It’s the end of a week of hard work, and your colleages suggest to go for a “borrel”. You might wonder what they are inviting you for.
They are inviting you for a drink after work. Usually a local “brown cafe” a traditional Dutch bar is a favourite location. This is the perfect place to relax and have a drink. Of course it could also be another local bar. As one of the important criteria is that the cafe is walking distance.
The “borrel” is a great way to interact with you colleages outside the walls of work. A casual interaction where you can enjoy a nice beer or wine at the same time. Depending on the size of the group, one person gets the first round of drinks at the bar, to be followed by the next. Or a tab can be started where everyone pays for their own drink afterwards.
While you are enjoying a drink and conversing you might be getting a little peckish. Luckily there are some great snacks to accompany your drink. Appropriately called “borrelhapjes” snacks to enjoy during the borrel. There are a few typical snacks you have to try!
The perfect snack is the beloved “bitterbal” or “bitterballen” (plural). This is ragout covered with breadcrumbs and then fried. Served with a side of mustard. This is just perfect to eat with your beer or wine. Where it used to be that cold snacks such as cheese or liverwurst were popular now a larger variety of fried snacks are popular. Such as cheese sticks, vlammetjes and mini frikandels. These are meat or cheese filled pastries.
And now you know! Say yes: and enjoy a few hours with your colleages before heading home. Just one word of advice: be careful how many drinks you have as you still have to work with them the following workday! 😉
BY TAMAR DOVLATYARIAN, in-house food writer at Orange & Co.