Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Hip hip hooray! The Brussels Capital Region is blowing out 28 candles and celebrating the occasion with the Iris Festival on 6 and 7 May. All weekend long you can stroll from one corner of Brussels to the next for free music, theatre and activities. We’re joining in. What about you?
Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. In the rankings, it comes well ahead of other world sports like tennis, cricket or basketball. Playing a game of football is literally everywhere. We have listed the oddest places and give you some tips for the perfect football game.
Football with a view
The Ottmar Hitzfeld-stadium in Switzerland is over 2000 metres above sea level and is thereby the highest football field in Europe.
Take plenty of spare balls, because 10 fly over the protective net along the field per match on average. If you want to retrieve those balls, that will take you a while, because players and visitors can only reach the field by cable car. Good to know for opponents: at 2000 metres there is less oxygen in the air. The home team – FC Gspon – is used to the thin air. You aren’t, so you have been warned!
Soccer in the city
Not as high, but equally impressive, is the Adidas Futsal Park in Tokyo. You play the game of your life on the tiles, high and dry above the department store in the Shibuya-district. Oh, yes, Futsal is the little brother of. But as a football fan you already knew that.
In the shade of a rock
Another one to learn about. You know the rock of Gibraltar? It towers 426 metres above the sea and is a symbol for solidity and immutability. The field of the Gibraltar eleven lies in its shade. An impressive rock, right? On 10 October 2016 the Gibraltarians received a thrashing from our Red Devils. The final score was 0 – 6. Solidity and immutability? Yeah right!
Where do you watch football?
The last quarter finals of the Champions League are around the corner and the first matches off the play-offs of the Jupiler Pro League are in progress. Where do you watch your favourite sport? Attending the stadium to watch the match is great, but unfortunately, not always feasible.
Watching at home with friends? The look in your partner’s eyes speaks volumes: she has still not forgotten the ravages of empty crisp bags and beer cans.
What about the Cinna-Bar at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage? You can settle yourself down in the luxurious leather chairs with your mates. You can watch the match on several big screens and can also have drinks and snacks galore.
And your partner? Bet that she will also have an unforgettable evening at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage?
Days Without Meat [Dagen Zonder Vlees] is a great campaign that makes you think about the impact of our eating habits on the environment. Not by waving a patronising finger, but by showing you that you can also create exciting taste bombs on your plate without meat or fish. In a few days the Days without Meat campaign will come to an end, but not at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage. Come to the table!
It is not great news: we Belgians are in the top five countries with the largest ecological footprint.
Often we underestimate the impact of our eating habits. Over-consumption of animal foods is therefore also a major cause of global warming. But what can we do about it? Consider what we put on our plates and eating no meat or fish on a few days a week would be a big step forward.
Take the challenge!
Time to experiment in your kitchen with the most delicious veggie dishes. On the Days Without Meat website you can certainly find fun ideas. But occasionally you want to sit down at the table without having to cook first. Then you are at the right place at restaurant Saffron in the heart of Grand Casino Brussels Viage. How about a delicious veggie burger, with freshly picked organic products from the Brussels early market?
Or do you fancy Asian cuisine? Then you can choose the fabulous noodles with vegetables. Whatever you choose: you get the atmosphere and friendliness for free. Top marks! Restaurant Saffron is also open seven days a week, until late into the night!
Over 100,000 Belgians take part in Days Without Meat and that is fantastic. Together they ensure that our ecological footprint reduces. Not only by eating less meat and fish. By eating more seasonal vegetables and by deal with leftovers creatively they show us that eating sustainably is simply tastier, more creative and healthier.
Speak to any random person on the street and ask them to choose a number between 1 and 10. The likelihood is that you will be told 7 as a response. Why? Because 7 is a lucky number across the world. At Viage above all it means: party!
An evening out with friends? Then Brussels is the place to be. Have a pint at the bar with friends. Relax over a nice dinner with a sweetheart or mate. Dive into the nightlife complete with beat and electro. Move over, New York!
Hundreds of different beers
Drink in the spirit of Brussels in its pubs and bars. Where the owner has been running the business since forever and time has stood still. Where you can hear the Brussels dialect and the decibels rise noticeably as the evening wears on. Wander around the picturesque streets of the capital, discover some real gems and quench your thirst now and then with one of the hundreds of tasty beers.
Tip: in 2016 UNESCO recognised the Belgian beer culture as World Heritage.
Tuck into a good meal
Prefer a gastronomic meal to hanging around at the bar? Reserve a table at one of the many restaurants. Brussels offers you a culinary tour of the whole world. Challenge your taste buds with spicy Indian dishes, eat Ethiopian with your hands or juggle with chopsticks in an Asian restaurant. And if you’re peckish late at night, stop for a quick portion of Belgian fries and mayonnaise.
Dance, dance, dance
Dance to the beat of international DJs in Brussels’ clubs and discos. See global stars perform live. Brussels rocks and so will you. It’s party time wherever you go.
Bar, restaurant and club in one
Don’t feel like trekking all over the city? Experience it all at Viage. Tuck into Italian, Asian and typical Belgian dishes at our Saffron Restaurant. Drink to a great evening with your friends at our Cinna-Bar. And be sure to try some of our flavourful Brussels beers: blonde Zinnebir, rich Brusseleir, tripel Jambe-de-Bois and the pale ale Taras Boulba.
At Viage you’ll enjoy live performances every last Friday of the month. On 31 March The Covrettes will get you up and dancing to their very own modern retro versions of the world’s greatest hits. See you then!
There is more to life than just working and performing. That is why we are celebrating the International Day of Happiness on 20 March. With this day, the United Nations wants to remind us of our well-being and happiness. So, what do you need to spend your day radiantly?
On 17 March the world is painted green. Because that is Saint Patrick’s Day: Ireland’s national holiday. With parades and celebrations, the Irish all over the world commemorate the death of their patron saint Patricius, who spread Christianity on the island in the fifth century A.D.
What ingredients do I need to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in style?
The shamrock or three-leafed clover is the unofficial symbol of Ireland. According to the legend, Saint Patrick used the plant to provide a simple explanation of the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. On Saint Patrick’s Day, revellers wear the lucky charm on their clothing. Tradition also dictates that you must regularly water the cloverleaf – drowning the shamrock – by baptising it in your glass of beer or whiskey before you drink it.
- Fifty shades of green
On 17 March the Irish dress in green, greener, greenest. With reference to the colour of the cloverleaf. Monuments, dishes and drinks are also coloured green for a day.
- Guinness and Irish whiskey
The Irish symbol is of course Guinness, a dark stout with a creamy head. The beer is still brewed in Dublin according to Arthur Guinness’ original recipe, with water, barley, hops and yeast. And for anyone who is not a fan of beer, they are sure to find something to their liking in the range of Irish whiskey.
- A few words in Irish
The two official languages in Ireland are English and Irish or Gaelic. Hiberno-English mixes the two. Saint Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity for learning some handy Irish expressions:
- Sláinte: cheers
- Erin go bragh: Ireland forever
- Dha Guinness le do thoil: two Guinness, please
- The perfect location
Where can you sample the Irish green folk festival? At Viage, of course! Come to the Cinna-Bar on Friday, 17 March and celebrate Paddy’s Day with us.
Open from 12 pm with a happy hour at 5 pm.
Before you enter into the green revelry, a few interesting facts:
- The harp, not the cloverleaf, is the official symbol of Ireland.
- The patron saint, Saint Patrick, was not Irish but Welsh or Scottish.
- The colour of Saint Patrick’s Day was originally blue, not green.
Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir!*
* Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
8 March is your day: International Women’s Day. Time to turn the spotlight on strong women like you. And to spare a thought for women who’re not so lucky, as well. The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange. It’s a call for women’s achievements – both great and small – to be put in the spotlight. Everywhere from your living room to the political barricades.
“Pretty woman, walking down the street” Perhaps one of the most famous sentences Roy Orbinson said about the female species. Although there is truth is his words, girls and women all over the world still experience prejudice and stereotype behavior. There’s evidence showing things are turning out for the better but we’re not there yet. The glass ceiling is still invisibly there; women still get paid less than their male colleagues and being a mother implies you are the responsible one for your family, not your husband. Luckily there are signs showing progress and there are a lot of powerful and brave women we can look up to.
It’s said the 21st century will be the time for women to take a leading role. Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Christine Lagarde and many more strong and influential women have the ball in their court and are willing to play. They show us it is possible to take care of a family and a career at the same time and that it is ok to show who the boss is. Being a female boss is still not taken for granted and several male rival candidates are having difficulties accepting a woman in a position of power. (Think Donald Trump) Have you heard about the term ‘mansplaining’? It’s growing in popularity these days and is expressed by women more often. Make sure to check the matching video for more information. ‘Mansplaining’ is a term which is used when a man talks to a woman in an arrogant tone because he assumes he know more about a certain subject because – well because he is a man and has more knowledge.
Back to Roy Orbinson and his Pretty Woman. The fashion industry makes is very difficult for the everyday woman to feel good about her body. Young girls look up to models having a size 4. On social media like Facebook and Instagram women like to profile themselves as real ‘fitness queens’ and proudly show off their toned bodies. No wonder the average girl like Hannah, Lore and Fatima cannot meet with these images. But it doesn’t stop there; even these fitness queens are not safe for stingy remarks. The word ‘bodyshaming’ truly is a millennium word and a lot of women have had to face the consequences of it. ‘Bodyshaming’ means women get mean comments about their bodies, which is not a new trend but has a new interpretation nowadays. Today you can – apart from fat – be too big, too tiny, too small, etc. No one is safe for other people’s remarks. But no worries because something is shifting! This summer a lot of new hashtags have seen the light. One of them specifically encourages women to wear what they want and to be proud about it: #WeWearWhatWeWant
And it’s trend like these that should be encouraged even more. Just like those strong women before us, all of us should try and achieve our goals. Just wear that dress you like, even if you dread other people’s remarks. Dare to be the boss and do not feel guilty about it because you have every right to be! Go ahead and eat a piece of chocolate without feeling guilty. Take a fitness subscription if you want but do it for you and for no one else. Know you can be your own woman and make your own choices, even if that means being a housewife and spending a lot of time at home. Whatever you choose, be the boss of your life!
Grand Casino Brussel Viage wants to encourage all these brave women and show them a good time Thursday 22 September at our Business Ladies Afterwork. Join us after work for a refreshing drink and lots of interesting workshop and stands. Because what is more fun than spending an evening in good company?
There’s nothing like kick-starting your summer basking in the sun with a cocktail in one hand and a page-turner (or your partner’s hand) in the other. But if you’re a sucker for style and originality, you are perhaps fed up with your run-of-the-mill margaritas and Bloody Marys. Luckily, there’s no shortage of alternatives. Read on to discover some less conventional cocktails that won’t fail to surprise your guests!