30.06.2003 A weekend in Antwerp

It must have been more than ten years since the last time I visited Antwerp. I completely forgot how nice the city actually is. Beautiful architecture, great pubs and restaurants and a very relaxed atmosphere. In my previous visits I never got out of the city center, -hell, I never even got out of the first pub-, but now we put in some effort to see the different parts of the city.

These guys wanted to know if I was taking pictures for the newspaper. When I told them I wasn’t, they still wanted their picture taken, the fact that I would post them on the internet was more than enough.

being cool in Antwerp

Having a hotel and restaurant background myself, it’s always a delight to see waiters who take their job seriously. I don’t understand why restaurant owners don’t realize that the best prepared food cannot make up for “it’s-just-a-summer-job” waiters like you find a lot in Amsterdam.

Some highly recommended restaurants:
Bakery/Pub/Restaurant Wattman, Tramplein 3, Berchem. This place serves incredible food, the waiters are very friendly (as they are in most places in Antwerp) and the location is very nice. This is their mozzarella salad, it’s heavenly (btw, Jamie Oliver has a recipe for this salad in one of his books):

mozzarella, creme fraiche, lemon peel, and chives

Also check out Mondoshiwan Couscous Bar. Great food, nice and simple styling, loungy music (think Caf? del Mar) and good service.

This moment made me realize I should perhaps make some business cards so people know where to find the picture I took of them. This father will probably never see this picture, and I’m sure he would want it.

having fun at the carnival

Of course, more pictures are available here.

alex | 12:37 | plaatsen
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thanks for mentioning us !!!!
Zo?@mondoshiwan

Zo - 21.12.2003 - 23:44