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Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Dave!As the grand Bitchsterdam festivities are not until tomorrow, those of us in DutchyLand early had decided to goof off in the picturesque city of Delft in South Holland. It's a rather important city in the history of the Netherlands, and is famous for it's Chinese-style pottery and being the birthplace of the painter Vermeer.

After arriving in the city, The DutchBitch, Geeky Tai-Tai, her husband, and myself decided to take a speed-boat cruise on the Delft canals. Except the speed-boat never went over two miles an hour, which made for a relaxing start to our day...

Delft Cruise Ship

The canals are smaller than those you'll find in Amsterdam, which makes them that much prettier...

Delft Canals

The Central Square still has many old buildings, though apparently they're not quite as old as you'd expect because the city was razed by fire and then later destroyed again when a gunpowder factory exploded...

Delft Building

Delft Church

Geeky Tai-Tai and The Dutch Bitch outside of the Delf Cathedral...

Dutchy and Diana

Delftware hand-painted pottery is a big tourist attraction and incredibly expensive if you buy the "real" stuff. Fortunately, there's tons of imitation pottery around for the tourist trade...

Dave and Bad Monkey on a Delft Plate

Given that this is the Netherlands, one of my most favorite foods on earth is easily available... potatoes and mayo...

Frites Mit Mayo

But the food for which Delf is made famous is Poffertjes, which are little pancake-type thingies that are served up with powdered sugar & butter and are totally delicious. Much to the annoyance of Dutchy, I kept mis-pronouncing them as "Pooferglarg" or "Poofterjarb" or "Pooferflargen"... which, if you follow any of us on Twitter, was responsible for terrorizing the Twitterverse last night...

Poffertjes

Amazingly, there was a restaurant we found which proudly proclaims that "Bill Clinton Ate Poffertjes Here"... and has somehow survived the experience...

Bill Clinton at Poffertjes Here!

All in all, it was a perfect way to spend the afternoon...

Pretty Delft Canal

After dropping off Geeky Tai-Tai back at Schophol so she could spend some quallity pooferflargen time with her husband (without annoying bloggers around), we goofed off for a while until the celebrated arrival of The Lady Penelope. From then on, it was Wine-O-Clock, pooferflargen, chips & dip, Wine-O-Clock, pooferflargen, Twittering, Wine-O-Clock, pooferflargen, laughing, Wine-O-Clock, and pooferflargen for the rest of the evening and into the early morning...

Dutchy and the Lady Penelope

For everybody on Twitter who had to suffer through the experience with us, I apologize.

But not really.

Because we had an awesome time, and it's hard to make apologies for that.

Comments

  1. habanerogal says:

    Delft looks like a beautiful place. I always enjoy your photos particularly food and architecture. Figured that pooferflargen wasn’t as kinky as it sounded. More pastry shots please and thanks

  2. so glad you are having a great time. i am only totally jealous!

    so how many times do we need to type #pooferflargen before that shit will trend on twitter? doesn’t twitter love the pooferflargen?

  3. LeSombre says:

    I’ll always have fond memories of pooferflargen. ;-)

  4. DutchBitch says:

    MoFo! We look great * insert sarcasm * on that last pic!!!

  5. Where was that handpainted Delft plate? I want one!

  6. Howard says:

    I NEED those plates for high tea.

    And let me guess… you’re having a good time. Good. Glad to hear it.

  7. Sybil Law says:

    Awesome!! I am jealous. :)

  8. shari says:

    You’re really in the Netherlands? I envy you often, but rarely more than right now. What an awesome trip. Enjoy!

  9. A. Lewis says:

    Oh my gosh! I haven’t been to Delft in YEARS…many years. But I do remember climbing, and climbing, and climbing that Cathedral! Happy travels in one of my favorite places.

  10. yellojkt says:

    French fries and mayo sounds fantastic. I may have to go just for those.

  11. kapgar says:

    Don’t apologize or the Pooferflargen will make you regret it.

  12. Ren says:

    Awesome! I’m so jealous.

  13. Michelle M. says:

    LOVE the plate.

  14. martymankins says:

    No apologies needed for the Twitter takeover of pooferflargen.

    How soon will the Artificial Duck store carry that plate? ;-)

  15. Um, yeah. So, how sad is it that I want a Delft Little Dave and Bad Monkey plate? Like, yesterday?

    I need help.

    That and I want some of those pooftersnarfen.

  16. Have you heard anything from Lady Penelope since she dropped off the internet a couple of years ago? I still miss her!

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