Danny and Matt visit Antwerp!

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Koen, Matt and Danny in front of the Frites Atelier

After many years of saying they’ll come visit, Danny and Matt finally made it to Antwerp! I made it mission to share all things Belgian, so we at a lot of delicious frietjes, drank Belgian beer, and wandered around the beautiful city!

First stop – Frites Atelier! World-renowned chef Sergio Herman set out on a mission to open shops with the best fries available. Most important – the potatoes:

“Our Zeeland clay potatoes are the true heroes of our concept. Of the thousands of potato varieties we tested, the ones from Zeeland were by far the best. To ensure continuity, we always work with different varieties. This allows us to determine which variety has the best flavour each month. The potatoes are prepared, sliced, and naturally processed in our production kitchen. All of our frites are pre-fried and fried at our Ateliers.”

And of course there are delicious toppings, sauces and sides available!

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The menu

 

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Vol au vent

 

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Seasonal Special: Papas Catalan

 

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Indo Peanut Sauce

 

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My favorite – Stoofvlees, or Flemish Stew

After dinner we went for a walk to the historic center and along the River Scheldt before stopping for drinks close the MAS. And of course, I cannot let anyone visit Antwerp without taking a photo with the hand!

 

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Taking photos with the Wapper at Het Steen

 

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Walking along the river

 

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Snacks!

 

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Danny and Matt with the Antwerp Hand

 

The next day we took it easy because Danny wasn’t feeling great. We started with a huge brunch at my favorite bakery, Lints. I think anyone who has visited me has had a similar breakfast experience! I can’t help it – so delicious! I want everyone to try their pastries! And after breakfast, we headed to Caffenation – my favorite place for coffee.

 

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Danny with our brunch tower of deliciousness

 

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Time for coffee

 

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So happy to have these two in town!

 

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My cappuccino

 

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Filter for the boys

 

After a bit of rest, we headed to Antwerp’s fashion museum, MoMu for their amazing exhibit: Margiela, the Hermès Years. To quote MoMu:

“From 31 March 2017 to 27 August 2017, MoMu is displaying Belgian stylist Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003 for the first time. As well as this, the tribute exhibition also explores the relationship during these years between these collections and his own label, Maison Martin Margiela. Groundbreaking deconstruction and timeless luxury – the two worlds of designer Martin Margiela – are the starting point of the exhibition ‘Margiela, the Hermès years’.”

 

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And for the last meal we chose De Bomma, aka Grandma’s Restaurant for a traditional Belgian meal! The restaurant is really cute – decorated with photos of the staff’s grandmothers and all of the waitresses have on old fashioned clothes.

 

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De Bomma

 

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Walls decorated with photos of grandmothers

 

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Triple d’Anvers from the city brewery of course!

 

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Blood sausage and apples

 

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Shrimp and cheese croquettes

 

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Shrimp cocktail

 

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Stoofvlees, or Flemish stew

 

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Varkenswangetjes, or pig cheeks in tomato sauce

 

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Steak with bearnaise sauce

 

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Chipolatas, or sausages

 

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Fries and potato croquettes

 

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The sides: stampoot, red cabbage, and boiled potatoes

 

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My delicious plate!

 

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Elixir d’Anvers to finish

 

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Last view of the Cathedral before heading back to the apartment

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