Restaurant Me Liefste* has been on my wish list for quite a while. The restaurant just celebrated it’s first anniversary and when looking for an inspirational, quiet location for our annual strategy meeting at Stockmanverstraete, we knew that Me Liefste was thé ideal spot. *Meliefste means ‘my love’ in Dutch and once you hear the name you never forget it because it’s so romantic and pure. For the moment it is not difficult to book a table. Yet…. The star struck foodie army has not discovered this wonderful food paradise. Yet… But hurry, it’s a question of months until Meliefste will be much harder to get. The fact that the restaurant of Dutch chef Thijs Meliefste and his lovely wife Anuschka is totally hidden in the backyard of ‘Het Veerse Meer’ in Zeeland is also one of the reasons only dedicated foodlovers find the way to the marina of Wolphaartsdijk. Last week, we made the trip. Only one hour drive from Ghent my home town, so that was fine. The road to Wolphaartsdijk is so …
Last summer I visited a most original place, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, in my hometown Zomergem (means more or less ‘summer town’). I wanted to make a story about it, but as time went by, after a while I thought it was too late to report on it. Too late, and gone anyway. Just as any good popup concept: there for a short while, leaving many behind, regretting never made it to the venue. So when I heard that the ‘Volta Popcorn’ concept was having its second edition this summer, I decided it a perfect opportunity to bring the story anyway. Volta Popcorn is exactly like you hope it to be. A contemporary restaurant, build in the middle of a cornfield, without any compromise.
I’m visiting London for work quite often, so it ’s always a fun quest to find a new spot to stay. A hotel to feel at home, with effortless design, tasty fresh food, evening cocktails, crisp soft white linens and a memorable bath room. And, if possible I look for a friendly staff, a vibrant neighborhood and rooms with a soul. .. The list of ‚The Squid stories’ approved fab sleeps is getting longer and my booking at The Artist Residence in London was certainly a winner.
During my last trip to London (we were shooting a food trend video for a client), one of the film locations was Borough Market. This gourmet food market – up to 70 stalls and stands – brings producers/farmers from all over the country offering a range of fresh products including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Located right next to the London Bridge, this cosy, crowded spot is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat – chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking.