It’s hard to guess the number of cheeses that are sold in the shop. Christophe Haspeslagh’s guess is about 250 and he is the owner of this cheese and delicatessen shop in Oostende! The shop dates back to 1931 when his grandparents owned a general food store. There’s a variety of Belgian and organic cheeses, made of cow, goat or sheep milk. The demand for goats cheese has been growing rapidly the last few years. Read more »
One of my favourite foodtravel destinations is Belgium. Read all about the food spots of Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels and Ghent. Watch the YouTube Pure! Brussels item made by my colleague Stefan. And don’t forget to check out our posts about the Belgian Ardennes and Flemish coast.
Browse through the photosets of the Belgian cities and the Ardennes on Flickr.
Karin van Acker can give you every detail of the 150 beers she serves in beer cafe Den Toogoloog in Middelkerke. All the beers are produced at small Belgian breweries. I started with the Saison Dry Hopping. The beer has a tiny bitter flavour, which makes it very suitable as an aperitive beer. Read more »
Chef Stijn Bauwens used to work for three Michelin star restaurant De Karmeliet in Bruges. He is now one of the ambassadors of the North Sea Chefs, a group of chefs who promote the use of sustainably caught fish and the inevitable by-catch. The twelve North Sea Chefs learn from each other through the exchange of their best recipes. Read more »
In my opinion the best way to enjoy meat is to eat less, but of better quality. It’s not necessary to eat meat every day, so if you only eat meat once or twice a week (or even less) you pay the same amount of money for much better quality meat. The money you spend pays for the better quality of life for the animals, a better taste and health benefits for yourself. Read more »
Chef Jean and his son Christophe welcome you at their small and cozy restaurant, Finess in Oostende. They have ten dishes, so there is no hassle what to choose. On the night we all chose the same delicious food: Flemish asparagus for starters and for main plaice served with leek and parsnip, and a lovely lemon thyme sauce. Read more »
Reigershof in Klemskerke (near De Haan) is an organic goats farm. They sell homemade cheese at the farm shop, the market in Oostende and at organic deli shops. They also sell ice cream which is produced by a local ice maker using the Reigershofs’ own goats milk. At the farm you can also enjoy goats cheese tastings and farm tours. It is the owners’ aim to spread the positive story of organic farming. Read more »
Quartier Latin in Marche-en-Famenne is a 4**** hotel, restaurant and spa. It presents a perfect combination to relax in the Belgian Ardennes at the end a hectic December month. Make a reservation for a massage during the day and if you stay in the hotel you just walk there in your bath robe. Some of the products they use are organic, we were pampered with a bio lavender oil massage and a facial treatment which contained only natural organic products. Read more »
The restaurant Saveurs d’ici et d’ailleurs serves a delicious and healthy lunch menu with as many local ingredients as possible. We enjoyed the veggie salad with lots of nuts and fruit. Some products are organic, but the origin or the ‘terroir’ is even more important. The owners are part of a co-op and find it important that the ingredients have local or regional origins. They also run a small shop which sells organic and fair trade coffee and tea, juices and herbal teas. One of the owners even designed the interior of the lunchroom and the furniture himself. Read more »
We love chocolate. Let me say that again. We love chocolate! And of course we prefer the cocoa to be fair trade and organic. Artisanal chocolate factory Defroidmont in Erezée makes their chocolate in a factory that is visible through the shop. Next door to the chocolate factory and shop they also have a museum where you can learn about the origin of the cocoa beans. Did you know cocoa beans consist of cocoa butter and cocoa mass? And that for making white chocolate only cocoa butter, powdered milk and sugar are used? Read more »
At Organic restaurant A Table in Namur 90% of the food is organic. It’s the only restaurant in the capital of Wallonia that we could find that serves pure food. The wine is 100% organic and they serve lots of seasonal veggies like delicious sweet pumpkins. The fish is sustainable and when a dish is 100% organic, it’s mentioned on the chalkboard. I can recommend the vegetarian ‘pot au feu’, which is very colourful and tasty, and the lovely lentils with soy cream. A Table has a pleasant and cosy atmosphere. Read more »