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Gimme Your Burger Lab Requests!

Potato rolls! Yes yes yes! That would be great.

Cheeseburger Crown Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut in the Middle East

Wow...considering a trip to the middle east now!
That thing looks just about crazy enough to be delicious!

How Do You Pay the Bill at Restaurants?

Here in the Netherlands we have this restaurant ( small chain actually) that is wonderful for groups! It's called "pasta di mama" and is, as one might guess, Italian.

Everybody gets a card when entering the restaurant, it's kinda like a credit-card. You have a menu on your table, but to get your food and drinks, you go to one of the "Bars" place your card in a machine, place your order, and it will be put on your card.

At the end of the night you go to the register and pay for what's on your card. It's brilliant. If you want to pay for the whole table, you just hand in all the cards, if you want to buys someone a drink, you let them use your card. I love the system, It was brilliant when we were in high school and had very different budgets.

What New Biscoff Spread Crunchy Could Learn From Crunchy Peanut Butter

@lexophile, as far as I know, the whole idea started here in "the Benelux" (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) We have, as mentioned above, "Speculaas" cookies that are very traditional and popular here. A lot of people would put these cookies on bread, as a sandwich, and bring it to school or work (most people here always bring a lunchbox) but since this really wasn't that practical some people thought of "speculaas sprinkles" and some others came up with Speculoos, wich is apparently called Biscoff spread where you guys are.

I must say, I didn't know spekulaas cookies (Let alone speculoos) existed outside The Benelux, because we always hear stories about people bringing speculaas with them for friends and family who live abroad.

About the "alternative to peanut butter" slogan... No it isn't. We eat peanut butter. A LOT of peanut butter (well... I do) and i have never heard anyone here refer to speculoos/biscoff as an alternative to peanut butter. Because, well, obviously, it isn't!

High tea at the Ritz in Paris... Worth it?

@ Lexophile, oh I will! Believe me! But with my eating habits, that won't stop me from having tea ;)

@RobynB, tnx! I love using blogs when planning a trip and I had found a few but not this one. It's great!

@ Mizbee, I will, but not for tea. I will go there for the famous hot chocolat!

@ Kitchenista, I know it will be expensive, but it does sound like a real interesting experience!

@DessertLover, I do like getting fussed over, I must say!

Please, tell us where you're from...

Let's see....I'm 19. I study psychology at the university of Amsterdam. I was born and raised in Haarlem (the Netherlands) close to Amsterdam. And is still live there. My father is from Antwerp (Belgium) so I'm also half Belgian.

Tackling the Largest Burger in Memphis at Kooky Canuck

Eehm... this is one of the reasons I love America....

Fondant Cakes: I'm so over them.

Hmm.. I like fondant. The fondant I use for my cakes tastes good! (to me) But I prefer good quality marsepein to cover my cakes with. I like the combination of marsepein to cover cakes and icing for decorations.

But hey, I get that a lot of people don't like it. Maybe I'm biased because I make them? I do like buttercream cakes as well!

Culinary Ambassadors: Festival Food in Japan

In the Netherlands there is a game called "koekhappen" It means something like "bite the cake/cookie" We have a special kind of cake (breakfast cake, we call it) and we hang it from a string. Kids have to eat it of the string, which is usually a bit to high for them, without using their hands. No running, but it is fun. It's often played at childrens birthday parties.

Lunch for One: Vandaag

hhm... weird, cause "vandaag" "hete bliksem" and "stroop" are Dutch words.

Breakfast in Belgium: NOT Waffles but Bread, Cheese, Jam, and Honey

I'm half Dutch half Belgian, and there is one thing we enjoy for breakfast on special occasions! French toast! Or as we call it... well... we have many names for it: "verloren brood" or "Pan perdu" in French which both means "lost bread" or the very Dutch term: "Wentelteefjes" That really doesn't mean anything....