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L’ESTAMINET

December 9th, 2011 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Paris - (0 Comments)

The best place for brunch in Paris is L’Estaminet. As I have already explained here, here and here.

This time in Paris, we went on a week day and had sandwiches and cake for brunch with my pal Goon.

Goon was telling us all about some music festival in Rennes he was going to and Anthony was telling us about how he saw Genesis P Orridge on some artist courier bus after initially mistaking him for a weird old woman. [Pls correct me if I have than wrong Anthony.]

Goon and I had awesome cheeseburger. I know. In Paris. It was great. They even asked us how we would like the burger done. A point of course.

Then we had this:

A pear and caramel Charlotte. Unbelievable incredible.

And then I took a picture of Anthony for his mum:

Wah-ha-ha having a jolly good time in a French kitchen setting. Look at those rustic pots and pans. [Look at the handsome little face too!]

And after lunch, we bid Goon adieu. He left the key with me – he had let me crash in his flat when my plane travels changed with that strike thing in London (did that even happen actually)

Never visit someone’s home empty handed especially when they are doing you a favour.

Anyway GOON WHERE ARE YOU?! I STILL HAVE THE KEY! WE DIDN’T RETURN IT CAUSE MY BACK WENT BANG AND I ENDED UP IN THE WONDERFULLY HYGIENIC ST LOUIS HOSPITAL. ARE YOU STILL IN RENNE?!

On that note, I will go and have a lie down and read the Cake Wreck book one of the girls got me for my birthday.

L’Estaminet 39 rue Bretagne Marché des Enfants Rouges 75003, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 72 28 12

GREENWICH BAR

March 5th, 2007 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Benelux - (0 Comments)

With so many beer bars in Brussels to choose from there are going to be plenty of people who say “Why did you choose this one?” It doesn’t look so great with big heavy velvet curtains concealing most of the view into the bar. Once inside it is just like a really big hall with wooden tables and quite brightly lit. At some table people play chess. Apparently Magritte used to play chess here though.

I walked past this place a few times and always wanted to go in. I don’t believe that the beer menu is exceptional or anything like that – though like in ALL Belgian places you still get the fancy glasses. There are all kinds of people just hanging out. The coffee is good, the beer is cheap and no music. It is just a nice place to hang out in.

I went there with three American friends, one of whom spoke French with a great American accent. As he ordered beer in French the waitress asked [with the most screwed up look of agony on her face] if he was American. My friend said how he is from LA. Then the waitress went on to tell us she visited the States regularly and could speak English. Actually looking back I can’t remember how much of the conversation was French or English – I think it was a mix of Franglaise.

Anyway – this place has an amazing secret – the most beautiful old toilets I ever saw! At the back of the hall is the door which leads down to this lovely space. The stairs are all old marble and worn down where each person has trod. The tiling is old and broken but really I found it so old and pretty. Above the stairs was the biggest cobweb I ever saw too. The cubicles were tiny and I had to stoop to stand inside.

While in Brussels, when you get sick of all the frites and Trappist ales and blah blah and just want to go for a drink and a talk, go here. And remember to take a pee!

GREENWICH BAR Kartuizersstraat / Rue Des Chartreux 7, Brussels, 1000 Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)25 11 41 67