Fall’s here and the soup’s on at your local destination for Dutch treats

Gull Lake’s Wooden Shoe welcomes the season with hearty soups and sweets

Fall is soup season, and that suits the customers at The Wooden Shoe Store & Coffee Shop just fine!

Hearty, easy-to-prepare soups packed full of flavour are the hallmark of the Honig brand –favourites among shoppers at the Gull Lake, Alberta shop full of Dutch specialties and treats, says co-owner Christine Luymes.

“You can experiment with different flavours and additions – there’s all kinds of mixes,” Christine says.

Reflecting Holland’s long connections with Indonesia and Southeast Asia, you’ll also find spice-infused selections like Indian Curry, perfectly delicious after an afternoon outside, perhaps with a hearty side of nasi goreng, an Indonesian rice dish with meat and vegetables.

And if you’d like to give those flavours a little extra boost, reach for a bottle of popular Maggi seasoning, also available in store!

Sweet treats in store for you

Of course, fall isn’t the only season of traditions at The Wooden Shoe. Come Remembrance Day weekend, Christine and Val will start taking orders for the delectable Dutch treat ollie bollen – essentially large donut holes traditionally served as a New Year’s Eve treat.

Each year, the team fries up more than 200 dozen of these scrumptious balls of goodness, using Christine’s family recipe, passed down from her grandmother. In flavours including apple, apple cinnamon, apple raisin, raisin and plain, customers take the ollie bollen home to serve warm Dec. 31, with a small dish of icing sugar for dipping.

And if talk of New Year’s Eve goodies has you thinking about the holidays, chocolate letters are now in store – choose from large or small sizes in white, milk and dark chocolate, as well as a white chocolate with Pop Rocks for a little kick! And stocking stuffers are as close as the candy aisle, including the rainbow of different Mentos.

Tuck into a weekend brunch buffet

Traditional Dutch treats aren’t the only thing The Wooden Shoe is known for! The grill is fired up all year long for breakfast, lunch and of course, their amazing weekend breakfast buffet.

And if you visit on Toonie Tuesdays, you’ll not only enjoy a coffee for just a toonie, but seniors will receive 10 per cent off both restaurant and in-store purchases, too!

Visit The Wooden Shoe at 40 Lakeview Ave. in the village of Gull Lake or call today 403-748-2000.

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