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EatEat: ICI, Brussels, Belgium

ICI wall

For delicious, organic breakfast or lunch, prepared with love by two women in a cosy atmospere, ICI, is an excellent place to go. Based at a corner in the lovely Place Brugmann neighbourhood in Ixelles, the original and light interior feels very welcoming.

The healthy, yummie menu is written on a large board.  Apart from some fixed dishes it changes every day and is based on the groceries delivered and on the mood of the owners. So freshness is guaranteed.  I chose a plate with a mix of dishes and was very happy with all the different tastes.

Don’t forget to order a fresh juice, they rarely come better than this. As well as the pastries that are finger licking good.

They also sell groceries, cakes, tea and other food items, so even when the place is full, you can still go there and experience the good taste of the owners.

More ICI

Reservations are a must, since seats are limited and it is rather popular, especially amongst women.

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EatEat: La Piola, Brussels, Belgium

LaPiola

I have finally taken the time to tell you something about one of my favourite restaurants in Brussels, a small Italian place called La Piola.

They only seat about 30 people (in summer a bit more when the small terrace and patio are open) in a very cosy environment with simple wooden chairs, beautiful tiles, original and often changing art on the wall and an open kitchen.

The menu is very simple and short and written on the red board: a few pasta’s, meat and mozzarella dishes and deserts. All are generous portions of delicious quality. It is also known as a whine bar where people just stop to have a drink with some free ‘aperitivi’ from the bar. A northern Italian tradition that I warmly welcome.

It is recommended to make reservations, only on Wednesday’s this isn’t possible since then the place becomes very crowded and fun with people going out after the Chatelain market.

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EatEat: Pudding Rock, Brussels, Belgium

Puddink Rock

Again a post about a place not far from where I live. Since this is a lunch restaurant, only open on weekdays, the occasions to visit this have been rare.

The name of this small restaurant is written in flashy pink on the on the silver grey façade. Inside you are in for a real treat, especially if you (pre-)order the tasting menu. These are around 10 different small dishes served in glasses or bowls on a black slate. It is so beautifully served that it looks like a small painting that you don’t dare to touch. But if you do, you are rewarded with exquisite tastes that are truly mouth watering.

Pudding Rock collage

The last time I was there with two of my best friends from Amsterdam (who surprised me for lunch on my birthday), we also took the desert tasting menu. It was hard to resist not licking our plates.

Phone: + 32 (0) 25341719

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SleepSleep: Les Chambres de Franz, Brussels, Belgium

Les Chambres de Franz

Since we do not have a guestroom anymore I’m always in search of nice hotels in my neighbourhood. I tried out a few and earlier this year I found flyers of this B&B place, very close to where I live and go out.

In July a couple of friends with their two children tried it out and stayed in the room called “Le Studio” and last week my father spent two nights in “Le Grenier” . They were both very enthusiastic.

The house of Florence and Miguel has got three, modern designed rooms. All are different in size and all very tasteful, spacious, quiet and affordable.

You have a small boutique hotel feeling with privacy and it is not like (what I dislike of some B&B’s) you are entering someone’s private home.

The B&B is at an excellent location, both close to my house and a wonderful, eating, drinking and shopping area, so this will be my favourite hotel for any friends or family coming by.

Next time I hope they will stay at the “La Terrasse”  room so I can also see this third room myself.

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OtherOther: Parc Tenbosch, Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is apparently the greenest capital of Europe. In the south part of town you can find the big Bois de la Cambre that ends up in the huge Forêt de Soignes.

But there are also many smaller parks. Close to where I live is the pleasant Parc Tenbosch. It is in the middle of a residential area and is a little oasis of three hectares. There are two main entrances at the top and bottom of the park and it has plenty of lawns to lie down, lovely wooden benches, gentle slopes, a playground for small children, a basketball area and lovely trees, flowers and winding paths that give a pleasant sense of getting lost.

Very much recommended if you need a little break, lie in the sun, want to have a picnic or let your children play.

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EatEat: La Canne en Ville, Brussels, Belgium

Our area has got some great restaurants and this is one of them. La Canne en ville lies somewhat discrete at the corner of two streets in a lovely neighbourhood. When you enter you immediately notice the beautiful coloured tiles on the wall and floor (the place used to be a butcher) and intimate atmosphere. Since 1983 the owners couple welcomes you with a lovely smile and great cooking.

There are about 3 smaller rooms with tables but I prefer to sit in the first one, especially if you are on a romantic date, because of the décor and light.

If weather allows you can also have dinner outside.

You will certainly leave this place with a smile and it is much worth a visit even if you don’t live on walking distance.

And if you feel like having a drink afterwards, I can recommend Chez Franz, just around the corner; great, young crowd and a terrace.

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