Having Maastricht so close to Antwerp really is a treat when I come visit. On this occasion we went there to visit a bookstore.
The Kalmthoutse Heide is a park about half an hour drive from Antwerp and which straddles the Belgium/Holland border. It’s theoretically possible to go on a short wall which crosses over – though we chose another route this time.
The walking is on sand which makes it a bit harder work at times. This bring Belgium however it is also so flat that it’s almost hard to believe. Apparently there is also a herd of sheep that live here and some shaggy little cows too.
There are few lovelier places for a cup of coffee & a piece of cake than the Bourla. It’s almost hidden in that there is no signage downstairs except for the theatre. Just keep going inside & up the stairs, you won’t regret it.
They also do a buffet brunch on the weekends which looks like a lovely way to celebrate something..
European Christmas season brings a whole bunch of things in their real forms that we don’t have in Oz – here’s my first mistletoe for instance..
What a gorgeous sight on heirloom oyster plates with a glass of cava. All their liquor intact, the Speciale Gillardeau was definitely the stand out. This place also does wonderful homemade shrimp croquettes.
So technically it wasn’t a “flight” but there were a bunch on the menu and it did drink them in order.
So good! Hendricks was unsurprisingly the fave, but all were tasty & garnishes really brought out the botanicals. Would drink again.
Post sunset beach swims on a brisk day a visit to Chat Thai Randwick will warm you right up and fuel you for the trip home.
todt mun goong: Plump juicy prawn cakes in panko type crumbs fried until super crunchy. Could have been more strongly spiced though, and sweet chilli sauce & I are still not really very close.
som dtum – always wonderful, fresh, spicy and with tiny chewy dried shrimps throughout.
gaeng keaw louk chin bpla gaia – green curry with house-made fish dumplings and apple eggplants. This was utterly wonderful, dense and tasty fish dumplings in a deep rich sauce with crunchy quartered apple eggplants.