Guide to the Best Brews of Brussels

Belgium beer are the bee’s knees. I was going to first provide a full Brussels City Guide, but I think that it is important to create one just for the beer! And the beer being a main course in Belgium, it only seemed fitting.

:::CAFE LEFFE:::

Our first stop was Cafe Leffe. As you can see below, we didn’t even get to our Airbnb to drop off our bags, having a Leffe was first on the list. This spot is not only in the beautiful Salon Center but also has all Leffe brews on tap. The Leffe Ruby being my favorite, so refreshing and yummy. We definitely came back here multiple times.

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 :::DELIRIUM CAFE:::

Delirium Cafe is known for their beer selection…as in 2400 different types of beer! They have a catalog for their beer menu…it’s crazy. It is kind of chaotic here, but worth checking out! We first ordered the Delirium Nocturnum on tap > Delicious! Then we went on to beers like the La Trappe, Pink Killer, and St. Bernardus. Great spot when looking for a unique selection of beer!

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:::AU BRASSEUR:::

Au Brasseur was the only place where we could find a sampler of Belgium Beers. You can order a sampler of 3, 6, 9 or 15 Belgium beers. This place was packed at night so we went during the late afternoon, when it was slower and shared the 9 beer sampler. {ALSO: The only take CASH Euros, no cards accepted.}

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Plus: There are many shops where you can browse beers by region!

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Look for more pictures and full city guide coming soon!

Happy adventures,

Erika

A Perfect Day in Portland

Portland has a unique vibe and feel that is so inviting. Everywhere we went I kept thinking or saying aloud, “this place is so cool.” And the people are incredibly nice. I really could have spent all day at Powell’s Books and the whole experience at the McMenamins’ Edgefield was perfect.

Jake, Sam and I started our Saturday afternoon at McMenamin’s Edgefield, which is 74-acres of fun. It was built in 1911, and they utilize everything from the basement now wine cellars to the shed out back now distillery bar.  We happen to arrive during their Half Way to St. Patty’s Day celebration…so random, but a reason to celebrate I guess haha. Near the Distillery Bar they also have a putting area and also a little round of golf if you are interested! There is so much to see and many tasty beers to be had.

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Next stop was to grab dinner at the food carts on 10th and Adler. Again, so many to choose from–I went with a Super Falafel Pita and it was delicious.

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Around the corner was the Ace Hotel, accompanied by Stumptown Coffee Roasters. So much hip in one block. I kind of loved it.  Jake and Sam tried the coffee on Nitro…basically looked like a dark beer but tasted like an amazing cold bubbly coffee. Genius.

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Lastly, we took our time roaming the book covered shelves of Powell’s Books.  I love books, libraries, cozy reading nooks…those are all places that bring me comfort and help slow down time. I was extremely impressed with their selection and happy to see so many people there.

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The buildings didn’t disappoint either. This one was particularly design happy.

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Happy Adventures,

Erika

 

Breakfast.Lunch.Dinner | Anchorage, AK

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This is a small panoramic from my bike ride along the Anchorage coast (see more below)!

This week, I had the opportunity to have a 28hr layover in Anchorage! I mean…it was a-mazing!

I have to share the things I did and places I ate because it was all just too good! A day in Anchorage…

:::Breakfast:::

SNOW CITY CAFE

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Snow City Cafe is the best in town, everyone knows it, hence the every seat filled. I always sit at the same exact seat at the bar which is kind of funny that it works out that way. The six or so seats at the counter are first come first serve (for us who dine occasionally for one). I find it very peaceful in this bustling cafe, I don’t get service on my phone…I just sit, watch and relax. I always (the three or four times I have been there) get the make your own omelet with spinach, swiss, reindeer sausage and Canadian bacon. It’s about $11 and the Snow City Mocha (white chocolate & vanilla) $5. P.S. THE JAM IS AMAZING! Yummy. I have heard from other flight attendants that the Kodiak breakfast with Alaskan crab cakes is also delicious. I just can’t seem to stray from that omelet.

:::Lunch:::

DAMI SUSHI

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Dami looks unappealing from the outside–it’s somewhat attached to the Econolodge–and you might even be second guessing still when you pass through the door. But just wait until you try this sushi! It is mind-blowing. Fresh to the max and flavor filled! I went with my whole crew, one of the flight attendants requested the Anchorage trips just for this sushi place. I ordered the “Calvin Choice” roll (which is pictured above, sorry for the poor photos).  All orders come with miso soup, a small salad and as a dessert a fried Oreo! Ha! It was surprisingly tasty and not too heavy.  This would be great for lunch or dinner, but a must!

:::Dinner:::

GLACIER BREWHOUSE

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This was only place I didn’t get pictures. But things to try: every beer ;), calamari, seafood chowder, and anything else that comes out of the water just a couple hundred feet in front of you! Some of my past crews say to go here for every meal. There is plenty of Alaskan food and beer to choose from!

:::DURING THE DAY:::

RENT A BIKE!

After you get done at the Snow City Cafe, walk across the street to the Copper Whale Inn (adorable). Right in front, they rent bikes. You can rent a bike for $18 for 3 hours. They will give you a map of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail which is breathtaking. It was so peaceful. I love a chance to soak in gorgeous scenery and/or a chance of spotting a moose! Here are some of my iPhone pictures below!

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Happy adventures!

Erika

~all photos taken by me with iPhone 5 (excluding Brewhouse logo)~