Dining in Holland
Last July, Don and I squeezed in a little Dutch Dining Adventure on our Michigan trip.
I remember going to some kind of Dutch Village when I was a kid. So of course, I told Don we needed to play tourist, before lunch.
Actually the village I remember was costly and more for kids. We opted to spend time at Windmill Island, instead.
We got to go up in the DeZwaan Windmill, which is an actual working mill, brought over from Holland over 50 years ago. I saw a lot of wooden shoes and missed the ones I remember buying years ago.
Then it was time to catch lunch in downtown Holland.
It was nearly 2:00 and luckily they were still open. We headed in.
There were lots of stools available at the counter.
We could have had some chat time with the staff, if we'd gone for counter dining.
There were lots of cozy booths and most of them were full.
I sort of liked this odd one at the very back of the room. It had a framed print of the Big Red Lighthouse, that we also saw in the morning.
We were given a nice booth in the front. Don took a seat and I snapped a few pics.
If I'd had more time, I could have counted tulips or windmills or cute kissing figures. I'm not sure what the history is with the kissing Dutch kids.
Our messy sandwiches were delicious. Don's French Dip was as good as the reviews we'd read before arrival.
I got my turn to attack my overstuffed sandwich!
I allowed Don to take a photo of me and my egg salad sandwich. I was pretending to be Elaine May in "A New Leaf". Don played Walter Matthau, politely telling me when I had egg on my face.
Our server was quite young and couldn't tell us much about the history of our restaurant.
I read later that the cozy place had been a restaurant since the 1940's. It didn't take on the Windmill theme until 1964.
Our young server did know a little bit about the annual Tulip Festival.
I asked her if she had ever seen the 1942 movie, "Seven Sweethearts" and of course she hadn't. I told her she must!
"It's about this very town and the tulip festival!" I practically shouted. She actually seemed curious about the old movie. This photo reminded me of a scene in the old film.
I was excited to hear that the town still participates in a street scrubbing activity, before the festivities begin.
We finished up and got ready to head off. I took one last look at a shelf of Dutch decor.
Sigh... I laid eyes on the sweet wooden shoes and remembered the pair that I I once owned. I wore those things daily for quite a while, even after my dog chewed off the points!
Fun stop with good food and good memories!
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.