Saturday, March 31, 2012

Brasserie de Bierkaai, Limburg Province


On the first day of my Belgian tour last autumn, I had
dinner at a great new beer cafe/restaurant in
Heusden-Zolder, near Hasselt in Limburg Province.

Brasserie de Bierkaai is located alongside a canal
that runs all the way from Antwerp to Maastricht.

It is an ideal location for cyclists-or anyone else-to
stop for a meal or just a beer.

(Photo, above: Kaaibier, an unfiltered pilsner brewed at
Bier Anders in Halen.)

One of the owners, Luc Van Esch, is a serious beer lover
and it shows in "The Beer Quay." Luc has an unfiltered
pilsner called Kaaibier brewed at the new Bier Anders
brewery in nearby Halen. This delicious, 5% abv libation really
hit the spot on an 80 degree day on 24 September.

(Photo, above: a server with a trio of Kaaibeers.)

Luc told me recently: "The Kaaibier will be the basis
for our new Kaaikriek. Both beers will be available
within a few weeks in 25 cl longneck bottles, as well
as in draft here at De Bierkaai. Both will be available
for export as well."

(Photo, above: Luc Van Esch pouring a Zonderik Tripel.)

Luc also has three other house beers. One is Zonderik
Tripel, and there is also a Dubbel. Both have 8% abv.
There is also a Tripel Speciaal packing 10% abv.
All were formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij, but
production has moved to Bier Anders for these as well.

(Photo, above: Zonderik Tripel.)

De Bierkaai offers about 40 different well-chosen brews,
with local specialties, as well as classics like Saison Dupont.
Nine Trappist beers are available too.

(Photo, above: Zonderik Dubbel and Tripel.)

Five beers are available on draft, with four of these being
the house beers. The Zonderik brews are offered in corked
75 cl bottles as well.

As you can see in the first photo, there is a huge blow-up
Zonderik Tripel bottle in the front yard of the cafe, letting
any beers lovers who pass by know this is a place that is
a welcome spot for them!

Brasserie de Bierkaai is also very family friendly as well.
They have a playground in front of the cafe as well.



De Bierkaai also offers tasty meals at affordable prices.
I enjoyed a dinner of several mixed grills, paired with
one of my favorite Belgian side dishes: croquettes.

Most entrees are in the 8 to 13 euro ranges, and many
smaller snacks are in the 5 euro range.

See their website here

Menu here

De Bierkaai is located at Laarstraat 41/2, 3550,
Heusden-Zolder. Tel: 011/745883.

So you heard it here: a stop The Beer Quay is a
must when in the area!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

De Lambiek/Oud Beersel/3 Fonteinen article


I have a 1,200 word article on three places that are stars
in the lambic beer world in the April/May 2012 issue of
Celebrator Beer News.

You can read it here

and it finishes here

Since the article was written, there is news from
3 Fonteinen, posted right on their website here
Some is sad, but the end result will be good, as there
will be more 3 Fonteinen lambic and geuze for beer
lovers to enjoy.

The LambikODroom, or "Lambik Dream" cafe, will close
for good on Sunday, April 1. The reason is that 3 Fonteinen
needs space for the new brewery, and also for a shop to
sell products to the public. So the shop will move into
where the LambikODroom is now, and the present shop
area will be used by the expanded brewery.

I first visited De LambikODroom in May, 2008, and it
officially opened soon after. It is a shame to see it go,
after nearly four-year run.

But the prospect of much more "brewed-on site" 3 Fonteinen
lambics is a good one.

You can read more about it in my article.

For more info on Tourism in Flanders, see here

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Great Belgian Beer Dinner 2012


I mentioned there would be a very special beer dinner in
Belgium the week before the Zythos Bier Festival (ZBF)
on these pages a couple of months ago, here

Well, the details are now available, right from one of the
organizers, Yves Panneels of the fabulous In de Verzerkering
Tegen de Grote Dorst cafe in Lennik/Eizeringen.

I've helped a bit with the translation to English.

The event website is here

A fantastic menu prepared by three chefs

“The Great Belgian Beer Dinner of 2012” will be an exquisite culinary experience founded on a commitment to quality. It will be a major event in a prime location, with excellent beers, top class food, and the three best chefs in the world of beer.

Tom De Four of De Heeren van Liedekercke (Denderleeuw) with Stefanie de Vos of De Bistronoom (Ostend) and Chris Lively of Ebenezer's Pub & Restaurant (Lovell, Maine USA) will join together to serve a fantastic six-course meal on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The location will be in the historical setting of 'De Majeur' in Roosdaal-Pamel, near Ninove.


The chefs have also selected very special beers specifically for this meal.

Information: Date is Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 7 pm at Feestzalen 'De Majeur' at Rijstraat 16, 1760 Roosdaal (Pamel.)
The six-course meal costs 80 euro per person, drinks included. Seating is limited. Quick Registration will be the key to securing a seat.

The Chefs

Tom DE FOUR
 of the restaurant De Heeren van Liedekercke is one of the trio. His restaurant is situated just a stone's throw from the church of Liedekerke, just across the municipal boundary of the Dender. De Heeren van Liedekercke is a true fixture in The Beer Country, Belgium. For over 10 years, it has been rated very highly in many international beer guides. In the kitchen, Tom, 39, handles the cooking. His brother Joost is the beer sommelier. Besides their love for lambic beers, De Heeren van Liedekercke has been named an Orval Ambassador. See: 

www.heerenvanliedekercke.be




STEFANIE De VOS,
 of De Bistronoom, which, since September 2011, has been at the top of the RateBeer list of the best beer restaurants in the world, is the lady in the group. Stefanie, 28, works her magic in the kitchen, while her husband, beer sommelier Christophe Pelfrène (44) greets and serves the guests. Stefanie, along with 47 other young chefs, was recently selected as one of the “Young Faces of Flemish Gastronomy” through the organization “Flanders: Nice Country.” She was also nominated for the title “Lady Chef of the Year 2012.” The restaurant is located near the Ostend marina, near where the Mercator anchor is found. See:
 www.debistronoom.be



CHRIS LIVELY

: Christopher Lively, 39, grew up in Texas, and after graduating from culinary school, went to work in California. He was the executive chef of the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, an important position. But Chris wanted his own beer restaurant, and he would have it. He moved to the other side of the United States, and settled in New England. Since 2004, he and his wife, Jennifer, have run Ebenezer Kezar's Pub & Restaurant in Lovell, Maine. From then till now, on Ratebeer.com, Ebenezer’s was voted four consecutive years the title of the “World's Best Beer Bar.” In 2009, Chris opened The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine. Barely a year later, his second beer restaurant won second place on RateBeer. A very remarkable achievement. See:

 www.ebenezerspub.net
 and www.lionspridepub.com

Menu





The three chefs will prepare a fabulous 6-course dinner with exquisite beers. Soon, it will be disclosed in detail.









Location



Feestzalen 'De Majeur' is located west of Brussels in the Payottenland, a stone's throw off the N8 from Brussels to Ninove road, in Roosdaal (Pamel). This restored brewery is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Inside, there are three beautiful banquet rooms with a capacity of 10 to 90 people.


'De Majeur', is run by Evy Vandenberghe. She graduated as a cook from the Hotel Ter Dunes in Koksijde. She gained experience in restaurants such as Juana in Nice, France, The Grand-Bigard in Bigard, the Pastoral Reet, 't Molentje in Zeebrugge, Tom Thumb in Aalter, 't Krekelhof in Gooik, and The Elephant in Halle. Together with her partner and building contractor, David Ore Note, they bought and renovated the dilapidated building at Rijstraat 16, Roosdaal-Pamel. This building was once a brewery, belonging to Frans Tondeurs (born 1838.) He was the mayor of Pamel from 1879 to 1907. “De Majeur” has all the amenities of home. Evy sets the background, with all the trimmings available, for The Great Belgian Beer Dinner 2012. The rooms are stylishly decorated. The beautiful romantic candlelit baths will set tables while guests are pampered with the finest cuisine.

Address: Rijstraat 16, 1760 Roosdaal, tel 0474 92 56 56 See:
 www.demajeur.be

The number of spaces for The Great Belgian Beer Dinner 2012 is limited. Quick Registration is the key. The price for the 6-course menu (including custom drinks) is 80 euro per person.

Upon reservation, 80 EUR per person is payable. The payment of this sum constitutes final reservation. Cancellations can only be made in writing (letter, fax or mail). Up until three weeks before the event, the entire sum paid will be refunded, minus 10 € administrative costs. Until two weeks before the event, half the sum paid will be refunded, minus 10 € administrative costs. Thereafter, no refunds will be given.

By transfer to current account of Flanders vzw Enjoyed: 860-1163576-43 (Centea Bank)
IBAN BE66 8601 1635 7643 • BIC SPAABE22
Montignystraat

For more info about Tourism in Flanders, see here

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It makes me smile ....

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                                                                                                sneakers: h&m,
                                                                                                jeans: pull&bear,
                                                                                                t-shirt: primark,
                                                                                                scarf: h&m,
                                                                                                cardigan: non branded,
                                                                                                bag: marc by marc jacobs,
                                                                                                sunglasses: ray-ban,
                                                                                                ph. Maja

Don't you just love weekends? Sunny day by the river, family lunch at my aunt's house, lots of laugh, happy faces and good food of course! ;) Perfect for me!
I was wearing one of my favorite ripped jeans, great for spring/summer , mixed with striped shirt and floral scarf. Relaxed outfit for a day like this!
Thank you for your lovely comments in previous post, i am  glad that you liked the outfit! You also asked me about my lipstick, so check this old post Here to see the color! ;)

p.s. if you want something to purchase on Sheinside website ( my military coat is from them) , you can use discount coupon code: Vanja20 at checkout to save 20% off, it is valid till April 30th!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Are there any Belgian beer-loving iphone/ipad/android app developers out there?

If you are an experienced app developer for iPhone, iPad,
Android etc. and are also a fan of Belgian beer, I'd like to
hear from you. I have an idea....

You can email me at higrav1 AT gmail.com

Cheers,

Chuck


Marching on ...

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                                                                                                shoes: bershka,
                                                                                                jeans: bershka,
                                                                                                t-shirt: primark,
                                                                                                coat: thanks to Sheinside,
                                                                                                sunglasses: ray-ban,
                                                                                                ring: aldo,
                                                                                                ph. Masa


If you are following me on Twitter, you probably saw my new shoes, which i bought in January on sale in Bershka, and now i can finally show you these silver  ladies in some outfit.  I paired them with  dark blue coat, which i got thanks to Sheinside (you can check the model here) , and light almost bleached jeans also from Bershka. Sunglasses to achieve even more strict look, and pink lipstick to add some color. Ready in a snap! ;)
Hope you will like it!                                                                    


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Call me maybe ...

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                                                                                                 shoes: mango,
                                                                                                 jeans: bershka,
                                                                                                 t-shirt: primark,
                                                                                                 jacket: terranova,
                                                                                                 scarf: h&m,
                                                                                                 bag: aldo,
                                                                                                 ring: Lovely,
                                                                                                 bracelets: stradivarius, accessorize, h&m,
                                                                                                 sunglasses: Ray Ban
                                                                                                 ph. Jovana ( Bonjour JR)

In one of my previous posts i asked you what type of sunglasses should i pick and here is my choice: Ray-ban for every season and  occasion, you gotta love them! :)
Regarding my outfit , i was pretty much inspired with one of my favorite looks from Mira Duma and i needed to "steal" her combo and wear it once! It never happened to me before to recreate some outfit from head to toe, but i really like this one, so here it is ... :) Hope you will like it!
Enjoy in your weekend and see you on Monday, with new outfit post again! 


p.s. and here are the results from the Romwe giveaway, thank you for participating! Congrats to a lucky winner with this email address : zvoncicalola@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March Madness: Saison Dupont and HopRuiter in round 1


Two excellent Belgian beers-Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont
and HopRuiter from De Scheldebrouwerij-are in Round 1
of March Madness.

No, it's not NCAA basketball, but Draft Magazine's
Beer Bracket 2012 contest.

You can vote for your favorite, among the 64 beers,

Not that I'm taking sides or anything, but I think I just
might pick a certain Saison from the village of Tourpes,
Belgique, as my favorite to take it all.


HopRuiter will be in the mix as well!

Friday, March 9, 2012

New in ...

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After years and years of searching a perfect clean white shirt, i finally found it! Five points goes to Mango! ;)
I also found a simple black blazer in Bershka, and now there are two crossed out things from my never-ending-shopping list ( i keep updating that list in my head all the time).  Oops! :) Shorts and ballet flats are from Primark, necklace is Bijour Brigitte , and The watch you already recognize!
So today, its spring in my head, 18°C and im ready to take this outfit out!
Okay, you know that this is not true, but girls can have dreams! ;)
My cute combo will wait for some sunny and warm days to come!

p.s. don't forget to participate in Romwe giveaway! ;)


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Romwe Giveaway ...

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                                                                                                 ph. via Romwe


Thanks to a lovely people from Romwe.com , we are having a great Giveaway here (worldwide open) to celebrate a White day ( Japanese Valentine's day)!  :)
You can win a gift voucher in worth of 80$ + one of their accessories! Just follow those simple rules!
Instructions: 
1. you need to sign up to Romwe website, click HERE ,
2. leave your name and email in this post, with the same email address you used to register on the Romwe website.
And that's it!
This Giveaway runs till next Wednesday , the 14th of March and soon after that i will announce the winner, which will be chosen with Random.org .
Good luck!
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Sunčana sreda i novi Giveaway! :)
Zahvaljujući Romwe.com, imate priliku da osvojite vaučer u vrednosti od 80$ koji možete potrošiti upravo na njihovom sajtu + jedan komad nakita!
Uputstva:
1. registrujte se na Romwe sajtu - OVDE ( svi prikupljeni podaci pri registraciji ostaju strogo poverljivi),
2. ostavite ime i email adresu u ovom postu ( email adresa mora biti ista ona koju ste koristili za samo registrovanje) .
Igramo se do sledeće srede, 14.03. nakon čega će jedan pobednik biti izabran uz pomoć Random.org.sajta.
Srećno! :)


Monday, March 5, 2012

These days ...

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                                                                                                 boots: miss 60,
                                                                                                 pants: bershka,
                                                                                                 t-shirt: new yorker,
                                                                                                 cardigan: h&m,
                                                                                                 scarf: pashmina,
                                                                                                 bag: non branded,
                                                                                                 hat: stradivarius,
                                                                                                 watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                 ph. Jovana ( BonjourJR)

Weekend  behind us was reserved for daydreaming ... Sun, river and great friends, lots of laugh, i couldn't ask for more!
I was wearing my old cardigan which i bought when i was in high school, if you believe me! Long, long time ago. ;) Paired with camel and burgundy, i found it perfect for relaxing day like this ...
How was your weekend?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I can’t hear a word you say ...

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                                                                                                ankle boots: stradivarius,
                                                                                                tights: calzedonia,
                                                                                                skirt: thanks to Jovana Markovic,
                                                                                                turtle neck: non branded,
                                                                                                cardigan: non branded,
                                                                                                scarf: h&m,
                                                                                                gloves: accessorize,
                                                                                                bag: primark,
                                                                                                sunglasses: zara,
                                                                                                ph. Masa


In one of the "new in ... " posts I showed you a sneak peek of the gift i received, and today im showing you finally how it looks like! Gorgeous silk skirt with golden spikes has a special place in my wardrobe, right next to the black studded coat, from the same designer. Two unique pieces, isnt that great? :)
Another great thing about this skirt is that it can be worn on tights, but also on a bare legs! This time i paired it with Stradivarius ankle boots, big chunky cardigan ( you could see the gray one in this post) ,leopard scarf and leather gloves.
Hope you will like it!