Mar 16, 2015

A table for one please

Ceesie loves the fact that dining by yourself in New York is pretty normal, compared to some cities in Europe. 
When I'm back home in Belgium I would never go for a solo dinner. People would look at me weird and I would feel so uncomfortable.
Ceesie began to reserve a table for one when he started traveling for work as a model.
I discovered all these amazing cities with the best restaurants and no one to enjoy it with me, so I just went by myself.
Eating alone at home is one thing: You cook, then sit at the table and eat. Maybe you read or watch some tv at the same time, but eating alone in a restaurant, and in a city I didn't knew, was very new to me.
Now Ceesie loves eating by himself: It's cheaper, faster, it's easier to get a seat and you can really focus on the food, while eating with friends you sometimes forget to taste what's in front of u. 
So here is a toast to solo dining.

Mar 10, 2015

Coffee spots

Ceesie drinks everyday one latte, but a latte is not just a latte to me. I like it with a good amount of foam, almond milk and a splash of honey. 
Here are my 5 favorite coffee shops that will serve you the best cup of coffee in Manhattan. 

The Roost:
I like this place cause it's just around the corner from where I live. The coffee is great and the people are very nice. (They also serve great pastries from Balthazar Bakery.)
At night the coffee bar turns into a whiskey/cocktail bar and they have a huge area in the back where you can chill. 
222 Ave B, New York

Blue Bottle Coffee:
I always go there when I have a shoot at MILK studios. It's a great take away coffee spot and they have other locations in Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
450 W 15th St, New York

El Rey:
This is the place to go for friendly service and great coffee. When the sun is out everyone sits outside and chats with each other. It reminds me of a cute coffee shop in Sydney.
100 Stanton Street , New York

Kaffee 1668:
Probably the best coffee shop in Tribeca. While the focus is on the coffee, their juices and teas are also incredible. The vibe is great for getting work done or to chit chat with a friend.
275 Greenwich street , New York

Cafe Grumpy:
Ceesie loves Grumpy coffee. It's by far one of the best coffees you'll ever taste in Manhattan. Their scones and other homemade pastries are delicious. I also love the no laptop policy, great to see so much conversation happening at their tables. (something that is very rare in NYC!)
224 W 20th St, New York

Feb 23, 2015

Elvira Hancock

Ceesie watched the movie "Scarface" for the 24th time in his life and can't get over the fact how HOT and AMAZING Elvira Hancock is. 
Michelle pfeiffer plays such a cool chic, I die every time I see it.

Feb 20, 2015


After publishing my cookbook MODEL KITCHEN Ceesie felt like moving on to the next step… and what's the most logical thing to do after publishing a cookbook? Trying to get your own cooking show.
So Ceesie decided to make a pitch and with the help of IMG models this all happened in no time.
I asked my sexy model friend Kelly Rohrbach (who is one of the 7 rookies into Sports Illustrated's annual Issue) to come and cook with me in my New York Kitchen.

Feb 7, 2015

Two Hands

Ceesie discovered his new favorite lunch place.
Two hands is a cute, newly opened, restaurant where good food is served by two cool dudes (from Australia).
I passed this little restaurant the other day and it pulled me straight in.
This place is very cool: modern art, hanging light bulbs, wooden tables and brick walls… The music is on point and the staff is very laid back and HOT. Ceesie felt like he was back in Sydney, which he loved.
I asked for a Almond milk Latte, which turned out to be amazing. One of he best coffees I had in a LONG time. But I didn't stop there, Ceesie tried the ricotta toast AND a banana bread slice after.
So yummy!!!!  You have to give it to those Aussies, they don't disappoint!

Ceesie is a fan!

164 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013, United States

Feb 2, 2015

zucchini pasta

Ceesie discovered his new favorite recipe: zucchini pasta.
I tried it the other day and I am absolutely in LOVE! It taste like regular pasta, but it's carb free, very healthy and low in calories, the perfect model dish!

Here is the recipe:
For the Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic; peeled and minced
- 1 carrot, diced
- a few mushrooms, cut in small slices
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasonings
- handful fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to season
- 1 can of roasted tomatoes sauce

For the zucchini noodles:
- 4 large zucchini

In a pot over medium heat add the olive oil, onions and garlic and let it cook for a few minutes. 
Add the carrots, mushrooms and let it cook for another 3-5 minutes till all the veggies are well cooked. Add the tomato sauce, spices and basil leaves. 
Reduce heat to medium low and cover, allowing the sauce to continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

To prepare the zucchini noodles, firstly, wash and dry the zucchini then use a spiralizer to create a noodle, place the zucchini into the machine and turn the handle to begin the cycle. If you don't have a spiralizer you can also use a julienne peeler. 
Divide the raw zucchini noodles and add to the sauce. Mix and let it sit for 2 minutes.
Place noodles on your plate, placing the warm sauce and garnish on top, finalize by adding some fresh parmesan for extra flavor. 

Enjoy this carb free pasta!

Jan 27, 2015

J to the LO

Ceesie went to see the movie "The boy next door " this past weekend. (Don't judge me judge Judy!)
The movie was obviously a bad movie, but I kind of enjoyed it. 
It was sexy, thrilling, didn't had to use my brain and I was so impressed by Jennefer Lopez's beauty. The women has not aged since the 90's.
Hands down, she is (still) the hottest Hollywood star on the planet. Her body, her face, her hair, her ass,… she still has it.
Jenny from the block, Ceesie love you.

Jan 22, 2015

Could a dog help me find a date?

Everyone knows that finding a date in NYC is as hard as finding a needle in a haystack.
The other day I was walking to my gym and all of a sudden I thought… maybe I should get a dog so I can meet a hot date!?
Ceesie thinks that some New Yorkers buy a dog to get them find the love of their live. People in NYC are just always in a hurry and it's hard to make a genuine connection with a new person and sometimes a dog is the only thing that gets people to stop and talk. 

Dec 14, 2014

Hi, I'm ceesie and I'm a sugar addict

Ceesie just watched a documentary about the huge amount of sugar we put in our body on a daily basis and I was SHOCKED. 
Did you know that every year a human eats about 45 kilograms of sugar?
I know we all like to have a little bit of sweet in our morning coffee, so does Ceesie, and that one spoon won't hurt us, but the average sugar intake in the USA is 30 teaspoons per person per day!!! 
Just to give you an idea, a single can of coke has 39 teaspoons of sugar and a small pack of M&M's may be more than you should have in a day. So imagine how much more we ask our poor body to digest.
Ceesie has to confess that he has a huge sweet tooth himself, every night after my dinner I NEED to have something sweet. I'm probably a sugar addict, like so many others, without even knowing it.
It's disturbing what too much sugar does to a human body: Heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, liver failure, cancer, kidney disease, addiction,…
I know it's hard to resist those sour patch kids, reese's cup cakes, that caramel popcorn while watching a movie or that delicious peanut butter jelly sandwich in the morning, but I think we should all start 2015 with a great New Year's resolution; to eat less sugar and to think about our body before putting another skittle between our teeth, cause we might end up with none when we reach 60.

Dec 1, 2014


Thanksgiving weekend is over and what a weekend it was.
Ceesie got invited to have a full on traditional American Thanksgiving with his friend that lives in the Hamptons. 
Her family is Italian/American, so you can only imagine how much food (and booze) we had.
Her mom made a huge turkey, a ham, string beans, corn bread, sweet potatoes, mixed salad, roasted little onions,… and Ceesie made delicious Brussel sprouts to go with it. 
All this food made the model have a food coma for about 2 hours and woke me up with a huge hangover, but I guess that's the point of Thanksgiving, right? To be thankful for what we have in life and to enjoy tons of food and liquor with friends and family.

Here is the recipe for my delicious Brussel sprouts, which you can also find it back in my cookbook MODEL KITCHEN.

  • -  2 lbs. (900 g) Brussels sprouts, cleaned and rinsed 
  • -  1/2 lemon 
  • -  1 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • - 1 tablespoon honey
  • -  2 tablespoons sesame seeds 
  • -  olive oil 
  • -  salt and pepper 
  • Steam the rinsed Brussels sprouts for 8 minutes. Then plunge into ice-cold water and drain. You shouldn’t overcook Brussels sprouts, otherwise they’ll lose their crispness.Heat a large pan on fairly high heat with the olive oil. Allow the oil to get nice and hot and add the Brussels sprouts. Sauté until they become golden brown and sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg and some honey. They should get a nice brown color, but make sure they don’t burn. Transfer into a large bowl, add a bit more salt and pepper and squeeze the half lemon over the Brussels sprouts. Finally, top with the sesame seeds.
  • Ceesie likes to add some crispy bacon to it. If you do so, replace the olive oil with the bacon fat to get that extra nice taste and don't use too much salt, as bacon is already a bit salty.
  • ENJOY!

Nov 13, 2014

Cafe Gitane

As being a huge food lover I've decided to share some of my favorite food spots in New York City.
Cafe Gitane is a cute little restaurant, located on Mott and Prince Street in NoLiTa, that serves French/Moroccan cuisine. Even though the kitchen is open from 8.30am till 11.30pm, Ceesie prefers to go for lunch on a sunny day.
The restaurant is small and cute, so you usually have to wait about 20-30 minutes, but it's worth the wait.
What to get?
Ceesie likes to start with a fresh cucumber juice and the AMAZING avocado toast, made with generous amounts of fresh avocado, lemon juice and chili flakes.
As a main I usually order the smoked-trout lentil salad, very healthy and filling. (I even copied the recipe in my cookbook, MODEL KITCHEN, that's how good it is!)
The Moroccan couscous with red peppers, raisins, toasted pinenuts, hummus and eggplant - with organic chicken is also one of my favorite dishes on the menu.
It's cash only, so don't forget those dollar bills y'all.

In a nutshell, Cafe Gitane always lives up my expectations. The ambiance is cool, food is great and trendy people are most likely to be spot at Gitane.
Ceesie is a fan!