Girls’ Night Out

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Hannah and me

This past weekend Koen was away in Rotterdam for a boys’ weekend, so I invited Hannah to come to Antwerp for a girls’ weekend! We planned for a delicious Japanese dinner at Osaka (edit – Osaka has since closed its doors after 20 years), followed by drinks at Dogma. The next morning we had a delicious breakfast at Lints, coffee at Caffènation, and then a walk in the Botanical Gardens to see the cacti! A great weekend!

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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!

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Butcher’s Dining in Hove, Belgium

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Butcher’s Store and Dining

 

Butcher’s Store from De Laet & Van Haver in Hove is a meat lover’s paradise for over 25 years now. 7 years ago they opened Butcher’s Dining next door. We went with our friend Nanw and Mihai on a quest for the most delicious steak dinner. Luckily there are a lot of sharing options! We chose 4 starters to split, followed by an entrecote tasting. Well worth the drive to Hove for a delicious steak dinner!

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Sir Anthony Van Dijck

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For a late Mother’s and Father’s Day, we took Dook and Els to Sir Anthony Van Dijck, where we also celebrated Koen’s birthday last year. When Koen and I told his parents where we would be celebrating his birthday, we learned that Sir Anthony van Dijck was a favorite restaurant of Koen’s grandfather. In fact when Els met Dook’s father for the first time it was at Sir Anthony Van Dijck! So this was surprise culinary destination!

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Celebrating in Berchem

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#1 Cheese shop in Europe

To celebrate my thesis defense, my father-in-law joined me in Berchem for an assortment of delicious cheeses at Michel Van Tricht & Zoon Kaasaffineurs before joining Koen for dinner at Orso Pizzeria.

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Roji: Celebrating my finished thesis!

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Roji

Finished! Finally finished! After three months of no free time – researching and writing in the evenings after work and on my days off – my thesis is completed! One step closer to my MBA!

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Portuguese Dinner

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Grilling chorizo on the balcony

One great thing about attending an international business school is that I get to meet students from all over the world. And what brings people together like food? A couple of nights ago Koen and I went to Ines and Francisco’s apartment for a Portuguese dinner of chorizo and a bacalhau and potato casserole – and of course Portuguese wine!

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Ciro’s

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Ciro’s

Entering Ciro’s is like walking into the past. There’s a sense of nostalgia in the air – like nothing has changed since it opened in 1962. Koen and I are always looking to try the best steaks, so Ciro’s was recommended to us as a must-try! If steak’s not your thing, the menu is full of classic Belgian fare. Make sure to make a reservation at least a few days ahead of time – this is a favorite place of many in Antwerp!

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Dinner at The Jane

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The Jane

 

Finally, finally, finally! We finally were able to secure a table at The Jane! The impossible became possible! The Jane is the 74th best restaurant in the world for 2017 and holds 2 Michelin stars. You can only reserve 3 months in advance and the opening is posted at 8:00AM. After two years of trying the waiting list we were able to go!

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Izumi

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Izumi

Ever since we’ve been back from Japan, we can’t help but crave the Japanese kitchen. One night we had friends over for soba dipping noodles and tempura veggies and started discussing the best Japanese restaurants in Antwerp. When Izumi came up, there was disbelief that we hadn’t been there already. So we set a date!

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