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Greek cuisine tends to get lost in translation. Friends and family come back from Greece waxing lyrical about light-as-a-feather dishes of grilled fish and cooling salads. In Western Europe, meanwhile, the birthplace of democracy is known, culinarily speaking, for stodge: think robust oven-baked dishes, or grilled meat served with pasta and potatoes. Worse, more often than not, the fare on offer plays second bouzouki to the tasteless decor (Discobolus, trident, Doric columns) and obligatory entertainment.

Running for Retrak: Week 13

There is a committed group of Retrak supporters living in and around Brussels. They’re very active, working on a range of projects from planning a study day in the European Parliament on the subject of street children worldwide, to organising events like wine tastings, bake sales, fundraising...

Next Brussels picnic protest on June 9

The PicNic The Streets movement will hold a new protest against the mobility policy in Brussels. A year after launching its first giant ‘picnic protest’, the group has invited its supporters to do the same on Sunday, June 9, on the entire width of Boulevard Anspach between the Bourse and Place De...

Award-winning Belgian helps develop Tibetan carpet craft

A 60-year-old Belgian veteran of the carpet industry is helping breathe new life into the art of Tibetan carpets, reports the People’s Daily . When Jozef Pandelaere came to northwest China’s Qinghai Province a year ago, he was seeking nothing more than a new life. Now, he has a bigger dream for...

Belgian animation wins AniFest Grand Prix

Animated film Oh Willy…, by Belgians Emmy De Swaef and Marc James Roelse, has won the Grand Prix at AniFest in the Czech Republic, reports Animation World Network . A total of 1,400 films were submitted to the competition, and there were 149 films in the finals striving for the Grand Prix. The main...

Belgium clobber Portugal 19-0 at hockey

Belgium, ranked ninth in the world, annihilated Portugal 19-0 yesterday in the second round of the hockey World League in St-Germain-en-Laye on the outskirts of Paris, reports Asianet India . The Red Lions started the rout in the third minute when Tom Boon, with 107 internationals under his belt,...

Hungary for culinary success

Five amateur expat chefs took to the kitchen last month for a cook-off that showed Belgian cuisine is about much more than frites, chocolate and waffles. Hungarian Pal Milkovics, 33, was crowned the winner of this culinary joust, wowing the jury with his Belgo-Hungarian dish of beef goulash and...

Belgian Nobel Prize winner dies

Belgian Nobel Prize winner Christian de Duve died on Saturday at the age of 95, reports Le Soir, after choosing to end his life by euthanasia. De Duve was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 for his discoveries about lysosomes and peroxisomes. He chose euthanasia a month ago,...

Kidnap attempt on 8-year-old on Grand Place

A man tried to kidnap an eight-year-old girl on Saturday afternoon on Brussels’ Grand Place, the prosecutor’s office announced yesterday. A 38- year-old man already known to the judiciary for theft was made available to the prosecution. He has been referred to a judge for attempted abduction of a...

US ambassador rounds off Tour of Belgium – or does he?

The US ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, finished his tour of Belgium’s 589 cities and towns on Sunday in Voeren, Limburg province. On his arrival in Belgium in 2009 he vowed to undertake the tour as part of the partnership forged between the two countries during the two world wars, which had...

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