On Friday I had the great pleasure of attending a vegan brunch preview at Cafe Velvet, one of the trendy hotspots in the Saint Catherine area. Myself, the lovely couple from the BelgiumVeganEats Instagram page, and Lorena from The Happy Vegan Bakery had the opportunity to taste test the menu before the inaugural vegan brunch that took place at Cafe Velvet yesterday. It’s fantastic to see more and more places embracing veganism in Brussels, and just in the past three years I’ve noticed a huge leap in cafes and restaurants offering plant-based options. Sure, the vegan scene in Brussels isn’t… View Post

I often travel between the UK and Belgium on the Eurostar if dates and pricing permit me to. I’ve always found it a much more enjoyable experience than flying direct in to Manchester for a number of reasons, but the main one is that it is (by far) a rather pleasurable journey to take. Of course, as with any international travel, there’s security to go through, passport control and ticket inspection. Yes, you have to get to the Eurostar in good time before your train departure, but not as early as you would for a flight! There’s something almost therapeutic… View Post

Last night Mr Green V and I fancied a little treat and decided to have dinner out. As we live in downtown Brussels, the vegan options can be a little limited, which means we often end up going to the same 5 or 6 places if we just want to eat locally. I still spend a lot of time in the UK and it always strikes me as really strange coming back to Belgium and finding that often some restaurants just don’t really care about offering vegan food, or sometimes even vegetarian food, and have a bad attitude when you… View Post

Hello kitty cats, What’s new? I hope wherever you are right now the weather is as lovely as it is here in Brussels. The sun is out, the sky is blue and les terraces are full! This weekend was full of delicious vegan chocolate, and I can safely say that today I’ve really stepped up my fruit and veg game! On Saturday, the first two vegan chocolate workshops took place at the wonderful Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier. We had a blast, and it was great to see so many people enjoy themselves! We’ll be doing another one later in the year,… View Post

The other weekend Mr Green V and I finally checked out MOK Speciality Coffee Roastery and Bar. It’s been on my radar for a while, as I heard on the vegan street that there was some tasty veg-friendly food to be had. It’s located near the canal, past Saint Catherine, on Rue Dansaert. It’s not really an area I’ve visited much, apart from indulging in a cocktail or two at Barbeton – which incidentally has tapas nights every Wednesday and Friday, and lots of it is vegan! The area in itself is certainly experiencing some TLC, and whilst there are… View Post

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Laurent Gerbaud of Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier to chat with him about his delicious vegan-friendly chocs! Although not everything he makes is vegan, a great deal of it is, and as you know I love chocolate and I love vegan stuff – so put them together and you have one very happy little Rachida. Belgium is indeed famous for its chocolate, and living right by some of the best-known chocolatiers in the world, I have to admit I do sometimes stare lustfully at the window displays. Although some of them have the odd dark… View Post

Bettina Schelkle of A Vibrant Life and Lucia Vimercati of Yogalicious are joining forces with yours truely to bring you a one of a kind workshop about gut health and how you can achieve and maintain optimal digestion and overall wellbeing through fermented food. The workshop will start with a one hour information session about gut health by Bettina. She’ll be answering questions and discussing: How to keep your gut healthy  What ‘good’ bacteria are Why good bacteria are great for your health  What nutrition has to do with bacteria and gut health  How you can best support your health… View Post

Brussels has plenty to offer tourists and locals alike, some of the most famous items being chocolate, beer and waffles. Whilst admittedly, it isn’t known for being particularly vegetarian or vegan friendly, in the past year the city has really stepped up into embracing a greener, healthier way of eating.   Where to eat Although things have certainly improved in Brussels since I moved here, be warned that spontaneous visits to traditional Belgian eateries asking for vegan food will probably result in you being met with a rather confused waiter and told to go elsewhere. In fact, there are even… View Post

Last night we decided to treat ourselves and have dinner out. It’s actually been a while since we did this, mainly because of the Game of Thrones addiction, but now we’re up-to-date, it’s time to venture out of the apartment in search for food! We also realised that the Ommegang celebrations were taking place, so the plan was to eat, drink, be merry and race back to the Grand Place to have a peek at what was going on. As you know, Mike isn’t vegan but he loves vegan food and is super supportive and respectful of my lifestyle, especially… View Post

AcroYoga. What? Yes my loves, AcroYoga is the new kid in the fitness world and it’s officially landed in Belgium! I headed down to Yyoga to meet with Bart who teaches AcroYoga with his girlfriend, Christina, who sadly couldn’t make it to the interview. Guess what? I even had a go myself! To be honest, I was pretty much convinced that there was no way that Bart would be able to lift me up as I balanced on his feet, but he did! It just looked so acrobatic and after the initial panic, I actually enjoyed the feeling of flight.… View Post