Last month we went to Brussels to attend a Duran Duran concert, since they don't seem to want to come to Paris anymore (sniff sniff).
We've been to Brussels so many times already, so that when we do visit, we tend not to do much sightseeing. We did go to the city museum on the Grand Place, but other than that, we spent a lot of our time relaxing at cafés (above), taking long strolls and browsing some of our favorite stores.
Of course, I had to have my favorite carbonnades flamandes
No trip to Brussels is complete without some chocolate (yes, that's a chocolate orangutang)
Valentine's Day being around the corner, all the shops have their window displays up
Pierre Marcolini, above and below, in the quartier Sablon. We went into a few stores as well on the place du Grand Sablon, which reminds me of a real gem of a blog I found recently, Belgian Pearls. It's a great source of design inspiration.
The photo in this chocolate shop in the Galeries royales Saint-Hubert does not do it justice
Just slightly chicer than your typical supermarket aisle display
Of course I had to visit my all-time favorite cooking equipment store, the International Home of Cooking.
Good thing I live 3 hours away by car, or I'd probably be bringing home 600 euro surprises each month, like that hot pink pearl-finish KitchenAid mixer.
Not wanting to leave empty handed, I bought a top-notch potato masher and a cheese grater.