Monday, April 29, 2013

My first bi-weekly owl giveaway

If you have been following me on instagram or facebook, you know I've been enjoying working on a lot of owls these days. They are my absolute favorite to make, and I really love making them in batches of different color variations.

Then a fun idea occurred to me! What if I host a themed bi-weekly owl giveaway for my blog readers, instagram followers and facebook fans?!

That way I can make even more owls, in different and fun new versions, and make people happy with free owls. Seems like a good plan, doesn't it?

So my first owl giveaway is a Dutch King Owl. Tomorrow our queen will abdicate and her son will become our new king. The last time we had a king was 1890, so it's kind of a big deal! So this first owl giveaway will be in honor of our new King Willem-Alexander, hence the tiny crown.

It's an orange owl since that's part of his last name and therefore our national color. The owl's accent colors are red, white, and blue for the Dutch flag. And as you can see, it's back it a straight up Dutch flag:
So let's talk about how you can make this little owl keychain yours! Just leave me a comment beneath this post and include your email address so I can contact you if you win. If you want to increase your chances, you can get additional entries on instagram and facebook. The giveaway is open worldwide.

On May 12th I randomly draw a winner. There can only be one winner, but rest assured there will be more owl giveaways. Come back every two weeks to see what new owl cutie you can win.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Last Queen's Day

Every year the Dutch celebrate Queen's Day (Koninginnedag) on April 30th, a holiday in honor of our Queen Beatrix. This year she will abdicate on Queen's Day and her first son, Willem-Alexander, will become King Willem IV.

That's right: next year's Queen's Day will be King's Day. The future king only has daughters so there will be a Queen and a Queen's Day again someday, but I expect that may take a while. So this will be our last Queen's Day for now.
In San Francisco we celebrate Queen's Day today, since it's not an official holiday here and most people need to work on Tuesday. So we donned our orange and Dutch gear (leftover from the WBC semifinal last month) and got ourselves to the Murphy Windmill in Golden Gate Park.
Yasu and I volunteered to help out this year. I originally signed up for four different volunteer duties, but somehow 3 got canceled, all for different reasons. So in the end we only helped out selling bar tickets, handing out bar wristbands, and checking IDs (since you need to be 21+ to drink alcohol in the US) for an hour. That was a lot of fun though and time just flew by.
There were food trucks. And they weren't selling tacos, no no, they were selling Dutch food. Or at least their best imitation of Dutch fries, frikandellen en kroketten, and there was one place that was selling raw herring from the North Sea! 

That made me a happy Dutchie, since I love raw herring with chopped onions! And if you want to be really Dutch you eat it in a specific way. See me demonstrate that way below with actual herring and Yasu with a Dutch fry, since (for some inexplicable reason) he doesn't like herring.
Any Dutch festival isn't complete without some Indonesian food. We got ourselves some barbecued pork satays and they were delicious and very authentic.
There was a silent disco. This may sound weird, and it certainly looks really weird when you just look at it. A DJ at a turn table and a bunch of people with headphones shaking and moving their bodies to no music. Of course, when you get yourself some headphones you soon find yourself doing exactly the same. 

It was fun and we would have done it longer if we didn't get distracted by a familiar face in the crowd of Dutchies. Our SambaFunk friend Jeroen stopped by with his parents, who are visiting from the Netherlands. Jeroen loves Dutch stroopwafels and has even made his own from scratch in the past. He was the perfect person to try out the freshly-made stroopwafels from The Stroopie Gourmet from the East Bay. Final judgement: way too much cinnamon. These stroopwafels may taste okay, but they don't taste traditionally Dutch. Oh well.

There was a makeshift Dutch grocery store. This was a happy place filled to the brim with almost only imported goodies from the Netherlands. I had a hard time picking just a few items, I really just wanted to bring everything home. I wish Albert Heijn (my favorite Dutch supermarket chain) would just open up shop in the Bay Area already.

All in all, it was an exciting day, especially for Yasu: