Hello, friends and I hope that you had great Easter holidays 🙂
This year, I spent Easter weekend in Belgium visiting an old friend from high school. We slept in Leuven but we visiting Brussels during the day. I have already visited this European capital a few years ago, but it was basically for professional reasons so I didn’t have that much time to see the main attractions or to have some of their tasty food. Today, I am happy to share with you this blog post about being a tourist in Brussels (foodwise!).
1- Belgian fries:
As soon as you arrive in Brussels, you can’t help but notice the smell of fried food everywhere. Belgium is known for its unique recipe of fried potatoes. They are cut 10mm thick, washed in cold water and then fried twice which makes them crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It’s also believed that Belgian add some animal fat to the frying oil.
Belgian fries are best served in a paper cone and topped with a sauce like mayonnaise or ketchup or any other sauce since there is a large number of them. You can also order other fried food like fried sausages, bacon, fish, etc.
Miam! For me, there should be a whole post for waffles, or maybe even a whole separate blog. Once in Belgium, I can’t get enough of hot served Belgian waffles with fruits and chocolate.
There are also a lot of other options to eating waffles. You can have them plain for like 2€ or you can add almost whatever you want: white, milk or dark chocolate, jam, whipped cream, speculoos, Nutella, maple syrup, fruits and the list goes on.
Waffles in Belgium can also be served in a paper cone when they are bite-sized. In fact, there is a large variety of waffle size, shape, and recipe. We had the chance to try the Brussels waffles, the Liège waffles, and filled waffles.
Brussels waffles are rectangular. Their recipe goes back to the 18th century. They are crispy on the outside and light on the inside.
Liège waffles, on the other hand, are way denser and sweeter. Their recipe also goes back to the 18th century and includes sugar crystals that caramelize when they meet the hot waffle iron which gives a sticky exterior.
Of course, chocolate is a major industry in Belgium and if you didn’t notice that, you can’t miss it if you visit this country during Easter weekend. There are a lot of chocolate shops on every street.
The term Belgian doesn’t mean that the cacao trees grow in Belgium but only that the final product is made there. A lot of maîtres chocolatiers still traditionally hand-make the chocolate which explains sometimes the expensive price of such product. But, you still can find affordable delicious chocolate everywhere in Belgium.
Belgian are very creative about how they present the chocolate-based products. Of course, there were a lot of chocolate eggs because it was Easter. But, I also found these funny ” chocolate tools” (I work in the automotive industry! so you can understand why I find this funny). A lot of different other shapes are also available (snails, hearts, Mannekinpis, etc)
Now, I am not an expert of beers and since there are a lot of them in Belgium ( thousands of different beers typified by color, fermentation method and alcohol percentage), but if you are into beer tasting, you are in the right country. Beer for Belgians is a culture that the UNESCO inscribed two years ago in their Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. If you want a good address you can visit the Delirium Café. This place entered the Guinness Book of records in 2004 by serving the largest number of beer variety: 2004 different type of beer was commercially available at the bar by 2004! Now the number is as high as 4000 different beers.
I hope that you liked this first blog post about Belgium. There will be another one about things to do when in Brussels. But for now you can share with me in the comment box below if you have been in Belgium before and what did you most like there. If you read until here, it’s the moment to tell you about the Belgian chocolate box I am offering to one of my readers. All you need to do is to follow me on Instagram, like the photo below and tag one of your friends.
You can also leave a comment on the blog post and tell me if you liked it. I would really appreciate it 🙂
See you soon.
🇬🇧 I have just finished a new blog post about Belgian 🇧🇪 specialities that you absolutely need to try once in Brussels (or any other Belgium city 😉 ) I am also hosting for the first time on my page a giveaway. If you want to participate you can follow the link to my blog 👇 for more details about terms and conditions. I will announce the winner in Friday 13 😮 They will be receiving from me a bix of Belgian chocolate 🍫 Good luck for everyone 🤞 https://beforeyour30.com/2018/04/04/fries-waffleschocolate-and-bier-easter-weekend-in-brussels/ ° ~~~👇~~~ ° 🇫🇷 Je viens juste de finir un nouveau post sur mon blog sur les spécialités belge 🇧🇪 que je vous conseille vivement d'essayer si vous allez à Bruxelles (ou n'importe quelle autre ville belge 😉 ) Aussi, j'organise pour la première fous sur ma page un jeu. Si vous voulez participer vous pouvez suivre le lien pour mon blog 👇 pour plus d'informations sur les termes et conditions. J'annoncerai le ou la gagnant(e) le vendredi 13 😮 Il ou elle recevra de ma part une boîte de chocolat belge 🍫 Bonne chance à tous 🤞 https://beforeyour30.com/2018/04/04/fries-waffleschocolate-and-bier-easter-weekend-in-brussels/ • • • #mytravelgrams #lovetotraveltheworld #adevntureaddidct #backpackersworld #backpackinglife #adventuregram #globewanderer #amazingdestinations #photographyislove #photographyisfun #photographyfun #photographerlovers #photographygoals #photographyworld #photographyaccount #photographersofig #worldphotography #trav3lr #phototrip #lifestyleblogs #lifestyleblogging #igbloggers #shinyhappybloggerst #travelbloggerlife #travelstory #discoverunder1k #blogginglife #newblogger #bloggersofig #newbloggers