Hi everyone! I’m back with a new Antwerp hot spot you should really check out…
Do you love fish & chips? Or have you always wanted to try but never did?
Bia Mara is the place to be!
The Bia Mara story
“Our story began at home, selling Mackerel on the streets of Dublin. The idea was simple, change fish & chips into something more creative using inventive ingredients and techniques to make it lighter than the traditional style.
Our journey brought us to Brussels for our first location and we found Belgian beer to be a perfect match for our creative fish and chips. We use as many different types of fish to help with the harmony of the ocean, based on what’s available and in season. We apply our recipes to interesting underrated swimming starlets.
Our aim is to deliver a tasty treat, consistently fresh with a real depth of flavour. Served with the right attitude from an amazing crew, we want you to leave ready to tell your friends about the “new skool” fish & chips concept! Our journey continues…”
Barry & Simon
From “regular” fish and chips to special crusts and sauces, they have it all!
I first got to know Bia Mara at a tasting a while ago, I loved it so much I promised myself I would go back for dinner some time. My (blogger) friend Stephanie from “Koken op hakken“, which literally means “cooking on heals”, and I met on a sunny evening to have some much needed quality time. 😉
We started out with their lemon and mint lemonade, which really is as delicious and refreshing as it sounds and looks like 😉
I ordered the Classic Panko Fish with Seaweed Salted Chips & Homemade Tartar.
The fish was so tasty, the chips were amazing and don’t get me started on the homemade tartar sauce… oh my god… honestly, this is the way to my heart for sure 😉
This all is served in reusable eco friendly wooden boxes.
We sat outside on the terrace, but the inside interior is also worth the while! So don’t be afraid to visit Bia Mara on a rainy day, their Fish & Chips will brighten up your day 😉
Tip: it’s right near the Cathedral and Grote Markt, so you can also discover a few of the most beautiful places in Antwerp while you’re at it ;-).
“Smile, there’s heavenly pizza”
For the first time I’ll be sharing an Antwerp hotspot with you.
I haven’t done this before, but this one is definitely worth writing about 😉
When you follow me on instagram (which by the way you definitely should 😛 ) you’ve probably already seen my mouthwatering pizza-pictures!
These were taken at Otomat, and YES the pizza was as delicious as it looked on picture 😉
Otomat or nOtomat? That’s the question!
Otomat pizza’s are with a tomato base and as you can already guess by now… nOtomat pizza’s not! 🙂
They have a very trendy menu, and the description makes everything on it sound delicious!
The Otomat pizza’s are inspired by traveling many country’s but it seems they have a Belgian twist.
With every pizza they have a beer-tip, so for the pizza- & beer-lovers this is a perfect combo ;-).
As you can see in the pictures my personal favorite drink is the hand made lemonade: lemon & rose.
My favorite pizza is the “Rocket & ham with a twist”! This is a tomato based pizza with rocket, raw ham and mozzarella cheese with a twist of lemon on top. But since I’m not the most easy client (oops) I got the mozzarella changed into Grana Padano, which is my all time favorite Parmesan cheese. But the people at Otomat are so friendly that this “tiny” change wasn’t a problem at all!
I’ve been there twice now and I’m that type of person that when I like something I tend to always order the same thing… So to break tradition: next on my list to try is the “with love from B.”
I’ve been there twice now and I’ve always sat on the terrace outside because we were so lucky to have good weather. But seriously, sitting inside wouldn’t be a punishment! Look at this amazing interior?!
And last but not least, how about a lovely Nutella-pizza for dessert?!
As you can see, at Otomat you are definitely in pizza-heaven 😉
Van Schoonbekeplein 11
Tip: it’s right near the MAS (museum) and charming harbor , so you can visit the MAS, have a wonderful dinner and take a (maybe romantic 😉 ) walk in the harbor afterwards!
Last Wednesday and Thursday I was invited to the Antwerp Pressdays! 🙂
This means all the Antwerp PR Agency invite bloggers, journalists,… to check out the new collections of the brands they represent. Some of them also organize workshops, lunches, dinners,… so as you can imagine: these 2 days were SO MUCH FUN! 😉 I teamed up with my bloggerfriend Jolien from That girl with her blog and we had a great time together ❤
Last week you got to see how our Wednesday looked like, and today I’m taking you on a picture-tour through Thursday! We visited Soap PR, Media Mania, With Love Nans*, Savvy PR, Oona & Global Image PR.
In the afternoon we teamed up with Julie from Cocktails & Heels ❤
Let’s take a look? (PS click on the picture if you want to look at it in detail)
First stop: Soap PR
PS: you see these last 2 pictures? Because I had my 3D footscan taken by Brantano shoes (my dearest Jolien spelled my name wrong on snapchat :P) and posted a picture with the hastag: #3Dvoetscan I won a gift certificate of 50 euro to shop at Brantano, thanks! #luckyme
With Love Nans*
Global Image PR
must-visit websites for the coolest interior stuff: Nordic living & Nature design .
I want to thank every agency for the warm welcome and wonderful goodies!
I will be writing about a few of them in the upcoming days/weeks once I get to try out everything 😉
I got invited to the Jack Rocks pre-Pukkelpop event at the Chaplins salon & barbershop last week in Antwerp city.
Well that’s a mouth full right? 😉
Well Jack Daniel’s is hosting a barbershop, whiskey-bar and photo studio (where you can show off your best air guitar moves ;-)) on a few of the best Belgian festivals this summer!
And because Pukkelpop is one of THE festivals to attend every year, Jack Daniel’s decided to throw a warming up event last week.
At the Chaplins salon and barbershop we could get a taste of the Jack Rocks festival vibe.
When we arrived we were immediately treated a Jack Daniels Whiskey – cola, YUM! 😉
The lovely people of the press agency also told us about the blogger-competition to win tickets for the Pukkelpop festival! Mission? Take a cool picture at the event and post it on instagram with #jackrocks.
Here’s the picture I chose to enter the competition:
It has that #jackrocks rock & roll kinda vibe, no? 😉 #thumbsup
Chaplins salon & babershop was actually an amazing choice of venue because the atmosphere in there is so right!
They have the coolest interior and you can find Jack Daniel’s attributes throughout the whole barbershop. Continue reading