries, and chocolate sauce for a bit of the sweet treatment. Stroop syrup is found all over Amsterdam and provides a wonderful thick, sticky, sweet drizzle that works well as complement to any pannenkoeken style. We got the best pancakes Amsterdam has to offer at Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis, a fun and funky spot where your climb up the narrow stairway is an experience in itself.

To make this treat at home, try our easy Pannenkoeken Recept (Dutch for recipe). (link)


We love fried potatoes and so do the Dutch. Many of us grew up with someone asking, “Would you like fries with that?” But Amsterdam fries or frietjes can be the main attraction. With so many Amsterdam restaurants offering sandwiches and burgers, it surprised us to learn that there were stands everywhere selling literally nothing but fries and sauces. Though food historians debate whether fries originated in France or Belgium, in Amsterdam they have been given a special place among Dutch foods to be enjoyed by all.

Frietjes at Mannekin Pis in Amsterdam

Frietjes, sometimes called patatjes by locals, are a serious matter and heated debates have been known to erupt when discussing the best fries Amsterdam makes. While Canadians have their poutine, loaded fries with cheese curds and gravy, the Dutch have patatje oorlong or “war fries.” These Dutch fries are topped with mayo and satay, an Indonesian sweet and salty peanut sauce. Then the whole thing is topped with diced raw onions. The fries themselves are cut rather thick and fried twice, giving them a great crisp outside and tender inside. We loved the sauce dispensers at Mannekin Pis, with over two dozen sauces to try. It’s easy to get obsessed with frietjes, a great street food Amsterdam visitors should try.


A favorite Amsterdam food especially at snacktime, bitterballen are bite-sized fried meatballs. At the center they have a mixture of meat stew thickened with roux, which when cooled is rolled into balls, breaded, and deep fried. Often served with a mustard dipping sauce, bitterballen are a favorite accompaniment to a nice cold beer. The texture of the soft inside makes a surprising contrast with the crunchy coating. These little bites are easy to pop in your mouth after taking a bike ride or while relaxing by one of the picturesque canals in the city.


Traditionally, bitterballen use beef. But they could be made with other meat such as pork or even turkey. Sometimes other kroketten (Dutch croquettes) are served with bitterballen. These are typically made in a log shape containing, cheese, potato, vegetables, shrimp, or other ingredients then breaded and friend the same way. If you’re a grazer then a bowl full of bitterballen together with some kroketten and frietjes would make a perfect meal.

Enjoy bitterballen wherever you are with our easy bitterballen recipe. (link)

Gouda Cheese And Edam Cheese

There’s no doubt that any exploration of Amsterdam food has to include some of its amazing cheese. And two of the most famous types, Gouda cheese, and Edam cheese come in an infinite variety of styles and flavors worth tasting. Aged and smoked Gouda adds a deliciously rich dimension to the cheese flavors. And both Edam cheese and Gouda cheese can be found with additional flavors such as herbs and spices. Smoked Gouda has a unique flavor that many people enjoy too.

Amsterdam has no shortage of places to try or buy these great cheeses, and many others. One of our favorites is the Old Amsterdam cheese store. Like many other Amsterdam cheese shops, they offer plenty of free tastes so you can try them before you buy. The one cheese that most tickled our tastebuds was the aged Gouda. Full of crystals that result from the aging process and with a rich, buttery flavor, this cheese remains one of our favorite Dutch snacks.


For a different take on Amsterdam pancakes, poffertjes are bite-sized fun. A poffertje may be described as a fluffy little pancake or like a small yeast donut. They make a wonderful dish for Sunday brunch or a great as snack or dessert anytime. A popular treat, poffertjes can be found at Amsterdam food markets and Amsterdam restaurants alike.


Commonly made with buckwheat flour in the Netherlands, they can be made with all-purpose flour as well, and are most often topped with good butter and powdered sugar, but more recent versions can add toppings like fruit jam or Nutella.  Any survey of Amsterdam food should include at least one version of these tiny but mighty sweet bites.

Traditionally, these little round puffy pancakes are made using a poffertjespan (a dimpled poffertjes pan), but our recipe offers some suggestions for how to get around that if you don’t have one available.  (link)


The national dish of the Netherlands, stamppot is the ultimate comfort food. There are a lot of variations depending on whether it includes meat, vegetables, or a combination. But common to all varieties is a mashup of potatoes and something. Hollandse pot includes potatoes, vegetables, and meat, while hutspot includes potatoes and carrots. Sometimes the stamppot will be served with rookworst, a smoked sausage. We tried several versions of stamppot at De Blauwe Hollander, a traditional restaurant in Amsterdam’s Leidesplein neighborhood. It’s a great place to try many Dutch specialties in one place, and the atmosphere is charming. It’s a very popular place, though so be sure to make your reservation in advance.


It is said that Stamppot originated when Spanish troops occupying the Netherlands in the 1500s were defeated and abandoned their food, a stamppot of meat, potatoes, and vegetables which the hungry Dutch ate with pleasure. The end of the war came with the Liberation of Lieden, and the day is still celebrated on October 3rd every year, including this traditional dish.

There’s no need to wait for a holiday to enjoy stamppot, though. Try our recipe for this hearty Dutch dish anytime you like. (link)


Recently it seems that stroopwafels are everywhere. They have shown up on airplanes as a snack, in coffeeshops as a sweet side addition, and on the shelves of stores with cookies and treats. And we’re happy that the stroopwafel has broken through into the global cuisine scene. At their best, the stroopwafel is gooey caramel sandwiched between thin waffle-like wafers. Served hot and freshly made at places like Albert Cuypmarkt (Albert Cuyup Market) and other markets, stands, shops, and cafés all over, it’s hard to resist this sweet combination.


Sometimes, the stroopwafel is a small, bite-size treat, other times it’s the perfect size to put over your cup of tea or coffee, which then heats it up so that the caramel becomes warm again. The fresh stroopwafels made at the markets, however, tend to be big, ooey gooey monsters, that require a whole lot of napkins to capture the hot caramel before it gets all over. Originally created in the city of Gouda, stroopwafels can be found all over the Netherlands, and increasingly around the world. The combination of crispy, chewy, and gooey textures with the buttery sweet flavor make for an undeniably rich treat. They’re messy but they’re good!

A popular brand of stroopwafel you can try at home is Daelman’s. (amazon affiliate link) They come in various packages and different sizes, so you can choose what looks good to you. We like to warm the original caramel ones over our coffee and tea mugs for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up or sweet treat before bed. Some of the cute packages also make for a great gift!

Pannenkoeken, frietjes, bitterballen, Gouda cheese and Edam cheese, poffertjes, stamppot and stroopwafel are just a few of the great flavors we enjoyed while we were in Amsterdam. There are so many flavors to explore that we will be back to Amsterdam in the spring so we can try even more dishes on the great Amsterdam food scene. In the meantime, we hope you’ll give some of our recipes a try and let us know how you like them. Remember, wherever you are in the world, you can always treat yourself to the tastes of travel at home and enjoy the world on your plate.

On our visit to Amsterdam (LINK), we discovered that many Dutch food specialties have been brought to the Netherlands through an interesting history. Cultural influences such as those from Dutch colonial history brought an elaborate meal called a “rijsttafle” or rice table, where many small dishes from Indonesia are eaten together, which is unique to the Netherlands. And certain tasty snacks, such as crispy-coated, meat-filled, round bitterballen that are enjoyed all over the country and by visitors as well are actually the result of food challenges during wartime. As Food Travelists, we explore the cultural cross-connections we find in food around the world. And Dutch bitterballen makes for an interesting example.

How To Make Delicious Dutch Bitterballen

Bitterballen History

The history of the bitterbal (singular) reveals that it actually wasn’t the Dutch who invented it. During the 16th century when the Dutch battled the Spanish for independence during the 80 Years war, ingredients for their usual Spanish tapas were hard to find. Innovative as chefs need to be sometimes, these kitchen warriors experimented with ingredients they could get their hands on. They learned about ragout, the meat and bread mixture inside the bitterballen, which had been around since ancient times. Then through ingenuity and a desire for that special crunch that everyone loves, they rolled ragout in breadcrumbs, popped it into a pan full of oil, and gave them a good fry. In the best tradition of pantry cooking they created a tasty snack with what they had and bitterballen were born.

How Are Bitterballen Served

Traditionally, bitterballen were served with jenever, a Dutch juniper and herb-flavored liquor similar to gin. Now you will often find beer to be a favorite beverage to accompany them. Bitterballen, which contain meat, have become part of the snack scene along with “kroketten,” croquettes of cheese or vegetables.  While kroketten are in a log shape, bitterballen have a meatball-like appearance. They make a great snack or an appetizer along with your favorite dipping sauces. Mustard is a time-honored choice, but you could mix things up with difffernt dips like satay, bbq, spiced ketchup, aioli, or whatever you like.

Bringing The Taste of Travel Home

Being highly experienced food travelers, we always try to find ways of bringing the tastes of travel home. And we think that Dutch bitterballen make an interesting appetizer for any dinner or party. In this article, we’ll provide you with a detailed bitterballen recipe so you can create these savory bites of goodness in the comfort of your own home.


Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Cooked Beef
  • 1/4 cup Each Finely diced onion, celery, and carrot.
  • 2 tbsp Finely Chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Fine Breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable Oil for frying


  • Start by melting the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir constantly until the mixture turns golden brown, which should take about 5 minutes.
  • Gradually whisk in the beef broth until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the cooked beef, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, salt, and black pepper. Stir everything together until the mixture is well combined.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes thick and bubbly, which should take about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until it is firm.
  • Beat the eggs in a shallow dish. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow dish.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out small balls of the chilled mixture and roll them into balls. Dip each ball into the beaten eggs, then coat it in the breadcrumbs.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the balls in batches until they are golden brown, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the balls from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels.


Tips for Success

  • It’s important to chill the mixture thoroughly before rolling it into balls. This will make it easier to handle and prevent the balls from falling apart.
  • A high-quality beef broth will give your bitterballen the best flavor.
  • Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying the bitterballen. If it’s not hot enough, the balls may fall apart or become greasy.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: Bitterballen

 See our serving suggestions below and enjoy!

Tips for Success

  • It’s important to chill the mixture thoroughly before rolling it into balls. This will make it easier to handle and prevent the balls from falling apart.
  • A high-quality beef broth will give your bitterballen the best flavor.
  • Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying the bitterballen. If it’s not hot enough, the balls may fall apart or become greasy.

Variations and Allergen-free Alternatives

  • While traditional bitterballen are made with beef, you can substitute any meat you like, such as pork, turkey, or chicken.
  • Feel free to add some herbs or spices to either the filling or the coating. Thyme, nutmeg, and bay leaf are popular choices.
  • For a vegetarian version, use cheese, mushrooms, or your favorite root vegetables and treat them like stewed meat. Be sure to remove excess water from the cooked veggies to keep the filling from being too moist. You can use vegetable broth and vegetarian egg substitute in the recipe for a vegan option and it will still taste great.
  • For a gluten-free version, substitute your favorite gluten-free flour and coating mixes.

Bitterballen Serving Suggestions

If you want to have a fun Dutch dinner, serve bitterballen with some cubes of Dutch Edam cheese and Gouda cheese along with some pickles and a variety of sauces. Beer makes a great beverage accompaniment as well.

For a great main course, check out our authentic Dutch stamppot recipe (LINK). And finish off your meal with the sweet little pancakes called poffertjes(LINK). Add to the atmosphere with tulips, blue and white plates, and windmill or bicycle decorations.

Beer and gin drinks to go along with the appetizers and the meal. Some Dutch beers like Heineken, Amstel, and Grolsch are widely available in many other countries.

However you choose to enjoy them, bitterballen are lots of fun to start any meal, party, or gathering, so be sure to have plenty on hand and have a tasty time.

How To Make Delicious Dutch Bitterballen

Where To Try Bitterballen In Amsterdam

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Amsterdam, there are plenty of great places in Amsterdam where you can try these delicious bitterballen.

Café Luxembourg

One spot that’s particularly well-known for its bitterballen is Café Luxembourg, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s bustling city center. This historic café has been serving up tasty bites and cold drinks since 1921, and their bitterballen are a crowd favorite. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, they’re the perfect accompaniment to a cold beer or a glass of wine.

Café De Klos

Another fantastic option is Café De Klos, a cozy and welcoming pub in the Jordaan neighborhood. Known for its delicious ribs, this popular spot also serves up some seriously tasty bitterballen. Served with tangy mustard for dipping, these little balls of goodness are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Bar Centraal

For a more upscale dining experience, head to Bar Centraal in the trendy Oud West neighborhood. This stylish and modern wine bar is known for its delicious small plates and excellent wine selection and their bitterballen are no exception. Made with high-quality beef and served with a homemade mustard sauce, they’re a true delight for the taste buds.

De Ballenbar

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a unique twist on the classic bitterballen, head to De Ballenbar in the popular Foodhallen. This gourmet snack bar offers a variety of creative bitterballen flavors, such as truffle, cheese, and even spicy shrimp. Plus, the stylish and modern decor makes it a great spot for a fun night out with friends.

Café ‘T Smalle

If you’re looking for a more traditional atmosphere, then you can’t go wrong with the Jordaan neighborhood’s Café ‘t Smalle. This cozy, old-world pub has been serving up delicious Dutch snacks and drinks for over 150 years, and their bitterballen are a true testament to their time-honored recipes. Pair them with a classic Dutch beer or a glass of jenever (Dutch gin) for the ultimate Amsterdam experience.

Vegan Junk Food Bar

Lastly, for those looking for a vegan option, check out Vegan Junk Food Bar. A fast-growing concept, VJFB has already been winning awards and turning heads with its mission focused on sustainability and delicious plant-based menu, which includes classic, mac & cheese, and peanut thai bitterballen. Enjoy the funky atmosphere in one of several locations and bring your dog (pets are welcome!) and a credit card because they don’t take cash.

​ Try Some Of Our Other Dutch Recipes!

Dutch food is as much fun to make as it is to eat. That’s why were inspired to try our hand at some other traditional Dutch dish recipes like stamppot (a hearty mashed potato and vegetable dish), pannenkoeken (LINK) (large, thin pancakes served savory or sweet), and poffertjes (LINK) (tasty puffy mini-pancakes).


Bitterballen recipe pin

When visiting Amsterdam (Link) we fell in love with many of the local dishes, including these puffy little mini-pancakes. Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch treat that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert. These mini pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious. They’re typically served with powdered sugar and butter, but you can also add other toppings like fruit, Nutella, or whipped cream.

Jump to Recipe

History Of Poffertjes

Poffertjes have a long and fascinating history in Dutch food culture. The exact origin of poffertjes is somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it’s believed that they were first created in the Netherlands in the 17th century. At the time, Dutch bakers were experimenting with new types of pancakes, and poffertjes were born out of this culinary innovation.

Early versions of poffertjes were made by pouring batter onto the hot plates of a stove and flipping them with a fork. Over time, the recipe evolved to include yeast and other ingredients, and the distinctive poffertjes pan was developed to make them into the small, round distinctive shape we now recognize.

In Amsterdam, poffertjes are closely associated with the city’s rich culinary traditions. They’re a popular street food, sold by vendors at markets and festivals throughout the year. Poffertjes are also a staple of Dutch cafes and restaurants, where they’re often served for breakfast or as a dessert.

Small but tasty poffertjes.

One of the most famous places to enjoy poffertjes in Amsterdam is at the Poffertjeskraam in the Albert Cuyp Market. This iconic food stall has been serving up delicious poffertjes for more than 100 years and is a great spot for anyone looking to experience the true flavor of Amsterdam.

Despite their popularity in the Netherlands, poffertjes remained relatively unknown outside of the country until the mid-20th century. However, with the rise of international travel and the growth of global cuisine, poffertjes have since gained a following around the world.

In recent years, Dutch expats have been introducing the treat to new audiences. Today, you can find poffertjes in cities from London to New York, often served with creative twists on the traditional preparations and toppings.

Whether you’re enjoying poffertjes on the streets of Amsterdam or in your own kitchen, this beloved Dutch treat is a delicious reminder of the country’s rich culinary heritage.

Poffertjes Recipe

To make poffertjes, you’ll need a special pan that has small, shallow cavities. You can find these pans online or at specialty kitchen stores. To make poffertjes without a poffertjes pan, see our expert recommendations for alternatives below the recipe.

Here’s our easy and delicious poffertjes recipe just for you.

Poffertjes Dutch Mini-Pancakes

Servings 2 people
These delightfully small pancakes are delicious and fun to eat.


  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Warm Milk
  • 2 tbsp Melted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • Powdered Sugar and butter. (For serving.)


  • In alarge bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the warm milk, melted butter, and egg.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.
  • Cover the bowl with a clean dish towel and let the batter rest in a warm, draft-freeplace for about 30 minutes. The batter should rise and become bubbly.
  • Heat the poffertjes pan over medium heat. Brush each cavity with melted butter.
  • Use a small spoon or a piping bag to fill each cavity about 2/3 full with batter.
  • Cook the poffertjes for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they're goldenbrown and cooked through.
  • Remove the poffertjes from the pan and serve them hot with powdered sugar and butter.


Enjoy your delicious poffertjes! They’re best served fresh and hot, so be sure to eat them right away. You can also experiment with different toppings and flavors to create your own unique twist on this classic Dutch treat.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: Breakfast, Mini-Pancakes, Pancakes, Poffertjes

No Pan? No Problem!

If you’re craving poffertjes but don’t have a poffertjes pan, don’t worry! There are a few substitute options that you can try.

Mini Muffin Pan

One option is to use a mini muffin pan. While the shape won’t be exactly the same, you can still achieve a similar size and texture. Grease the muffin cups with butter and fill them about 2/3 full with batter. Bake them in the oven at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.

Ebelskiver Pan

Another option is to use an ebelskiver pan, which is similar to a poffertjes pan but with deeper cavities. The ebelskiver pan will give you a similar shape and texture to poffertjes. Fill the cavities with batter and cook them according to the poffertjes recipe instructions.

Griddle or Frying Pan

If you don’t have either of the above pans, you can use a griddle or frying pan and go for it free-form. Heat the pan over medium-high heat and melt some butter in the pan. Use a small spoon or piping bag to drop the batter onto the pan in small rounds. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.

No matter which substitute option you choose, be sure to watch the poffertjes carefully as they cook, since cooking times may vary based on the type of pan you use. And don’t forget to serve them hot with powdered sugar and butter for a delicious treat!

Recipe Variations

Poffertjes are often made with all-purpose flour and served with butter and powdered sugar, but there are also many delicious variations on this classic recipe. Here are some of our favorite suggestions to mix things up a bit.

Different Flour

One variation is to use different types of flour in the batter. Buckwheat flour gives the poffertjes a slightly nutty flavor. Try whole wheat flour for a healthier twist. You can also combine flours to get a unique texture and taste.

Sweet Variations

If you’re a fan of poffertjes, you’ll be delighted to know that there are many variations of this delicious Dutch treat to explore. You can make additions to the batter itself or change up the toppings. For something really different, go for both! Here are a few of our favorite creative suggestions. Try some of these  or come up with your own ways to enjoy poffertjes.


For a decadent twist on the classic recipe, add cocoa powder or chocolate chips to the batter. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup for an indulgent treat.

Apple Cinnamon

Add grated apple and a dash of cinnamon to the batter for a cozy fall-inspired version of poffertjes. Top with a drizzle of maple syrup or caramel sauce.

Lemon Poppy Seed

For a tangy and refreshing twist, add lemon zest and poppy seeds to the batter. Serve with a dollop of lemon curd and fresh berries.

Matcha Poffertjes

Add matcha powder to the batter for a trendy and delicious variation. Top with a scoop of green tea ice cream and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Red Velvet Poffertjes

Add red food coloring and cocoa powder to the batter for a vibrant and decadent version of poffertjes. Top with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles for a fun and festive treat.


Add shredded coconut to the batter for a tropical twist. Top with sliced bananas and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Peanut Butter

Swirl creamy peanut butter into the batter for a nutty and satisfying version of poffertjes. Top with chopped peanuts and a drizzle of honey.

Blueberry Lemon 

Add fresh blueberries and lemon zest to the batter for a bright and fruity variation. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Pumpkin Spice 

Add pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to the batter for a cozy fall-inspired version of poffertjes. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Honey Lavender 

Infuse the batter with dried lavender and drizzle with honey for a fragrant and elegant twist on the classic recipe.

Savory Variations

While poffertjes are traditionally served sweet, they can also be made into a delicious and savory treat. Here are some ideas for savory poffertjes.


Add grated cheese to the batter for a savory and satisfying twist. Top with a dollop of sour cream and chives for an appetizer that’s sure to please.


Add chopped bacon to the batter for a smoky and savory version of poffertjes. Top with a fried egg and a drizzle of hot sauce for a breakfast-inspired treat.

Spinach and Feta

Add chopped spinach and crumbled feta cheese to the batter for a Mediterranean-inspired version of poffertjes. Top with a dollop of tzatziki sauce for a refreshing finish.

Mushroom and Thyme

Add sautéed mushrooms and fresh thyme to the batter for a savory and earthy twist. Top with a dollop of crème fraîche for a luxurious finish.

Herb and Garlic

Add fresh herbs and garlic to the batter for a flavorful and aromatic variation. Serve with a dollop of herb butter for a rich and indulgent treat.

These are just a few ideas for savory poffertjes. You can even combine several ingredients like bacon and cheese together for fun. With their soft, fluffy texture and versatile flavor profile, poffertjes can be customized to suit your tastes and preferences. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, there’s a poffertjes recipe out there that’s sure to delight you.

Poffertjes For Special Diets

Even if you have food allergies, restrictions, or sensitivities, you can still make tasty poffertjes at home.

For vegan versions, substitute your favorite nondairy products for the milk, butter, and egg in the recipes. Almond and oat milk are popular choices.

If your diet is gluten-free, use a gluten-free flour blend to create a version of the dish that’s suitable for your dietary restrictions.

Where To Try Poffertjes In Amsterdam

If you’re visiting Amsterdam and want to try authentic Dutch poffertjes, there are many places where you can indulge in this delicious treat. Here are a few suggestions for where to try poffertjes in Amsterdam.

The Pancake Bakery

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, The Pancake Bakery is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. They serve a variety of sweet and savory pancakes, including traditional poffertjes. Their poffertjes are made fresh to order and served with butter and powdered sugar.

Albert Cuyp Market

This vibrant outdoor market is a great place to sample a variety of Dutch treats, including poffertjes. There are several vendors selling freshly made poffertjes, served hot off the griddle with your choice of toppings. Albert Cuyp Market is regularly open Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 5:00pm, and is closed Sundays and holidays.

Lanskroon Bakery

The historic Lanskroon Bakery has been serving delicious Dutch pastries since 1902. In addition to their famous stroopwafels, they have wonderful pastries and serve poffertjes topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar.

The Pancake Club

What started as a seasonal food market stall in 1993 has blossomed into a full-time family business. The Pancake Club serves a variety of Dutch specialties including little puffy mini-pancakes served with butter and powdered sugar. For extra indulgence you can order them with strawberries and cream. Or go for broke and order “the pancake club version” that adds ice cream as well.

Whether you’re enjoying poffertjes while traveling in Amsterdam or bringing the tastes of travel to your table at home, we hope you have fun with our easy-to-make and even easier-to-enjoy recipe. Try some of the variations and let us know what flavors you like the best!

Check Out More Dutch Recipes!

If you are looking for some other fun recipes to try at home, check out our recipes for other traditional Dutch dishes like stamppot (LINK) (a hearty mashed potato and vegetable dish), pannenkoeken (LINK) (large, thin pancakes served savory or sweet), and bitterballen (LINK) (crispy little meatballs).



Updated August 2023

We have been living in the area of Cascais Portugal for over two years now. It’s safe to say that we have had a lot of amazing meals here. Whether you want seafood, meat, or vegetarian, there are lots of phenomenal restaurants waiting to serve you the very best. It’s fun to visit some swanky spots from time to time as well as enjoy cuisines from other countries. Many of our favorites are local “tascas” or family-owned and operated gems serving authentic local Portuguese fare.

People coming for a visit often ask for our recommendations. So, even though we’re discovering new places all the time, we wanted to share some of the best restaurants in Cascais from our experiences so far. Here, in no particular order, are our 15 Cascais restaurants not to miss.


1. Flecha Azul

For a fantastic meal at a fantastic price on a side street just out of the touristic main drag, Flecha Azul is the place to go. This Cascais restaurant run by brothers who know how to keep you happy, has become a favorite with those we have introduced it to as well. They offer traditional Portuguese meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Every day also has a couple of specials, which are usually outstanding examples of Portuguese classics. They have omelets, salads (their tuna salad is one of our favorites), and pasta dishes too. Try the “pressed” wine here, which is a house wine that comes from a tap, quite pleasing and inexpensive.

Porco preto and Flecha Azul in Casais Portugal
Porco preto and Flecha Azul in Casais Portugal

There are tables outside as well as inside the simple restaurant with a humble ambiance. Service is fun and the brothers have a quirky sense of humor, best exemplified by when Diana asked for a small beer, and out came a beer in a tiny shot glass mug, which got a big laugh from everyone. This is one of those places you can always count on for ample portions, great food, and very reasonable prices.

2. Pizzeria Il Siciliano

There is no lack of Italian food restaurants in Cascais, and Pizzeria Il Siciliano is one of our favorites. The owner is from Sicily, knows how to make a great pizza, and has the oven to do it. The service is friendly and the menu offers all the hits. Pizzas, pastas, salads, and more. A fun way to start is with a delicious bruschetta. This is also a good place if you have a group because the food is easy to split and there is an extensive wine menu. It’s again on a side street away from the main touristic area so you will find plenty of expats and Portuguese locals dining here.

Veggie Pizza at Pizzeria Il Siciliano Cascais Portugal
Veggie Pizza at Pizzeria Il Siciliano Cascais Portugal

You’re not cramped inside and there are a few tables out front when the weather permits. Desserts are highly regarded here too. For those who need a gluten-free option, they’ll find it available and tasty here. The restaurant is popular, so go early or make a reservation to be sure you don’t have to wait. They do a brisk takeaway/delivery business all over Cascais Portugal.


3. Hifen

For a delicious meal with a view of the water, Hifen is one of the best restaurants in Cascais. This hip restaurant offers an eclectic range of dishes that are great for sharing. Petiscos are like Portuguese tapas and make for a fun meal with a variety of tastes. Meat, seafood, and vegetarian options come with Portuguese, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and European influences. Tuna Crudo and tabbouleh, duck tostada, shrimp tempura, and veal tataki hint at some of the unique dishes.

Salmon tataki at Hifen in Cascais Portugal
Salmon tataki at Hifen in Cascais Portugal

There are lots of veggie options “from the garden” as well as fun starters like chips from the world, featuring cassava, yam, and parsnip fries with a delectable dipping sauce. Add an excellent drinks menu and a beautiful view of Cascais Bay, and you’re set for a fabulous time. Weekends may have music too, but every day is busy, so be sure to make a reservation at this trendy, popular spot.

4. El Caminito

We discovered El Caminito after walking through the side street where it sits quietly just out of the Cascais touristic fray. If you’re a meat lover, then you won’t want to miss out on this Argentinian grill that specializes in meat actually from Argentina. The wine list is good and reasonable and there’s a lovely view from the top floor. Side dishes, seafood, and vegetarian choices are satisfying as well. A great option is the combo platters, different meats served on a platter together so you can try a few different cuts from picanha to entrecote. We went with a party of four and had more than enough meat with a few sides and starters so that we were too stuffed even to try dessert. Sangria and cocktails are available too.

El Caminito Cacais Portugal
El Caminito Cacais Portugal

The service is delightful and the place is energetic but quiet enough that you can hear the people you are dining with, which in some places isn’t that easy to do. Inside a house in the historic center, this Cascais restaurant is truly a hidden gem. But because the locals know all about it, make a reservation.

5. LovIt

LovIt is one of those places that you go and know you will never be disappointed. The  Cascais restaurant’s outdoor dining area on the Casa da Guia grounds is large and that’s a good thing – because it always fills up. There’s dining inside too if the weather doesn’t cooperate. But being outside with a view of the coastline makes it so special. As does the menu, which is ridiculously good for people who all want something different. The sushi here is offered in abundance, even up to a 40-piece platter.


Sometimes we just need a cheesburger. Ok, most days we need a cheesburger. Dream Burger does them right. Love their sweet potato fries and onion rings too. #cheeseburger #burgerlover

♬ original sound – Gina Brillon

6. Furnas Do Guincho

Cascais offers more than just its historic center and downtown area. Heading up the wild western coastline, you’ll encounter beautiful hotels, historical lighthouses, and gorgeous views of the rocky coast. There are plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the beaches or grab a snack. But for a special dining experience with spectacular views, we love the picturesque Furnas do Guincho. White linen tablecloths and attentive service punctuate the elevated menu and fabulous views. Meat and seafood are given equally upscale treatment. Fish lovers will find it hard to resist the fresh-caught selections served with flair. Meat lovers will enjoy top-notch choices like chateaubriand and filet mignon.

Watching the sunset from the terrace while sipping a cocktail or a glass of wine is the perfect way to celebrate just being alive. Enjoy the showy presentation of a large fish baked in a salted crust or taste local seafood stew with enough for two and feel the glow from outside and within. It’s a little on the pricey side but worth the splurge. But, if you’re watching your budget, it’s the perfect spot to go for a drink, have an appetizer, and still enjoy the wonderful view.

7. Local

Local is one of those places that make eating healthy foods look and taste like something special. Their focus is on taking fresh, high-quality, and nutritional ingredients and turning them into meals that taste like a treat. We love the approach that feels fun and colorful on your plate. Vegans will find a lot to love here, but you don’t have to be vegan to get a great dish here. We had both falafel and octopus dishes for lunch and each plate was just as inviting and satisfying as the other. They offer diverse and global flavors like poke bowls and turmeric chicken with couscous.


The service is friendly and fun too. They don’t add preservatives or refined sugars to their foods, so what you get is naturally tasty. Devoted to working with local producers using sustainable practices, Local has a few locations including Cascais Mercado do Vila, all of which make seasonal eating of real food delicious. This is a place you can feel good about while you’re there and after you’re done because you know they’re doing their part to be custodians of our planet.

8. Bullguer

When you just want to have a good burger, Cascais has got you covered. Among plenty of options, we pick Bullguer for its honest smash burger approach and really, really good prices. Located in the heart of the downtown square, Bullguer is rather new to Portugal. The concept comes from a phenomenal success in Brazil where it started in 2015 and now has 30 stores. Cascais is the first location in Portugal, but we’re sure there will be others. The burgers are Angus beef, fresh never frozen. Add yummy brioche buns and crinkle fries – yes, we said crinkle! – which you can even get topped with cheese, and we’re in hamburger heaven. Various options include bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and a variety of sauces. They also have hot dogs, and veggie and fish burgers too.

Inspired by the Shake Shack smash burger concept in the U.S., three young entrepreneurs started Bullguer, which is now selling about 3 million burgers a year. It’s not a fancy place and is surrounded by the bustling action of Cascais downtown. But if you want a satisfying burger that doesn’t disappoint, get one at Bullguer.

9. Marisco Na Praça

For the real seafood lover in you, check out Marisco Na Praça inside the Cascais Mercado da Vila. You can order some items off of the menu, but for the best fresh seafood there is, go to the display to look at what they have on view and order what you like. There are so many different types of shrimp, clams, and other shellfish, and for a special treat, slipper lobsters are only found right in Cascais Bay. Then you tell them how you want your catch cooked – steamed, grilled, sautéed in garlic and olive oil, whatever you want. Your wish is their command. Go back to your table and enjoy some delicious sparkling sangria, have a starter, and just kick back. Or stick around and watch the talented chefs prepare your dishes.

You can dine inside or on the patio aside the main floor of the mercado. Either way, you’ll experience an explosion of flavors that remind you of why fresh seafood is so amazing. This is the place we learned that the beef sandwich called a prego is the preferred dessert of locals. Something about the simple bread and meat combination provides a sinfully satisfying finish to a seafood meal. If you’re looking for more of a seaside view Marisco Na Praça also has a location at the Cascais marina.

10. El Clandestino

The new kid on the block El Clandestino is a fresh concept that combines Peruvian flavors with Asian influences and integrates some local twists. Peruvian classics like ceviche and lombo make their way onto the menu. That’s no surprise as Peruvian chef Teófilo Quiñones worked in a Michelin restaurant in Lima. He decided to unite with his family in Portugal and bring big, bold flavors to his sparkling new culinary home. The fusion-y menu includes osso buco and salmon bao, Vietnamese crepes, mushroom risotto, and dijon chicken, just to name a few of the soul-satisfying dishes. There are also some great drinks, not the least of which is the Peruvian pisco sour.

The place has a fun and funky vibe, from the very cool backlit cityscape art piece to the long bar and outdoor seating. Music adds to the lively atmosphere with a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights until the wee hours. For something unique both on the plate and in the air, we love the positive vibes and creativity flowing at this smile-making spot.

Pro Tip:

If you have a sweet tooth, stop by Sacolinha or Bijou for delicious bakery treats. Try the Jesuita, Noz, or Areias, all specialties of Cascais.

While we continue exploring the best restaurants in Cascais, we know that these spots are already ones we visit regularly and recommend to friends. We’d love to hear how you like them and others you discover when visiting Cascais Portugal.

11. Moules & Gin

If you’re a fan of mussels, then you will be delighted with Moules & Gin, which as the name says, has lots of mussels. With so many variations in substantial portions, take your mussel-loving friends with you, share a few different choices, and have a feast. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you’re a gin lover too. Tasty gin & tonics and creative cocktails featuring the botanical brew ensure that gin shares the spotlight with mussels in an oh-so-perfect combination. The moules or mussels are prepared in various sauces like classic French meuiniére, Thai, pesto, Mediterranean, beer, mustard, and more.

If you’re not into mussels, don’t worry. There are excellent beef options too. The crispy fries the perfect and worthy accompaniment. Enjoy a winning combination (or two) in a cozy place where the personable staff makes it easy to settle in and linger over a great meal. Be sure you bring cash or a Portuguese credit card as they don’t take anything else. Reservations are recommended too.

12. Café Galeria House Of Wonders

Vegetarians will find their pot of gold at the end of the eating rainbow that leads to Café Galeria House of Wonders. This colorful, easy, breezy spot is so inviting that non-vegetarians cluster here too. There is a gardeny terrace out front and one with a smidge of ocean view on the roof. In between are levels of the cheeriest of Cascais restaurants full of fresh fruits on display and quirky artwork popping up everywhere. The menu is visual too. You don’t get it on a piece of paper. Instead, you walk inside and see a veritable cornucopia of offerings right before your eyes. The person in charge explains to you what each dish is and all of its ingredients, what sides it comes with, and helps with any alterations or recommendations you may wish. You place your order then go back to relax in your cozy spot and wait for the magic to come to you.

It’s even more fun to hang out if you do so with some of their fresh fruit juice combinations or a unique and tasty sangria. The creative dishes range from vegetable-stuffed tarts, veggie burgers, and shakshuka, to Buddha bowls, curries, wraps, and more. The bohemian vibe encourages you to slow down and relax awhile. Many of the dishes can be easily made vegan, and the staff seems to be having as much fun working there as you are dining. Go when the sun is out and there’s a breeze. But be sure to get there before the crowds kick in, as they always do. When you’re done, stroll around the fun ceramics shop on the bottom side of the building and get inspired with beautiful things to take back to your own kitchen.

13. Mana

A newcomer just off the yellow street in downtown Cascais, Mana is a spot we want to keep going back to time and again. Its fun, lively vibe, and great location make this the perfect spot for just about any time of day.

We love the Mediterranean influences on the menu and the wide and tasty choices. The wait staff go above and beyond to make sure your experience is one you will likely not soon forget. You will feel like a welcomed guest at a close friend’s home celebrating with delicious food and drinks.

From the handcrafted cocktails to the unique dishes every experience is done to perfection. We sampled many dishes and each was better than the next. The roasted cauliflower with caramelized carrots and beetroot hummus was one of the memorable starters.


Mana Cauliflower with caramelized carrots and beetroot hummus.
Mana Cauliflower with caramelized carrots and beetroot hummus.

Their pinsa “better than pizza” is a Meditterean flatbread with very unique toppings. We absolutely loved that flatbread. This is a place with a wide variety of dishes including pasta, risotto, salads, burgers, and much more.

Don’t leave without checking out their dessert menu. The mousse de chocolate with raspberries vanished pretty quickly at our table.


14. Taberna Clandestina

Sometimes you just want to be in the thick of things. The “Yellow Street,” so known for its yellow-painted pavement punctuated with colorful fish and other bright images, is a central hub for dining in Cascais. When the weather is good, you hardly notice the painted street because it is covered end to end with people happily enjoying their outdoor tables in the middle of the pedestrian-only street. One of our favorite spots in the midst of all this merriment is Taberna Clandestina. Great for either lunch or dinner, the varied menu is conducive to dining, drinking, and chatting the time away with friends.

The menu is varied, with Portuguese and Italian influences. Focaccia, bruschetta, and burrata cheese make a great place to start. They also offer a variety of salads with fresh ingredients and interesting combinations. But what has us hooked are the platters offering charcuterie, cheese, fruit, and accompaniments in a variety of combinations, great for sharing around the table. Paired with an excellent gin and tonic, some lively sangria, or local beer or wine, this makes for the perfect meal to nibble while sharing stories and ideas among friends, old and new. It does take a short but steep climb to get to the yellow street, so wear comfy shoes and take your time if you plan to walk to it. Once you arrive, treat yourself to whatever looks good, and don’t be afraid to start a conversation with other diners. This is one of the best Cascais restaurants where people love to share their good mood.

15. Baia do Peixe

When friends and family come to visit us in Cascais one place we like to share with them is Baia do Peixe. The food is always perfect and the setting is exquisite. You dine overlooking the Cascais Bay so the view is breathtaking. We’ve yet to take anyone here who doesn’t fall in love with the food and wants to instantly move to Cascais.

Baia do Peixe serves seafood in a Brazilian rodizio style. This means you basically can have all you can eat. The platters of seafood that come out of the kitchen are awe-inspiring. Of course, you can order a la carte too, which is typically what we do. The seafood is fresh and abundant. They also have a good local wine selection to pair with your meal. The staff is very friendly and attentive they make sure you have a wonderful time.

That’s just a few of our favorites in our new hometown of Cascais. There are many new restaurants opening all the time so stay tuned for our take on more places to eat in the area.

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We jumped at the chance when we had the opportunity to travel to Cuba. Our people-to-people exchange gave us the chance to meet with Cubans and experience, among other things, their love of sharing a meal. And through it all, one dish appeared over and over again, whether prepared at a restaurant, in a church kitchen or at home – Platillo Moros y Cristianos, or Cuban rice, black beans and rice dish that carries with it a deep cultural history.

Moro with Fish and Shrimp Cuban rice
Moro with Fish and Shrimp


The name “Moros y Cristianos” literally translates into “Moors and Christians.” In this dish, the black beans represent the Muslim Moors while the white rice represents the Spanish Christians.  The dish commemorates the Reconquista, a long period of battle between the Islamic Moors and the Christian Spaniards and represents how the groups came to live together in the Iberian Peninsula.

Moro With Roasted Pork
Moro With Roasted Pork


There are a variety of similar dishes with some distinctions. For example, “congri” is a similar rice and beans dish made more predominantly in the eastern part of Cuba, where the beans used are red rather than black. Some versions have the beans and rice cooked apart separately and mixed together only when served. Either way, rice, and beans are a constant in Cuban cuisine.

Moro with Chicken Breast
Moro with Chicken Breast


There are as many recipes for Moros y Cristianos as there are Cubans with kitchens. Here we offer a very simple traditional recipe of this Cuban rice dish, often simply called “Moro”. The one ingredient that we learned is important not only to cooking this dish but to life in Cuba in general, is patience. Don’t try to rush the cooking process. It will proceed well if you allow it ample time for the flavors to develop and blend together.

Simple Cooking Techniques for Moro Cuban rice
Simple Cooking Techniques for Moro




1 cup of dried black beans
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1/2 small green pepper, minced
1/2 white onion, minced
3 cups white rice, long-grain
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Serves 6

Good Moro Takes Patience
Good Moro Takes Patience


Cuban Rice Directions

If using dry beans, soak in cold water overnight. Drain and place in a stockpot with fresh water covering the beans. Bring to a boil then reduce and simmer, covered for 1 hour or until beans are tender but firm. Drain the beans by pouring the cooking water into a bowl. Save the water, you will use it later for the rice.

Add the vegetable oil to the stockpot and sauté the garlic, pepper, and onion for 2 to 3 minutes until they soften. Stir in the black beans and rice, and add the water you have saved from cooking the beans. Add an additional 2 cups of water.

Making Lots of Moro Cuban Rice
Making Lots of Moro


Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the rice is tender approximately 20 minutes. Stir frequently and check to see if you need additional water to keep the rice from sticking. You can add more water 1/2 cup at a time while it finishes. Just don’t overdo it or your rice will get mushy.

Once the rice is fully cooked, add the lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. The dish is best served hot. If you like, you can add some chopped bacon at the end. Or serve as a side dish with hearty roasted meat like pork or chicken.

Moro with Chicken and Vegetables Cuban rice
Moro with Chicken and Vegetables


THE QUICK BITE:  Platillo Moros y Cristianos is a traditional Cuban rice dish of black beans and rice that carries with it a deep cultural history. We offer a simple authentic recipe for you to try at home.


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We’re always looking for unique and memorable experiences to share with you and our recent visit to the dreamy Caribbean Island of Nevis and stay at The Hermitage plantation estate fit the bill perfectly.

Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Nevis Tourism and The Hermitage. We were not financially compensated and the opinions expressed are based on our own experience.

If you don’t know, Nevis is one of the most peaceful and serenely beautiful islands you will ever encounter. There are only some 11,000 inhabitants, so the atmosphere is uncluttered and relaxed. The petite Nevis, which is partnered in nationhood with the larger, more commercial St. Kitts, is all about understated luxury. On an island where spiny lobster is one of the native dishes found just about everywhere, how could it not be?

Water Ferry from Is A Quick Trip
Water Taxi from St. Kitts to Nevis Is A Quick Trip

You will likely fly into St. Kitts and then take a water taxi (7 minutes) or a ferry (45 minutes) across the 2.5-mile channel between Nevis and St. Kitts. One interesting event occurs on the last Sunday of March when the ambitious athletes of the area do a Channel Swim between the two islands.

Peace and relaxation abound at the Hermitage Plantation
Peace and relaxation abound at the Hermitage Plantation

While on Nevis, we stayed at the Hermitage, a plantation estate with a fascinating history. It is believed that the Greathouse of The Hermitage is the oldest existing wooden house in the Caribbean, having been likely built in the mid-1600s. The Lupinacci family of Philadelphia purchased the land, restored and rebuilt it, and the cottages, dining porch, Great Room and other areas are as charming and comfortable as can be. The resort is nestled on a hillside, and there are spectacular views all the way to the sea.

Lush gardens surround the Hermitage Plantation.
Lush gardens surround the Hermitage Plantation.

Shortly after our arrival at the Hermitage, we were greeted with the Hermitage’s signature drink, a delicious rum punch that is made from a 350-year-old recipe. We had to do some sipping and gazing out the window to take it all in. Our room was the upstairs one of a two-floor cottage, with a lovely balcony on which to relax and enjoy the sunsets, which are also quite beautiful.

Welcome Rum Punch at Hermitage Plantation
Welcome Rum Punch from our balcony at the Hermitage Plantation

The ocean breeze fills the room.
The ocean breeze fills the room at the Hermitage Plantation.

Richie Lupinacci is a friendly and informative owner of the Hermitage, and he was delightfully thorough in answering our many questions about the island, the plantations, the culture, and, of course, the food of Nevis. Contrary to many experiences you might have in other Caribbean settings, the Hermitage is so personal that you feel as though they’ve been excitedly waiting for you to discover them. And, so we did!

You instantly feel at home at the Hermitage Plantation
You instantly feel at home at the Hermitage Plantation.

The Hermitage resort itself is quite rustically charming. There are no televisions or radios in the room, but there is free wireless Internet (a big plus!) in the room and main areas of the plantation.

Carefree wild monkeys cavort on Nevis.
Carefree wild monkeys cavort on Nevis.

Some frisky wild monkeys cavorted in the background, but we didn’t hear much of them. A nearby rooster welcomed us in the dawn, and we were able to experience the sunrise over the Caribbean with palm trees swaying and surrounding greenery. It was, in a word, breathtaking.

The charm of Hermitage Plantation is everywhere.
The charm of Hermitage Plantation is everywhere.

Nevis has a low-key elegance that is difficult to find. It’s understated luxury, like a favorite cashmere sweater that has been keeping you warm forever. But, for us as food travelers, as much as we love the atmosphere, we need to taste the food. And on that score, The Hermitage absolutely soars. We would fly back in a heartbeat just to experience it again. Yes, it’s that good.

Dining el fresco at the Hermitage Plantation
Dining al fresco at the Hermitage Plantation

For starters, the dining area is the outdoor Verandah. A roof offers protection in case of rainy season, but otherwise, you can view the lush grounds and wooden cottages while you eat. At breakfast, your server will offer you coffee or tea with your menu. Then there is a small buffet with fresh juices, including the unique “golden apple” that is found only in this area, yogurt, scratch-made quick bread like carrot or ginger, fresh fruit, and muesli. That’s just the beginning!

Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes at the Hermitage Plantation
Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes at the Hermitage Plantation

Then for main dishes, there are choices to please everyone, prepared by local cooks, and using mostly local ingredients and techniques. The Hermitage uses a traditional wood-burning oven, the only one on the island. If you’re going for protein, you can have eggs how you like them and bacon – please note, this was some of the most delicious bacon we have ever tasted – and scratch-made toast and jam. If you want something really special, they have seasonal pancakes, in our case, pumpkin, which were delightful. But to hit the highest mark possible, the coconut french toast, sent us swooning. We’re still dreaming about it now as we write this. We were in hog’s heaven from the beginning.

Tasty Coconut French Toast at the Hermitage Plantation
Tasty Coconut French Toast at the Hermitage Plantation

Still dreaming about the bacon at the Hermitage Plantation
Still dreaming about the bacon at the Hermitage Plantation

Wednesday Night Pig Roast and West Indian Buffet

But let’s not overlook the inevitable show-stopper at The Hermitage – the Wednesday Pig Roast and West Indian Buffet. Talk about a unique and memorable experience. This was one of our favorite evening events ever. In our case, it was started by a visitor, Bob from Scotland, a return visitor who had brought along his bagpipes to welcome guests to a cocktail hour before the dinner. He was fun and colorful, and we also had an opportunity to meet others attending the dinner while enjoying rum punch and other libations of our choice.

Bob the bagpiper.
Bob the bagpiper.

In addition to the spit-roasted suckling pig, which can be seen sizzling away all day, there are delicious recipes, including many local ingredients that offer a huge variety – even for vegetarians. Some of the more unique dishes we tried included a variety of slaws and salads, chickpea stew, plantains, bbq chicken, sweet yams, curried Mahi Mahi (a local fish), bbq, and our favorite, starchy, cheesy breadfruit. There were more dishes than we can remember as well as dessert, and it was beyond our expectations.

Pig Roast at the Hermitage Plantation
Wednesday Night Pig Roast and West Indian Buffet at the Hermitage Plantation

No one leaves the Pig Roast at the Hermitage Hungry
No one leaves the Pig Roast at the Hermitage Hungry

The Hermitage also offers lunch, which you can have on the Verandah, or if you wish, by the pool, where you can sit and sun yourself or take a dip. There’s also an afternoon tea and rum punch served in the Great Room or outside. It’s all most civilized and really delightful if you’re looking to enjoy some real signs of relaxation.

Your hammock awaits at the Hermitage Plantation
Your hammock awaits at the Hermitage Plantation

If you’re looking for a different Caribbean getaway, one that is rustic and elegant, luxurious without attitude, personal and relaxing, and for us Food Travelists, absolutely delicious, you will want to explore Nevis and visit The Hermitage.

You can learn more about the Hermitage Plantation and book reservations on their website.

To learn more about some of the other food we sampled on Nevis be sure to check out our other post Unforgettable Nevis Island Dining

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