When Bond and I met I was a major birthday diva and he found this a comical thing that he didn’t really understand. My family go HUGE for birthdays, they love to celebrate and make a big fuss. His family are more laid back about the whole thing. 6 years on and I have been usurped, the birthday diva of the family now is most certainly BOND!
This year he announced he would have a birthday week, this was so important we had to stay up till midnight to say ‘Happy Birthday week’. The morning of his big day he had a croissant in bed with candles and icing, in the afternoon he had another cake and then in the evening I cooked lamb chops at his request. Then he made the foolish mistake of travelling which robbed him of two days of his birthday ‘week’. On his return we had more cake and candles and yet more of my culinary prowess – again at his request…since he discovered that I can cook even though I hate it he has been finding ways to get me back at the oven!!
For the real celebration I booked dinner out at a great restaurant with a fab view so we could enjoy sunset while we ate. KWINT has a fabulous view over Mont des Arts which is meant to be the site of the best sunsets in Brussels. On arriving at the restaurant they told us they had no gas and thus no food!! Anyway we rallied, had a cocktail and watched sunset and then headed to another spot for dinner which worked out really well in the end. I am lucky that Bond is a good sport and didn’t get upset that the original plan didn’t work!
Au Vieux Saint Martin was fantastic, great and well made proper Belgian food with fabulous service and in a great location. We had a lovely time and enjoyed eating good hearty food before walking home. I would thoroughly recommend it, their Flamant stew was especially good!
For the rest of the weekend every meal had candles and then on Sunday negotiations were attempted for an extra two days to make up for the one he missed out on! These failed I am sorry to say…we were out of cake and candles!