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A weekend Maasmechelen only ideal for shopping addicts? Think again! My mission is pretty simple: I am going to discover Maasmechelen beyond the shopping paradise! Let’s explore natural parks, water sports, local products and mouth-watering Italian dishes. Nature, water and hills The highlight of natural highlights is without any doubt the National Park Hoge Kempen, the 60 square kilometers nature reserve in East Limburg between Genk and the Meuse River. Located in Maasmechelen, Connecterra is one of the six gateways to National Park Hoge Kempen. It

To celebrate 125 years of Mandarine Napoleon, the brand has crafted an extraordinary version of its liqueur: The Limited Edition Mandarine Napoléon XO Gold. The special edition is a distillate of Sicilian mandarins blended with a 125-year-old Grande Fine Champagne Cognac. Every bottle of the mandarin-infused liqueur in its robe d’or contains a harmonious touch of cognac from 1892: the year Mandarine Napoléon was first available to the public – covered by hand with 24-carat gold, combining craftsmanship, heritage and exquisite quality in and

Mini Bar is José Avillez’s first gourmet bar. José Avillez is considered one of the great Portuguese chefs and stands out due to his willingness to go one step further. At Mini Bar, you can expect fine dining with a twist in a bistronomic environment.  A gourmet restaurant in a theatre-inspired decor sets the mood right for a mash-up of fine dining and nightlife. Let the spectacle begin! At Mini Bar, nothing is what it seems. The two menus in Avillez’ bar offer you a chance

"Never work before breakfast. If you have to work before breakfast, get your breakfast first." I couldn't agree more with Josh Billings, the 19th century American humorist. Yet, I have to admit that every morning is a struggle between being healthy and being a punctual business woman. Let me show you one of my favourite morning treats! Make your morning meals more beneficial with this protein-packed, berry-loaded breakfast bowl. 🍴Course: Breakfast ⌚Prep Time: 5 minutes 🕴Servings: 1 [edgtf_highlight background_color="#D8D8D8" color="#FFFFFF"]Ingredients:[/edgtf_highlight] 200-300 gr of Yogurt (soy or regular lowfat) 1 cup fresh blueberries 1

Limoncello is a sweet lemon liqueur. It was first made at the end of the nineteenth century as an alcoholic beverage by blending lemons, sugar and alcohol. The key to good Limoncello are the natural ingredients that are used such as the famous Sorrento Lemons (IGP). These lemons are a typical citrus variety grown only in the areas around Sorrento. Because of the Mediterranean climate of the Sorrento-Amalfi Coast, the Sorrento Lemons grow a thick and fragrant peel, rich in essential oils which give

Sorrento is a coastal town facing the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and it is also known as the gateway to the Amalfi coast. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister. Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the region’s highlights: Pompeii, good food

Arriving at Tulum beach area, I was pretty lost on the famous roundabout where I had to choose left or right. That’s why I will make this simple for you. Basically, there is the left side of the beach area, which is less commercialized (and cheaper), and the right side where all the bars/restaurants/lounges/clubs are. On the left side, there are also the Tulum ruins (which are disappointing compared to the other ruins in the area), and close to a small public beach. If

Don’t look for industrial chain restaurants here, you will only find restaurants using and promoting local products. We did our best to try out as many different restaurants as possible (quite challenging knowing that there are 40 restaurants in the village and 11 on the slopes). These ones are absolutely worth a visit: La Chamade This gourmet restaurant specializes in pork cuisine in all its forms. Chef Thierry Thorens is the author of many cookery books and the restaurant is easy to spot thanks to wooden

9 times per year the La Bouitte restaurant transforms into a unique setting for a winemaker’s dinner. Each time the Meilleur Chefs invite a French winemaker who brings along the most exquisite vintages and exposes them during the evening. Based upon these vintages, La Bouitte’s chef invents a unique menu that accords perfectly with the wines. This original concept differentiates itself from the more conventional way of dining where wines are usually chosen in accordance with the dishes. Every time, more and more curious

The Holy Food Market in Ghent opened its door this weekend. It’s the second food market in Belgium and inspired by food markets in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Rotterdam. Fancy street food is hot at the moment. Michelin star chefs are opening luxury French fry shacks and serving ** hot dogs. So what in God’s name can you expect from the Holy Food Market in Ghent (pun intended)? What to expect? As I entered the Holy Food Market, I was pleasantly surprised by its unique setting. The

Since the beginning of time - or maybe around 1600 AD - Pineau des Charentes took up its place among the great classics of aperitifs. Classics? Time to stir things up! Six Belgian bartenders got creative with this sunshine in a bottle and delivered six beautifully crafted pieces of art. To our surprise we came to the conclusion that Pineau des Charentes is the perfect ingrediënt for a pure and refined cocktail that needs little else.  Pineau des Charentes is made through the careful combination of

Founded in 1995 and since then in private ownership, the Savoy Hotel Yangon is a colonial boutique hotel. The hotel is located in the picturesque area of Yangon, overlooking the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s “twinkling wonder” and the nearby People’s Park. Moreover, it takes only ten minutes by car from the city center and 20 minutes to the International Airport. Yangon is Myanmar’s most important city from a commercial and economic point of view. It used to be the country’s capital until 2005, when the greenfield