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
Bruges

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

Kookeet 2013

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Kookeet

Monday’s lunch break could easily be described as one of my favorite lunch breaks ever. Working in Bruges does have it perks, y’all.

Last weekend marked the third edition of Kookeet, an annual culinary event catered by the top restaurants in Bruges. Bruges has a total of 14 Michelin stars thanks to restaurants such as De Karmeliet, Hertog Jan and Sans Cravate. 9 of them were represented at Kookeet, which marked the character of the event.

The concept was really easy: 29 Bruges-based chefs created an hors d’oeuvre for the event. A stylish tent village hosted all the restaurants and a bar. All the plates were reasonably priced at 4, 6 or 8 euros each.

I went there during my lunch break (hurray for events prolonged on Mondays) and had 4 hors d’oeuvres for 20 euros. Not bad if you recount that I had a dish from a 3-star Michelin restaurant. Because a lot of restaurants are closed on Mondays, most of the chefs were attending as well. I can confirm that my heart skipped a beat when my plate was handed to me by the chef himself. I might not be a teenager anymore swooning over a Backstreet Boy, but hand me the most delicious food ever and I’m sold.

Next on the bucket list? That would be dinner at one of the restaurants present at Kookeet. With an anniversary coming up, who knows it might eventually happen for real (that’s a hint, honey).