A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Maastricht is a lovely little city located in the Southeast of the Netherlands. It became known for its unique location (at where the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium meet) and the historical background it had. I had been thinking about making a trip there for a long time, and I finally did it with my two lovely friends very recently. We thought that our initial purpose was to visit the popular tourist attractions, but this trip was suddenly turned into a food exploration, which brought me heavenly experiences and thorough understandings of how Maastricht people foster their amazing eating culture.
It took us more than three hours on the way from The Hague to Maastricht, but a cool autumn day and the adorable view outside along the train ride took away our boredom. We were pretty hungry when we arrived, so we walked really fast past the bridge (Sint-servaasburg), and randomly chose a nearest restaurant at a street corner. The name of the restaurant is “ ’t Piepenhoes”. The atmosphere of this restaurant was great, very cozy.
We had a very good lunch. Drinks, pasta, fries, and scrolls; full-charged!
Then, after some nice walks in the city center, one of my friends who had been in Maastricht before suggested that a special Limburg pie would really be worth a try. An open-air café with a pleasing view of the bridge and river offers this kind of pie. The name of the pie is “vlaai”; there were three flavors, cherry, plum, and rice. We tried the plum and rice pies; the plum one was a bit sour like dry fruits, but has really rich tastes. And the rice one was sweet and soft, seemingly diminishing all the sorrows or nuisances in your heart.
Are we that easily satisfied? Of course not! Maastricht seemed to have lots and lots of awesome food. We noticed that there were many “Pinky” shops that sell various types of sweets and desserts. It looked all pink; and the lovely decoration definitely caught our eyes. We almost ran into Pinky and decided to have some “ijs” (ice-cream). It was such a tough choice! My friends had Belgian chocolate, Mango, and Yoghurt ijs, and I had a cone of “After Eight”. It was a light-green ice-cream, mint-flavored, with some dark chocolate pieces. It was really fantastic, as mint and dark chocolate are like my favorite combination ever.
Let’s just get even more aggressive here before the sun goes down! At around dinner time, we thought about having a really nice Italian dinner. A street that were full of cafés and restaurants amazed us, and we chose this one, Fameuse with a cute Halloween-theme entrance. (http://www.vvvmaastricht.eu/restaurants/fameuse.html)
The service at this restaurant was supreme. Waiters were really polite and caring.
We ordered these spaghetti:
and they are simply too heavenly! Unfortunately we’ve had too much food during the day that we could not finish the spaghettis, but I asked my friend to help me get them into the container secretly without catching the waiters’ attention. Haha, don’t laugh at me; we’re poor students who need them for dinners the next day! How happy I was to run into this awesome restaurant!
Well, writing this blog makes me hungry again at midnight. I’m definitely going to visit Maastricht again soon for more awesome food! Wanna join?
by Xueyan Xing (coming all the way from China; studying at Leiden University College The Hague)