Meat and Beer Fest

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Meat and Beer Fest at Park Spoor Noord

 

Hot Saturday in July? What better than to head to Park Spoor Noord at the Cargo Zomerbar for the Meat & Beer Fest? We invited Chris and Hannah to come to Antwerp and we enjoyed a nice summer evening with plenty of – you guessed it – meat and beer!

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Antwerpen Proeft 2016

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Antwerpen Proeft at the Waagnatie

 

Antwerpen Proeft, or Taste of Antwerp, is Belgium’s top culinary festival. At Antwerpen Proeft you are able to choose from a wide offering of food, including from Michelin starred chefs.

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Roger Van Damme, Part Two

Roger Van Damme preparing one of our courses (photo from flamant.com)

Roger Van Damme preparing one of our courses (photo from flamant.com)

In my Roger Van Damme, Part One post I mentioned that Koen and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary at Het Gebaar, from Roger Van Damme. It was the best meal I’ve ever had, and I was lucky enough to win a 9 course brunch/cooking presentation with none other than Roger Van Damme!

The contest was set up by Flamant, who supplies all of the interior decorating for Het Gebaar. Luckily Flamant is only a 3 minute walk from our apartment, and Koen and I were able to wake up and go straight to brunch! After 9 delicious courses and a few glasses of wine, we walked a little bit slower back home and took a long nap!

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Barrio Cantina Food Truck Festival

Barrio Cantina Food Truck Festival

Barrio Cantina Food Truck Festival

This summer there was a traveling food truck festival throughout Belgium – Barrio Cantina. Of course Koen and I didn’t want to miss out on the Antwerp edition!

The location was perfect. More than 40 food trucks organized on the Steenplein, so we could enjoy our food with a view of Het Steen and the River Scheldt.

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Antwerp Christmas Market 2014

Antwerp Christmas Market

One of my favorite things about Antwerp in December is the Christmas Market. There are lights everywhere – whether hanging from the streets or in the trees. I like to walk around and see everything that’s for sale and enjoy a warm cup of glühwein. I like to go every year and this time Koen and I went on the last day, on a Sunday afternoon. It had snowed the day before, so it was especially cold!

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World Cup: USA vs Belgium

Chocolate shop in Antwerp supporting the Red Devils in Brazil

Chocolate shop in Antwerp supporting the Red Devils in Brazil

 

Tuesday night USA played against Belgium in the World Cup. This was a match I couldn’t miss! Koen and I watched the game at the Grote Market on a big screen. Of course I’m American and was cheering for America (but not too loudly haha). The energy was high and infectious. Definitely an experience I’ll remember!

 

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Cocktail Party

Setting up for the party

Setting up for the party

I had recently read an article about the revival of cocktail parties. I shared it with some of my classmates at the United International Business Schools, Antwerp and it was decided for me that I’d host one myself. It’s always fun to entertain, so I didn’t mind. As for cocktails, we provided the essentials for gin and tonics and Cuba Libres – for the rest everyone brought their favorite drinks and mixers. To pair with the cocktails, I made two sweet and two savory options. For the sweet tooths, I made mini pecan pies and coconut macarons (lactose-free option). Personally I like something savory with my drinks, so I made a garlic-free guacomole (it is a party afterall!) and quinoa cups with spinach and bacon. We had a lot of fun and it’s always nice to see everyone in another setting!

 

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Longines Global Champions Tour 2014

Longines Global Champions Tour 2014

Longines Global Champions Tour 2014

A special thank you to Diana and David for the invitation to come see the Longines Global Champions Tour 2014, formally known as Jumping Antwerpen! Last year I went with Koen and really enjoyed it. This year I invited Hannah to join me, because she does some jumping herself. Such a good choice for a guest! I was able to learn a lot while we watched. Enthusiasm is also contagious, so being with someone who loves horses made the event that much more fun! The venue is beautiful and located on the dockside of Antwerp’s Scheldt River with a view of the cranes.

 

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Beyoncé Concert!

Beyoncé concert!

Beyoncé concert!

This Christmas my husband surprised me with a ticket to see Beyoncé in Antwerp! If you don’t know, Queen Bey is my absolute favorite and this was my first time seeing her live! Koen doesn’t have the same enthusiasm, so I had a girls’ night with Barbara dancing and singing! Love being part of the Bey Hive!

 

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Verloren Maandag (Lost Monday)

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An appelbol and a worstebroodje (a curryworst to be exact)

I’ve lived in Antwerp for over 3 years and never really understood Verloren Maandag. All I knew is that the Monday after Driekoningen, or Epiphany (Koen’s birthday) bakeries were open on Monday and closed on Tuesday (usually the opposite) and in every bakery there are mountains of appelbollen (apples wrapped in pastry dough and baked in the oven) and worstenbroodjes (sausage wrapped in pastry dough and baked in the oven). This year I decided to partake and learn more about the tradition.

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