M with a View...

I have been absent for a few days here. Because I have a bit of a problem. I tend to take many photos. In fact too many. That means I end up with literally hundreds of images to go through (and that's just after a couple of days) and the task of editing them and deciding which ones to keep or not. I guess what it comes down to is me wanting to share things in as much detail as possible simply because I believe that it's those small details that make up the whole story. So, as I have so many images from last weekend, I have decided to divide them into several posts. This is the first one and is all about food and views...

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you will know that last weekend I went to Gent (Ghent? There seem to be conflicting views on the spelling) in Belgium. Kate, Coralie and I had been invited by Alpro to visit this lovely city and to sample the amazing menu at M with a View, the fab pop up restaurant located in a small penthouse style space on top of a former flour milling factory 30m high. 

Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent

The location of the restaurant could not been more unusual. We were taken by taxi from our hotel to what appeared to be some industrial wasteland with abandoned warehouses. Clearly though, there was more to it. Coming down from the side of the building was a large, industrial lift. Our lift to the restaurant. Fun, right? We were picked up by one of the restaurant's employees who took us all the way to the top where we were greeted by a stunning view over Gent. After taking in the view and of course taking lots of pictures, we settled down for our dinner. The menu had been especially created using Alpro products and they had been incorporated in the most sophisticated manner for the five course dinner we were served. 

Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent

Each portion was just the right size to taste the food without leaving you wondering how to get through the next course. We had Gravad lax and a cucumber gazpacho, a quinoa and beetroot salad, veal with an anchovy dressing and parmesan, cod with broad beans and grilled asparagus, and to finish, the lightest pannacotta covered in coconut flakes and served with sweet cherries. The food was just wonderful and very well thought out. Not too many flavours that might compete with each other, but instead a few quality ingredients used in a way that brings out the very best in each of them. It was a real treat and we had a fun evening chatting, laughing and enjoying the sunset over Gent. I'll let the images do the rest of the talking now… 

Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent
Alpronista @ M with a View, Gent

More on Gent to come tomorrow. Until then, find me on InstagramTwitter and Facebook… xo

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, however, opinions and photos are my own.