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A few days in Brussels – my favourite things to do

With tickets to U2’s last tour concert in Europe in our hot little hands we headed to Brussels for a four day summer break.  We had a fantastic time and I have picked out some of my favourite things to share with you: Getting to Brussels This will depend on where you are coming from but as we were coming from Lac du Bourget in France we decided to take the train.  About six hours from arriving at the station in Aix les Bains to getting to our guesthouse, with a one hour change-over in Paris meant that the afternoon of travel was very easy going – work was done, magazines were read, coffee sipped.  We booked through SNCF and travelled on the TGV and Thalys lines – both of which were great, although the latter had a really good meal service included as well. Getting around Brussels Walking, walking, walking – our feet were really all we needed.  We took all of five metro rides the whole four days we were there. Things to …

Warming up the industrial look at Arrows & Sparrows

Having been to Arrows and Sparrows before for a lovely breakfast to celebrate a dear friends birthday we decided to head back and try it out again.  The café is tucked away at Emaar Business Park down at the Greens with easy parking and both indoor and outdoor eating. As soon as you walk in you get this feeling of how casual and comfortable the café is.  Very industrial with lots of greenery makes the air feel fresher straight away. The space is anchored by concrete – blockwork on the walls, polished concrete floors and walls and a large slab bench for the coffee machine.  It sounds all a bit much but the way it has been fitted out softens and warms the space so it feels like a spot you wish was in your neighbourhood. I am currently loving the use of black framed glazing to create room dividers and it is done really nicely here.  If you are keen to try this in your home I would suggest using smaller window panes as …

Coffee in the fresh and bright Culinary Boutique

So we decided to duck off sans kids for a coffee the other day.  We ventured not far from our home to try the beautiful looking Culinary Boutique on Beach Road, Jumeriah One, Dubai.  I had always thought this café would be a kid free zone but was pleasantly surprised to find it had a kids menu and classes for the vertically challenged at their cooking school.  So I was really asking myself why we hadn’t stopped in before because this café just feels right!  In my future renovated kitchen I want to include some of this place, that is for sure.

My favourite meal of the day..at Circle Cafe

So we are huge fans of food and eating out and when we travel we are always looking for that something different. This of course becomes harder (or maybe just different) once kids are on the scene however our trio have definitely eaten in some pretty cool places. But when I am home in Dubai, I love to break up my morning with a late lunch which is exactly what I did a month or so ago when I was in Healthcare City. I had walked past Circle Café a number of times but just happened to have some spare time and a desire for something tasty. So I settled myself in to a table near the window and with the winter sun streaming in decided upon this gorgeous Big Breakfast. This did not disappoint and with the inclusion of a coffee I was set for the rest of my day.  Everything was fresh and well cooked, the presentation was great and I loved the bowls (will definitely be adding something similar to my wishlist).  The service team were …