|Sebastien in Antwerp|
Trend ONE: Organic and waste less:
already invite you to pop in and buy potatoes or strawberries fresh from the
field. Today a near 100% organic shop or eatery in town is a booming trend.
anymore; every magazine or food show reminds us to eat local, seasonal and
organic. And if you missed it, they launched a national challenge to reduce the
consumption of meat and fish from 18 February for 40 days. About 43.000 people
signed up and committed this way to reduce their ecological footprint, waste of
water and greenhouse gas emissions. It takes for 1kg of beef about 9kg of grain
or soya, i.e. plenty of land, energy and water.
but also a wide variety of fairtrade products. To me this is like a foodie Ali
Baba’s cave: full of treasures to discover and experiment with. I like taking
my time to walk the isles and read packaging and imagine what I can do with it.
They also have fresh fruit and veg but those compare to produce found at the
many markets in town.
trend as well. Such as Delhaize, they promote “Respecting our Planet” where
they promote selling local, seasonal produce and fairtrade but also focus on
saving energy and reduce or recycle waste. A clear message of provenance and
sustainability is also being promoted by Carrefour.
|Robuust in Antwerp|
Le Pain Quotidien who reinvented themselves to be 100 % organic and it works.
“Exki” has been promoting quality fast-food with perfect insight into the
ingredients, the composition and the nutritional value of the products since
1999. They donate a cup of coffee to the homeless with each purchase, already
serving over 67 000 cups.
biodegradable packaging and donates leftover food to homeless organisations.
of their products on their FB page reporting from their trips to Panama and El
Salvador, picking out the coffee beans themselves. They do seem to share that contemporary country look of untreated oak and black metal also like a little gem i found in Antwerp called Sebastien.
possible produce in season and like to cut out wheat when possible. I love the
many spelt pastas and breads you now can find everywhere now. Some gluten free
crackers, cookies and chips also end up in my shopping basket. Currently I am
making my way through testing several organic lemonades and sodas as I hope to
find a calorie-less alternative for my afternoon Coke. I love Elderflower
cordial and ginger beer, how British! but not readily available in Brussels. I
don’t mind paying a bit extra for the quality you get in return but I don’t
solely live organic and cutting out meat is hard but I do have at minimum 1
fruit and veggie only day per week. Does it matter to me I know where my food
is coming from and how much energy it took, to be honest it’s a fun fact to
know but I don’t actively search out those answers. To me those new stores feel like they are replacing the neighborhood shops this does not mean they automatically
equal quality, one still needs to evaluate, compare and taste.