Don and I were wandering in the drizzle when we found this odd little place.
This is just not the place that most American tourists are looking for when they get off the cruise ship for a day in Aruba.
We Were Thrilled
We were in Aruba for a week and were happy to escape the tourist traps. Besides, this place had foods from two places! Suriname and Indonesia! They even had flags for each!
Tiny and Friendly
We stood out a bit from the locals who were dining, but the man behind the counter smiled patiently while we figured out what to order. There was a lot to study while we waited for our food. The map was helpful, since I'm always a little clueless about the location of Suriname. And there were many food pictures as well as foods in the case.
We started with Indonesian Saoto Soup. I was expecting soup with chicken, noodles and egg, but I felt as surprised as Little Jack Horner when I put in my spoon and pulled out a hardboiled egg!
The soup flavor was quite good, but I had to be cautious with the slippery egg. Another childhood image came to mind... the song about the meatball that rolls out of the door...
A Quick Dining Adventure
It was a quick little dining adventure... and very cheap! We shared an Indonesian spring roll, Suriname Broadje (a sub sandwich with chicken satay) rice and Bojo, a dense and heavy coconut yucca cake. Don had "Chill" beer and I had a Suriname almond drink called, Orgeade. All for about 14 dollars!
3 cheers for Suriname/Indonesian food in Aruba!!
Diana's for Dutch Pancakes
Breakfast in Aruba
This was my first time in Aruba and I never expected to find a place like this.
A little Dutch Pancake House, right beside an imported windmill, built in 1804 and brought to Aruba in the 1960's.
A Quiet Morning
We peeked inside the cozy little cafe where Diana and her cook were busy getting orders for a few on the patio.
Stuff from Holland
Diana is from the The Netherlands, so it's not surprising she would decorate with some fun goodies like wooden shoes. I didn't ask her if she ever wore them. I should have shared with her that I had a pair I wore quite a bit when I was in high school, until they became a chew toy for the dog.
Don and I decided to eat at the outdoor tables. I loved sipping coffee with mini Stroopwafle cookies. You have to love the tablecloth, printed to look like Delft tiles!
Chatting with Diana
Diana posed with me beside one of the great animal murals inside. She was also great at giving the scoop on the windmill next door. I so badly wanted to go up to the bar/club inside the windmill, but it didn't even open till 11 pm. Diana laughed about the characters she's seen heading home after the club closes at 7 am! I asked if she got some "Post Club" business and she was happy that those stumbling characters did not come her way.
As you can see this doesn't look like an American pancake. It was more like a crepe and it was larger than a Frisbee! We had about 20 to chose from, so we ordered one sweet and one savory. This is the apple cinnamon. The other was a Gouda cheese pancake.
Since our hotel was next door, we walked over to pick up lunch another day. We had one tuna sandwich with egg and the other was a melted Gouda sandwich. The bread was wonderful and seedy. Diana even packaged them up on paper plates so we could eat at the pool.
A Dining Tip!
If you want to enjoy your lunch, dine in at Diana's and you can sit beside this cute pig mural. If you think a poolside meal is a good idea, then expect a different kind of grinning face to stare at you as you unwrap your meal. Only you will see about 10 of them... and they will be iguanas! We ate very fast!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.