NETHERLANDS | Poffertjes in Dordrecht

On a colder than anticipated Sunday in March 2022, Oriol took me for a surprise one-day road trip to the Netherlands for a hike. First we walked the Moerputten Bridge near ‘s-Hertogenbosch, we then went to Gorinchem (also spelled as pronounced Gorkum or Gorcum), to Dordrecht and we ended the excursion at Willemstad.

RIDE & DINE | Orient Dining Express by Stoomtrein Maldegem-Eeklo 

There aren’t many heritage railways in Belgium, but Stoomtrein Maldegem-Eeklo or Steam Train Maldegem-Eeklo is on of them. This club of volunteer rail enthusiasts run this 10 km stretch of heritage railway in East Flanders. One of their activities is offering lunches and dinners on board their Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lit (CIWL) Orient Express restaurant…

REVIEW | Restaurant De Godevaart in Antwerp

Danny and I love fine dining. We don’t go for a fancy dinner that often, but when we do, we make it worthwhile. Steve invite Frank and me for a dinner at De Godevaart in Antwerp. 

Poland 2021 

Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany,…

REVIEW | Breakfast at the 5-star superior Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp 

For Steve‘s birthday in December, Frank, Steve and I went for breakfast at Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp. At that point, the ‘hotel’ part of the Sanctuary was still closed, as the spa area wasn’t ready yet. But there were already restaurants. You could also enjoy a lavish breakfast. So we did.

REVIEW | Restauracja Ritz in Gdańsk 

Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany,…

REVIEW | Restaurant 273 in Utrecht

July 2021. A week after my Eindhoven escapade featuring the DAF Museum and a night at Hotel Mariënhage, I travelled to Utrecht for a culinary weekend with Steve. At that time, the Netherlands were very liberal concerning coronavirus countermeasures. That was both concerning and liberating at the time. 

REVIEW | Carlton President Hotel Utrecht Maarssen ft. Restaurant One24

July 2021. A week after my Eindhoven escapade featuring the DAF Museum and a night at Hotel Mariënhage, I travelled to Utrecht for a culinary weekend with Steve. At that time, the Netherlands were very liberal concerning coronavirus countermeasures. That was both concerning and liberating at the time. 

Berlin 2021

Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany,…