New in Town: Lebrunch

New in Town: Lebrunch

BREAKFAST - BRUNCH - LUNCH A new haven has opened up in Gentbrugge and it's taking a refreshing approach to typical brunch fare. Owners Ansofie and Bernadette reimagined what sharing brunch with friends and family could and should be, and since December 12th they've been doing just that.  "It's more than just cooking; it's the [...]

New In Town: Coffee Cocotine

New In Town: Coffee Cocotine

Stepping into Cocotine is a surprise in the best way possible. It's part of the emerging trend of concept coffee bars popping up around the city, offering an experience, not just a meal. Tucked into quiet Leithstraat just northeast of Ghent, Cocotine really feels like a long awaited local gem. Cosy corners fill the wide [...]

13 Coffee Stops: Ghent’s Specialty Coffee Scene

13 Coffee Stops: Ghent’s Specialty Coffee Scene

Coffee competition has been brewing in Ghent over the last decade. Specialty coffee shops have been popping up in cities across Belgium like Antwerp, Brussels, and most interestingly, Ghent. In this small, progressive and charming Flemish city, a varied coffee culture all its own has sprouted up to the delight of casual caffeine lovers and [...]

The Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve, Portugal

Standing on the cliffs of Sagres was a breathtaking feeling. Watching the massive waves meet the coast, it was easy to see how people thought this was the end of the world. The most westerly tip of continental Europe is a staggering and rugged display of beauty, jutting out into the Atlantic as a surprisingly [...]

Budapest: the Paris of the East

Budapest: the Paris of the East

Where do you go to celebrate the last year of your twenties, to see your favorite season transforming a city's colors? Budapest is the kind of city that's as beautiful from the ground as it is from above. It's often compared to Paris, and I immediately was struck by the similarities. Although Budapest looks a [...]

European Road Trip: Two Weeks in Croatia

European Road Trip: Two Weeks in Croatia

  One thing I love about living in Europe is that people savor their holidays. It's an important part of life here and there's no replacement for a good getaway. This year, after months of grey skies and cold weather in Belgium, the promise of sunbathing and exploring another country pulled me through my pre-summer funk. [...]

One Year in the Land of Frites, Beer and Mayo

One Year in the Land of Frites, Beer and Mayo

Hey there, I'm sorry for neglecting this blog, but life has happened in a major way over the past year. My willingness to post more dropped when my camera did. Then I got a job, and life became busy and wonderfully full. But I promise to keep up with our adventures as of now. Let [...]

Man and Wife in Mexican Paraíso

Man and Wife in Mexican Paraíso

After the amazing festivities and the joining of our families and friends was over, I was riding on a post-wedding high of overwhelming love and joy. Laurens and I were surrounded by friends and family from all over the world and we definitely felt the love in spades that week. It was such a momentous relief [...]

The Best Specialty Coffee in Brussels

The Best Specialty Coffee in Brussels

(A version of this article was recently featured in The Bulletin.) Considering waffles and chocolate are Belgian national snacks, it was no surprise to hear that people here in Brussels drink a considerable amount of coffee and that they appreciate it, too. Since I've always had a curiosity about the cities I live in, I used my time [...]