Jenever in The Hague

Published on Roads & Kingdoms on 26th May 2015:

Jenever and herring by Qin Xie

“You don’t like maatjes? Well, have another shot of jenever and try it.”

This, according to Fleur Kruyt, is the way to get maatjes, or Dutch soused herring, into your diet.

I’m at Van Kleef, The Hague’s oldest—and only—surviving distillery, to learn about jenever. Originally founded in 1842 by Lambertus Theodorus van Kleef, the distillery is now a museum in the heart of a largely residential area. Kruyt, our knowledgeable guide on this occasion, has been sharing her insight into this esoteric spirit.

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5 unusual food findings in The Hague

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 18th July 2013:

herring and genever by Qin Xie

The Hague, or Den Haag in Dutch, is one of those places that makes the international headlines for one reason – the latest judgements from the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court.

As the city also hosts the Dutch government, it might seem that it’s known for little other than politics.

But, look a little closer and you will find a surprisingly quirky city with some unexpected food and drink options. So if you happen to find yourself in this unique city, here are some things that are not to be missed.

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