Ever since we landed in JFK, I was on a mission to find the best pancakes in New York City and Bubby’s had exactly what we were looking for. Unlike Sam, this was my first time in New York and in the US itself. I must confess I found it extremely overwhelming at first. New York was way more than I have ever imagined and my usual trip planning and excitement that has always helped me with travelling wasn’t enough to mentally prepare me for the charm (and the size) of this glorious city.
I must confess brunch is hands down one of my favourite meals of the day. Why? Because not only do you get breakfast, you also get lunch, of course. Two for the price of one, people! Bargain. Plus, it is quite a millennial chic thing to go for nowadays and it can be very healthy if you make it properly. In my case, I love it when I can pair it with a freshly squeezed green juice or a nice cuppa. Sometimes even chai latte (an all time favourite of mine), if I am feeling adventurous. And then I am good to go for the rest of the day.
This is exactly what we needed on our last day in Belgium. We had only stayed 24 hours in Brussels, but I was already feeling the after-effects of eating too much chocolate in one go. We’d heard wonderful recommendations about Peck 47, a cute little brunch spot close to Bourse de Bruxelles and where we were staying. We decided to give it a go and once we got there, we couldn’t resist popping in.
Cosy, centric and cheerful, there seems to be a reason this brunch place is often crowded.
Woah. That was some gooood food. So good, I think I am still full from those frites in Bruges. We promised we’d do the same in Brussels and here I am, true to our words, thinking of the countless chocolate pralines I engulfed in under 24h. Who am I kidding? I am certain we finished a bag (or two) in just half an hour. But it is all for the sake of taking advantage of the time spent in Belgium and bringing it closer to you. Plus we burn the calories by endless walking while exploring each city, right? Does that work as an excuse? Please say yes.
With a bod now far from that of Jean-Claude van Damme (he’s known as ”The Muscles from Brussels” for a reason), we have put together a little guide of some of our favourite places to get immersed in the best of Belgian food in Brussels (and some other extras).
Quite surprisingly and despite its size, Bruges has an enviable gastronomy that matches the variety and quality of that in larger cities. For those with a sophisticated palate, this small city is actually the home of several Michelin star restaurants. Many others can also be found along Bib Gourmand and GaultMillau listings. Impressive!
However, and despite our little fancy moments (and of those we have many), Sam and I try to go local whenever possible. We love going back to the roots and get the most of each regional cuisine as much as we can.
In this case, Belgian cuisine seems to reflect that of neighbouring France, Netherlands and Germany. Say hello to moules, fries, waffles, chocolate and beers galore!
It has been difficult to pick among all the cute little places in Bruges, believe me! However, we think these are the places to eat traditional Belgian food in Bruges. Along with where the best pubs in Bruges are, to wash it down with a Belgian beer.
“You know, get to see Bruges. I’d like to see Bruges again before I die”. – Ralph Fiennes as Harry Waters, “In Bruges”.
Bruges is like a fairytale. Cobblestoned streets, gothic architecture surrounded by willows, swans and ducks cheering from the beautiful canals…all topped with tons of medieval charm! I find myself writing this post with almost no words to describe how beautiful Bruges is. Truth is, I am a sucker for old historic buildings and cultural traditions (guilty). I’ve lost count of the times I’ve enthusiastically made a little jump/dance every time we bumped into cute antique shops, fragrant chocolatiers and epoch-making buildings.
And Bruges is chock-full of them.
Following Colin Farrell’s steps in the classic black comedy “In Bruges” and what we’ve discovered from our own wandering, we have compiled a list of the things you must see in Bruges (it’s in Belgium). *Wink wink*.
“Oh, Brighton! Brighton! What a place thou art for love, liberty, and salt water.” – Samuel Beazley.
Brighton & Hove is one of those charming places on the south coast of England that was on our bucket list for a long time. A world away from the hustle and bustle of London’s streets, this little hippy hideout is the perfect destination for a quick weekend escape. It is so close (you can get from London to Brighton by train in just over an hour) yet completely different from the hectic atmosphere of the British capital.
It is the wonderful sense of seaside calm, the smell of delicious fish and chips and the free spirit vibe surrounding Brighton that makes it so unique. We have put together a list of tips of what to see and do in “The Queen of Watering Places“. Enjoy!
A little while ago, and as a way to start crossing over places to visit in the UK from our bucket list, I talked Sam into going on a short weekend day trip to Oxford. Travelling from London to Oxford is actually fairly easy. Trains to Oxford run regularly from Paddington Train Station and you can be at the historic university city in less than an hour.
Visiting a place for only 24h can be tricky, especially if don’t know when to start! Luckily, we have prepared a list of must-see places to make the most of your visit to Oxford.
Here is our guide to ‘Things to do in Oxford in a day’.