(Left image:Madame La Belge)
Hell yes, we all remember the words of Donald Trump saying that the city of Brussels is a hellhole. I saw a lot of funny reactions appearing on social media at that time, coming from citizens and people who are active in the Brussels creative scene. One of them, Dries Tack, decided to create a website called Hellhole.Brussels to promote local artists abroad.
I recently rediscovered this website and I thought it was about time to share it with you.
Hello everyone! As the city center of Brussels is becoming more and more a place for tourists, I am glad that there are still a few spots I really enjoy visiting. Don’t get me wrong, tourists are more than welcome. It’s just that there are so many chain restaurants now that the real Brussels character is getting lost.
Anyway, AM Sweet is one of those places where I can still feel inspired! It’s located in the Rue des Chartreux and it looks like a little shop where you can buy tea and some sweets. That’s exactly what it is, but it’s also a cosy place to have a drink. Choose a table upstairs where it’s nice and calm. The place reminds me of an appartement I once rented in Paris with Airbnb: very tiny but full of inspiration. It’s probably the presence of art books and the small impressionist painting that make it even more appealing to me.
This morning I went to the Foodmet in Anderlecht, also known as the Abattoir. I went there before, more than 10 years ago, when it wasn’t called Foodmet yet. Back than, I remember being amazed by the big amount of foreign products and the multicultural crowd. Living in Brussels for several years now, I’m used to this multicultural side of the city, and yet this morning I was still amazed!
This is the kind of restaurant I would like to keep for myself. It’s the only place (so far) where I can have a decent meal in a cosy atmosphere. Of course I’ve been to many restaurants in Brussels, but only a few months ago, I discovered that I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). By following a strict medical diet, the low-FODMAP diet, I learnt that I should avoid all gluten, amongst other things. For someone who loves italian food, that’s a problem! Luckily I saw an article online, called ‘Going against the grain: a guide to being gluten free in Brussels’ (see link below). I chose to go to Il Veliero, an italian restaurant very close the Place Jourdan, in the Schuman area.