The Parsonage

The Parsonage. This Bed and Breakfast is run by the Joan and John in the smoothest and most charming way. This 23 roomVictorian house from 1883 is full of original details. The 5 rooms they are  renting makes you feel at home. And the parlors brings you back to another time. But the greatest thing about the Personage is Joan and … Read More

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San Francisco Bound

I am going to San Francisco. And I am very excited about it. I have one meeting planned and the rest is Free. Since this trip came to me on a short notice I would be very very very thankful for your help. I would be so thankful for any suggestions on Food, Places, Routes and People. You know I … Read More

ElmlidSan Francisco Bound

Bread Exchange needs Help

Multitasking has always been my favorite sport. But there are limits. I never thought this would happen but Bread Exchange needs help. ASAP. No, I am not looking for an intern to help me fold the dough or to make handwritten bags for everyone I am trading with. Nor do I look for someone to do the dirty work of … Read More

ElmlidBread Exchange needs Help

I say Thank You!

Thank you for making my birthday amazing. We spend it over the rooftops and even the sun that has been gone for weeks decided to show up. Thanks again! Laura made my birthday cake. It contained everything I wished for: Baise, Rhubarb, Strawberries, White Chocolate and Tonka beans. A real love cake. Matthias made a huge roast beef that went … Read More

ElmlidI say Thank You!

Today is the Swedish National Day.

I know what you are thinking; “What?! Is the Swedish National Day only one day after the Danish National Day??? Oh yes, it is. And I will tell you a very Swedish perspective on this History: So, Sweden was in a Union together with Denmark and Norway from year 1397. The Union was called the Kalmar Union after the Swedish … Read More

ElmlidToday is the Swedish National Day.

Rhubarb upside down

Last night I was cake craving. It is rhubarb time and I still have not eaten one single cake. So I threw together the following cake which is a mix of recipes from NYTimes, Martha Stewart (I used her recipe as a base, see below, and made changes) and my own taste. It is something really simple. A fluffy rhubarb … Read More

ElmlidRhubarb upside down

Manufactum HQ

You might know by now that one of my absolute fav stores around is Manufactum. Under one roof Manufactum is successfully mixing a variety types of products that all follow the same theme: They are original in both production and quality. I can stay there for hours since every tool or pasta package you take in your hand has a … Read More

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Finnish Comfort Bread

So now it happened. Someone decided to trade a BREAD for a Selfmade BREAD in my Bread Exchange project. I think most people are aware that if there is something that I am not lacking, then it is bread. However, There is one bread I AM lacking; Finnish Rye Sourdough. I am brought up on this bread and I have very … Read More

ElmlidFinnish Comfort Bread

a place called RA

In the same street, Kloosterstraat,  you find the concept store RA run by Anna. She is born in Sibiria but travelled the world with her parents until she decided to study fashion in Antwerp. During her studies she opened RA together with her friend Romain. I visited Anna during the build up process and I was already then impressed how … Read More

Elmlida place called RA


There is a street in Antwerp where I can spend a whole weekend. And, lets put it this way; there are not many streets in Small cities where I could spend a whole weekend. The Kloosterstraat is crowded with Vintage and Antiques. Some of the shops are top quality and some are great bargains. I normally end up filling my … Read More