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10 November 2010
WanderFood Wednesday: two ends of the spectrum in Aruba

it's way more fun to say "schenk stroop!" than "syrup"
it's way more fun to say "schenk stroop!" than "syrup"

We took a last-minute trip to Aruba last week, with very little on the agenda except diving and enjoying some beachy goodness. And, of course, we managed to find a number of great places to eat!

Like most Caribbean destinations, Aruba has the full spectrum of culinary options, catering to the cruising daytrippers, families with finicky kids, and those with more discerning palates. On this WanderFood Wednesday, I present to you two very different places we greatly enjoyed. Both happened to be recommended by @mariesworlds when I put the request out to the Twitterverse, so thanks Marie!

oktapodi <3s poffertjes
oktapodi <3s poffertjes

Humbertus crepe...pot roast for breakfast!
Humbertus crepe...pot roast for breakfast!

Dutch Pancake House (Pannekoekhuis)
Slightly cheesy, definitely frequented more by tourists than locals, but we loved it enough to go back twice. The range of sweet and savory crepes will make your head spin, and the silver dollar "poffertjes" pancakes come with a range of delicious toppings too. I couldn't resist trying the "Humbertus" crepe on our second visit,
which turned out to be more like a pot roast with its ragu sauce and deer + rabbit meat. Om nom nom!

Papiamento entrance
Papiamento entrance

This restaurant is nothing short of stunning. Housed in a historic Aruban farmhouse from the nineteenth century, the alfresco setting among the foliage was absolutely dazzling. We didn't even get a chance to tour the inside because we were so stuffed from dinner. The attention to detail and nearly-clairvoyant service reminded us a lot of The Inn at Little Washington, where the waiter fills your wine glass before you even realize it's empty. Once again the extensive menu was a bit overwhelming, ranging from traditional Dutch favorites like keshi yena to the full cadre of grilled land
air & sea options. We both opted for items served "on the stone," which provided an additional auditory treat as the sizzling dishes came to our table. Mark said it was one of the best steaks he's ever had. I was too full to speak.

keshi yena
keshi yena

dining among the trees
dining among the trees

grilled wahoo "on the stone"
grilled wahoo "on the stone"

We're back on the wagon after last week's nonstop pigout, but stay tuned for more Aruba pics and stories. And hop on over to Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.

Dutch Pancake House (Pannekoekhuis)

L.G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba

Noord, Washington 61, Aruba

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Re: WanderFood Wednesday: two ends of the spectrum in Aruba
mmmmm, this makes me very very hungry....
Posted by wanderinglaura on November 10, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Re: WanderFood Wednesday: two ends of the spectrum in Aruba
sigh, me too ::: munches carrot stick, wistfully :::
Posted by sonia on November 11, 2010 at 4:50 PM

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