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

Japan: Nara

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Nara was Japan’s first permanent capital, 710 – 794 AD, and only 30 minutes away by train from both Kyoto and Osaka! There are 8 UNESCO World Heritage sights, 2nd only to Kyoto.

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Koen’s Birthday Dinner: Sir Anthony Van Dijck

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Magical Entrance

 For Koen’s birthday dinner we visited Sir Anthony Van Dijck. I always do a bit of searching before deciding on a restaurant and I was so intrigued when I read that the chef, Marc Paesbrugghe, gave his two Michelin stars away.

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New Year’s Eve 2015

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Herring caviar and cream

 

Koen and I use New Year’s Eve and Day as an excuse to eat very luxuriously and indulgently. Every year we try to top the year before.

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Mom’s Birthday Part One: Café Impérial

Smoked salmon and caviar

Smoked salmon and caviar

 

One tradition that started a few years back, is that when my mom is in town we go out for a class of champagne at Café Impérial. It doesn’t matter what time of year, we always go to celebrate. Café Impérial is a beautiful café located in the Paleis op de Meir, the former Antwerp residence of Napoleon Bonaparte. So fabulously French! And this time we were lucky enough to celebrate on my mom’s actual birthday!

 

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Florence Day Seven

Cooking School Graduates!

Cooking School Graduates!

 

We wanted to plan something special for our last day in Florence – an Italian cooking class! We learned how to make two types of pasta (tagliatelle and ravioli), ragu, and tiramisu. The lesson started first at the San Lorenzo Market, where we received a lesson about the origins of Italian cooking a regional dishes. Waste not, want not! That’s the only way to explain the abundance of cow stomach sandwiches in Florence. The class was so much fun and of course we were able to enjoy the dishes we prepared with a red Chianti!

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Florence Day Six

Aristotelian planetarium, Italian ca. 1600

Aristotelian planetarium, Italian ca. 1600

 

Day Six was a full day of sightseeing! With only two days left, we really needed to narrow down what we still wanted to do and make choices.

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Florence Day Four

Eggs Florentine on foccacia for breakfast!

Eggs Florentine on focaccia for breakfast!

Day Four was our first day spent together with everyone. One of the big things everyone wanted to do while in Tuscany was to see the countryside, visit vineyards, and sample Chianti wines. After a bit of searching we decided on the Chianti Afternoon Wine Tour.

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