The Cure for a Very Stressful Week

Stress eating isn’t good for you.  That said, I’ve been known to stress eat from time-to-time.  Cheetos.  Chocolate.  But when things are ridiculously stressful, it’s time to quit messing around and get serious.  That’s when I let myself indulge in a stroopwafel.

For anyone not familiar with the Dutch treats, they are very thin wafel cookies fused together with a caramel syrup.  They go great with an afternoon coffee and bring back fond childhood memories of the years I spent living in Maastricht.  In fact the only comfort food better than a stroopwafel is frites mit mayonnaise (Dutch french fries with mayonnaise, but not mayonnaise like you’re thinking of if you live in the US).

What do you think?  Which stroopwafel photo do you prefer? 

And as an added bonus, I’ve also posted a photo of frites mit mayonnaise from my trip to The Netherlands last fall.


Stroopwafel Photo #1.  My last two stroopwafels waiting to be enjoyed.


Stroopwafel Photo #2.  I hope things are less stressful at work next week, because I’m completely out of stroopwafels!  Yes, I can buy them here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA, but they never taste as fresh as the ones that arrive via Dutch colleagues who hand carry them over on the plane.


Bonus Photo.  Frites mit Curry Ketchup und Mayonnaise.

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28 thoughts on “The Cure for a Very Stressful Week

    • Oh, they are soooooo good! If you have a Trader Joe’s or World Market by you, you can usually find them there if you are interested in giving them a try.

  1. You make me miss my home country!!! I love these. My parents always bring them whenever the come and visit me in Italy. And yes, also the PATAT…that’s something I always eat when I’m back in the Netherlands….just love both!! :D

    • Thanks, Dutch! I know what you mean. I miss both sooooooo much here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA. When we were in The Netherlands last Fall, my son and I had a rule to eat fries with mayonnaise at least once EVERY day because we knew we’d have a hard time eating them once we left The Netherlands!

      • LOL…wow every day! I think you have gained some pounds then…:D I think nothing beats the PATAT from the Netherlands…and their mayonnaise…. We are not known for our cuisine…but I must say that is terribly good :D!

  2. Stroopwafels are wonderful, aren’t they? My Dutch pals who lived across from me in Afghanistan introduced us to them in celebration of their Queens birthday and the World Cup (it was 2010 and they had a fab football year!). I ordered a case to be sent home via Amazon. Not too expensive but you shouldn’t save them for too long as they do have freshness dates. btw, THANKs for the visit and follow. I LOVE your site and the photos! Will be looking forward to reading more from you!

    • Dear Melody, you’re right, they are sooooo much better when fresh! I will enjoy continuing to follow your blog!

      • If you ever travel to Brussels, you must try one from a waffle cart. Rather than a slim waffel like in stroopwafels, it’s a warm Belgian waffle doused with just the right amount of sweet syrup. You can probably make it at home, but it’s so much nicer “in person”!

  3. Hmm, stroopwafels! The best stroopwafels are the big ones they make on the spot at market booths. Warm, fresh, ooh, those were the days! They have packets of two miniature stroopwafels at Starbucks every now and then, but they’re pretty chewy and old. Not the same.
    I think your picture of the half-eaten stroopwafel is a work of art.
    Thanks for following in blog. I’m now following you, too.

    • Barbara, you are so right. Nothing state-side ever tastes as fresh, although the mini ones from Trader Joes are close.

      I will look forward to continuing to follow your blog!

  4. Oh my goodness I’ve never had one of those before! They look amazing! And that last picture looks good too! That’s my problem when i stress, I want to eat everything HAHA! I love the little bit of history on yourself that you put in there! Very interesting :) Thank you for sharing and now, I must find that stroopwafel!

    • Dear Wanna Be, you have Trader Joe’s in Oregon, right? They have the mini stroopwafels there. They are usually with the cookies and other treats above the cold/frozen cases. They aren’t quite as good as the ones that come straight from Holland, but they are pretty, darn good. If you like caramel lattes (I do!) they are a perfect pair! Let me know what you think if you get to try them!

  5. How wicked of you to tempt me with these goodies ;). The frites bring back many happy memories of my time living in Brussels. Yum! I have eaten them with mayo ever since. Ketchup will no longer do.

    • I’m with you, Rachael! And, while I do NOT like mayonnaise like we have here in the US, I LOVE the mayonnaise with the frites in the Benelux. If you have a Dean and Deluca near you, order their plain fries and ask for the garlic aoili to go with it. It’s the closest thing I’ve found to frites with mayo in the US.

      • No Dean and Deluccas here as I live in England. I agree with you about mayo in the US. Frankly, it’s rarely any better here.

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