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Rückblick, die Zweite – Top Ten der meistgelesenen Artikel 2012

Ingesamt hat das Jahr 2012 66.925 Seitenaufrufe für blindtastingclub.net gebracht, wobei die meisten Besucher über Suchmaschinen den Weg zum Club gefunden haben. Dies dürfte auch der maßgebliche Grund für die Rangordnung der meistgelesenen Artikel sein. Man könnte fast von Google Trends reden und es leuchtet auch ein, dass die Mehrheit eher nach Restaurants fahndet als nach Weinen. Weinliebhaber sind immer noch in der Minderheit bzw. es wird sich mehr Mühe gegeben ein gutes Restaurant zu finden als einen guten Wein, könnte man denken. Werten will ich das jetzt nicht, das passt schon. Hier ist die Top 10: Read the rest of this entry »

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Meanwhile in Belgium… High Gault-Millau ratings for De Pastorale and L’Air du temps


Restaurant “De Pastorale” in Reet.

At the beginning of the week, the Belgian “chapter” of the Gault-Millau guide also unveiled its ratings, showing a handful of restaurants on the move.

In particular, I am very happy to see Bart de Pooter awarded “Chef of the year“. Our meal at his restaurant “De Pastoraleback in June was a stunning parade of ingenious dishes with compelling purity of flavors. This well deserved title is underlined by a rating raised to 18 points.

Further, I am glad to see Sang Hoon Degeimbre‘s “L’Air du Temps” received 18 points, although this rating is unchanged since last year. The meal we had there was equally stunning, with molecular techniques only used as a clever means to an end, putting the product in the center. I am sure the new restaurant which is currently under construction will further boost Degeimbre‘s creative cooking. Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Pastorale** in Reet, Belgium – a 2 star close to 3!

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Reet is a small and quiet village not far from the highway that links Brussels to Antwerpen. When driving through it, one wouldn’t expect a Michelin-starred restaurant nested here, but the proximity and nearly equal distance to 2 big cities naturally justifies its location, and I wouldn’t say that this village with its elegant brick houses is lacking charm.

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It is within a former rectory which rather resembles a château-like mansion that Bart de Pooter and his wife Marie-Claire have found a home for their restaurant De Pastorale. This sounds very conservative at first, but one realizes quickly that this classic building is actually an elegant container for modernism. A first indicator of this dualism is given by a modern bronze statue at the entrance which emits a laughing sound once you pass by. Read the rest of this entry »

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