Flying the flag for horeca trade’s post-coronavirus recovery

The lockdown has caused devastation in the horeca sector in Brussels and elsewhere. So bad has been the impact that some restaurants have, sadly, gone to the wall. One notable exception, though, is L’Orchidée Blanche, a lovely eatery that has been a mainstay on the city’s restaurant scene for over two decades. After the long…

Regional Universities Go Global Amid Corona

By Ekaterina Tsaranok The concept of higher education has been well established for well over a thousand years. According to UNESCO and Guinness World Records, the University of Al-Karaouine located in Fes, Morocco, is the world’s oldest existing and continuously operating higher education institution in the world, having been established in 859. With international education…

Brussels Airport Prepares to Increase Passenger Flights

Starting 15 June, Brussels Airport will considerably increase its passenger flights for all travel in the Schengen Area. The flight offer will increase progressively to exceed one hundred destinations in July, thus restoring the connectivity with Europe in a first stage and with the rest of the world at a later stage. Thanks to the…

Classic Brussels Restaurant

What have Francois Hollande, Jean-Michel Jarre and Julio Eglesias in common? Struggling? Well, if it helps Richard Branson, Bruce Springsteen, Kody and Eddy Merckx have all done the same. The answer is that each have dined at L’Ecailler du Palais Royal, a lovely restaurant in the equally lovely Sablon quarter of Brussels. A quick glance at…

Busiest season of the year at Brussels Airport

With the start of the Christmas school holidays, yesterday saw 76,000 passengers coming through Brussels Airport, of which 41,000 travellers were flying out, making it the busiest day of the festive season. This year, Brussels Airport has pulled out all the stops to welcome its passengers eager to make their Christmas getaway on a relaxing…

Authentic Thai Food at Friendly Prices

Marie Back and her brother Jerome have found the recipe to success in the often unforgiving restaurant trade – adaptability. In their case, it’s all about spice – specifically, how much you use. They found, when relocating their restaurant Bois Savanes to Saint Job that their new customers were not quite as keen on as…

Lasagne and Tiramisu

Think of some of the great double acts – Laurel and Hardy, fish and chips, peaches and cream. Well, there’s an Italian equivalent – lasagne and tiramisu – and that’s also the name of a small “chain” of eateries in Brussels. The name was born out of a the simplest of events: a school fancy…

“New kid on the block” for Brussels’ culinary scene

The Belgian culinary scene is constantly evolving, introducing new practices and innovations – and an exciting new collaboration in Brussels is no exception. With the food/horeca industry now more popular than ever, “We are C” has partnered with the Bouchée Double studio to launch the “Foodio.” We Are C is a “One Stop Shop” agency run by food communication…

Brussels Monopoly

Here’s an offer you might find hard to resist – buying the European Parliament and NATO’s new state-of-the-art HQ in Brussels. Both are up for grabs – at least on the new Monopoly board which has just been launched. A brand new Brussels version of the kids’ favourite  features some of the city’s best-known tourist spots….

Rouge Tomate

Next month marks some key milestones for one of Brussels’ best eateries. On October 10 Rouge Tomate celebrates 18 years since it was launched and three years since the opening of its (highly popular) cocktail bar above it. Oh, and it is also the 48th birthday of co-owner Thierry Naoum. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of…