A family weekend in the Mosel Valley

30 June 2019

Every now and then my brother and sister in law like to organize these little ‘culinary’ weekends away with the family. Our last trip took us to the Champagne region in France and this year we went for wine tasting in Germany. We spent a few days in the Mosel Valley and a day in Trier on our way back. Here’s a few photos and some tips on which villages to visit.  


We stayed at a charming bed & breakfast called ‘Gästehaus Bollig’ in Trittenheim, in the middle of the Mosel, where the Wine Festival had just started. During this annual event the people of Trittenheim come together under the main bridge to celebrate with wine and music. We got to taste some lovely wines from local wineries “Trittenheimer Altaechen” and “Trittenheimer Apotheke”.



From Trittenheim we journeyed to other municipalities where we visited a couple of Roman ruins, like Villa Urbana in Longuich and Villa Rustica in Mehring. Now honestly, once you’ve seen one of these, you’ve kind of seen them all. But I do recommend the one in Longuich for its beautiful surrounding views. In Mehring we also did a wine tasting at Weingut (the German word for winery) "Zum Römerkopf” where we took home a delicious Riesling wine. And we made a third stop at Longen for a walk through the vineyards – for which June seemed like the perfect timing. I remember it was only April when we visited La Champagne and because the grape vines had just started growing, it took away a bit of the view’s magic.







We ended the weekend with a day in Trier. It’s said to be the oldest city in Germany and I was really charmed by its beautiful old town square, The Hauptmarkt. After schnitzels for lunch at Restaurant Schlabbergass, we continued our walk past the Porta Nigra to the Liebfrauenkirche and onto the Palace Gardens. Also worth a visit is the Roman Amphitheater just outside the city walls. It was built in the 2nd century A.D and you can walk all around the arena and even enter the basement underneath.




Sipping coffee in Bruges: 5 favorites

31 March 2019

5 favorite coffee spots in Bruges

I’ve thoroughly discussed my love for Bruges on here before, so a list of my favorite coffee spots couldn’t stay far behind. Whenever I plan a day trip there on the weekends, I like to try some new places or revisit old favorites. What I love about Bruges’ coffee scene is that there seems to be less of a hipster culture present. The people and places feel more authentic, which is so refreshing compared to other Belgian cities. If you’re a coffee geek like me and heading to Bruges soon, you’ll love these five places to enjoy your daily cup of joe.

5 favorite coffee spots in Bruges: Vero Caffè + Adriaan

Vero Caffè

Grabbing a coffee at Vero Caffè has become a fixed habit when visiting Bruges. It’s one of those spots that make you feel instantly at home, which isn’t surprising as its interior is literally living room goals. The coffee is definitely the highlight though. My favorite order? A cappuccino with a large piece of their white chocolate cake - so sweet but so good!
SINT-JANSPLEIN 9 | facebook.com/verocaffebrugge

Coffeebar Adriaan

Housed in a 19th century building, Adriaan is a mix of a traditional Belgian coffee house and a modern bar. By traditional, I mean a typical breakfast at Adriaan consists of freshly baked crusty bread rolls with ham and cheese. Trust me, breakfast doesn’t get more Belgian than that. Before taking a sip of one of the many coffee options, be sure to stop and admire their collection of old coffee cans and grinders on display in the back of the shop. It’s gorgeous.
ADRIAAN WILLAERTSTRAAT 7 | coffeebaradriaan.be

5 favorite coffee spots in Bruges: Kottee Kaffee

 Kottee Kaffee

“We do it for the locals” Didier, the owner of Kottee Kaffee, told me the first time we visited on my birthday two years ago. And you can taste the passion he and his wife put into their work, and food. Their bread basket formula is far from the average one. It includes seven different types of bread, all wheat-free, served with complementary spreads and delicious homemade jams. This cozy spot is hidden away in a quiet alley, but definitely worth looking for!
KORTE ZILVERSTRAAT 8 | kotteekaffee.com
 
5 favorite coffee spots in Bruges: Margritt + Cafuné

Margritt

Margritt is one of my more recent discoveries located in a charming side street of Bruges’ market square: the Sint-Amandsstraat. They offer good coffee, homemade bakes and several breakfast and lunch options. Don’t be fooled by the tiny space you see when you enter, there’s plenty more seats in the back of the place!
SINT-AMANDSSTRAAT 30 | facebook.com/margritt1

Cafuné

Cafuné is a specialty coffee bar that has recently opened its own roastery, which already gives away the high quality you can expect from their coffee. I always go for a cappuccino but they have several slow coffee options like Kalita and Aeropress as well. If you’re visiting in the afternoon and craving something sweet, you should have a go at their homemade apple turnover. Oh and for breakfast the banana pancakes are pretty awesome too.
ACADEMIESTRAAT 8 | cafune.be