What’s better than on a cold winter day sitting inside in a warm cosy place warming your hands on a mug of hot choc? Yes! That was what I experienced in Sittard this weekend. Euh, where? Yes, in Sittard. A small city located in the province South-Limburg, in the very south of The Netherlands.
It was not the first time I was in Sittard. For the last four years I had been here so once in a while, strange enough I had never been in the inner center. This day that changed. And here comes the best part: I found a delicious vegan hotspot!! I will tell my friend Patricia Hut to put this new spot in her brand new app of vegan hotspots. Add it girl: ‘RAUW’ (raw). This name is a little bit misleading, therefor the owner changed it in: ‘Groenten van Roos’ (Veggies from Roos)…
After walking over the ancient walls that surrounded the city we were frozen. Despite that, I will reveal: I love this cold weather. You should know I was born in wintertime, with iced waters and heaps of snow. Although I did shiver outside, I just loved the cold fresh air. You will find me next year again on top of a snowy mountain gliding on my skies to the end of the ski slope. Especially, because I teach yoga every morning. A very nice holiday to relax and let go of all the winter stuff so you are prepared to jump into Spring Time. Check: www.skiplus.nl for more detailed info if you are interested in a mindful winter holiday…
Back to THIS moment. I was in Sittard longing for a warm place to sit and have a nice cake. Luckily I found this very nice place called RAUW. We spoke to the female owner named Roos, a strong confident woman who takes life as it comes and just goes with the flow. Yes, this ‘project’ in the creation of a small restaurant, just came along her path and she embraced it fully. She makes everything vegan* (except of the little honey used in one dish). Everything she cooks, which is most important to me, is without refined sugar and with a lot of love…
That we tasted! O-MMMMM-G. I had the most delicate cakes in years! I could not choose so I ordered two different cakes: one piece of cheesecake and another of chocolate peanut butter. No scrimpy pieces what I was used in places in Amsterdam, not at all. The cake had me by the first bite. Sometimes a cheesecake can be too creamy, too cashewy, too less bottom cake, etc. etc. This one tasted just perfect.
I will present it to you but actually you just should go there, taste and experience it by yourself… On top of the cheesecake there was a layer of orange jam which gave the piece the name ‘Orange Cheesecake’. The texture of the creamy middle layer was made of cashews and coconut oil but not too predominant and tasted yummy. The bottom of the cake was made of nuts and added the crunchy bite. In my mouth the cake melted and I would describe this good combination of flavours as fresh sweet. Score: 9,4.
The second piece can be best described as a ‘Snicker’: lots of chocolate and peanuts, delicious too! One taste of it and I was in chocolate heaven. It is very hard to find a good vegan nutty chocolate bar. The taste was definitely heavier than the first cake but perfect for a cold day.
I warmed my hands on a mug of chai tea (I was very looking forward to the hot choc, but unfortunately that was finished). The chai had just all the spices as it should and tasted not too sweet. With the drinks she served two little home-made chocolates which had a very nice spicy bite.
We loved it and we were good to go into the snow! The next time I would go for a big wrap or self-chosen salad we saw customers taking away home or maybe a nice porridge breakfast… many choices! The price-quality was excellent. For 2 drinks and 2 large pieces of vegan cakes we paid €15.
*vegan: no use of animal products, no eggs, no dairy, no sugar