Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Het Hanze Huis

When I was in Groningen, Netherlands earlier this summer a friend introduced me to a store that only sells products from the year 1800 or earlier that are still manufactured from the original "recipe."  The store is named for the Hanseatic League - a group of cities that dominated trade in Europe from the 12th-16th centuries.  At its peak, this coalition included 205 cities with Groningen among them. Het Hanze Huis now offers food products such as coffee, tea, marzipan, chocolate, jams and honey as well as soap, table linens and some interesting fragrance papers.   I have tried several of their offerings and can vouch for their quality. Wishing they would open a store in the U.S.  In the meantime, visit their store website to find their very interesting offerings.

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