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In today’s world, distances are reduced by technology and globalization. People of different cultures and nationalities come together in the workplace, creating a melting pot of ideas and traditions. One aspect that further enriches this diversity is the culinary experience. In this article, we dive into the role of Dutch gastronomy as a bridge between expats and their international colleagues, and how sharing food from Holland is a unique way to foster cultural exchange.

Dutch food culture: more than just cheese

When people think of Dutch cuisine, cheese, stroopwafels and tulips often come to mind first. However, Dutch culinary traditions encompass much more than these stereotypes. Consider, for example, the rich history of Dutch trade, which has led to a diversity of ingredients and dishes. From the spicy flavors of Indonesian dishes to the savory comfort of stamppot, Dutch cuisine has something for everyone.

The importance of culinary exchange in the workplace

When expats and international colleagues come together in the workplace, they bring not only their professional skills but also their unique cultural backgrounds. Sharing culinary experiences offers an informal but powerful way to celebrate this diversity while creating a sense of belonging. By sharing food, people also share their stories, traditions and values.


Rusk with mouse and the power of tradition

An iconic example of Dutch culinary tradition is the use of ‘beschuit met muisjes’ to celebrate the birth of a child. This simple treat, consisting of a rusk with anise seeds covered in sugar, is not only loved by Dutch people, but can also be a fascinating topic of conversation for international colleagues. Sharing this ritual in the workplace opens the door to conversations about family values, birth traditions and even the role of food in different cultures.

Sharing Dutch delicacies: a Cultural Exchange

When Dutch expats introduce their international colleagues to the world of Dutch delicacies, such as bitterballen, herring or stroopwafels, more doors open than just those of the taste buds. These culinary experiences serve as a window into Dutch culture, history and social customs. At the same time, Dutch expats get the chance to explore the cuisines of other countries and gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of world cuisine.

Taste together, connect together

In a world where distances blur and cultures meet, food plays a central role in building bridges between people. Dutch delicacies from Dutch Expat Shop serve not only as a tasty treat, but also as a powerful means of creating connection between expats and their international colleagues.

By sharing culinary experiences, like enjoying a simple rusk with mice, people from different backgrounds can come together, share stories and forge friendships. So let’s set the table, display dishes from all corners of the world and enjoy together the flavours that unite us.

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