Swiss cheese fondue in Morel’s

Winter fare!

On 21 November a small group of friends (our typical Belgian-Dutch team) tasted the new Swiss cheese fondue in Morel’s. So what’s new? Instead of just pieces of bread to dip into the cheese, we got cubes of ham and carrots, and broccoli.
Both broccoli and carrots were cooked. Further possibilities are small young potatoes (with the skin) and cauliflower. Cauliflower might be a bit tricky as it breaks easily. Click to view the clip!

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And yes, beware of losing your piece of bread or other in the pot… Remember the story of Asterix and Obelix in Switzerland…

 

Also served: Gl├╝hwein (mulled wine), much enjoyed by the ladies!

Governor of East Flanders

At another table was the governor of East Flanders (Didier Detollenaere). We chatted a little and Renaat was as usual the source of “real life in Beijing”. The capital of East Flanders is my hometown Ghent!
The restaurant has seen a long list of ministers and other “important people”, it is really “the” place to meet all kinds of people.

The story of the candle piece of art

You can’t miss in Morel’s Restaurant the big candle structure… Susan showed me the picture on how it all started, twelve years ago, with a simple wine bottle. Now, after hundreds of burning and dripping candles, it is massive.

 

Some Chinese even wanted to buy it! Don’t even think of touching it, you might get in trouble with Renaat!

Old China Hands lunch 19 October

Our monthly lunch at Morel’s Restaurant

The Old China Hands lunch 19 October was different: exceptionally not on the first Friday of the month as the restaurant was closed due to the October 1 holidays.
We saw a moderate turnout with nearly 30 people, new faces, old faces.

The videos now online

As mentioned earlier, China Today made some videos of Renaat & Susan and myself (with the Old China Hands lunch).
All videos are now online:
http://www.chinatoday.com.cn/zw2018/rdzt/jzzg/index.html

Our next lunch

Next round is on Friday 1 November.
In the last lunch there was a misunderstanding about the coffee & tea. Yes, it was to be included in the price. Renaat Morel will offer a second cup at the next lunch if anybody wants!

Old China Hands lunch 6 September

Our monthly lunch at Morel’s Restaurant

Old China Hands lunch 6 September was kind of back to normal after the sauna months. We were a nice 31, with many being too busy to attend.

The love story of Renaat and Susan

Well, they obviously also talk about Morel’s Restaurant. You will need a backdoor to view the clip here:
Watch this great clip about Renaat and Susan
https://www.facebook.com/chinatoday1952/videos/411922889517721/

You can also try this local link: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/ZGGlBkn-MDBRklFZdUeXLg

Or see the attached file: 190921 RenaatSusan

Our next lunch: a change!

I just returned from a 2-week trip to Phuket, so this goes out a bit late. Hopefully without any confusing errors.
Our upcoming lunch will be exceptionally not on the first Friday of the month as the restaurant is closed due to the October 1 holidays. Instead of cancelling we decided to have it on Friday 11 October. Take note! Renaat and Susan will not be back yet but the restaurant will be open.
Then it will be 1 November.

Old China Hands lunch 2 August

Our monthly lunch at Morel’s Restaurant

Old China Hands lunch 2 August saw fewer of our members, as expected. We were exactly 20 despite being a low-season sauna weather day. Not too bad anyway.

China Today

The journalists were there again as they had more to discuss with the restaurant, for another interview. In the meantime we got the first version of their video, I must say they did a great job. Footage is from our lunch on 5 July and from their visit to my office on 9 July.
See the new link: http://mp42.china.com.cn/video_tide/video/2019/8/22/20198221566447489029_386.mp4

Another longer version is in the pipeline!

Our next lunch: a change!

Our next lunch will be exceptionally not on the first Friday as the restaurant is closed due to the October 1 holidays. Instead of cancelling we decided to have it on Friday 11 October. Take note! Renaat and Susan will not be back yet but the restaurant will be open. I will also be away during the unpleasant October 1 restrictions, back on Monday 7 October.