Wine days @sofitel
From September 21st until October 31st, Sofitel (Accor Group) organises the next edition of its famous 'Wine Days'. Also the Sofitel Hotels in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg are participating and during this time Sofitel guests get the chance to learn more about different wines during lots of events, special wine dinners and wine tasting sessions. Also Sofitel Brussels Europe has lots of things on their 'wine agenda'....
Lucky me. For my birthday last April,  I received a voucher from my two best friends and my wife for a day trip through the Flemish countryside driving a true classic: the Citroen DS. I have always loved this car and she - yes, it's a she - has featured on my Instagram account numerous times before....
My wife and I try to head to London at least once a year. Two weeks ago, we took our girls along again for a short weekend. They had visited London, before, so luckily we could skip all the touristy sights. They are both huge Harry Poter fans and were eager to see some of the movies' locations. We didn't want to spend an entire day outside London, so we decided not to go for the Warner Bros. studio tour just outside the city . We'll keep that for another time, cause it certainly looks great....
I have just written some easy-peasy, fun breakfast recipes for the Solo Open Kitchen platform's Back to School special. Make sure to check it out here! One of my own kids' all time favourite breakfast treats is also included in that article... French toast roll-ups covered in cinnamon sugar! These are just so delicious and very easy and quick to make!...

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When the misses and I were young... hm, I mean, younger... we used to travel to the UK a lot, especially the South of England and the West Country, we even honeymooned in Cornwall. But somehow we lost sight of this beautiful country the last 15 years (busy travellling the world and so on... ;-)), except for our yearly trips to London, of course. Last year, we picked up on our tradition again and went on two trips, one to Rye and one to Canterbury. For this year's family trip, we decided to visit the lovely seaside town of Whitstable, which is only a 45 minute drive from Dover. We drove the car on the ferry at Calais and enjoyed a wonderful sunny crossing on board of one of the P&O ferries, called 'The Spirit of France'. An hour and a half later, we were already were admiring the famous White Cliffs of Dover. I completely forget how much fun it is to arrive in England by boat!...
Nothing better than avocado. I would eat it every day, if I could... For last night's dinner I whipped up some delicious avocado mayonaise to go along a nice piece of wild salmon and some oven baked sweet potato fries. Our kids absolutely love these fries, so we make them quite often. The mayonaise is so easy to make. Since I am testing the KitchenAid Classic Mini-Food processor for Solo Open Kitchen these days, I decided to use that....
Stew might sound like winter to you... but also in summer this dish is definitely a winner! For this recipe I used a of veggies from @boerentoer. They work with a chain of local ecolological farmers. You can order online every week and then the biological veggies are delivered to your house, super-easy! Check their website for more info! We also sometimes order bread (sooo good!), yoghurt and delicious cheese from them. All locally produced....
Every summer there is one week that all three of our kids are out of the house all together (scouts camp) and usually the misses and I take that chance to get away just the two of us. It is sometimes good to get away together... I think the fancy term for that is 'to re-connect' once in a while. ;-) ...