BISTRO IN PETTO | Rossum

It’s been two weeks indoors and with weekend weather too good to waste, I was able to convince Teko to drive us all the way to western Gelderland for a small Saturday outing. It was to a restaurant in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Rossum, a place neither of us had ever set foot in and which seemed well-regarded enough online to be worth the one-hour drive. Despite some tourist traffic on the highways, which I later found out was happening pretty much all over the country, we got to our destination just in the nick of time for our noon reservation.

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As can happen with most things my simple lunch plan went awry, initially at least, due to a waiter who could barely care less, an overly-busy riverside dining area, and Teko looking visibly troubled like he was about to reach his boiling point. Despite better service, moving from the crowded riverside terrace to, as I later found out, a vehicle-busy street-side table wasn’t much of an improvement, causing Teko’s mood to go even more sour, further putting a dampener to our plans for a simple, cozy lunch. Quaint Rossum wasn’t looking too attractive at that point, the pain of countless, similar disagreements over the years beginning to flood my memory. Here we go yet again I thought.
After a sigh of defeat and some circumspection I decided to take a breath, step back, and salvage what I could of the present circumstances, biting my tongue and calmly offering different options as a way to placate his sudden change in demeanor.  Despite the odds I was able to get the situation back on its uncomplicated track, and thankfully all became fine in our little world again.
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Predictably, given the limited lunch options, we both ordered the house burgers, complemented with near-perfect fries that all disappeared from our plates just like that – all that drama can really make a person hungry – enough to fortify us for a walk around the area. Turns out that this little riverside town of 2,600 people can afford to have a few well-appointed restaurants, a surprisingly decent hotel, and lots of nature to satisfy most, reasons good enough for Teko and I to seriously consider it an option to move to after Amsterdam. Add another town to our potential retirement list.

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