Food

Dinner In A Hop Field

August 31, 2015 • Food

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do you remember that episode in friends when ‘joey doesn’t share food’? yeah, that could have been me. ever since i met my husband, who is waaaay into haute cuisine and a pretty great chef himself, i’ve learned to appreciate good food as one of the most enjoyable things in life. my love for an elaborate and wonderful meal is perhaps only trumped by my love for original and unforgettable experiences, many of which i try to share here on this blog as a way of remembering them forever. so when both food and an incredible experience are blended into one concept, you bet your sweet little ass i’ll be there.

i wasn’t in belgium to attend the inaugural edition of water brand BRU‘s ‘parelende tafels’, but i was beyond pleased to be able to go to the second edition on the grounds of the palm brewery. a long, kinfolk-ish table was set right next to the hop fields and decorated with greens and nostalgic tableware. a mix and match of wooden chairs and string lights were the perfect decor for a dinner that many brides and grooms-to-be could pin straight to their wedding inspiration pinterest board.

i brought along one of my dear belgian friends who i don’t get to see nearly enough, and we thoroughly enjoyed catching up and having dinner under the starry summer sky. i had such a good time i completely forgot to take pictures of the food, so you’ll have to take my word for it – it was delicious. but i doubt that anything could have tasted bad in such a dreamy environment. if you’re interested in joining one of bru’s upcoming dinners, they are organizing a new version every month and the locations are always awesome. check out their ‘parelende tafels’ calendar right HERE.

photos by stephanie duval

Clicquology

August 29, 2015 • Food

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my love affair with VEUVE CLICQUOT started a long time ago – it’s been my favorite brand of champagne since as long as i’ve been into champagne at all. but things got really serious between us when it happened to be the only champagne served at the palm springs ace hotel around the time when my now-husband proposed to me there. ever since that moment, whenever we have something to celebrate we open up a bottle.

around last new year’s the famous champagne house reached out to me to offer me a magnum bottle of bubbly to celebrate with friends. even though i was pregnant at the time, i admit to having sipped from matthias’ glass – it’s just not a party without a glass of champagne, right? i have so many happy memories of clinking glasses with loved ones. at weddings, bachelorette weekends, when i got the news of my book deal coming through, the night before we left on our honeymoon… but perhaps my favorite memories are of those moments when we felt happy, just because. and that alone is reason enough to celebrate.

this summer, veuve clicquot generously sent me a couple of bottles of their iconic champagne, and also offered me the opportunity to try their newest blend – clicquot rich. it’s meant to be drunk with lots of ice and some kind of aromatic ingredient – our favorite is to add a few zests of grapefruit. it’s delicious, and it has quickly become our favorite apéritif for warm summer evenings. i strongly recommend giving it a try.

after all, it is the weekend… cheers!

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