My friend Marly -whom you’ve already met- came to Brussels to spend the Easter long weekend.
And she came bearing gifts! The softest most decadent chocolate-peanut butter cookies I’ve ever tried.

We started our merry girls-only weekend by grabbing lunch at Rutabaga. The place had been on my list for a while and I was pleased to see it has a very nice vibe. It’s like you are at your cool grandma’s. Plants hanging here and there, herbs right on the big wooden table, beautiful tiles.

The open kitchen is my favorite bit. You can spy on what the chef’s cooking up while envying their old fabulous oven and those copper pans.

The menu isn’t very extensive -at least for lunch- and has oriental influences with Middle Eastern delicacies such as falafel, hummus, tehina…
You can order the Rutabaga plate with 8 different little portions served with pitta bread.
I had the Tunisian sandwich with tuna, harissa, pumpkin, cumin, eggs and olives. It was truly delicious. But left my lips on fire. Luckily I didn’t have to kiss anyone…

Meanwhile, we figured if we wanted our girly weekend to really kickstart, we needed something dropdead girly like a visit to the hairdresser.
Also, the last time I had my hair cut was like 8 months ago ^^
We went to Salon by JV in Châtelain. My sole objection was the blow out. I was turned into a poorer version of Marie Antoinette.
I had to insist they brought the curls down a notch.
As often, I left feeling my ‘before’ version was better than the ‘after’…
Am I the only one? It’s a bizarre version of the grass is always greener on the other side.



 After some twirling around town, it was time for suppa’.
We had booked a table at Vini Divini Aperitivi, the restaurant of the legendary Hotel Le Berger.

The setting is truly gorgeous if you’re into Art Deco and that vintage je ne sais quoi. I thought Marly would definetely like it.
The music was great too and in total harmony with the interiors’ vibe.

Now food.
Nah uh.
When you hear the word aperitivo, you can’t help but think drink =  courtesy finger food, if not an outright buffet…
Not at Vini Divini.
Although they advertise it on their drinks menu, we were merely told what the dishes were (no price). Vaguely surprised and half distracted by the weird Porto that had been brought to Marly (it was actually a digestivo) we ordered the antipasti.

When I think italian antipasti, I picture a dish of deli meat, tomato, mozzarella di buffala, etc.
Our plate was rather green. A week’s worth of French beans, broccoli, violet carrots… And the mozzarella was a bit dry-ish.

Not exactly our pick, but we enjoyed the atmosphere, the music, the people…

To be perfectly honest, I was disappointed in their so called aperitivo which could not have been further from our expectations. And expensive at that too. We paid 20Eur each for a glass of wine and half a plate of veggies.

I would however stay at one of their gorgeous art deco unique rooms. Anytime.