A little update

I cannot believe it is nearly February. I have almost been living in Brussels for one month. One month and I feel like I have achieved very little. James and I have been together for over five years however we have lived apart for most of that and also in different countries. We wanted to…

Brunch in Brussels No. 1

Venue No.1 Le Pain du Chatelain, Chatelain, Brussels Open all-week, this is the ultimate place to go in Ixelles for breakfast, brunch and tea. Located close to our new home, I have been here quite a few times. Sometimes just to get myself out of the house. Last tuesday, my mum and I strolled down…

Great British

There is nothing like comfort food. I have always loved cottage pie but I hate mashed potato. It is the texture. It is probably best I keep my description of mashed potato to myself, save as to say “yuk”. This sadly means that I must avoid cottage pie and disappointingly also mince pie at every occasion –…

Happy Burn’s Day

Part of life as an Expat is putting yourself out there. Easy for a Scot, challenging for the reserved English. It is a moment where my Scottish and English heritage battle it out and this time, Scotland won. Last thursday, in an effort to meet new people and have a good time, I bustled along…

Feeling French

  In these freezing temperatures (mostly -6), I have been walking around the city fully wrapped-up and topped with my sparkly black beret. I conjure up French sentences in my head ready for use at any moment, yet in every shop when I muster my best “Bonjour”, I am repeatedly responded to in English. There is no…

Home Comforts

Throughout my childhood, my family and I would travel the long car journey to the Alps every Winter and Corsica every Summer. These trips were fuelled by pit-stops for snacks at French petrol stations. I will never understand why, but I always craved Salt & Vinegar crisps on these trips. Oh no, I know why…

Pis-ingabout

Last week, I took a day just to be a tourist. I wanted to explore part of the city, but being the geek that I am, I really wanted to know a little about the city’s history. After some research, I decided to visit the Museum of the City of Brussels (Musée de la Ville de…

La Quincaillerie Brasserie

I have heard they call it the best seafood restaurant in Ixelles, Brussels. I am yet to be able to give it that label, until I have, of course, tried every seafood restaurant in the area. I thoroughly enjoyed a belated birthday celebration at La Quincaillerie in September last year. The restaurant was recommended to James by…

Ostrich

Je suis une gourmande. Breakfast: Fresh baguette smothered in President butter and Marmite Lunch: Escalope and tagliatelle Apres-midi: Waffle Dinner: Moules frites The decision to live in Ixelles, Brussels is proving to be a fabulous one; with fantastic cafes, bars, delis and restaurants surrounding us – all of which feed my foodie fantasies. With my newfound…

Fairy Lights

It rains a lot here. Like everyday. At least once. The surprisingly nice thing about the rain is that once it finishes raining, the sun shines bright and clear blue skies appear. It is normally at this moment, that I decide to venture out for the day, to get some fresh air and bamb! It is…

Fishy Tacos and Slippery Nails

Last Saturday was my one-week Brussels Anniversary as James and I arrived very late on 02 January 2016. Something to celebrate. I also wanted to celebrate my newfound culinary skills. Having searched through Jamie Oliver’s newest book Superfood , I decided to make his “Tasty Fish Tacos“. Honestly, chosen for the limited preparation required, comprehensible ingredients and the simplicity…

Friends

  As James works and I am yet to make any friends, I spend a lot of time alone. Perhaps more than I envisaged I would before I arrived. Thank you to the lovely man who gave us the internet, for free, the people who developed WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype all of which we can use for…