I call them my New York Parents.
They’re from Belgium and are living in New York.
Since I met them during my first week here, we’ve created plenty of memories together.
What I admire the most about them is how they build a whole life here in New York, including 2 adorable kids, Jerome and Billie.
Every once in while I would babysit these 2 kiddo’s.
I saw them grow up into those little New Yorker kids.
They taught me a lot about New York, about what it’s like to build a social network here, how to take the subway, how to raise 2 kids in a 2 bedroom apartment in Brooklyn.
Charlotte is this amazingly ambitious power woman.
She came to New York for a PhD in neuro science.
Now, she’s listed as one to follow CEO’s of her own company MouSensor, a biotech company that develops a novel and potentially transformative platform to digitize the sense of smell.
Pieter is a creative mastermind with a lot of fun projects behind his name.
He turned his passion for the iconic show ‘Welcome to Twin Peaks’ into a very active online community. Last year, he turned this passion into funding 200K to make a documentary about Catherine, the Log Lady.
Living in New York is their life.
This is where they made everything happen.
Pieter and Charlotte, I’m sure we will meet again soon!
You guys are amazing!
With love – your adopted daughter
Xo – Ann
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After being away for 5 years of my home town, I wanted to go back to my roots.
The restaurant I was working at during the weekends was looking for an experienced full time front of house person. I knew the chef and his wife already, the menu was seasonal and most of the guests were regulars.
It was an easy transition into the work life.
My boyfriend at the time was in the same situation like me.
We met at school – how cute! High school sweethearts!
We were both trying to figure things out.
By the end of the year, he was ready for something else.
He lived in The Netherlands, close by the Belgian boarder so we still had the chance to see each other during the weekends. One of the best Dutch restaurants wasn’t too far away from his city so I encouraged him to apply there.
He started in the beginning of January!
After 2 months, a new concept of the chef would open and couple front of house people would move there to help setting up the new restaurant.
My boyfriend asked if I wasn’t interested in joining the team?
That was Oud Sluis, a 3 Michelin star restaurant by chef Sergio Herman.
Working again in high end fine dining?
I decided to give it a shot and started working there in May 2010.
Working and living together with my boyfriend would be a whole new personal experience but we both agreed that it would be a great opportunity!
I introduced myself as Ann, not as Leon’s girlfriend to keep our personal and professional lives separated…
Xo – Ann
What happens if you leave your home country just to experience New York?
– Yes, we all know the feeling.
After a while you get home sick, so you start looking for things you know.
As Belgian girl, I might start looking for beer.
But beer isn’t really my thing.
Sweets are more my comfort zone when I’m feeling lost.
Thank God that’s exactly they have in Colson!
Eclairs – YAY! Even the ones with mocca! – apple tarts, Financiers and Speculoos cookies.
Even if you’re not feeling home sick or you’re not from Belgium, check out Colson.
They have the good stuff!
374 9th street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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