Rugbyman No.Two, Brussels

It’s all about mussels in Brussels. In February last year, full of excitement, I first blogged about moules frites. Truly, mussels are one of my favourite dishes, so the prospect of a year of eating the “best” mussels was exciting. Whenever we have friends visiting Brussels, I actively encourage that we go for mussels. The big…

Italians in Ixelles, Brussels

I once read that there are more Italians in Brussels than French or Dutch natives. Throughout the past year, I have regularly quoted that. Most disagree but we all agree there are certainly a lots of Italians in Brussels. In Ixelles, this is evident in the sheer number of Italian restaurants there are. My understanding…

Place Brugmann, Brussels

At the weekend, James & took a stroll around Place Brugmann in Brussels. During the summer, I cycled through the square at Place Bruggman to find the bars and restaurants spilling out onto the streets. The atmosphere was electric. As well as being the perfect place for an after work drink during the summer, the…

Valentine’s Day

Boo hoo to all the Valentine’s Day haters, I love Valentine’s Day whether I am single or not. It’s a great day to tell everyone that you love them and that you are grateful for them being in your life. I understand those who say, why do I need a day to tell the person…

Burn’s Night Leftovers

On Saturday Night, James & I hosted our second ever Burn’s Night Supper in Brussels. Last year was such a hoot, we could not resist having another party. You can check out my post from last year here, which is full of details on our evening and the instructions for cooking haggis. Seemingly, after you host…

Brunch in Brussels No.6

I am terrribly sorry, I should have shared the details of this spot forever ago when I first discovered it. The truth is, when my food arrives, I eat it immediately and any thoughts of taking a snap evaporate. So I’ve had nothing to substantiate my post with. Peck 20 Famous for their super bowls…

Coffee Stops, Brussels

Is there anything better than pausing for a quick coffee? Taking just a few minutes out of your day and sitting still, sipping. Alone or with others. Whether at home, at the office or in a café, for me, a coffee stop, is a real treat. Back in London, coffee for me was all about go-go-go:…

Aszú, Budapest

For our last night in Budapest we wanted to try something a little swanky and picked Aszú on the recommendation of the concierge at the Boscolo Hotel. We were welcomed by the beautiful art decor inspired interior of the restaurant and thoroughly entertained by the traditional Hungarian house band – we even bought their album. This…

Cirkusz Cafe, Budapest

Cirkusz Café is must-stop for a hearty brunch before heading out to visit this fantastic city. According to my friends, they make the best eggs, so really it was obligatory that we visited. Situated on Dob utica 25, the Café is hidden inside a rather unassuming yellow painted building. Inside, it is *on trend* with its decor, iron chairs and…

Macesz Bistro, Budapest

Before I go away, I always ask friends for their recommendations on places to eat and things to do in that City. In anticipation of our trip to Hungary, I asked our dear fellow expat friends in Brussels – who adore Budapest – for their top tips. One of their recommendations was Macesz Bistro in the old Jewish…

Boscolo Budapest

For our New Year trip to Budapest, Hungary we stayed at the stunning architectural masterpeice Boscolo Budapest. The hotel is situated in the old offices of the New York Life Insurance Company that was built in the 1890s. It took five years for the Boscolo Group to restore and renovate the old building to its…

Greek Feat

It’s hard to believe I am telling you about this place, Brussels best kept secret, you can’t even find it on the internet – google won’t help you – that is until now. Found at Onderrichtsstraat 5/Rue de l’Enseignement 5, 1000 Brussels, Belgium: Santorini Pita Grill: Greek ‘N’ Quick Delicious and extremely affordable Greek food…