Monday, October 26, 2015

UNIQLO - from Tokyo to Chicago



UNIQLO opened its first store in 1984 in Japan and currently has more than 1,600 stores worldwide. 42 of those are situated in the US> Before the opening of this amazing Chicago flagship store, I had only visited the San Francisco store where I was amazed by the variety, quality and prices. You can imagine how excited I was to be one of the happy few to get a sneak preview last week, before the official opening. 



1000 people waiting 
TV crews
©Leentje De Leeuw 
Long waiting lines
© Leentje De Leeuw 
While almost 1000 people were waiting outside, I could the store with tv crews of NBC, Fox and ABC. 
There sure was a lot of media attention and I must say that the PR people were just as nice to this Belgian blogger as they were to the 'big guys'. No complaints there. However: I was a little disappointed by the fact that we didn't get a chance to shop Friday morning. I did get an invitation for the party/shopping event on Thursday night, but I had other professional commitments, so I will have to back some   other time to do my actual shopping. On my list: the inevitable HeatTech, a down jacket, the Star Wars fleece blanket, and probably some cashmere stuff ... 









60 000 square feet & 400 employees 

Mayor Emanuel cutting the ribbon
©Leentje De Leeuw 



But Friday was all about the ribbon cutting ceremony with lots of VIP attendees, including Alderman Brendan Reilly, Billy Dec, Chicago Luvabulls, and of course Mayor Rahm Emanuel who seemed very happy with Uniqlo's 60000 square feet and 400 employees. And who would blame him? 
Besides contributing to the local economy, UNIQLO strongly believes in being active to the communities in which it operates. Prior to the opening, UNIQLO announced a partnership with the Chicago Bulls to foster the non-profit organization After School Matters in addition to the Museum of Science and Industry.










The UNIQLO Chicago Flagship is located at 830 N. Michigan Avenue. 


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chicago's first Pop-up Food Museum opens this weekend



Foodseum, the Windy City's first food museum, will open its doors to visitors this Saturday, September 19 at Block 37.  The three-month pop-up museum will pay tribute to its hometown with its first exhibit: “The Hot Dog and Encased Meat of the World.” The temporary museum will run until December 20.

“Food is such an important part of each of our lives,” said Kyle Joseph, executive director of Foodseum. “Foodseum will provide visitors a fun and interactive window into what's behind it all. Our exhibits will give visitors a taste of the positive impact an interactive food museum can have and how they can be a part of it. We’re looking forward to building a community that supports a permanent Foodseum in Chicago.”

At Foodseum, food lovers can expect to learn about food through interactive exhibits that stimulates the senses. Guests will be taken on an adventure through smell, touch and taste. A permanent location is expected to open in 2017. 
For more information about Foodseum, please visit 



Foodseum, the city’s first food museum, will open its doors to visitors on Saturday, September 19 at Block 37, 108 N. State St. 
Operating hours for the museum are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Please visit the Foodseum's website for more information 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chica-GO 'Building Bridges'



Today Belgian touroperator Connections launched the amazing Chicago Building Bridges promotion.
For just €699 per person you have your flights from and to Brussels + three nights at the Chicago Freehand Hostel + an exclusive Leentje's Chica-Go guided walking tour. You can book until September 15th, travel is from December 15th until March 31st (except during Christmas break). 

So, what exactly are you waiting for ... ? 

See you soon, in the Windy City! 



Friday, August 14, 2015

In this month's Gazette van Detroit ... Hugo Du Bois






In this month's Gazette van Detroit my interview with Mr Hugo Du Bois, the man behind the Belgians in America Facebook group, is published. Enjoy the read and if you are a Belgian living in the USA, join the group (if you aren't one of the 900 members yet that is)

Since the scan of the pdf is not entirely readable, please find the entire text below: 

Houston, we have a … Belgian!*
Hugo Du Bois about his American Life


If you are an active Facebook user, you probably know Hugo, since he started the Belgians in America group. We had the opportunity to steal half an hour of this busy man’s time to chat about his Texan life.

Leentje De Leeuw
Photos: courtesy of Hugo Du Bois

Hugo Du Bois (47) from Strombeek-Bever in Flemish Brabant, is married to Houston native Cami. They are the proud parents of two children:  daughter Trinity (9) and son Anderson (7). The family also houses five rescue pets.  Hugo: “Our dog Bella was shot in the shoulder and we nursed her back to health but unfortunately even the vet couldn’t save one of her front legs. Despite only having three legs, she is the fastest dog we have. Even though our other dog’s name is ‘Bolt’, he cant keep up with Bella. We also have three cats: Pasmans (named after the character in Flikken), Kitty (named by my daughter since this is her cat) and Lilly (names by my son since this is his cat).

About living in the USA

“I moved to the USA on January 3rd, 1997, to be with and marry my then girlfriend Cami. We have been married for almost 19 years. What I like or dislike most about the US? Well, the best and worst things about this country are actually one and the same, and that is chauvinism. Chauvinism as a good thing is pride and preservation of things that make up the country and culture. A great example of this would be the Texas Barbecue. I had never had it so my wife's family went out of their way to cook up a smorgasbord of different meats and side dishes so I could taste it all. And man: it was good!
Chauvinism as a bad thing: If I were to complain that there is no mayonnaise with the fries and go on about how it is always part of fries in Belgium, I would get the response that if it is that much better in Belgium, I should just go back. Neither of these two examples is actually really bad, as chauvinism is generally just pride. And pride is good…”

About Belgium
“My favorite thing about Belgium is the extensive choice of several foods that are the best in Belgium. Like chocolate and beer. Belgians take pride in their meals, much more consistently than they do in the USA in my opinion. While it is impossible to drink a bad Belgian beer, you will find some beers in the USA that should be illegal - and I mean that as a joke….”
On the contrary, the thing I do not like about Belgium is the non-existence of customer service. The customer is a nuisance in Belgium, and there are almost no exceptions to this ‘rule’. And then there are the strikes. Highways are being blocked with tractors, airports are locked down, tires are burnt on public roads, etc … All these things hinder the common man and not the bosses that caused the strikes to begin with. Unions in Belgium need to grow up and quit acting like children!”

About Belgians in America – on Facebook

“The Facebook group started to give Belgians in America an avenue to voice their complaints and concerns in an uncensored way, without being afraid of being kicked by the administration. Anything can be discussed in my group. The only "rule" so to speak - and no I don't have an extensive acceptable use policy, as a matter of fact I have none - is that there has to be mutual respect. Personal attacks or insults are not tolerated. That has worked great for the past two years and only two people got kicked for violation of this rule. The group has forgiven them and we are in the progress of letting one of them back in, the other person has moved out of the USA. The requirement to join is that you have to be a Belgian native and live in the USA.”
“Also, in the Belgians in America group you don't have to stick to Belgian topics. Any topic that interests you as a member is accepted, although advertising is limited to Tuesdays, a day that is now called Advertuesday. After there had been a little too much fighting, arguing and complaining, we also have tested a Friday called "no fuss Friday" which cooled the users’ jets and was quite an interesting experience.”
“After I started the group, I spent a lot of time on the group. But now the group has more than 860 members (update on Aug 19th, 2015 there are 911 members, LDL), so it's as lively as ever. I pitch in once in a while and post or comment occasionally. No need for me to be on the podium so to speak. This is the members' group more so than my group.”

Belgian get-together…?
When we exceed 1000 members, we will have a get-together in Houston, Texas. The group's choice meal was Barbecue since I believe, and so do many others, that Texas can teach this country (if not the world) about barbecue. Maybe the Gazette would like to be part of this?  That would be great!  My wife gave me a drone for Fathers' Day, so expect some areal footage of the TX BBQ 1000 member celebration!”

Would you ever consider moving back to Belgium/Europe?
“No. I made the conscious decision to move here and get married. We now have two kids and my life is pretty much rooted in the USA now. Kids need consistence and normalcy and that's what they will get. No country hopping. We visit every so many years and plan to show the kids a little more of Europe the next time we go over there …”

*There are actually about 200-300 Belgians living in the greater Houston area.





Friday, July 17, 2015

Milwaukee: a road trip to remember



Last month the three of us decided it was about time we went on another road trip. Picking a destination wasn't hard - at all. Milwaukee had been on our bucket list for quite some time and is only a short drive away from Chicago (well, depending on traffic that is of course...). So we booked ourselves a cute little rental car, made hotel reservations and hit the road! 



Our Sunny Car, a Fiat 500 

The initial reason to visit Milwaukee was a visit to the amazing Milwaukee Art Museum, but this stunning Calatrava building is undergoing renovations and will reopen this fall. And since we are not the very patient kind, we decide to go anyway and focus on what we love most: food and drinks.
After all, we can always come back for the museum, right ...?





Brew City 
First things first: beer! After checking in at the Intercontinental hotel, we meet Margaret, PR coordinator at the Visit Milwaukee tourism office, at the Old German Beer Hall. In a city built on German heritage, this place represents the spirit of the Hofbräuhaus München. The beer is brewed in Munich according to the over 400 year old Bavarian purity law. And it is served in giant glasses, containing a half or whole liter of the stuff. Perfect to quench our thirst and get ready for our visit to the  Lakefront Brewery.

Nestled along the Milwaukee River,  this brewery is home to award-winning beers. Two home-brewing brothers founded this microbrewery in 1987. The tour is interesting to say the least, and involves a lot of beer. Our favorite: Kyle, a Belgian style Tripel! Unfortunately it looks like it is only for sale in Milwaukee ...

Michael enjoying a beer at Benelux Café
'frietjes' at Benelux Café
The next day we have brunch at the Café Benelux (part of the Lowland group) in the Historic Third Ward area, a neighborhood that kind of reminds us of New York's SoHo but on a much smaller scale. We loved everything about the place: the Bloody Mary's, the food, the beer and the decor, which included photos of places close to our home town, the cathedral of Antwerp and many more Belgian hot spots. This place even has a small shop where you can buy (expensive) Belgian beers and travel guides.





Let's eat! 
Wisconsin is the dairy state, so cheese is a very big thing in Milwaukee and we happen to LOVE cheese, all three of us. Entering the Wisconsin Cheese Mart feels like entering sheer cheese heaven. And for our almost 6 year old it seems to feel like entering an upscale version of Toys r Us. It really does. People here are so friendly: they insist on preparing us some samples of grilled cheese and mac & cheese. Everything tastes delicious. Or as our little boy would say: very yummie!

Wolf Peach 

Since we are spending two nights in Milwaukee, we have dinner at two completely different places. The first night we dine at Wolf Peach, a farm to table restaurant close to the Lakefront Brewery. This wonderful place pays homage to rustic European cuisine, with local and regional ingredients. We simply love Wolf Peach and will definitely go back there.




On Day 2 we decide to go to Mader's, voted the most famous German restaurant in North America and home to a $3 million collection of medieval Germanic weaponry. It is a completely different place, but with famous patrons such as a whole bunch of presidents, rock stars, actors and many other VIP's, this place is not to be missed. The food is German,  not really our favorite cuisine, but everything is very well prepared and tastes good.

After spending three amazing days in Milwaukee, we drive back to Chicago and start planning our next trip to the Brew City.

To be continued!




A special, heartfelt thank you to Margaret at Visit Milwaukee: you ARE amazing! 



Photography: Michael Slowack/Leentje De Leeuw 





Saturday, June 13, 2015

Old Glory and its Flag Code


When traveling to the suburbs a couple of weeks ago, I was finally able to convince my dearest boyfriend to stop at Cracker Barrel. When we spent our vacation in the Deep South last year we saw a lot of those 'Old Country Stores' but we never felt the need to check them out. Until recently. In Naperville of all places. It was a Sunday afternoon and in our defense : we were VERY hungry! 





And thirsty for that matter ... but no cool beer or chilled Sauvignon Blanc available at this family oriented restaurant, so we all go for refreshing glass of unsweetened home made iced tea. Right choice! While we are waiting for our order, we decide to have a look at the store. Besides expensive 'country style' clothes and useless accessories and toys, we spot something interesting: a copy of the 'Flag Code'. I moved to the US quite recently, so I am not that familiar with it yet. I do know however that Americans love to show their patriotism by displaying the American Flag, especially on holidays like Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veteran's Day. Little did I know that there is a federal law, known as the 'Flag Code'. 



Flag Code

The United States Code is the official, subject matter order, compilation of the Federal laws of a general and permanent nature that are currently in force. The Code is divided into 50 titles by subject matter. 

Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States Flag. It was on this date that the National Flag Code was adopted by the National Flag Conference which was attended by representatives of the Army and Navy which had evolved their own procedures, and some 66 other national groups. This purpose of providing guidance based on the Army and Navy procedures relating to display and associated questions about the U. S. Flag was adopted by all organizations in attendance.

Here are some of the important Old Glory guidelines:

- It's OK to display the flag 'round the clock, but you should illuminate it during nighttime hours 

- Hoist it briskly and lower it slowly and ceremoniously 

- Be sure to bring your flag in out of rain or snow unless it's made of all-weather material 

- If you would like to display your flag on your car or truckm affix it to the chassis or clamp it to the right front fender 

- The blue and white stars field, known as 'the union', should always be up: at the top of the flag if it's on a staff or pole, uppermost and to the observer's left if the flag is being displayed horizontally or vertically against a wall 

- The flag should be kept from touching the ground, floor, water or anything beneath it 

- When a flag becomes worn and is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way. One way to do that is to give the flag to a local VFW for proper disposal.


And this is only a small extract from the Flag Code. Want to know more? There is an entire website dedicated to the flag, its history and many more interesting facts, some even in Dutch, French and other languages. 

See you all on the Fourth of July ...? 




Source: www.usflag.org 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Royal newsflash!


PRESS RELEASE
Students at first Dutch language school of Chicago are ready to meet Dutch King & Queen




Chicago, May 29th – The 75 Dutch and Belgian students - including our little man - of the TUL(i)P SCHOOL,  Chicagoland’s first Dutch language School, are in full preparation to give Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima a warm welcome during their first visit to the Windy City next Tuesday. At the Chicago Cultural Center a special spot has been reserved for the students, teachers and parents.
Principal Alexandra Van Oeteren: "This a very exciting moment for our students! They will be part of the historic event and will see and experience the connection with their roots."


About the Tul(i)p School
What started almost twenty years ago in the basement of a suburban Dutch family with just a handful of students, has grown into a school that provides Dutch lessons for elementary, middle and high school students at two Chicagoland locations.
Naperville students meet every Thursday afternoon whereas the classes in Chicago are taught on Saturday mornings. The Tul(i)p School, a non-for-profit organization, is the first of its kind in the area and is supported by Stichting NOB (Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland – Dutch Education Worldwide). This Dutch foundation, commissioned by the Ministry of Education, supports Dutch schools worldwide by advising teachers and boards and by organizing annual workshops.


More information about the school: www.tulipschool.org or tulpschool@gmail.com

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chica-Go GREEN



Last Wednesday was a very exciting day for Leentje's Chica-Go and colleague/friend Ine Van der Stock: our very first Green Roof Tour. Belgian/American Eco diva (but also Environmental Economist mind you ...) Pamela Peeters, who's been hosting Sustainability Week in New York and Belgium for the second year in a row, was looking for other US satellites. Guess what?
Chicago is the first one, and we were the chosen ones to be organising this special day.

It took quite some prep work and administrative follow-up, and we were depending on the somewhat fickle weather of the past week, but we can easily say the Green Roof Tour was a huge success! Not only did we have enthusiastic guests, we had the most amazing speakers, so special thanks go out to Mr. Michael Berkshire, Green Projects Administrator at the City of Chicago, and Mr Edward Uhlir, Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation.
They both gave us an exclusive behind the scenes look at two of greenest spaces of this amazing city. Gentlemen: we had a wonderful, fun and instructive morning!

Before our Italian lunch at Filini (located in the Aqua Building), we visited the rooftop garden at this fascinating building designed by Jeanne Gang. The first 18 floors of Aqua belong to the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel, the higher floors are residential. Keith Koreng, chief engineer of the hotel talked to us about yet another interesting green part of Chicago.

Since this tour was such a success and we had to disappoint a lot of people who were on the waiting list, or of course working on a Wednesday morning, we promise you we will definitely do this again. Leentje's Chica-Go is in full preparation of a Green Tour that will take place at least a couple of times per month, so stay tuned for more!






















Photos: courtesy of Michael Slowack 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Frida & Diego in Detroit


Frieda & Diego Rivera (c) Frida Kahlo

Last weekend we booked ourselves a rental car and drove to our friends in Ann Arbor (Michigan). Besides wanting to spend the long weekend with friends, relax and enjoy the good company (and good food of course ...), we were very much looking forward to visiting the 'Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit' exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).


This exhibition explores the tumultuous and highly productive year that Diego & Frida spent in Detroit, turning point in both their careers. Between April 1932 and March 1933 Diego created one of his most accomplished mural cycles 'Detroit Industry' on the four walls of a centrally located courtyard at the DIA, now called the Rivera Court. At the same time, Frida, developed her now-celebrated artistic identity.




The Assembly of an Automobile (c) Diego Rivera 

Center piece of the exhibition are Rivera's epic preparatory drawings for Detroit Industry. But there are over 70 works of art on display at the exhibit, including works both artists created before, during and after their time in the Motor City.





Detroit Industry Detail 'Infant in the bulb  of a Plant' - (c) Diego Rivera


The event that influenced the couple the most, was the miscarriage Frida experienced while she was
in Detroit, on July 4th of 1932. We have seen some breath taking paintings and drawings both Frida and Diego created after this dramatic event. Rivera also included the event in his murals at the DIA.


Unfortunately we left the exhibition - and the shop - at 5 pm and were denied access to the Rivera Court to have a look at the murals. So: if you are planning to visit, take at least two hours for both the exhibition and the murals at Rivera Court. You may want to count an extra 30 minutes for the exhibition museum shop!


Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit - until July 12th at the DIA.  Tickets are available online.
Tickets cost $14 (Tue- Fri), $19 (Sat - Sun) for adults. Kids ages 6-17 pay $9.  Added bonus: the audio guide has two versions: one for adults and one for kids. Our five year old loved his one! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oprah Winfrey Auction in Chicago


(c) Ine Van der Stock 


Tomorrow will be the last day to register for the Property from the Oprah Winfrey Collections Auction at Leslie Hindman. After many years of taping the Oprah Winfrey Show at the Chicago based Harpo Studios, Oprah is permanently moving to LA and selling her apartment(s) and belongings.

(c) Ine Van der Stock 

We had the opportunity to have a close look at the collection this morning and I already know which item I will bidding on: the green Chanel bag, estimated at $400-600, so bidding will start at $200 (half of the lower estimate). I'm hoping I will be the only bidder but what are the odds of that ... ?

Luckily I had the opportunity to try the bag this morning (with thanks to Ine for capturing this special moment!)


I encourage every Oprah fan to have a look at the online catalogue of this auction, since online & phone bids are - of course - possible and this collection has items estimated as low as $50 ... But some of the paintings are estimated around $50000 or higher ....

(c) Ine Van der Stock





Doors open at 9 am on Saturday morning, auction starts at 10 am sharp.



Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
1338 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607



Bid Department
P: 312.334.4207
F: 312.280.1211

bid@lesliehindman.com






Meet chef Bart Vandaele

For this month's issue of Gazette Van Detroit I interviewed Bart Vandaele, the Belgian chef with two successful restaurants - Belga Café and B Too -  in the US capital Washington DC.



You can read the interview with Bart - including his Lobster Waffle recipe -  on my Issuu page.

Enjoy!

And: Bon Appétit!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Thank you Gazet van Antwerpen!


Last month journalist Janine and I talked almost an hour about my life and work here in the US.  My very first Skype interview - in which I was being interviewed I mean - was published in last weekend's CittA magazine (Gazet van Antwerpen) and we are very happy with the result. While reading my own story, our story, I realised again how happy, lucky and blessed I am to be in this amazing city with the two men/boys who 'simply' mean the world to me.

So: a heartfelt thank you to Gazet van Antwerpen for publishing this beautiful piece, which we will always cherish!

Merci Frut! 












Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Chicago Colors

If you have visited Chicago on more than one occasion you may have noticed the landmark buildings changing color depending on the time of year. The St Patrick's Day green, the Halloween orange and the Breast Cancer Awareness pink.

Since April 22nd is not only my birthday but much more importantly it is Earth Day, the color has been changed to BLUE.

If you want to know more about this, please check the Willis Tower website 



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kristien Morato: Flemish reporter in Hollywood





For this month's Gazette van Detroit I interviewed my Het Laatste Nieuws colleague Kristien in Hollywood.



Click here for the interview with this stunning and talented young lady!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Chicago Special



Belgian touroperator Connections launched its Chicago campaign yesterday and guess what? I will be the one guiding Belgians (and others!) around this wonderful city in of course my own, special way.
Meaning: no rides in the Navy Pier ferris wheel but instead I might take you for a couple of rides in some of Chicago's elevators. You might be surprised by what you will see. For lunch I suggest you skip the Chicago deep dish pizza (we have really good thin crust pizza here, which we all like better by the way) but a hot dog on the other hand: go for it. But please: no ketchup! Put some mustard, onion & relish instead. .. Or try to track down one of the tamales guys ( I may just know the way to find out about their whereabouts ... )
And instead of visiting Union Station (which I will show you anyway ), why not go for a train ride (this one never comes free - Ventra needs to make some money out of it...)
If you wish to find out about this and a whole lot more: this is your lucky day/week, because Connections just launched their  'Chicago Special' (for bookings until March 23rd, travel until November) with rates starting from 749 euro per person, including flights Brussels - Chicago - Brussels and three nights in a double room. I promise you: this is a BARGAIN!

Hope to see you all soon!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Chicago Bucket List - Spring 2015 - Part I

Okay folks, I have decided that as from today winter is over. Officially.
Temperatures are climbing, we have set our clocks to Daylight Saving Time, the skies are blue and my hibernation is finally over. Enough reasons to throw a barbecue, go for a walk without the never elegant snow boots or the depressing thermal underwear that makes you feel at least 10 pounds heavier than you actually are, or just be euphoric about the sun and .  Trust me: spring definitely IS here!

And that calls for a Chicago Spring 2015 bucket list!

*  Attend at least one Chicago Fire soccer game 




This was on my fall bucket list as well and guess what: I did it and it was a great experience, even though it was quite a boring game (0-0) against Montréal Impact, and Americans still consider it a girls sport: we are Europeans and we love it. You can find the Chicago Fire schedule online, so if you're in Chicago and want to join us: the more the merrier!






* Try as many food trucks as possible 


(c) Chicago Food Truck Fest
While working on my next big project (more news on that later this week), I discovered a great website which I decided to share with you all: The Chicago Food Truck Finder. On this website you find most food trucks and the location they can be found. I love the idea!
And there is of course Chicago Food Truck Fest: not to be missed! The date remains to be announced, but news is posted on a regular basis on the event's Facebook page.
I think it is about time that the city does something about all these - sometimes stupid - food truck rules. This is one of those things they should promote instead of making it hard for all those creative entrepreneurs ...  Are you reading this Mr E

* Discover as many Chicago neighborhoods as possible 

This wonderful city has 77 neighborhoods and the plan is to discover every single one of those. It would be a little optimistic to say I want to discover all of those neighborhoods this spring (or this year) but a girl can only try, right?

*(finally!) Buy a bike and use it as often as Chicago weather will permit me 

(c) Choose Chicago 
When I was still living in Antwerp - which seems such a long time ago already - I depended on my bike to take me all around town. I really want to start biking here as well, since one of our mayor's goals is to make Chicago America's most bike friendly city. And we are well on our way according to Bicycle Magazine. In 2010 Chicago was in 10th place in their biannual ranking of the US 50 most bike friendly cities, in 2012 we moved up tot number 5 and last year we took 2nd place, after New York which is still number one. I wonder if we can take the lead next year. For those interested: you can find a ton of information on Chicago's bikeways on the city's department of transportion's website.  Chicago Bike Week is June 12 - 19th. But I won't wait that long to get my new set of wheels, since we have a great bike shop only three blocks from our place. Kozy here I come!


* Wine & dine outside whenever I can 

This spring I want to find out all about patios, terraces, outdoor dining, beer gardens, .... in this beautiful city. For over ten years I have been working from home.  Working from home has its perks, I am available for breakfast, lunch, drinks (almost) anytime :-)




* to be continued *