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Yesterday I took my mom out to a fancy dinner. When I lost my job in August 2015, my farewell gift from the company was a dinner coupon. Up until now I just wasn't in the right mindset to use it, there were a lot of hard feelings;) But now that my life has settled again and with a splendid new job and good prospects for the future, I'm finally feeling pretty good again, so it was time to cash in that cheque.

Last night mom and I cycled to De Zoete Inval, a tiny bistro in town, where we wanted to try the 'Proeverijtje', which translates as Little Tastery: a fancy all-you-can-eat in separate courses. You can pick any dish from the menu and you are served a small version of that dish. With each serving, the waiter asks what dish you want next. You can decide your own order, if you want to start with a dessert and finish with soup, that's totally fine and you can also choose a dish more than once.
I managed 13 courses *grins* EVERYTHING WAS SO SCRUMPTIOUS! Below are photos of all the food we gobbled up (my mom managed 12 courses;) with captions in Dutch and English where needed.

H= hoofdgerecht (main dish) | V= voorgerecht (starter) | D= dessert (dessert;)
[m]= mom's dish | *= both mom and I had this dish | ~encore~=seconds!

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1. Kikkerbillen in knoflookboter V [m: Skagen = Noorse garnalen op toast]
+ Stokbrood met kruidenboter
Frog legs (the literal translation is "little frog butts") in garlicbutter [Norwegian shrimps on toast]
+ on the side: French bread with herbal butter

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2. Rendang H [m: Pasta pesto with Grana Padano] + Nachos
Indonesian beefstew with coconutmilk and mashed potatoes

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3. Geitenkaas in spek en honing* V [m: Saté van varkenshaas met satésaus]
+ Patat frites met mayonaise on the side: fries with mayonnaise YES, MAYONNAISE, MMMM.
Goat's cheese wrapped in bacon, drizzled with honey [porksaté with spicey peanutsauce]

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4. Picanha met peperroomsaus H [m: Lam van de grill]
Beef with pepper creamsauce [grilled lamb]

We both figured we'd do a dessert in the middle of our meal, JUST BECAUSE WE COULD \o/
5. Limoen kokos bavarois* D [m: Dessert van de chef: verse aardbeien met vanilleijs en slagroom*]
Lime coconut bavarois [Chef's dessert: fresh strawberries with vanilla icecream and whipcream]

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6. Bruschetta met pekelvlees V [m: Geitenkaas in spek en honing*]
there is indeed grilled bread underneath that pile of salted pork;) [see 3.]
7. Spareribs H [m: Sorbetijs met vers fruit*]
*rubs belly* [sorbet with fresh fruit]

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8. Salade met gerookte kipfilet V [m: Vegetarische mini loempia's]
"Salad"; I had already seen on someone else's plate that there was barely any salad with this smoked chicken with curry sauce, so I figured it was perfect for me. It was. \o/ [vegetarian eggrolls]

Now we're going to try ALL THE DESSERTS:-d
9. Crème brûlée D [m: Cheesecake* ]

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10. Cheesecake* D [m: Arretjescake met vanilleijs]
[Chocolatecake with biscuits and vanilla icecream] -
I made a step-by-step post of our family's recipe here

11. Dessert van de chef: verse aardbeien met vanilleijs en slagroom* D [m: Limoen kokos bavarois*]
[see 5.]

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12. Sorbetijs met vers fruit* D [m-: Arretjescake met vanilleijs ~encore~]
[see 7. and 10.]

13. Crème brûlée D ~encore~ \o/

The end.

I think #3 was my favorite. No, wait, #8 or maybe #10? #6 is up on top too. SERIOUSLY. Everything tasted awesome. So many textures and flavours. <3<3<3

It was an awesome evening. <3<3

Date: 2017-06-17 07:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fufaraw
Growing up in the US Bible Belt, my folks were part of their church community, which hosted an annual Homecoming, for members who had moved away, or fallen away. And of course after the service there was a picnic lunch, what some call "potluck". Meats and vegetables, fresh homemade breads, and biscuits, and muffins, fruit salads, fancy desserts, various flavors of ice cream hand cranked right on the spot, pies and cakes and cookies, all made and brought by the women of the church--even to the ice cream blends. The men provided the hand-crank labor.

Though as a child I wanted to fill my plate with huge servings of everything, it didn't take me long to realize two bites of many things left room for more samples--and if Miz Molly's potato salad was the best thing on the table, I could always go back for a second helping of that.

So your meal of small servings of many things looks absolutely wonderful! I'm glad you and your mom had a good time.

Date: 2017-06-18 11:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] majestic_duxk
ahh! that looks fantastic, so delicious. and what an awesome way to do an all you can eat...

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