Death by Chocolates and Desserts in Belgium

I have earlier written about my foodie exploits in Belgium at lunch and dinner. This post is dedicated to my sinful indulgence into Chocolates and Desserts during my stay in Belgium. We were walking around pretty picturesque Bruges, feeding ducks and counting our blessings for the clear azure sky after a short rainy spell. I love the window displays in the stores in Europe, very creative, pretty and interesting. We walked in and out of a few picking up souvenirs and tasting Belgian chocolates beyond the Godiva and Guylian. Actually, I love the unnamed, home made ones which also smell of the love that the maker mixed in as a delightful bonus. We took small bites of apple tart, strawberry and chocolate pastries and ogled at others leaving them for another day.

Belgian Chocolates

A few steps ahead my contented burp was stuck in my throat at the sight of a chocolate dinosaur.Desserts in Belgium

Belgian Crepes

After a long walk through the gardens and town centre we walked into this rather authentic looking cafe where the walls were plastered with old news paper. After weaning my friend away from a normal lunch I had to ensure she had her fill of Illy Coffee. So, we settled down to ordering crepes and coffee.Desserts in Belgium - Crepe

The perfect pan cake was served with dollops of cream, strawberry and powdered sugar which melted in my mouth before my friend could take her first sip of Illy. I have grown up on the Indian versions of Pancake- Dosa and PatiShepta(a bengali sweet dessert which is made like a pancake with sweetened batter and has a khoya or coconut filling) but with this one, all I can say is that the burp which was stuck in my throat earlier finally found expression.Belgian Crepe

Belgian Waffles

I was ready to call it a day but my friend egged me on, urging me to try the Belgian Waffle. After moments of reluctance, I took the plunge and am awfully glad I did.Desserts in Belgium - Waffle

 Belgian Waffles are crispier, have higher grid patterns, lighter (due to the yeast leavened batter) and served warm with powdered sugar and often with a bowl of fruit sauce. I instantly chose cherry sauce as I was bowled over by the Belgian Kriek !! (cherry flavored beer) that I had tasted earlier. While, I had promised to share it with my friend since I was apparently full but when I saw the plate, I conveniently forgot and dived for it !! 

Its not hard work for one with a sweet tooth to accept death by the finest chocolates and desserts. Life is a Vacation, me says !! 🙂

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A Lunch and A Dinner in Belgium

As much as I remember the art and architecture, I remember Belgium food. During one of my short trips to Belgium visiting friends, I enjoyed a pan full of Mussels at lunch and a plate full of spare ribs at dinner and have been drooling over these delights ever since.

Mosselen Witte Wijn (Mussels in White Wine)

I was wandering around Grote Markt (Market Square) in Antwerp with a friend when a gush of wind and untimely rain decided to sweep us away. We rushed to the nearest restaurant around the market square and settled down to pan full of mussels cooked in leek, onion and white wine which seemed to be the most popular of them all. Frankly, I was a bit deterred when I saw the quantity (1kg) but they were so inviting that I decided to relish them one piece at a time. Time flew as we caught up on old times and continued to demolish the mussels one by one. It was not a difficult task after all soon the awfully delicious stuff was consigned to a heap in another bowl.Belgium Food

Mussel shells crack open as they are steamed with the vegetables and the sauces (white wine in this case). It is best to avoid the mussels that have not opened up as they may not be fit for consumption. The best way to enjoy the mussels is to scoop it out using a shell rather than a fork and pop it into your mouth, allowing the juices to melt on your tongue.Belgium Food

Keep counting, enjoy your bowl, with a glass of beer maybe (500 authentic varieties too choose from, beyond Stella Artois). We settled with Belgian Kriek, cherry flavoured, a bit sweet, a little bit of tang but perfect accompaniment with the mussels. Mussels are best had in the months that end with “R” and January, February are the only exceptions (Y is almost silently pronounced in Dutch). I was spot on, it was in the middle of September and the best time to relish them.Belgium Food

I scooped out some of the mussels in a bowl, added a bit of the garlic sauce, some pepper and salt and the result was awesome, almost like a salad. Not to forget, the average Belgian will frown if you happen to mention that the best mussels come from Netherlands and if this is mentioned at an eatery, you may not be served at all 🙂 My Belgian friends gladly admitted that the large juicy delicious ones are often a product of Netherlands, and wherever it may come from , I look forward to my next bowl of mosselen !!!

Ribby Dinner at Amadeus

After lunch we took a train to Ghent and sauntered about town admiring the gothic styled buildings and walking on cobbled paths. The Earthly Menu Card in a park left me amused and hungry. I had heard about the famed ribs of Ghent from my friends and we headed to Amadeus to spend the evening over glasses of red wine and generous helpings of “Spare Ribs a Volonte”. Belgium Food

The caramelized ribs are served with a house special dip, a jacket potato cooked right and a side salad. As I gently cut through the well done ribs and tasted a mouthful, the caramelized meat melted on my tongue. The next few minutes were more of food and less of conversation. The dip (secret herb butter) with a dash of garlic is heavenly and I generously smeared some on the ribs and on the jacket potato. We devoured through 2 helpings each discussing life, food and culture but frankly my mind was only on the ribs.

Though originally from Ghent, this restaurant now has outlets in Brussels and Antwerp. They run full house most of the time and it is better to book ahead to avoid disappointment. The unlimited ribs, sides and wine for a fixed price is a steal and would recommend anyone with a taste for ribs to drop in.

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Earthly Menu Card in a Park in Ghent

After a long day around the quaint town of Ghent in Belgium we walked into the park to relax for a while. The Earthly Menu Card written in Dutch at the entrance of the park caught my attention and while I could understand the gist of it, my friend Ruchira helped me with the translation. I wish we had it in the gateway of every park and area in India to improve civic awareness and be sensible about managing garbage.

Earthly Menu Card GhentEnjoy the view – 0 EUR

For company of friends (girl/boy friends)- 0 EUR

For Relaxation – 0 EUR

Enjoy atmosphere – 0 EUR

Meeting  people – 0 EUR

Pleasant breeze – 0 EUR

Sunshine – 0 EUR

Amusement – 0 EUR

Composing poetry – 0 EUR

1 drop of garbage – 120 EUR

 

 

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