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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Food Photography: Same Same But Different

Aside from making steamed rice, fried eggs, and baking bread, I couldn’t cook before I moved to Paris in 2010. During this one year in Paris, in between learning French, photographing Space Invaders and hanging out with AB, I also unlocked the mysteries of the kitchen! After all, there’s only so much of bread, cheese, and 8€ bowls of pho – AB…

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Tea notes in China: Lijiang and Hangzhou

Centuries ago, weary tea and horse traders travelling along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 passed through Lijiang en-route to or from Shangri-la. Bricks of pu-erh tea 普洱茶 were bartered for Tibetan horses amongst the merchants. It was in Lijiang, which is in China’s Yunnan province, where my budding love affair with Chinese tea started. The year was 2008 and you can read…

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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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Catching Up

After last week’s radio silence, I’ve been busy catching up on (more) work as well as relaxing and doing some fun stuff around Brussels. There was some beer, fries (with mayonnaise) and jazz. All very Belgian, except the latter which was part of the 19th annual Brussels Jazz Marathon. Sipping tea at The Tea Garage…

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