Chocolate trail in Brussels

Belgian chocolate is reputed to be amongst the best in the world – the domestic consumption is one of the highest worldwide, as is its chocolate export trade. When I first moved to Brussels, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t an artisan chocolatier at every other street corner. Large commercial brands such as Godiva, Neuhaus and Leonidas don’t…

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It all started with a bunch of dill

AB loves pickles, especially pickled cucumbers. After making do with the tiny and tart French cornichons for the last couple of years, he decided to make his own. Last weekend, we bought a bag of baby cucumbers and a bunch of dill at a Turkish supermarket. Turns out that he only needed a few swigs of…

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A One-Banana Banana Bread

Fret not, you’re not seeing double. I’ll explain in a bit. On Easter Sunday, after waking just before noon, AB and I decided to prepare a full English breakfast for brunch. Whenever I think of an English breakfast, I’m always reminded of the feast that we once had at Bistrotheque (23–27 Wadeson St.) in East London. My poached egg and bread served…

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No Shitty Coffee in Paris

During a recent heated discussion with AB about where to go for coffee in Paris: AB: “You don’t even like coffee!” Me: “Well, I don’t like drinking shitty, over-roasted coffee.” I seldom drink coffee. Once in while, especially when I travel for work and tend to get less sleep than usual, I would have some cappuccino…

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