This weekend we had the great opportunity to attend a Couples Night Out with 20 friends from the International Women's Club! Kelly planned the whole night and picked a beautiful restaurant in Riethoven called Vandeijck. The restaurant used to be a farmhouse and is located right across from the church in downtown Riethoven. The restaurant prepared a three-course menu for us to pick our meal from ahead of time, though other courses were included that everyone was served. The servers were extremely kind, helpful, and informative about all the food we ate that night . . . thank goodness, because there were plenty of times where we weren't quite sure what we were eating!
I will go ahead and apologize in advance for the quality of pictures in this post -- they were all taken with my iPhone in dim lighting, so they are by no means clear and crisp, but you will get the picture (ha! no pun intended!).
It all started off with a little (big) appetizer while we stood around chatting with our drinks . . .
The actual appetizers are skewered onto the silver posts, which are stuck into a piece of . . . wood? I can't remember! This particular appetizer had an interesting mix of flavors -- "marshmallow" type puffs (the yellow things) with a strange, strong taste (I did not care for these), large "nuts" (but weren't really nuts, and I didn't try one), and thin, crispy, wafers (these were decent).
We then took our seats around a gigantic table --
-- and began our meal. The first amuse bouche that we ate (basically a single, bite-size hors d'ouvres) was jellied soya and pumpkin (the checkered looking rectangle) with a swordfish chip. This was actually tasty and I really liked the swordfish chip. The two dark dots were more soft soya and the light-colored dot was kind of like lemon-flavored.
We then had another amuse of gazpacho made with garden cherries and herbs . . . not my cup of tea, but others seemed to like it.
It was finally time for dessert, which was Vandeijck's Black Forest -- homemade chocolate Aero with frozen kirsch, Amarena cherries, merengue and white snow. This translation from Dutch to English we found pretty funny. We weren't sure what chocolate Aero was, so above it written in Dutch it said bros bros bros -- and what perchance is bros bros bros? Apparently a really delicious soft chocolate that goes by the brand name Bros. And since they were serving it three different ways, they said it was bros bros bros!
Even after our official dessert, the servers brought out more little sweets for us to try with coffee and tea as we ended the evening -- a variety of little desserts ranging from a jelly-like Turkish delight type treat to a light mousse over poundcake (my favorite), and even some chocolate balls with caramel in the middle.
Overall it was such a fun night and we ate some incredible foods (just don't quiz me on them!). It was really nice to be out with our friends and enjoy adult conversation without kids running around! Without realizing it, it was already 11 o'clock before we left the restaurant, driving home to our sitter after a four-hour meal . . . and I'm lucky I got to spend some quality time with Keith before his trip to the States this week. All in all, one awesome night!