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#284 Nice gastronomic vegan lunch at Naturell, Ghent

restaurant review #284 – Naturell is the ‘sister restaurant’ of ‘t Aards Paradijs in Nevele, which we have visited a couple of years ago (see restaurant review #156 here). In 2010, chef Lieven Lootens was awarded the title of best vegetable chef of the year (beste Groentekok). Our visit to ‘t Aards Paradijs was a great gastronomic experience, and we have been wanting to go to Naturell for quite a while. A couple of weeks ago it finally happened, as we went there to celebrate my 50th birthday. Yeah 🙂

This review is from a visit to Naturell in October 2020, before the second lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started.

Naturell, Ghent, outside terrace on the right (not set up in Winter)

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#283 Great Thai food! Not so cosy setting, Wiphada, Bruges

restaurant review #283 – Wiphada is a Thai restaurant in Bruges. We were here a couple of weeks ago for lunch. This was before the new lockdown went into place due to the COVID pandemic, and all restaurants had to close again.

front and entrance of Wiphada, Bruges

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#282 One of our best dining out experiences, ‘t Vijfde Seizoen (2), Aalter

restaurant review #282 – ‘t Vijfde Seizoen is a gastronomic restaurant in Aalter (between Bruges and Ghent). This literally translates as ‘the fifth season’. There is always a vegetarian menu standardly available, which can be veganised upon request (it’s advised to ask it in advance, and we did when making the reservation).
I already posted a review of a visit to ‘t Vijfde Seizoen in 2018 here.

This review is from a visit to ‘t Vijfde Seizoen in February 2020, just before the lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started.

Upon making the reservation for dinner, the restaurant also asked us to notify them by noon whether we choose the 4-course or 5-course menu. We went for the latter which is 70 euro per person.

These appetizers came with our drinks (we had an alcohol free cocktail, 8€): tofucroquette, paprika coulis, pomegranate quinoa butternut, and courgette soup.

alcohol free cocktails, 8€, ‘t Vijfde Seizoen, Aalter

tofu croquette with paprika coulis, ‘t Vijfde Seizoen, Aalter

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#281 Lovely lunch in great setting, Slot Oostende, Goes (NL)

restaurant review #281 – Slot Oostende is a traditional restaurant in Goes, which is in Zeeland just across the border, and not that far a travel for us. We had already passed by on several earlier visits to Goes in the past, and noticed that they have a seperate vegan section on the menu.

This review is from a visit to Slot Oostende a couple of weeks ago, before the new lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic went into effect.

entrance, Slot Oostende, Goes (NL)

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She was a person

She was a person. She wanted to live ❤

One of the 15 million mink who are currently being murdered (euphemistically called ‘culling’).
Running for her life, wanting to live, wanting freedom 😓
#animalresistance #dierenverzet

Denmark is killing (not ‘culling’, that’s a euphemism) 15 million mink in an effort to prevent a mutant of the coronavirus from spreading.
The conditions in animal factories (thousands of animals confined together) in the meat and fur industry again and again lead to the outbreak of zoonoses (bird flu, swine flu, Q-fever, …) , and in some cases also spreading to humans (like now).
Don’t contribute to this system in which animals are seen merely as disposable products. Don’t buy fur or other animal products 😔
For the animals, your health and the environment
#vegan

#280 Nice setting, food mixed feelings, Mary’s Irish Pub, Kortrijk

restaurant review #280 – A couple of weeks ago, we had dinner at Mary’s Irish Pub in Kortrijk. We originally wanted to go to vegan restaurant BK6 just around the corner, but that was fully booked for the evening.
Note: this is from a visit just before the current lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started (closure of all pubs and restaurants mid October 2020).

Front and large outdoor terrace, Mary’s Irish Pub, Kortrijk

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#279 Nice Indonesian rice table at Bandung, Den Bosch (NL)

restaurant review #279 – Bandung is an Indonesian restaurant at the edge of Den Bosch (or with a more fancy name ‘s Hertogenbosch) in the Netherlands. There are hardly any Indonesian restaurants in Belgium, but there are plenty in the Netherlands. So whenever we are in the Netherlands, we like to go to an Indonesian restaurant as they always have vegan options and we simply love the food.
Note: it is always advised to inquire at Indonesian restaurants about the use of trassi (shrim paste) in vegetarian/vegan dishes.

This review is from a visit to Bandung last Winter, before the measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started.

front, Bandung, Den Bosch (NL)

interior, Bandung, Den Bosch (NL)

I had made a reservation online for a Friday evening, and that was definitely a must as the place was full. It was very busy.
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#278 Light snack in relaxed atmosphere, The Rabbit Hole, Bruges

restaurant review #278 – The Rabbit Hole is a new place in town where you can get a vegan snack! It is tucked away in a bike shop and located at the edge of town, near the Damse Vaart (next to music shop Metronoom). Once you enter the alley leading to the shop, you discover a large sunny terrace. There are also some seating places/benches inside the shop too.

entrance of the bike shop at the end of the alley, The Rabbit Hole, Bruges

terrace in front of shop on inner court yard, The Rabbit Hole, Bruges

A handful of lunch/snack options, toast avocado and toast with vegan cheeze as vegan options. Read More

#277 Quick lunch at Maoz Muntplein, Amsterdam (NL)

restaurant review #277 – Maoz is an international chain of vegan fastfood restaurants, with several locations in Amsterdam. I visited the one in the city center of Amsterdam (Muntplein) last Winter.
So this review is from a restaurant visit from before the lockdown measures due to the COVID19 pandemic started.

You can take all you want from the ‘salad’ bar to pimp your falafel or mushroom bread. Salad or pita bread is only 5,95€. The food is very cheap, but was delicious.

salad bar to choose from, Maoz, Amsterdam (NL)

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#276 Chocolatemousse and a piece of cake at Het Strand (2), Leuven

restaurant review #276 – Het Strand (‘the beach’) is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Leuven (Louvain, near Brussels). We have already visited Het Strand in Leuven before (review here). We visited again in July 2020, this time not for dinner, but simply for an afternoon drink.

entrance with lots of steps, Het Strand, Leuven

Had a fresh juice, coffee, and the two available desserts: chocolate mousse with speculoos crumble (4,5€) and mokka chocolate pie (4€). Both were nice, although a bit heavy (would not be able to eat this immediately after having lunch or dinner, too much!). Read More