All posts tagged: City Hall

Vegan brownie at Cat Café Dreamcathers, Ghent

Dreamcathers is a cat cafe in between the city hall and the Vrijdagmarkt, in a small alley. It is not far from vegan lunch bar Mie Vie. There are a couple of resident cats who are up for adoption. Dreamcathers work together with the organisations Dierenasiel Gent (shelter Ghent) and Kat Zoekt thuis (Cat looking for a home). Dreamcathers has vegan cakes and brownies and also offers drinks to enjoy while being among the cats (I think all the cakes are vegan, but not quite sure). Cats and vegan cake: a great combination! 🙂 I was here a couple of weeks ago with a friend, after our lunch at vegan cafe Mie Vie. Dreamcatchers works with timeslots. It is advised to make a reservation, but you can always try to inquire on the day itself to check availability. So I did (telephoned beforehand) and it was no problem to come over. The entrance fee is 3 euro per person (if you become a member, which is 10 euro, the entrance fee is reduced to 1,5€). …

A look inside vegan shop tAK! Marke (Kortrijk)

Shop review#44 – tAK is a new vegan shop in Marke (just outside Kortrijk / Courtrai, half an hour drive from Bruges). We were here a couple of weeks ago, before going to lunch to De KleinKeuken, and visiting the waiste reduction shop Zonder Meer in Kortrijk (blogs will follow).  We also went to pick up an order of vegan Danish pastry at Bakkerij Filip. And tAK actually means “thank you’ in Danish 😉 Yes, it was a small vegan excursion to the Kortrijk region! Update – see below The shop is a bit tucked away behind a garden screen and hedge, but there are some signs on the pavement to lead you to the shop. tAK is not really a big shop, but it has a nice selection of products that will especially interest vegans, like gluten powder, nutritional yeast, dried tofu,  vegan body and care products, … And also some nice self designed postal cards, candles, frames, toys, pottery and other items that make a perfect and original gift (or a treat to …

#138 Vegan lasagne at Lasagnerie Löven, Louvain

Restaurant review #138 – Lasagnerie Löven is a relatively new place in Louvain, with only one dish on the menu. Going by the name of the place, you might have already guessed it: they serve lasagne! In all possible variations, and there is also a vegan version standardly available. Lasagnerie Löven is in the city center, in the Parijsstraat (parallel to the Old Market). A couple of weeks ago, we were in Louvain and made a reservation for lunch. I also checked whether they did have the vegan lasagne available, and received confirmation. The reservation turned out not to be necessary, as there were still plenty of tables available (but this was during school holidays, so that might be different during the school year). We inquired about the different sizes of the lasagnes (regular or king size), and decided to go for the regular (14,50) (apparently, the king size is twice the size, but without the salad on the side!). The lasagnes were very nice, and had vegan cheese on top (we checked again with …

#123 Three course menu at La Divina Commedia, Louvain

Restaurant review #123 – La Divina Commedia is an Italian restaurant in the city center of Leuven (Louvain), just a step away from the city hall. It’s not an ordinary pasta and pizza place, but offers a more gastronomic and stylish dining experience. La Divina Commedia does not have a vegan menu standardly available. So unfortunately it’s not a place where you can just walk in and order a vegan menu. But I had seen it mentionned in a vegan facebook group as a restaurant where one can order a vegan menu, if requested in advance. I had tried to make a reservation on a previous visit to Louvain at La Divina Commedia, but when I phoned a couple of days in advance, I was told that that would not be possible, and that I should request it at least a week in advance (so they can go buy vegan products). So well before our next visit to Louvain, that’s what I did! This review is from our visit a few weeks ago (Spring 2017). …

#112 Casual dinner at Bistro Piazza, Louvain (now Grand Café Industrie)

Restaurant review #112 – Bistro Piazza in Louvain (Leuven) is a traditional brasserie style restaurant just opposite the train station of Louvain (So a 15 minute walk from the city center). It is large spacious place (high ceiling) and has a stylish atmosphere. We were here a couple of months ago in December 2016, and there were Christmas decorations up. UPDATE: the Place is now called ‘Grand Café Industrie‘, and has been renovated since. Bistro Piazza is regular (non-vegan) bistro with the usual suspects on the menu: croques, croquettes, spaghetti etc. Since a couple of months, there is also a seperate vegan menu, which is clearly indicated. Even with mention that it is served with vegan bread. I telephone beforehand to make a reservation and inquired about the vegan options. Unfortunately the vegan burger was no longer available (the burger they had used was from Boni – Colruyt and Colruyt changed it and made it non-vegan – so they were still looking for an alternative). The vegan gyros was also not available that evening. Bummer! They did mention …

#78 Light salad lunch at Sanseveria Bagelsalon, Bruges ***

Restaurant review #78 – Sanseveria Bagelsalon is a cosy little place in the city center of Bruges. It’s just a 5 minute walk from the Burg and City hall, and near the famous Rozenhoedkaai, where many tourists align to take that famous snapshot of Bruges’ canals and the Belfry. I visited Sanseveria Bagelsalon with a friend a couple of weeks ago. There are no vegan options standardly available on the menu, but upon making the reservation, my vegan friend who had been there before requested vegan for two. Sanseveria is the name of a succulent that used to be very popular in Flemish pubs and househoulds. I also read once that is one of the hardiest plants to stand sigarette smoke, so that may also be the reason why it survived the poor oxygen environment in the pubs in the old days. After being considered ‘old fashionned’ for a couple of years, the plants are now making their way onto windowstills around the country and are now hip again! We inquired about the ingredients of the bagels (bread), …

#76 – Light lunch at Wild Project, Antwerp ***

Restaurant review #76 – Wild Project is a new vegetarian Bistro in the center of Antwerpen, close to the city hall and Het Steen (the castle at the river Scheldt). I went here for lunch a couple of weeks ago with a friend. It’s a cosy little place, with a handful of seating places inside (I later discovered there is also room upstairs, but we didn’t see that). There’s also a sunny terrace in front. This what we had for lunch: fresh made juice and a hot ginger drink (3€ each). A vegan burger sandwich (9,5€) and a tofu sandwich (7€). Food was very nice. The burger didn’t really have a burger texture, but was more a patty of grains and vegs. 7,5€ and 9,5€ for the sandwich and burger is cheap for a main dish, but take into account they are not large portions (a lot of bread and not so much filling). This light lunch was more than enough for us, but If you have a big appetite though, I would suggest you maybe order two things. Atmosphere was relaxed, it’s …