Barcelona: Quimet & Quimet

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Round One

If you are researching the best place for tapas in Barcelona, you will definitely find Quimet & Quimet on the list. The café was recommended to us as well by a friend of ours so we decided to go our first evening!

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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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Brewdog: Thesis Defense Done!

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Time to celebrate!

A couple of weeks after turning in my thesis, I needed to head to Brussels to defend it. After a lot of preparation to be able to present and answer any questions they may possibly have – it’s over! I’m finished! No more classes, no more papers, no more exams, done!

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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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Verloren Maandag 2017

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It’s that time of year again, Verloren Maandag!

Like I mentioned last year, I really wanted to try all of the special pastries this year. So rather than my normal curryrol and worstenbroodje from the Lints, I had everything – salmon and spinach, chicken and vegetables, sausage and Belgian endive, and vegetarian. It was fun to try, but the classics are still the best! And of course for dessert appelbollen!

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Koen’s Birthday: Het Gebaar

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Het Gebaar

 

For Koen’s birthday we celebrated at one of our favorite restaurants, Het Gebaar. Het Gebaar is a Michelin star restaurant by Roger Van Damme serving haute Belgian cuisine and magical, beautiful desserts. At the end Koen received a surprise from the restaurant! Our waitress brought out a giant cake with a special dessert for Koen on top! Continue reading

Birthday Dinner: Otomat

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Otomat

 

I’ve been really fortunate the last few years to celebrate my birthday abroad – last year in Copenhagen, the two years previous in New York City – but with our upcoming trip to Japan, this year we kept it low key.

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Brouwerij De Koninck

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With the famous De Koninck Bolleke bottle

 

With Christina and Rafaël in Antwerp, Koen and I booked a tour of the newly renovated De Koninck Brewery. Of course if you’re in Belgium you need to taste the local cuisine which includes the famous Belgian beers. De Koninck is the biggest brewery in Antwerp – most known for the “Bolleke”, an amber beer named for the goblet shaped glass it’s served in, Triple d’Anvers, an Antwerp style Belgian triple, and Wild Jo, the brewery’s newest beer made with wild yeast.

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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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Millevaches and Mon

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Dry aged beef to welcome us

 

To celebrate Father’s Day, Koen and I invited Dook and Els to come to Antwerp to visit our newest butcher Millevaches, aka Thousand Cows. We’re all steak enthusiasts and were excited to check out their offering.

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