I realised a few days ago that today is Darwin Day and it occured to me that this would be a good excuse to find a sciency type gift for Macsen. Unfortunately, this is something I completely failed to achieve. What we did achieve, though, is a stonegrill at the Luihoeve.
A week ago, we were in Geel on a mission to complete some urgent gift shopping. Once the mission was accomplished, though, we were able to relax a little and treat ourselves to some dinner at Het Forum.
Some of us were able to relax more than others…
The Maereholt restaurant in Meerhout has a large terrace looking out over a massive childrens’ play area. August, therefore, seemed a good idea to start getting the twins used to eating out.
I haven’t talked about beer on these pages for quite some time. However, De Met is now serving guest beers so this may change. Right now the guest beer that they have is Tripel Karmeliet from Bosteels Brewery.
As the name suggests, it’s an abbey tripel and in this case the Tripel part of the name not only refers to the in-bottle refermentation but also to the fact that the beer is brewed with three kinds of grain: wheat, oats and barley. And it’s lovely.
I’m not normally a huge fan of tripels, but this is one that I would quite happily go back to. It’s clear and has a huge creamy head and tastes light, fruity and refreshing.
I’m ready for the summer now.
So after the beer, we went on for dinner. And when you’re in a French restaurant in Antwerp, what better way to round off the meal than with an authentic Irish coffee.
The blue flash in front of the chef is the flame…
And it was watching him pour the cream that convinced us to give it a go…
Pete McCarthy’s first book, McCarthy’s Bar, is premised on the principle that you should never pass up the opportunity of having a drink in a bar that shares your name.
So when we saw this place, dinner was decided.
And guess what Belgian beer they served in this French restaurant…
I have to say, the food here was really, really good. If you ever find yourself in Place Dauphine I would strongly recommend you give it a try.