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Published:  27 August, 2008

  • Largest jenever bar To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Jenever Museum in Hasselt has built what it claims to be the largest jenever bar in Belgium. Museum coordinator Davy Jacobs invited all (57) existing Belgian jenever producers to celebrate the birthday. "For them, we are building a mega-bar in the Witte Nonnenstraat and surroundings. The aim is that the jenever distillers will bring all their jenever flavours to Hasselt," he said. At least 20 producers from Brussels, east and west Flanders and the rest of Belgium put in their products, with each producer, on average, producing between eight and 10 flavours. Jacobs was able to offer - on top of the 110 jenevers from the museum - about another 500 varieties. Hasselt is 70km from Brussels and guided tours can be booked through Tourism Hasselt on +32 11 23 95 42; Alternatively go to visitflanders.co.uk.
  • Dining near the Old Bailey

    Just opposite the famous Old Bailey law courts in the City of London, there has opened Terranostra Cucina Italiana, which is described as "an understated, well-priced restaurant that serves up some of London's finest Italian and Sardinian cooking ." Dishes include: traditional Sardinian pasta of hard wheat in a tomato sauce, and homemade charcoal-grilled Sardinian sausage with broccoli and potatoes. Contact +44 20 3201 0077 or visit terranostrafood.co.uk.
  • Genova comes out of the shell

    Il Guscio ("the shell") is the name of a new restaurant, pizzeria and aperitif bar in the centre of Genova. Designed by the Costa Group, the concept is to bring a cosmopolitan and elegant establishment to medium-to-high spenders. Contact: +39 010 3770086.