london calling (again)

London called again over the weekend for a quick getaway to one of my beloved cities. It was my fourth visit to London in little of a year and I guess it was the last one for a while as well, which made me kind of sad wandering around the city. I love how vibrant the city is, the different neighbourhoods. Yes, London and me, it’s love.

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hotel cycle (onomichi u2)

I have to be honest here: Japan was never really on my travel bucket list. However, since following along on Lena’s journey through the Land of the Rising Sun, I changed my mind about Japan. Add the fact that Japan has the coolest ideas brought to reality nowadays, it might even climb higher on my bucket list.

You all know by now that I have a keen interest in cycling. While this is still a pretty much passive interest, I do intend to hop on a bike in the (near) future and set goals for myself (l’Alpe d’Huez anyone?). In case I do become a keen active cyclist, I know where I’ll be staying if I ever travel to Japan: Hotel Cycle.

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i love coffee

One of the first (decent) coffee bars I “discovered” in Bruges was I Love Coffee and boy, was I in for a treat.

Not only do they roast their own beans, they sure know how to prepare them as well. My advice: prepare yourself for coffee heaven. If you’re not into the coffee scene, their tea offer will have you gladly join your coffee-loving friends for a drink here.

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vero caffè

Welcome to Bruges week, part I!

Yes, you heard that right. Today we’re kicking off Bruges week here on the blog with one of the newest additions to the Bruges hipster scene. Okay, I admit, hipster scene and Bruges don’t exactly go hand in hand, but we do have our fair share of cool places around Bruges and I’m here to introduce them to you.

First up is one of the newest coffee bars in town: Vero Caffè.

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last minute wanderlust (+ contest!)

As many of you know, the hubby and I already had our fair share of vacation by heading to the US in May and June. However, since the office I’m working at is closed for two weeks during the summer months, I’m now home alone (Steven has to work this summer). One of the things I love to do, is looking at people’s Instagrams to see where they’re headed. Of course, all of this leads to nothing but more wanderlust. Let me assure you, if my husband would be at home, I’m pretty sure we’d book a last minute somewhere. I’m a homebody, but our road trip through the US wasn’t exactly all about r&r, so I’ve missed out on that one up until now.

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silence is golden

Let me start by uttering my sincere apologies for neglecting you all this long. Rest assure, I do have the best excuse (ever). My husband and I just (well, a week ago) returned from a 16-day vacation to the US! We’ve been suffering major withdrawal ever since returning to Belgium, but the laundry that was awaiting me might also have to do with postponing this post over and over again.

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Last weekend I headed to London once again. This time around I was joined by my two besties as we made our journey to London for a very special reason: Miranda Hart’s final tour stop at the O2, no less. Bestie number one and I were already fond of dear Miranda and bestie number two quickly joined in on the fun.

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we shall keep the faith

This post has been long overdue, but since I was fighting a cold last week, I didn’t spend much time in front of my computer when I came home from work every evening. Especially since I had a day trip to London ahead on Saturday (more on that later).
I have a lot of posts lined up for you in the next couple of weeks, since I seem to be piling up new content from each of my trips.

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and it was all yellow

Yellow x Veuve Clicquot

I could’ve written about Coldplay’s Yellow here, but instead I’m going to write a little note about food. Not just any food, no.

This past Friday marked the opening night of Yellow Bistro & Bar. Set in a historic building in the centre of Belgian city Bruges, Yellow is a new restaurant concept curated by Gert De Mangeleer and Joachim Boudens of three Michelin starred restaurant Hertog Jan, formerly located in Bruges and re-opening later this year in Zedelgem (which happens to be my new hometown, by the way).
They aim at serving local products (De Mangeleer’s signature dishes) combined with surprising wine and beer combinations (as selected by Boudens).

Next to the bistro concept, there’s also a champagne bar courtesy of Veuve Clicquot. As a matter of fact, the name of the bistro and bar, Yellow, is a reference to the typical yellow colour of Maison Veuve Clicquot. There’s a selection of tapas available to accompany your drink, whether you’re having a drink before dinner or just unwinding with friends.

I had a sneak peek at the menu and have a date set with my friend already. If you’re feeling the yellow vibes as well, then do make your reservations before they close by the end of May.

Yellow Bistro
Braambergstraat 10

28.02 – 31.05 (noon-3pm; 6-10pm)
for more information, visit www.yellowbrugge.be/en

tom’s kitchen (chelsea)

During our latest visit to London, we discovered Tom’s Kitchen, located in Chelsea. I was looking for a breakfast place in the neighbourhood, since we would be spending part of the day there when Foursquare led me to this place. After walking a few blocks in all directions but Cale Street (where it is located) we finally got ourselves seated, just in time for breakfast. Set in a townhouse, this is the informal counterpart to Michelin starred Tom Aikens restaurant. On the menu: comfort food, from breakfast to dinner.

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London Calling, part II

Last week I headed back to London, for the second time this year. My husband accompanied me this time around and we travelled to London for a very special reason: my second Goo Goo Dolls concert ever.

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.HBC was one of my favorite dining experiences ever so I’m a tad bit sad to learn the restaurant/bar/art space has closed since our 2012 visit. Or maybe that’s the universe trying to tell me to publish blog posts way sooner.

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london calling

Our friend Carmen provided us with these appropriate buttons. Everyone continued to wish us a happy birthday as well when wearing this.

A couple of years ago the ladies and I decided to go on a trip when we’d be turning 30. Fast forward to 2013, when we found ourselves in London over the Easter weekend to celebrate our 30th birthday.

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HAY House

HAY house

HAY house

HAY house

HAY house

HAY house

I think I pretty much became a HAY addict overnight, so when we visited Copenhagen last month, I just had to pay a visit to HAY house. Think a large two-story apartment with a great selection of furniture, rugs, homeware and other design objects by the Danish brand. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, I could spend hours browsing this store (and possibly spending lots of cash). Oh, and did I mention their stationery selection yet? Buying only three notebooks, I’m still convinced I was a good girl that day.

hilsner fra københavn!

Now that I’ve conquered the germs that got a hold of me last week, I am finally able to write something about our trip to Copenhagen. To celebrate the fact that I hit that milestone (the big 3-0, you know), the hubby and I spent four days in the Danish capital.

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tschĂĽss 2012!

Remember what I wrote last year? About how 2011 was a rollercoaster ride? And how I thought I’d never be able to match it again? On some levels, I won’t be able to match it again, that’s true. However, 2012 proved to be one rollercoaster ride as well. I cherish a lot of precious moments (moving in the new house, Hiro joining our little family), but some things happened that shouldn’t happen to good people (and that’s all I’m writing about it here).

Here’s to 2013!

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ich bin ein berliner

I’m not quite sure yet whether the title of this post suits me or not. Berlin was different from all the other cities I’ve visited so far. I don’t know if it has to do anything with its history, but it did feel different. The photos here give you an impression of how we spent five days in the city. Mostly visiting landmarks or museums and walking around the many boroughs. I had a list of lunch/dinner spots prepared in my Berlin Moleskine of which you’ll be reading separate blog posts in the next couple of weeks. Believe me, we had some excellent food experiences while in Berlin.

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