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Krachtvoer 2014


Last weekend I went to food festival Krachtvoer. This two-day event in Antwerp is organised by the girls from Alle Dagen Honger, one of my favourite Belgian blogs. The festival combines lectures, expositions, food films, workshops and a market with artisan food. The second edition from Krachtvoer focused on scarcity and abundance - last year the focus was on Grond (*soil/dirt/ground/earth). 
For me, the talk of Tartine baker Chad Robertson was a real revelation. Bread is one of my favourite foods and I wasn't aware that so many store-bought bread is full of additives, preservatives and even ingredients like sugar. Bread can appear artisanal, but hide a multitude of sins. The secret is in the flour - stone milled grains are a healthier and nutritionally superior alternative to conventional steel-rolled flours. They are packed with minerals and vitamins. So from now on, I'm on the lookout for bread that's baked with this kind of flours.

You never leave a food festival empty-handed - I took home some organic granola with chocolate from Floom, a spelt bread from Domestic bakery and a cold-pressed pineapple mojito juice from Jus JusIf you didn't fulfill your appetite at the market, you could grab a bite at one of the food trucks. My favourite? The retro Meteor truck - serving the best bacon I've ever tasted, delicious fish rillette and a special dessert with parsnip. 
Already looking forward to next year's edition!

What I loved... in September


September was a rollercoaster of a month... It started off with a week in the Spanish sun - lounging by the pool, reading, napping. Pure bliss. Got back to an epic amount of work. Celebrated the 40th birthday of the retailer I work for - with press events, a Facebook contest and treats in the shops. Went to the Antwerp Fashion Festival. Travelled between our offices in Belgium and the Netherlands to organise more birthday celebrations. Got a new haircut - and went for a beach blonde colour. Went dancing. Discovered food truck food at Barrio CantinaHad dinner dates. And then it was over and out... time for a new month and some peace of mind.

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