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The neighbourhood neo-canteen using social inclusion as its prime ingredient for local change
Underpinned by a belief in the power of the local economy, Refresh distinguishes itself by its intent to lower the barrier to entry to durable and ethical living.
On growing fully biodegradable organic materials out of food waste, by Elise Elsacker
Elise Elsacker is a co-founder of Magma Nova, an agency helping designers and companies work with bio-fabricated rather than extracted materials.
On improving local staple dishes one rating at a time, by Boulets Liégois
Four Liège-locals on why they started reviewing the iconic dish boulets liégeois.
BelgoMarkt, the neighbourhood grocer banking on homegrown produce
We met with the founders of BelgoMarkt, a year-old new age grocer relying on a myriad of Belgian producers, to talk entrenched habits, learning curves and what lies ahead.
On Ghent’s urban farming marketplace, by Joksie Biesemans
How Ghent-based Joksie Biesemans started farming as a hobby and eventually became Buurderij's Assembly Host.
Full circle: re-imagining the meaning of food waste
Three promising initiatives currently making innovative, and tasty, use of food waste in Belgium.
All-in-ones, or how the slash generation is re-inventing the work-life balance
We look into the balancing act played by some of the country’s relentless multi-taskers, getting to the bottom what it is they do and how they manage it all.
Sum of its parts: The patchwork oeuvre of Ghent-based artist Kasper de Vos
High-brow sensibility on "low culture" moieties with Ghent-based Kasper de Vos.
La Petite Production co-owner Laurent Dano on his essential Brussels addresses
Co-founder of La Petite Production, a new brunch-only diner in the Flagey neighbourhood, Laurent Dano spills the beans on his favourite spots, drinking dens and getaways in Brussels.
A foodie tour of Antwerp by Buchbar’s Kim Hertogs
A self-admitted foodie, we got together with Kim for a chat on all things culinary in her hometown of Antwerp.
Rodolphe Janssen’s favourite addresses in Brussels
Gallery owner Rodolphe Janssens shuffles out a list of his top Brussels addresses for food, shops, art, and promenades.
Independent director Liv Vaisberg on Antwerp
The Antwerp-based curator and director of Independent reveals her favourite spots for food, travel and fun.
Full disclosure: Why we’ll soon be urging you, over and over again, to submit a project for Brussels
A few words about our work on Make.Brussels, Atrium.Brussels' latest initiative to reenergise downtown Brussels.
Publisher Marc Verhagen on his Antwerp
Marc Verhagen, founder of Luster publishing house, gives us his personal favourite addresses in and around Antwerp.
Ibasho’s Martijn and Annemarie on their top Antwerp addresses
Gallery Ibasho founders talk to us about the snazzy Antwerp addresses topping their list for shops, eateries and day trips.
Walhalla Record’s Lieven De Ridder on Antwerp and surroundings
The founder of legendary minimal synth record label Walhalla Records opens up about his Antwerp hangouts, from pita joints to ice cream parlours.
Yvan Mayeur’s favourite Brussels addresses
Yvan Mayeur, mayor of the city of Brussels, reveals his neighbourhood institutions.
Gallerist Roger Szmulewicz on Antwerp
Gallery Fifty One's owner Roger Szmulewicz shares his favourite Antwerp addresses.
12 addresses for home-cooked food
We've scoured the country on the look out for the best national foods around, from best Iranian and best Turkish to best Lebanese and best Senegalese restaurants. 12 addresses that'll send you on a world culinary tour and back.
Diane Hennebert on Brussels
Diane Hennebert, founder of the creative alternative school Out of the Box, shares a few of her favourite Brussels addresses.
Rudi Vervoort on Brussels
Seasoned politician and head of the Brussels Region, Rudi Vervoort reveals his favourite restaurants, record shops and public parks.
Area codes: Grand Maison’s Céline Fouarge on Liège
As one of the owners of the recently opened Grand Maison coffee shop, Celine shares her top address in and around Liège.
Musique Chienne’s Brussels
Sarah, aka Musique Chienne, presents her favourite Brussels addresses, from tasty eateries to best for bargain hunts.
Young, dynamic and hungry for new addresses, Non Peut Être shares with us a list of their favourite places in Brussels.
DJ Azer’s Ghent
If Azer has been around, his beloved Ghent was always in his heart. Let's find out about his best kept secret.
Flagey’s Gilles Ledure
Flagey's Gilles Ledure sets up his classic picks of Brussels addresses.
New kids on the block: Le Colonel
Newly opened restaurant Le Colonel may just become an institution for the city's meat lovers.
Jon and Maša’s Antwerp
The couple behind Antwerp-based creative agency Klein take us on a tour of their favourite local hangouts.
Earth take our throwaway project on tour with them. Just when we thought we couldn't love them any more than we already did.
Area codes: Ingrid Deuss’ Antwerp
We take a stroll through gallery owner Ingrid Deuss' Antwerp.
Area codes: Dj Kwak’s Brussels
Tireless music promoter DJ Kwak delivers his first class Brussels addresses.
This is (our) Brussels
To mark the release of The Brussels Special, we take a trip down memory lane to pull-up some of our favourite Brussels features.
Area codes: Damien and Bénédicte’s Brussels
Award-winning restaurant Bouchéry's owners Damien and Bénédicte reveal their Brussels.
Area codes: Coffeeklatch’s Magali and Bart on Antwerp North
The prolific profilers talk gentrification and architectural gems in this crash course on their north city 'hood.
Area codes: there’s a renaissance happening in Amsterdam
We're taken on a tour of Amsterdamian Rhiannon Pickle's absolute-must city-side addresses...
Bollyfood and art bonanza. This weekend in Belgium.
Belgium's weekend is bursting with exhibitionists, with Constant Permeke and Clarissa Dalrymple on the cards.
A chat with the owners of Brussels culinary gem Bouchery
Another installment in our series on dynamic duos going it fifty-fifty sees us drop in on Damien and Bénédicte, the creative minds behind Brussels restaurant Bouchery.
The meat you eat, from start to finish
How does the meat you eat actually end up on your dinner plate? Who farms it, slaughters it, transports it, treats it, processes it and sells it? We've visited five essential places from the deboning factory to the slaughterhouse.
The start-up survival kit
We’ve pieced together a range of survival kit items to get you through the start-up years, from the essential laptop bag to lifesaving Aiki Noodles.
Pimpinelle, a new boutique in Brussels for foodies, inspires Damien Aresta to sample some other recent delicious food experiences. Dig in.
We book a table at gastronomic newcomer Bouchéry in Brussels' south to discover a world where passion and provenance prevail.
From teapots to toothpaste, these are the items that inspired us for our white album.
The best burgers in Brussels
We round-up three of our favourite burger joints in Brussels - and toss in others that deserve a mention.
White coats: The cheesemonger
Meet cheesemaker Walschot in the second instalment of our series on professions that still cherish the white coat as working wear.
White coats: The poulterer
Do you remember the time when wearing a white coat at work was a pre-requisite, not an option? Here, we visit four professions who still insist on donning a white apron during working hours.
Spicing it up: Saveurs et Savoirs
For the last instalment in our four-part series of inspiring retail start-ups, we spice things up a little with Saveurs et Savoirs, a temple to the senses set to open in Brussels this December.
Miam Miam Bio: Organic food Grandma-style
In part two of our ongoing series on dynamic, local retail start-ups that enliven your neighbourhood's retail landscape, we meet the owner of Miam Miam Bio, an innovative organic concept that puts Grandma-style cooking at the centre of its philosophy and offering.
Cooler than an ice cube
Picture this: A five course meal served by a two-starred chef in an ultra-white, ultra-modern, ultra-Swedish structure, located 45 meters above the ground. We couldn’t help but accept the invitation (despite a paralyzing fear of heights) to have lunch in The Cube, a concept-restaurant introduced by home appliance giant Electrolux. And even though it’s the […]
The black market
For a “non-colour,” black has surely seeped its way into every aspect of our lives, from fashion and food to beauty and bathrooms. Photography Benoît Banisse Art direction and styling facetofacedesign 01. Royal rolls Toilet paper doesn’t usually get us talking, but that all changed on a recent night out. After having downed one long […]
Goods from the Gulag
Just when we thought we finally had found an excuse to call in caviar by the kilos and crates-full of vodka to brighten up our days, we settled for nostalgia over flamboyance. Frugal meals and geeky memories prevailed, which didn’t stop us from messing about with KGB worthy spy gear or Tsar-like ornaments. Photography Benoit […]
Tell your people to call my people and we’ll do lunch…
Midday is crunch time at Word HQ, which means we’ve built up a considerable knowledge bank of places we can call upon for an immediate fix of culinary double-deckers. Spanning our customary urban triangle of Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels, these are the places you’ll find us queuing up round about 12h10. Photography Veerle Frissen Brussels […]
A nuclear disaster is looming. There’s about an hour left for provision shopping and 25 measly Euros in your wallet, before having to lock yourself up in a bunker for one month. What food would you pack? We ask a musician, a chef and a model for their suggestions… Photography Ulrike Biets Lead singer and […]
The Word x De Nieuwe Brasserie
Recent downtown descends have seen our usual paths veer somewhat off track, our urban instincts for discovery somehow enticed by murmurs of renovation and rumours of regeneration. Steering away from the usual Chartreux-Dansaert-St Catherine triangular hotspot of hipness, our latest wanderings have brought us to place du Samedi/Zaterdagplein, located just behind place St Catherine/Sint-Katelijneplaats. A […]
The morning after breakfast
We captured the decaying evolution of a morning after fry-up with a breakfast fit for kings having taken a turn for the worst in this day-to-day documentary of the rotten. First off, the shots we ran with in our Morning After edition… Then two behind-the-scenes ones: What Sarah – who shot the series – had […]
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