So this past week was my last in the Netherlands unfortunately. I had a great time spending the summer there and working for Allrecipes! I will continue to work for another week from home trying out recipes and translating some, but the bulk of my internship
is finished. While I didn't reach the original goal of 1000 recipes, I was able to submit 700 recipes to the editors during my 9 weeks in the Netherlands, something I am quite proud of.
Despite these contributions, however, I don't feel as though I've attracted very many interested users to the site. One of the goals of international interns was to attract new profiles to the site. While I was able to surpass my goal in this, I think
only one of the profiles I created will be actively used. There just didn't seem to be a huge interest and active following on the site like there is here. I personally submitted 70 recipes, at least 50 of which have pictures, yet none have been rated or
commented on. While people are interested in recipes and cooking, I don't think they have the desire to make what happens on Allrecipes part of their daily/weekly lives. Then again it might just be the people I've talked to that weren't very interested.
Overrall, however, I found this to be an awesome experience that greatly improved my own abilities as a cook.
One last thing I'd like to discuss regarding differences between U.S. and Dutch eating habits are related to my favorite meal: breakfast. I love breakfast, pancakes, waffles, fried eggs, toast, oatmeal, bacon are all among my favorite foods. As a child,
easily my least favorite part of traveling to Holland was the lack of breakfast enthusiasm there. We would often go straight to my grandmother's house after landing in the morning to have breakfast there. I hated airplane food, so by the time we arrived
I was starving, but all that greeted me was bread, cheese, and smoked meats. Jam and hagelslag(a kind of sprinkles that come in chocolate and other flavors) made things slightly better, but I never felt satisfied after a typical dutch breakfast. Lucky for
me I had a relatively independent living situation this time around allowing me to go all out at breakfast, though my go to is a nice bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and some fruit juice. That reminds me of my other least favorite part of Dutch breakfast:
the orange juice. While fresh squeezed orange juice is much more common now, its also pretty expensive. Regular packaged orange juice is always from concentrate and tastes horribly sour in my opinion. Luckily they have other fruit juices using awesome ingredients
like passion fruit, acai, and mango that are delicious and fit into my budget.
Well, that's probably it for my blog (there may be one more post next week, not sure yet). Thanks for reading and commenting, it definitely encouraged me to write every week.
-On a side note, the Turkish Pizza place I mentioned in my 2nd post was gone when I went back on my last day in Amsterdam, much to my chagrin. Hopefully their hiatus is only temporary.