The Tastes of October
The Best of the Month

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A Wine Bar on Place Jourdan, heavenly Japanese Buns, a new market and one very special restaurant were among the highlights on the blog in October.

Let’s take a look back – including some ideas on how to enjoy the sunny days of autumn!

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Among the many Asian restaurants in Brussels, Umamido is one of my favourites. Though you may hear great things about their main dishes, my advice would be to go for a multitude of startes: Their Gyozas are very good, but for me the best thing is the heavenly pork buns (full review here).

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One thing I love about Brussels is the variety of markets – and the fact that there is at least one market somewhere in the city on any given day. Now, you have probably heard about the Wednesday market on Place Chatelain, the Sunday market around Gare du Midi, and maybe also about the Sunday market on Place Jourdan.

Lesser known is the Marché des Chasseurs Ardennais in Schaerbeek. It’s on Friday, and it’s the perfect place for after-work, beginning-of-the-weekend drinks, as well as grocery shopping for your weekend kitchen action.

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Here’s another place work after-work-drinks, though not just on Fridays: The 13° Wine Bar on Place Jourdan welcomes you on any day, in any weather – and with any budget.

It’s most pleasant in the summer time, when you can sit outside and engage in people watching, but it’s also very nice to enjoy a glass or two inside.

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Looking for something different, a place to celebrate a special occasion or just to treat yourself and a loved one? Then La Quincaillerie might be worth checking out.

It’s a fine restaurant in what used to be a hardware store. The food is delicious and the setting is quite unique. Oh, and their business lunch is a steal!

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Of course, we have some new Belgian beers on the blog, too: The traditionally brewed Caracole Ambree, Taras Boulba with a dirty word on the label, and a trio of tripels: Vicaris Tripel, La Divine and Val Dieu Tripel, the “only true Belgian Abbey Beer”. Cheers!

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Finally, a couple of ideas for the sunny days of autumn: It’s always a good time for a Trip to Westvleteren – not only to buy the world’s best beer, but also to go for a walk near the Sint Sixtus Abbey.

Speaking of walks: Fall is a great time for walking all the way around Brussels on the Promenade Verte. In our guide here we give you detailed descriptions of where to go and what to expect.

And if you haven’t been to Mons, one of Europe’s  Culture Capitals 2015, then don’t wait any longer – it’s worth a trip and there are only two more months two go …

Keep on tasting Brussels!