kopje koffie

kopie koffie: copy meets coffee in kortrijk

Kopie Koffie?

In een knap hoekpand in het centrum van Kortrijk kan je sinds kort terecht bij Kopie Koffie. Dit is al de tweede zaak voor Deborah Debaere en wordt best omschreven als het creatievere broertje van Creacopy. Hier kan je terecht voor allerhande copywerk, maar ook voor ontwerp op maat. Als kers op de taart vind je er ook een echte letterpress.

kopie koffie

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franzgustav

franz gustav

Waar ik als tiener ooit een bloedhekel aan had, is tegenwoordig mijn favoriete maaltijd van de dag: het ontbijt. In het verlengde van ontbijten, ligt brunchen, zo mogelijk nog meer mijn ding. Ik doe dan ook niets liever dan de nieuwste brunchplekjes ontdekken of dat nu in eigen land is of (ver) daarbuiten.
Iemand die ook niet vies is van een brunch meer of minder is Josefien. We spreken regelmatig ook eens in real life af om wat bij te praten en waar kan dat beter dan op een heerlijk brunchadresje?
Vorig weekend vond je ons dan ook terug bij FranzGustav in Gent waar we genoten van een overheerlijke brunch, we verloren zelfs de tijd helemaal uit het oog!

franz gustav
franz gustav

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slow coffee

Over the past couple of years I’ve seen myself turn into a true coffee afficionado. I can’t remember when I had my first cup of coffee though, I just know that it was early on. While I stuck to the traditional coffee maker for years, I found myself drawn to barista-made coffee in the recent years. Until recently, the barista-made coffee was sipped in the coffee bars I frequented in different locations. However, earlier this year, Steven and I took a slow coffee class, where we learned all the different techniques to provide us with a cup of barista-made coffee at home. Discover a couple of tips and tricks after the jump.

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i love coffee

One of the first (decent) coffee bars I “discovered” in Bruges was I Love Coffee and boy, was I in for a treat.

Not only do they roast their own beans, they sure know how to prepare them as well. My advice: prepare yourself for coffee heaven. If you’re not into the coffee scene, their tea offer will have you gladly join your coffee-loving friends for a drink here.

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vero caffè

Welcome to Bruges week, part I!

Yes, you heard that right. Today we’re kicking off Bruges week here on the blog with one of the newest additions to the Bruges hipster scene. Okay, I admit, hipster scene and Bruges don’t exactly go hand in hand, but we do have our fair share of cool places around Bruges and I’m here to introduce them to you.

First up is one of the newest coffee bars in town: Vero Caffè.

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tom’s kitchen (chelsea)

During our latest visit to London, we discovered Tom’s Kitchen, located in Chelsea. I was looking for a breakfast place in the neighbourhood, since we would be spending part of the day there when Foursquare led me to this place. After walking a few blocks in all directions but Cale Street (where it is located) we finally got ourselves seated, just in time for breakfast. Set in a townhouse, this is the informal counterpart to Michelin starred Tom Aikens restaurant. On the menu: comfort food, from breakfast to dinner.

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the plantshop

the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop
the plantshop

‘Tis the season of pop-up shops, that I can tell you. I have one more to write about this week, but first let me talk to you about my visit to The Plantshop this weekend. I wrote about it before, where I almost couldn’t contain my excitement, so imagine what happened when I actually set foot into the shop this past Saturday.
Anne & Hanne from online design shop Baroness O. and Belgian designer Sofie Claes really outdid themselves for this venture. This place is bursting with all things creative and it all blends in so well together: the plants, the design, the clothing, the magazines, the coffee. I could go on forever about it.
I picked up one of the custom notebooks (I adore how they turned a regular notebook into something special), an issue of Kinfolk (finally!) and one of the products designed for The Plantshop: a hand and body cream. The herbal & flowery scent is just perfect.
I hope to visit them again before they close by the end of December and if you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift, then The Plantshop is your go-to shop. If you just like to be surrounded by cool people, great design and creative minds in a beautiful setting, you might consider stopping by as well.
See you there?

ps: I just have to mention that Sofie Claes designed the most perfect leather jacket for her Wolf. by Sofie Claes line. I think I fell in love with a jacket (now, that’s a first).

The Plantshop
Vlasmarkt 30, 2000 Antwerpen
Hours – thursday, friday, saturday and sunday – 11am-7pm.
(also open on the 23rd, 24th, 27th and 28th of December)

random

anniversary

lily & boris

DesignMarkt

Stijn @ DesignMarkt

Wasbar

cake

This past week included our second wedding anniversary and a visit to my friend Stijn and his cats at his new pad in Ghent. While in Ghent, Stijn and I headed to DesignMarkt (mainly to drool over the many Eames rocking chairs) and indulged in waffles and coffee at Wasbar. This rainy November month is probably the best excuse ever to commit to baking a dozen of cupcakes every Sunday.

Ycono

ycono

ycono

ycono

ycono

ycono

ycono

ycono

ycono

We visited Ghent over the weekend which lent the perfect opportunity to visit a few places on my bucket list.

One of them was Ycono. Located next to the red-light district, this concept bar offers a mix of coffee, art & design. The coffee list is endless with a number of creative outlets such as the Spread Hazel we had (think latte macchiato x nutella x whipped cream x cacao x noisettes and I’m in heaven). Besides coffee, breakfast and lunch are also served in this petite bar.
If you’re looking for something new on the home decor front, Ycono sells a selection of design brands as well.
The place also serves as a (temporary) art gallery. Every now and then a new artist is featured.

You probably know by now that I adore coffee, art and design, so Ycono is on top of my Ghent list from now on! If you happen to like the same mix, then do pay a visit to Ycono on your next visit to Ghent.

london calling

Our friend Carmen provided us with these appropriate buttons. Everyone continued to wish us a happy birthday as well when wearing this.

A couple of years ago the ladies and I decided to go on a trip when we’d be turning 30. Fast forward to 2013, when we found ourselves in London over the Easter weekend to celebrate our 30th birthday.

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