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... which is probably spelled wrongly...

are a great idea.  Now, I'm sure all the European readers will be wondering what the big deal is.  But in the UK, or at least the bits of it I hang around in, there is no such thing as a hot-food vending machine.  You have to queue and wait and things like that.  The concept of sticking a euro in the wall and getting something edible, and hot, and actually nice,  is an absolute revelation.  If anyone wants to start an automaat in say, the Floating Harbour in Bristol I'll be first in the queue.

Automaats typically sell:

Kaas Soufflés - that's a Cheese Crispy Pancake for my British readers, just like you made in University after you figured out you couldn't live on takeaway food but before you actually learned to cook

Krokets - deep fried stew, done in breadcrumbs, and candidate for my favorite street food idea ever.  They also come in chicken sate varieties

Frikadel - a sort of sausage.  I don't know what kind.  Experience has taught me that where sausages are concerned (and this includes the British ones!), it's best just to enjoy them with your mind shut

and less commonly, Loempia, which seem to be a sort of spring roll but fatter. I haven't tried these, because I love Kroket so much. 

GabyvanKuilenburg says:
:P Automaats!! I think we just call it 'iets uit de muus trekken', 'pulling something out the wall', of automaten:P funny story!
Posted on: Mar 17, 2008
sarahelaine says:
dunno - tht looks a bit French for the Dutch, if you know what I mean. When were you in Utrecht? It's amazing how many people used to work there - the lovely loan selling guy in Nationwide yesterday spent a semester there too!
Posted on: Mar 16, 2008
redzzed says:
Patat met ketchup !! i used to work there ,Utrecht , in Croeslaan around the corner from the station .
I thought they were called automatiques ??
Posted on: Mar 16, 2008
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