Chinese New Year

We were in the city center this Saturday and just happened to stumble accross the Chinese New Year parade. It was fun to catch the fireworks and see the rabbits and dragons in China Town.

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ATH Tweetup 2011

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Yes a Tweetup! Where and when that’s the question!

We would like to organize a ATH tweetup but over the last months we haven’t been able to find the right location for a FAB meetup. Do you have suggestions or recommendations leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you.

ZOOM, eyes on Dutch fashion

fotograaf  © Wendelien Daan
fotograaf © Wendelien Daan

‘ZOOM, eyes on Dutch fashion’ is a visual journey through the history of Dutch fashion from 1950 to the present. The exhibition consists of over 150 photographs work with the crème de la crème of all Dutch designers, photographers, stylists and models. If you are fashionista then make sure you visit this exhibition when you are in The Hague.

Location: Le Magasin de la Mode, Haagsche Bluf 43, The Hague
Website: residencedelamode.nl/en/programma

image credit: wendeliendaan.nl

Dutch orchestra stage protest concert at The Hague station

The Hague was recently in the news, but I couldn’t find a video to embed. So this is a bit late but still worth posting.

The Dutch government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced it wants to economize on the Dutch orchestra. The members of the main orchestra demonstrated in their own musical way at The Hague central station

Residence de la Mode 2010

The Hague is the centre of Dutch fashion from 28 October – 7 November 2010. Highlights during this event are a fashion tour through the city centre, a high fashion gallery store by Dutch top talent, fashion activities and of course plenty of shopping discounts. The Dutch Fashion Foundation will host the ‘Dutch Fashion Awards 2010’ in The Hague on 5 November.

website: residencedelamode.nl
twitter: twitter.com/ResidenceModefacebook page

The Hague has it’s own Gaga

Gaga-Style.nl

You know you want to look good

Gaga’s-Style on the trendy Prinsestraat in the city centre is THE place to go get your hair done. Gaga Jovanovic has over 20 years experience in hairdressing and has been cutting hair for over 7 years in The Hague. Her dedication to making each person feel comfortable and at ease while working wonders on your hair is what will make you come back for more.

It is no secret that I trust her with my hair! If you are looking for a hairdresser in The Hague I can personally recommend Gaga’s Style, tell her Lisa sent you : ).

Panorama view at Gaga-Style.nl

Location: Prinsestraat 86, 2513 CG Den Haag
Telephone: 070 3652695 ‎
Transport: tram stop Noordwal tram 17
Website: gaga-style.nl

The Fabulous Farmers Market

My name is Kathy Voyles and I am passionate about food – honest, local organic food if I can get it. I grew up in the green grasslands of the Waikato, in New Zealand, in prime dairy farming territory where we had a large veggie garden, seemingly acres of fruit trees and loads of creatures hanging about from peacocks to muscovy ducks, bantams, goats and our arch enemies, the prize rose eating ‘possums’.  Since then I’ve come a long way via various countries to somehow end up in the international city of The Hague. I can tell you I like it better each day, especially on such golden autumn day as this one is. I am also a most avid food forager, seeking the best of what this city has to offer and sharing that knowledge with others.

Since living here I have also become a bit of an urban activist, encouraging kids to look upon their city spaces, green and otherwise, as an environment for all to share and to enjoy.  I also encourage all I meet to grow edible plants and flowers in their garden (should they be lucky enough to have one) or on a balconey or even just a few herbs on a kitchen window. Then I tell everyone I meet, know, email or exchange even a few words with to visit the wonderful farmers market in The Hague. This is my idea of heaven on a Wednesday. I head out early, trundling a hip green shopping trolley already in a foodie flutter of anticipation. There is disappointment if a favourite stand is vacant. I head straight for the far right corner where conference pears are at their autumn best and the flowers are glowing with purple flame. Then I pick up some crusty bread baked by Menno and discuss the merits of spelt flour. After that it’s over to the wise women of the wild mushroom stand. Their knowledge of preparing fungi is legend. We contemplate how best to serve the autumn truffle that nestles on the white rice and I cannot resist the large beige portabellos which are destined to be served with lashings of rosemary basalmico and soft goats cheese that evening.

I purchase my olive oil, red rice, cranberries and nuts from the friendly ladies in the middle, buy my cheese, milk and eggs from the laughing cheese chap and finish with the always calm and kind marketeers at the far left opposite. My trolley brimeth over with a rainbow of fresh herbs, vegetables and gorgeous produce from simply the most friendly, laid-back market in this town. It’s open from 9 until 5ish every Wednesday close by to the entrance of the Binnenhof opposite the Novohotel entrance to the Passsage. I will be the one in the hat, but not in my full Green Witch regalia which is mainly used for story-telling these days. Do come over and say hello. I would be delighted to share my food foraging knowledge with you.

 

The Dutch Antilles House in The Hague

A Tweet of the @CityOfTheHague referring to this post on the Official The Hague site inspired me to this post.

October 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was incorporated. It is the oldest commercial airline. It was granted the status of “Royal Airline” by the then Queen of The Netherlands Wilhelmina in 1919. It used to have its headoffice in The Hague, but that moved to the Amsterdam area long ago.

The day before yesterday, at the occasion of KLM’s 91st anniversary, the president of KLM presented house number 91 in its series of Delft Blue houses which is a “give away” for its ueber passengers who fly the KLM intercontinental ueber business class.

Number 91 of the series is the Dutch Antilles House in The Hague.

At the same time a miniature copy of the Antilles house was placed in the miniature city Madurodam here in The Hague.

Notes:

  1. Tomorrow the IRL (=In Real Life) status of The Dutch Antilles House will change significantly because the status of the Netherlands Antilles will change significantly. How? that is much too complicated for a blogpost here. I’m not even sure how to explain the changes:-)
  2. If you want to know everything about the whole series of 91 Delft blue KLM houses, bear with me: KLM is very modern. It has an app for your I-Pod/Pad/Phone explaining all. Last year they even published a book about them.
  3. There is real Dutch Genever in the little houses. Keep them away from children

Update
Geertje has the (Dutch) story about the placement of the Dutch Antilles House in Madurodam.

Last edited by Happy Hotelier on October 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm