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Elisabeth’s Brussels

September 25, 2015 • BrusselsFood and DrinkTravel

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last week i had the honor to host a delightful bloggertour around brussels for ELISABETH CHOCOLATIER. you guys might remember i hosted another workshop for them earlier this year – which was such a blast, i had been looking forward to the sequel ever since we made plans for it. the wonderful joyce from JUST LIKE SUSHI, carrie from WISHWISHWISH, céline from MILUCCIA and oliva from WHAT OLIVIA DID joined us for two days filled with fun and sweets.

our tour started at the beautiful HAPPY GUESTHOUSE, where we had some time for tea, coffee and chocolates. we then explored the four different elisabeth shops around the grand place in the center of brussels. i’ve mentioned this before, but i just can’t get over how stylish and modern these shops look compared to the other stores in the neighborhood. there’s none of that tourist-trap vibe, just great design and amazing sweets made by local artisans. every shop has its specialty, so if you’re ever around the area, make sure you visit all four to get a good idea of what elisabeth is all about.

afterwards, we had a fun chat with the lovely owner of THE GAME design store, a glass of pink champagne in the pop-up boutique of DE GREEF, which used elisabeth sweets in their fall campaign. then it was time to head over to LES FILLES. we had lunch at one of their cozy communal tables, and later headed upstairs for dessert. we were challenged to create our own creative versions of three desserts using elisabeth products and we didn’t leave the premises until we were positively stuffed.

after lunch we made the trek out to the gorgeous HELLO JAMES shop, where te owners gave us a little tour of their basement workshop and sent us home with some beautiful handmade leather accessories. a quick touch-up of our make-up was added to the program when we passed by COSMETICARY, where jean used the bobbi brown magic on us. we left all ready for our dinner plans at COMPTOIR DES GALERIES – the beautiful restaurant of the hotel des galeries (more on that later!)

the next day we headed uptown to spend some time in my favorite neighborhood around the place brugmann, and i finally got to have lunch at ICI – i’ve only been waiting for that moment ever since it opened. it was such a fun experience meeting these amazing bloggers from france, the netherlands and the uk and showing them around some true gems in brussels. it reminded me i don’t spend nearly enough time in the capital of belgium, and i need to change that, stat. hopefully this little tour will have inspired you to do the same (and definitely say hi to the great team of elisabeth for me!)

photos by stephanie duval

Design Store The Game

November 21, 2014 • AntwerpHome DecorTravel

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you guys could probably have guessed that i love any and all guides, sites, blogs and maps that help you discover cool new places… right? throughout the years, i’ve amassed quite the collection of apps that do the same – for a variety of different cities around the world. whenever i start planning a trip, browsing the app store is actually one of the first things i do. that’s why i didn’t hesitate a second when belgian magazine FEELING asked me to help promote their newest venture, the FEELING FEEL.IT app. the interactive guide shows you ten new hot spots or things to do in belgium each week. so whether you’re belgian and you want inspiration for next weekend, or you’re about to travel to a belgian city – you’ll love this app.

i browsed through some of the history to pick a few of my favorite spots that i’ll be sharing with you right here. the first place i visited was the newest location of THE GAME, a very cool design store. their concept is super strong – 52 different designs for sale in their brussels boutique, their antwerp location and online. the products are a curated selection of belgian and international design. i spent some time browsing the beautiful and bright shop in the nationalestraat, and noticed my wish list grew with every new product i laid my eyes on. my absolute favorites? the ombré NUEE FOR VERILIN curtain in the window, and the BELVEDERE MIRROR BY INGA SEMPE. and if you’re still looking for a cute christmas present, how about these tiny ESPRESSO CUPS BY DIARIO?

this post is a collaboration with FEELING FEEL.IT – of course all opinions are my own.
photos by stephanie duval

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