Discover Benelux, Issue 30, June 2016

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Discover Benelux | Tourism | Haarlem City Special

You only eat soup in winter? No way! TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA | PHOTOS: DE SOEPKANTINE

It sounds perfect: a cold winter’s day, you just had a walk outside and are now warming up indoors with a cup of hot soup. At De Soepkantine – freely translated as ‘the soup cafeteria’ – they do not believe this to be the only dream scenario. Here, they serve soup all year long.

kinds of salads available and there are more coming soon. And if you are just looking for a small treat, there are pies, organic juices and coffee. “We try to use gluten-free and organic ingredients as much as possible, in our soups as well,” De Rooy says. De Soepkantine opened three years ago and the success is obvious. “People are so enthusiastic, that’s really great. Of course we do best when it’s cold out, but we really try to emphasise that soup is tasty in summer as well.” Oh, and we have a small scoop for you as well - pretty soon De Soepkantine is coming to Amsterdam!

And why should they not? We eat warm food all year long, so why not soup? “We even have specific summer soups,” Maarten de Rooy says. Together with his partner Rene Aarsman, he runs this cute little place in Haarlem. This summer they are serving a Mulligatawny soup with sweet potato, mango and curry. “We have five soups on the menu, three of them differ every week: one with chicken, one with another kind of meat and one vegan. The Indian Lentil Soup is always available, since that has been the most popular since the beginning.” Not really a soup kind of person? No problem! Currently there are also three different 2_0_Biz_Het_Noordeinde_ad_halfpage_Layout 1 28/08/2015 18:09 Page 1

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