waffles, beer, + chocolate: antwerp, belgium

Yesterday I wrote about my favorite Dutch foods (stroopwafels and cookie butter included). So today, here’s a look at some of the delicacies I enjoyed on a recent trip to Antwerp, Belgium. The day trip into Belgium was one of the last trips I took in Europe this summer, so I knew from the start I wanted to savor it. Thankfully, Belgian chocolate, beer, and waffles made the savoring very easy.

Waffles with Cherries in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrima Waffles in Antwer, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaBelgian Waffles. 

Mas Museum in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaView of the Mas Museum

Frites with Curry Sauce in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaFrites with mayo, curry sauce, and onions. 

Coffee in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaAntwerp, Belgium Street View #100DaysofMiaPrimaThe beautiful Belgian city of Antwerp.

Coffee in Antwerp, Belgium  #100DaysofMiaPrimaAntwerp, Belgium Coffee Shop #100DaysofMiaPrimaCoffee in the city.

Chocolate Hedgehog Candy in Antwerp, Belgium x#100DaysofMiaPrimaThe Belgian server: “It’s filled with alcohol. Is that okay”

Me: “Um, yes, totally.”

Server: “Because most people do not expect a hedgehog to be filled with alcohol.”

True enough.

Beer in Antwerp, Belgium #100DaysofMiaPrimaBelgian beer, of course.


Antwerp, Belgium Skyline #100DaysofMiaPrimaPanoramic views from the Mas Museum.


Antwerp, Belgium Candies #100DaysofMiaPrimaBelgian cuberdon. Sweet cones filled with gushy deliciousness. 

Antwerp, Belgium Bike Sign #100DaysofMiaPrimaMaybe cycling is just a way to burn off all the Belgian calorie goodness…

One day, I’ll be back in Belgium to enjoy theses delicious treats again. Until then, I’ll have to make due savoring the stroopwafels I brought back with me from Holland.

au revoir!

Sarah

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a new look for mia prima casa

I founded the Mia Prima Casa (which means “my new house” in Italian) blog three years ago as a way to keep family and friends updated on everything I was up to post-college. This usually meant updates on how I was decorating my new (first!) apartment, what I was I was eating (usually plants), and what I was wearing.

Gibbson Girl: Vintage, travel, and style for the adventurous woman.

Today, Mia Prima Casa has a whole new look. I like to think the blog now more closely represents the woman I am today: well traveled, well dressed (or at least trying to be!), and beginning a whole new chapter (business school).

The Gibbson Girl in ActionAntwerp, Belgium Bike Sign #100DaysofMiaPrimaGibbson Girl Vintage Clothing & Accessories

Mia Prima Casa is far from gone, but she goes by a new name now. The Gibbson Girl, which is based off the 1910s fashion icon, evokes a sense of adventure, travel, and boldness. She has a vintage flare. Wears a crazy hat with confidence. Runs marathons. Travels to London. And most of all loves a night in with her cat, watching Downton Abbey and sneaking looks at her old travel diary pages.

Gibbson Girl Vintage Style on EtsyTour de France Utrecht #100DaysofMiaPrima 1European Style Brunch Breakfast Tea #100DaysofMiaPrima

I am so ready for this new chapter. And I hope you all are ready to meet the Gibbson Girl.

Cheers!

Sarah

p.s. The Gibbson Girl has a vintage shop, too!

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coastal views from berwick upon tweed

As part of our UK road trip, my sister and I chose a small coastal town to spend the night. We were hoping for great seaside views, quality fish and chips, and maybe a glimpse of a wild sea lion. We were not disappointed. Well, not 100%; we didn’t see any sea lions but the sea views made up for that!

Here are some of my favorite photographs from the beaches of Berwick Upon Tweed.

Cheers!
Sarah

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camden passage, london

I’m always on the look out for great vintage finds for my vintage clothing and accessories shop, The Gibbson Girl, so “flea market” is usually one of the first things I Google when I’m planning a trip to a new city. In London, I discovered small but charming Camden Passage.

Despite a slow start to the day (most shops and stalls weren’t open until 11am and noon), my sister and I were able to discover some one-of-a-kind vintage finds, including a tiny Morris Mini Minor charm that I’m crazy about it! We also stopped in for some Kombucha tea at Appesat, and enjoyed the artistic and chic atmosphere. A few block aways, we found Fara Charity shop and Saint Espresso where a cup of filtered coffee provided a back drop for photographs of some of my day’s finds.

 Cheers!

Sarah

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inspector morse and mr.selfridge

I’m a big fan of Inspector Morse (and Endeavour and Lewis…), so I might have had a minor freakout when I discovered an Inspector Morse tour in Oxford, England. Our guide, a retired Oxford University professor, was not only unbelievably knowledgable about the TV series and books, but she also happened to be Colin Dexter’s neighbor….and hilarious (in a nutty British professor kind of way that you’d expect from a woman giving a tour on an eccentric Oxford detective).
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The next day, I had a chance to geek out further over British TV with a trip to Selfridge’s. As a fan of the show, Mr Selfridge, the one hundred-year-old department store didn’t let me down! The place was a commercial playland full of candy rooms, cocktail bars, sundae stands, booming electronics, and a delightfully colorful cunchony of department store staples like perfume and cosmetics. Overall, it was just what I expected a 21st century Selfridge’s to look like, and while I didn’t quite have the funds to support a large purchase, a bag of bulk artisanal candy gave me the perfect little taste of the Selfridge’s experience. Just as Harry would have wanted– with just a pound or two you can leave the store absolutely delighted.
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Cheers!

Sarah

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hello, london + oxford!

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Back to the UK! After a two day “break” in the Netherlands, my sister and I headed back to the UK for a quick weekend trip to London and Oxford. We have both been to London before, so this weekend was filled with pleasantly tourist-y free events. Well, minus an Inspector Morse tour in Oxford that is! We explored Oxford’s classically British pubs, enjoyed (our now regular meal of) fish ’n chips, admired the University’s stunning architecture, and popped into charming bookstores. In London, we visited Camden Passage for great cafes, charity shops, and vintage finds. We stopped by Selfridge’s to experience the 100+ year old department store ourselves (and we’re not disappointed). And of course we took a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park for some people and pigeon watching (“Where are their nests? I mean, have you ever seen a baby pigeon?”).
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I can only hope I’ll be back to the UK soon enough!

Cheers,

Sarah

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hello, northern england!

My sister and I left Scotland behind to go on a mini road trip through southern Scotland and northern England. We drove from Glasgow down to County Durham to visit the Aston Workshop, an impressive classic Aston Martin restoration and sales company located in the charming hills of Northumberland. After a classic British meal, we then swung back up  towards Scotland, following the coast until we reached Berwick Upon Tweed. We stayed an evening in the quiet coastal town, enjoying castles, chilly but stunning beaches, and of course fish and chips. It was then just a mile to the Scottish Borders where we drove back up to Edinburgh to finish our tour. But we’re not done with the UK yet! Next weekend we fly to London for a quick trip.
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Until then, cheers!

Sarah

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