We are Trudi & Jim, two vegans in our mid forties, living near Bruges (Flanders, Belgium). We went vegetarian in the mid nineties, and went vegan around 2010. Our main motive has always been the ethical perspective, although we are also inspired by the environmental and health aspects.
We don’t like to have our faces all over the internet, so you won’t see much more from us than Trudi’s kitchen apron or Jim’s vegan tattoo 😉 But we do post photos from our kitchen experiments, restaurants, stuff we see on the road, our veg garden, interesting things in media.
Some more personal stuff on why I started blogging, interests in music, gardening and more in this interview with Trudi.
We are interested in all aspects related to veganism: food, restaurants, vegan products, politics, social theory, activism, economics, culture, health, tourism, … In and around Bruges, but also keeping an eye on what’s happening in the rest of the world.
We also blog in Dutch on our other blog Graswortels (formerly Veggieleven), and some of those posts also appear translated here, or vice versa.
Bruges = Brugge
Bruges is a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO, because of its historic/medieval city center and many canals. It is also called ‘the venice of the north’. It is the capital of Western-Flanders, and has 117.000 inhabitants (of which 20.000 in the city center).
Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world visit Bruges. We sometimes get questions from visiting vegans, and it seemed there was not so much information available online. There are many different listings of vegetarian restaurants, but it’s not always clear whether they also serve vegans. Happy Cow‘s policy not to list restaurants that also serve veal etc, means many restaurants don’t get listed, although they do have vegan options or are happy to improvise for vegans.
When we went vegan a couple of years ago, we had no idea where we could go out for dinner anymore. At first glance, it seemed our options in Bruges were very scant. But gradually we started discovering some places! Not only in Bruges, but also beyond!
Impressions from the Bruges Vegan
This is our blog (obviously!), and we give our subjective impressions of restaurant visits, what we like or don’t like about shops, activities, or other things. Maybe you think lunching in Bruges’ only vegetarian restaurant De Bron is the next best thing to New York’s Candle 79, but we don’t. Maybe you would never dine in a restaurant that also serves foie gras, veal or other animal products, we do (although we would of course prefer all restaurants to be fully vegan!). Just saying, it’s not because we do or don’t fancy a place or the food we had there, you have to agree with us!
Of course we welcome you to give us your opinion and your experience. There is also a page with some tips and tricks for visiting Bruges (or Flanders/Belgium in general), with info on tap water, tipping, smoking, tourist trap, etc.
We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment with a suggestion, your experience, what you did or didn’t like …
Trudi & Jim