Sleepy breakfast in Julie’s house

Julie’s house is one of the most known places in Ghent. It’s a place where you get your cupcake and cake fix and that fix is delicious. So when I heard that you can go and have breakfast at Julie’s I was all up and running (well not literally, because I don’t really run). I was prepared this time and made a reservation, you can call or just fill out a form on their website. I of course filled out a form, because, despite the fact that in person I am almost never shy, I am super uncomfortable with talking to people on the phone. I would rather go knock on their door than call, in the past I got super nervous when I had to answer the phone at work, my heartbeat would speed up and I would get red cheeks, I can proudly say, I’m getting better at it. I still hate it when Laurens “forces” me to answer his phone when one of his parents is calling, weird I know.

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Julie’s house
je ena najbolj poznanih slaščičarn v Gentu. Je mesto, kamor greš po slastne torte in cupcake-e. Tako da, ko sem slišala, da grem lahko tja na zajtrk sem bila takoj v nizkem štartu. Tokrat sem se pripravila in mizo rezervirala, rezerviraš lahko po telefonu ali izpolniš obrazec na spletni strani. Seveda sem izpolnila obrazec, ker, kljub temu, da sem v živo daleč od sramežljive osebe, mi je zelo neprijetno opravljati telefonske pogovore. Raje bi šla ljudem na vrata potrkat, kot pa jih poklicat po telefonu. V preteklosti sem bila vedno ekstremno živčna, ko sem morala odgovoriti na telefon v službi, srce mi je začelo hitreje biti in lica so pordela, ponosno lahko povem, da v tem postajam boljša. Čeprav še vedno sovražim, ko me Laurens prisili, da se oglasim na telefon, ko ga kliče kateri od staršev, vem, čudna sem.

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julie's house
But back to Julie’s. I went there with my sister. If you would tell me 2 years ago that we will go for breakfasts together almost every weekend, I would ask if you’re on drugs, we never did stuff together. Now we do, I don’t know if it’s because we’re both stuck here without other close friends, or because we just grew up and put our differences aside, probably a bit of both. Anyway, the place was nice and cosy, super cosy, I really like the place, it’s a bit vintage and darker, a perfect place to be when it’s cold and rainy outside. We were both so sleepy that day, she from working late and me from a party night, so it was very nice to sink in a big leather couch. They had a couple of breakfast menus available and we decided to go for a Sweet & Salty breakfast. 

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Ampak vrnimo se nazaj k Julie. Tja sem šla s sestro. Če bi mi 2 leti nazaj povedali, da bom skoraj vsak vikend zajtrkovala s sestro, bi vas vprašala na čem ste, saj nikoli nisva nič počeli skupaj. Zdaj se druživa, ne vem pa, če je to zaradi tega, ker sva obe obtičali tu, brez drugih bližjih prijateljev ali zato, ker sva malo odrasli in malo manj živcirava druga drugo, verjetno oboje. Spet sem skrenila s poti, torej, lokalček je udoben in prijeten, res mi je všeč, ima vintage pridih in je malo temnejši, odlično skrivališče na mrzle in deževne dni. Obe sva bili se rahlo zaspani, ona, ker je pozno delala in jaz, ker sem žurala, tako da se je bilo res prijetno ugnezditi v velikem usnjenem kavču. Na meniju so imeli nekaj različnih kombinacij in odločili sva se za Sweet & Salty (sladek in slan) zajtrk.

latte and breakfast
What we got were eggs with toast (you could choose if you wanted soft or hard boiled, scrambled or sunny side up), flaxseed bread with cured meat and cheese, a scone, cinnamon roll, pancake and french toast. It was all served with butter, clotted cream and jam. You could also choose coffee or tea. I wanted a latte, so I asked the waitress if they are also included in the breakfast menu and she said yes, but they were not, so we were a bit surprised when we got the bill. I don’t mind paying extra for a drink, but they shouldn’t say it’s included if it’s not.

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Kar sva dobili so bila jajca s toastom (lahko si izbral med mehko ali trdo kuhanim, umešanim ali jajcem na oko), kruh z lanenim semenom s salamo in sirom, “scone” (rahlo sladko, krhko pecivo), cimetov polž, palačinka in francoski toast. Poleg sva dobili maslo, strjeno smetano in marmelado. Lahko si izbral med kavo ali čajem. Hotela sem belo kavo in zanimalo me je, če je tudi ta vključena v ceno, natakarica je rekla da je, kar se je na koncu izkazalo za napačno in bili sva res presenečeni, ko sva dobili račun. Nič nimam proti doplačilu za pijačo, a ne reci, da je vključena v ceno menija, če pa ni.

julie's french toast and pancake
I was also a bit disappointed with the french toast and the cinnamon roll. The french toast was made with a slice of bread that was waaaay too thin (Belgians cut their bread so thin that you can see through, a thing that I greatly dislike) and the egg mixture probably had too much milk as the toast was a bit mooshy (don’t save on eggs when making french toast!). I also didn’t like their cinnamon roll, it was really dry and not at all soft and flavourfull as I expect a cinnamon roll to be. The rest was OK and I have to say that the scone was really good, warm and buttery, perfect to slather with butter and jam. 

I think I expected a bit too much of Julie’s house and was thus really taken aback when I didn’t like something so basic as a french toast. I will save this place as my go-to place for a slice of delicious carrot cake, but I prefer to eat my breakfast elsewhere. 

Until next time! K.

julie's carrot cake
Razočarana sem bila tudi nad francoskim toastom in cimetovim polžem. Francoski toast je bil narejen z rezino kruha, ki je bila pretanko narezana (Belgijci, režejo svoj kruh tako na tanko, da se vidi skozi, kar osebno res sovražim) in jajčna mešanica je verjetno vsebovala v glavnem mleko, saj je bil toast precej pacast (ne šparat na jajcih, pri pripravi francoskega toasta!). Tudi cimetov polž mi ni bil preveč všeč, bil je presuh in prav nič mehak in poln okusa, kot bi od cimetovega polža pričakoval. Ostale stvari so bile OK in moram povedat, da je bil scone odličen, topel in maslen, ravno pravšnji, za ga na debelo namazat z maslom in marmelado.  

Mislim, da sem od Julie’s house pričakovala malo preveč in sem bila zato res presenečena, ko mi nekaj tako osnovnega, kot je francoski toast, ni bilo všeč. V Julie’s house se bom še naprej ustavila, ko mi bo mi bo zapasal košček njihove slastne korenčkove torte, ampak svoj zajtrk bom pa pojedla kje drugje.

Do naslednjič! K.

4 comments

  1. HI Kristina! Julie’s house sounds amazing…I want to eat everything in your photos. I found it so interesting what you shared about talking on the phone. I am just the opposite! I would rather talk on the phone than knock on the door…I’m getting better at that too. Lovely space you have here!

    1. Thanks Kathryn. I know, most of the people are more confident on the phone, but I find it uncomfortable that I don’t see the person I’m talking to.

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