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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a very yellow dinner

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After counting down the days (really!), it was finally time to head to dinner at Bruges pop-up restaurant Yellow this past Saturday. And yes, you might remember Yellow from a previous post I dedicated to them. I gladly refer you to the latter in case you don’t know yet what the concept of Yellow is.

As my lunch date cancelled, I changed my reservations so as it turned out the husband and I headed out the house on a dinner date. Ever well-prepared as I am, I had studied the menu before, but changed my mind once we got there (on purpose and not so much on purpose). Since the scallop season is finished, no scallops on the menu – insert (really) sad face here – but they got replaced by another seasonal favorite of mine: asparagus.

I made the obvious (or perhaps ‘safe’) choices and opted for the flemish-style asparagus as the main course. For starters I got the sea kale, which is grown on the farm owned by the team behind Yellow. This is, by the way, the same farm that will house the renewed Hertog Jan this August. The husband had the grilled pointed pepper for starters followed by Wagyu beef.

The food was delicious, although I wasn’t blown away. This could have had something to do with the fact that we chose rather traditional dishes (but from what I can tell, the other dishes on the menu also carry a certain level of tradition). Another reason could be the price tag. I know.. I was served food by the team behind Hertog Jan, which still has three Michelin stars, but I didn’t have dinner at Hertog Jan, I had dinner at their bistro concept and experienced quite a rushed service (something I don’t like at all).
From what I’ve been told by friends and colleagues, they do share this opinion. We all agree that it was a wonderful experience, but the price tag might just keep us away from a second lunch or dinner at Yellow or the Hertog Jan bistro concept (due to open later this year), which will probably be very similar.
That said, if you don’t mind the price and want to experience some of the same dishes Hertog Jan has on the menu, I would certainly make my way to Yellow before they end their run in the centre of Bruges on May 31st.

de vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

I finally got round to visit De Vitrine yesterday, a bi-annual fair set in the lovely decor of La Brugeoise in Bruges.

The event was started a couple of years ago by the brains behind Lola Life Lines, a hip & retro webshop, based in Bruges. The first edition had a mere 12 stands, but now hosts over 80 stands ranging from webshops to designers.

I think it’s safe to describe De Vitrine as a real-life Etsy fest mixed with a couple of gift webshops. It’s nice to be able to see and touch the things you usually browse online in real-life.

The best thing about the fair though is that the entrance is free and it’s probably the ideal spot for a business to get recognized.

If you want to take it in yourself: the spring edition of De Vitrine is set for March 22nd and 23rd, 2014.