Man do I want to hop on a plane to New York after reading this!! Apparently you can just crash house parties in NY, who knew?! I met Mandy when I got to go to the Kids Emmy Awards in New York for 'This is My Art!', a Ketnet show I worked on. We had a blast and stayed in touch ever since. Mandy is a true Brooklyn girl and a talented photographer!
Born in Edegem
Favorite quote Cleavage is like the sun: you can look at it but you can’t stare in it.
“I’ve lived here since …” April 2011.
“I came here because of …” My husband’s job.
“Taty and I know each other from …” Taty was in town for the Kids Emmy Awards, the rest is history.
“When family/friends come to visit, I always take them to … first” The East River Ferry. Start your trip on 33rd Street in Manhattan, get off at Pier 11. For $4 during the week or $6 on weekends this is by far the best way to see the city – by moving around it. A breathtaking view over the skyline of Manhattan… It’s a MUST, especially when the sun is setting. Get your camera ready!!
“If I want to get to know new people, I go to …” A house party! Definitely the easiest way to get introduced to a bunch of new people. The cool thing about these parties: everyone is welcome! As long as you BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) you don’t even have to know anyone ;-) New friends guaranteed…!
“If I want to have an amazing breakfast/lunch/dinner, I go to …” My absolute favorite for brunch, lunch or dinner: Pâtes et Traditions in Williamsburg.
“When the night is young, I go to …” Verboten (club), Output (club), Brooklyn Bowl (club), Pete’s Candy Store (live music), Night of Joy (cocktails). Be sure to check out Rough Trade: vinyl shop by day, music venue by night. Cheap performances, and the artists that play here, play in the following months in the bigger Manhattan venues, for a lot more $$...
“If I want to reflect, I go to …” To the edge of the water of East River Park. The soothing calmness of the water in combination with the Manhattan skyline backdrop, it doesn’t get any better for me. A walk on the Williamsburg bridge works wonders as well.
“My morning routine consists of …” A coffee on the roof, the view never gets old.
“I like the locals/Belgians more than Belgians/locals because …” I like people, regardless of their nationality. If it clicks, it clicks! I didn’t move to NY to only hang around Belgians of course. There are dozens of nationalities in my circle of friends. That's what makes it so fun! NYC truly is a melting pot.
“If I miss one thing here, it’s …“ Devos Lemmens sauzekes! Or is that product placement? :-) And fresh crispy ‘pistoletkes’…
“I get inspired here by …” The rhythm of the city, the people who carry it, the incessant moving forward …
“If I could go back in time, I would go grab a coffee with … “ Vivian Maier, an intriguing figure. A nanny with clear ambitions, so it seemed after she died. If you’re curious, be sure to check out a great documentary about her unique story, “Finding Vivian Maier”.
“The one thing I’d like to accomplish still, is …” The Rolling Stone Magazine cover, dream big ;-)
Coffee or cocktails? Both!
Wine or beer? Both!
Red carpet or red lipstick? Photographing the red carpet, whilst wearing red lipstick
USA or Europe? Europe is the love of my life, USA is my mistress
Organic food or fast food? Depends on which state you catch me ;-)
Movies or musicals? Movies
Island life or city life? City life
Bike or car? Bike, having a car here would be a pain…
In control or out of control? In-out-in-out
Meat or fish? I’m a true omnivore
Christmas or Easter? Since I don’t own a ugly Easter sweater I must say Christmas. I like myself a good ugly sweater party. All warm and fuzzy, bundled up surrounded by loved ones and friends
Spanish or Italian? Why can I only think about food now: Italian!
Early bird or night owl? A Midday blue jay
Chocolate or vanilla? Seriously, does anybody answer canilla ? ;-)
Adele or Celine Dion? Celine who? ;-) Adele for the win
Chandler or Joey? JOEEEEEY!
Cats or dogs? Cat lady
Vacation or staycation? Vacation
Mountains or ocean? Mountains
Chicken or pasta? How about chicken pasta
Scandinavian or Latino? Scandinavians for the win
Ski or surf? Not great at either… I’m not a thrill seeker…
Finding true love or winning the lottery? Winning the lottery, I already found my true love
Oscar/Grammy or Nobel Prize? Nobel Prize
Instagram or Facebook? Instagram