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

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.


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