Midi market
Eat / Shop

Midi market

I love Midi market, loud and busy and joyful and gloriously cheap. It reminds me a tiny bit of Brick Lane on a Sunday. Here’s what I bought today, quite restrained: Four mangoes for €2, a giant lump of ginger for €0,60, all those green chilies for €1 and the coriander for €0,25. There was breakfast too, … Continue reading

God Save The Cream
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God Save The Cream

I have literally no idea what would possess someone to open an English café in Brussels, but they have and it is rather lovely. Just behind Place Stéphanie, God Save the Cream has William Morris wallpaper and proudly stodgy British cakes and Rose Bakery style salads and quiches for lunch. Everything is of course local … Continue reading

Dominique Persoone – The Chocolate Line
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Dominique Persoone – The Chocolate Line

An absolute peach of an assignment this week to go and interview the charming, brilliant and infectiously enthusiastic “shock-o-latier” Dominique Persoone at his chocolate coated factory/test kitchen in Bruges. Persoone is one of only three chocolatiers in the Michelin Guide, he supplies all Belgium’s three star Michelin restaurants with chocolate and he’s on Fat Duck’s … Continue reading

Ciel mes Bijoux! Excelsior
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Ciel mes Bijoux! Excelsior

My Saturday afternoons seem to have developed a pattern recently while my children are at their dorky (and completely damn life-saving) science club: go to the Sablon (laugh at people in elaborate ‘country’ outfits: orange cords, full body tweed, good hattage) and find a new, beautiful, out-of-my-price-range shop to obsess about. Today’s discovery was the … Continue reading

Pépin La Lune
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Pépin La Lune

A rainy Saturday on the Sablon.. Two half and halfs to the wind and an ill-advised stop for caramels at Patrick Roger.. and I come across beautiful Pépin La Lune. Sigh. Even though my own children are basically too big for fripperies from chic and delightful kids’ stuff shops, and would far rather have hard … Continue reading

Corica
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Corica

Brrrrr, coffee in Brussels. I’m not sure I’m actually ready to open this particular can of worms.  How about we just take a quick peep in then shut the lid really really fast? Yes, yes, I know you can’t really shut the lid on a can once you’ve opened it. FINE. We’ll decant the worms … Continue reading