For our last day, we started for brunch at The Lighterman on Granary Square. If you read my blog often, you’ll recognize The Lighterman – I always try to come here for breakfast if I’m in London. Great location and delicious food!
To celebrate my mom’s birthday early, we headed to London for the day! London may seem far away from Antwerp, but by train it’s actually only a 2 hour ride! This was my mom’s first time in London, so we did a full day of sight-seeing, ending on a high note with afternoon tea at Claridge’s.
For Easter this year we headed to Breda to celebrate at Sofie’s. We had a delicious brunch followed by egg painting. Not egg dying like we do back home, but really serious, detailed designs. A fun afternoon!
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!
Day Five was our second to last full day in Copenhagen, so we needed to narrow down what we would still like to do. We decided to start the morning with brunch at Kalaset. Koen and I had looked up a lot of restaurants for brunch and Kalaset was always high up on the list. The menu isn’t typically Danish – it’s very continental, so pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. I guess I should have known that because it’s located in Indre By, there wouldn’t be many locals. Honestly, I think Koen was the only non-American in the packed restaurant and only one of two guys. It was literally filled with American girls doing brunch with friends. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – I thought it was really funny. I just pretended to be Dutch and Koen and I had our own conversation while eavesdropping all the conversations around us. Who knew that studying abroad in Copenhagen is really great except for the lack of boys and is almost impossible to find a Danish boyfriend?
Every week I look forward to Sundays. Sunday is the only day in the week that Koen and I are both off from work together. So we like to make the most of it. That involves sleeping in and making special brunches. Every week we like to try something different.
This year Koen and I volunteered to host Easter brunch at our apartment in Antwerp. It was a lot of fun coming up with a menu and plan for the afternoon. We knew we wanted to buy lots of different breads and spreads as well as pastries, both savory and sweet. Of course we placed our order at Lints, our favorite bakery. Because the weather was nice and sunny, we also were in the mood for fruit! So we served watermelon, mango, pineapple, raspberries, and passion fruit alongside homemade kiwi juice (we used the leftovers to make a delicious smoothie the next day). After our huge brunch we went for a walk around the city, walking along the Scheldt River and through the historic district, stopping for a drink in front of City Hall and the famous Brabo fountain.
Yum! I am so happy I found Jamie Oliver’s recipe for a South American-style brunch. I had an avocado and cilantro at home, so I did a search on Jamie’s website and found this dish. The quinoa is topped with warm pan-fried black beans and eggs and cold diced avocado, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, self-pickled chilli peppers, cilantro, and mint!