travel & my expanding waistline - Belgium

Monday, October 13, 2014

Travel is good for the soul. Every time I arrive somewhere new my excitement is brimming and happy emotions flow.

However, I am starting to realise that travel is not so kind to my waistline! Travel and eating are integrally linked to me - like sleeping and dreaming. One of the things I love about travel is trying new foods wherever I go. So when my parents, hubby and I visited Belgium last weekend I knew we would be sampling a lot of tasty eats.

Belgium is famous for it's food. And we wanted to taste everything...

1. Belgium Beer
Beer in Belgium rages from pale lager to dark stouts and flaming red brews inbetween. There are about 180 breweries in Belgium and almost every individual beer has its own uniquely shaped glass - to improve the drinking flavour. My long-time favourite is Kriek Belgium beer - made with fermented sour cherries. Delicious!

Belgium Kriek cherry Beer
my first Kriek beer of the trip - straight from the can and amazing!

2. Belgium chocolate
It's a terrible thing walking through a city in Belgium - every fifth shop is a chocolate shop and temptation is everywhere. 

If you're after the best don't go cheap. Our AirB&B host from Bruge told us if were were paying less than 15 Euros per 100 grams then expect to be buying chocolate from China!

Chocolate shop - Brussels, Belgium
one of many chocolate shops in Brussels, Belgium

In Belgium chocolate pieces with a soft centre are called Pralines and the variety is endless. My favourite flavours this trip were dark chocolate raspberry and white chocolate passion-fruit.

A selection of Belgium pralines
Belgium pralines - yummmm

3. Belgium biscuits and cookies
In between the endless chocolate shops you'll find Belgium biscuit shops and other sweet treat shops. One of the most famous Belgium biscuits is the humble Speculoos - a type of spiced shortbread biscuit.

Window display - Belgium biscuit shop, Brussels
window display - Belgium biscuit shop

4. Belgium frites
Frites are immensely popular in Belgium, and it's no wonder as the humble french fry originated in this country. They are sold everywhere - in restaurants and street stands, and are served alongside almost every meal. Needless to say over four days we ate our weight in frites.

Belgium triple-cooked frites and salad
Belgium triple-cooked frites served with salad

5. Belgium hot chocolate
Hot chocolate comes in several forms in Belgium - but my favourite is by far the mug of steaming hot milk served alongside a dish of liquid chocolate heaven and cream, allowing you to 'mix your own' hot chocolate perfection. Oh, and chocolate is served on the side as well :)

Belgium hot chocolate
my perfect hot chocolate - made by me!

Belgium hot chocolate

6. Ummm... did I mention Belgium chocolate?

Earl Grey chocolate pralines - Belgium
Earl Grey pralines from my favourite Belgium chocolate shop - The Chocolate Line

7. Belgium waffles
Who could forget Belgium waffles? These are commonly sold as a sweet street snack as well as in tea rooms and restaurants. After several days of eating I was trying to be healthy and ordered my waffle with fruit (ha ha).

Belgium fruit waffle - Bruges
Belgium fruit waffle - Bruges

8. Belgium mussels...

9. Belgium fruit jellies...

10. Belgium pastries

11. Belgium steak

12, Belgium stew

13. Belgium pâté... and so on...

I'm off to the gym.

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20 comments

  1. So happy to read you like Belgium :-))) !
    And you "complain" about a few days being confronted with all those diet-hazards... Just imagine how life is when you have to live here ! It's a neverending struggle trying to resist chocolate :-(((

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    1. Oh but I would be in chocolate bliss every day.... :)

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  2. Ah everything looks so delicious! I'm not too tempted by chocolate usually thank god - but then waffles, hot chocolate, fried and cookies would be hard to pass by!

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    1. Belgium truly is a food holiday!

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  3. Apart from the beer, I would not be able to resist a single one of these.. literally not a single one. When I travel most of my money gets spent on food!

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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    1. Snap. All my money gets spent on food, and coffee :)

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  4. The best holidays are the ones where you eat everything in site. I'm so glad I read this on my lunch break, and not before, or I'd have been RAVENOUS now after these pictures.

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    1. Hope you enjoyed your lunch!

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  5. It all sounds so amazing! I would be eating non stop if I was in Belgium.

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    1. You and me both. My body loved and hated me at the same time!

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  6. You have hit on all of my Belgian favourites there! Hotel Chocolat <3

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    1. There's nothing better than Belgium chocolate!!

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  7. oh man. i miss speculoos most of all!

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    1. Such a simple looking biscuit, but a world full of taste :)

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  8. I can't even pick out what I want to eat most from this post. It all looks so delicious! It looks like Belgium could be a foodies heaven! x

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    1. You are right on the money Amanda :)

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  9. How funny! So much eye candy and as for those chocolates!

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    1. Eye candy that was rather irresistible.

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  10. It's an absolutely scrumptious city, isn't it!

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