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 »
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.
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 »
Yummie! The Kashmir region in the North West of India is known for its milder, less spicy dishes. The same goes for the food at La Vallée du Cachemire in Profondeville, near Namur. Don’t you just love the Indian kitchen? Famous for its extremely tasty vegetarian dishes that contain lots and lots of healthy veggies. Read more »
Two different restaurant formulas under one roof: La Brasserie des Thermes and Restaurant La Luna. The brasserie serves simple honest meals like an omelet, the restaurant is for the more formal plate service. They serve regional cuisine and traditional Belgian food like shrimp croquettes and a lovely soup, stuffed chock-full with tasty fish.
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Famous for its thermal springs, the first Thermes de Spa was built in 1868, where it provided relaxation to visitors for almost 140 years. Ten years ago it was relocated to its current location, on top of the hill. It now has stunning views of the city and is surrounded by nature. The indoor and outdoor pools are filled with warm natural mineral water from the Clementine spring and the thermes also offer hammams and saunas.
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Chef’s special: Sauteed scampi with red curry, coco milk, Chinese vegetables and coriander. Because it’s december there is a lot of game, like wild boar, deer and hare, on the menu in almost all of the restaurants we visit in the Belgian Ardennes. The same goes for the Radisson Blu Palace Hotel, but in Brasserie Les Saisons de Spa they have marked the vegetarian dishes, healthy choices and the regional products on the menu. We think that is a good sign.
Radhadesh is a spiritual community in Septon, Durbuy. Around 80 people live in a 19th century castle, the guesthouse is open for visitors. The restaurant Govinda’s is located next to the castle and has an Indian vegetarian kitchen. They also have a bakery and they make homemade cakes. A classic lunch at Govinda consists of a spicy vegetable mixture, basmati rice and Indian dal. Read more »
The Biologisch Dynamische Bakkerij (biodynamic bakery) has three shops spread across Antwerp. They all serve the same tasty organic bread, baked by Zonnemaire. The first picture was at the Mechelsesteenweg. The other bakeries are at ‘t Eilandje’ and the Volksstraat. Read more »
The organic city guide makes it really easy to find pure addresses in Ghent. Available at the Tourist Information and participants, and online at ecoplan.be.