When the weather cooperates during the weekend, "de Nederlanders" including HT couple would take advantage of the sun's big smile. We decided to shed off a few calories by cycling into the forest. And this is one of the things I love in my 3rd home...being close to nature.
It's been awhile since we've done this so we got lost. It was like unending path. We just kept on following the light which was visible at the end...and little did we know that our so-called shedding off a few calories activity will help us gain...
We didn't let the opportunity passed by, so we immediately parked our bikes and started walking towards this theehuis (teahouse) at Fort Rhijnauwen.
This pannenkoeken (pancakes) place is pretty popular here in Utrecht. They don't only occupy the house but if you walk further, you can get tables outdoor. It was a very busy day, but with the wide area, it's quite easy to secure a place. Over the weekend, it's popular to families with small kids. Pancakes and kids...what can be the best combination?
I love these chill-out chairs when you just want to have a drink and small bite overlooking the river and just letting the time passes by.
And after getting our table, it's eating time...guess what we got? :)
Pancakes of course! Dutch are proud of their pancakes. They used their creativeness to make a simple dish into something exquisite. Both sweet and savory pancakes are available.
I went Dutch-Italian and ordered their Pancake Fortissimo. This plate was pretty healthy as the pancake was not oily at all. The generous amount of salad, tomatoes, pastrami and goat cheese with honey made this as full meal. I love the dressing but it ain't a pancake without the pancake syrup so I used quite a good amount of it (besides, the syrup here in the Netherlands has this natural taste...I can't explain it in words, so you have to try it :D)
HT hubbie's choice was Reus van Rhijnauwen. I knew that this would be his meal as this is what he likes in his pizza...numerous ham and bacon with cheese and lots of onions. :) They were very generous with their meat.
I got half of each pancakes and they were both lip-smacking. It was heavy as well in the tummy.
Both full and lazy, it was nice seeing animals around and watching them instead of snoozing into our seats. These donkeys were not scared from people at all.
Goats and pigs are on the other side. HT hubbie gave his hand to the goat and he got a very welcoming lick.
And it's time to hit the forest again and get back to our purpose of shedding calories. I guess, next time we have to take a long detour as this kind of place is difficult to resist.
Pancakes vary between 9-15 euro.
Gluten free are available upon request :)
(they're open 7x a week)