Food glorious food!
I rather think that despite Belgium being on the slightly boring side what it lacks in excitement it certainly makes up for food wise. There are many eateries around Brussels which are really reasonably priced and will give a few examples of the delights.
What is Belgium famous for?
No trip would ever be complete without having a small portion of Belgium chips which are fried twice so that they are nice and crispy on the outside but nice and fluffy on the inside. There are small kiosks dotted around and the wonderful smell of hot chips being cooked. The chips are sold in cones and the chips come pre-salted. On top of the chips you can choose a variety of dressings including Mayonnaise which is the traditional way of eating your chips or with ketchup or Marie Rose sauce as we found in one Chip shop. The chip shops are usually busy and queues are dealt with very quickly. Along side the chips they may sell hot dogs and burgers which are also very nice indeed. They sell hamburgers and the best hamburger I have ever tasted was in Brussels.
Belgium chocolate is absolutely gorgeous but it comes at a price. I much prefer Dark chocolate and detest white chocolate. The selections of chocolate are limitless with so many different varieties and flavours. There are so many little shops and chocoletaries around the town and you can stand in front of the shop drooling at the sight inside the shop. You can pick and choose which chocolates you want to take home with you. They are sold in 250g, 500g and 1kg boxes. There are also truffle like chocolates which are mass produced and although they are quite tasty nothing can imitate the handmade chocolates made by some of the best chocolatiers in the world.
You can smell the sweet smell of the waffles being cooked on the hot plates which can be bought from little shops or kiosks for around 1 Euro alternatively if you eat in a restaurant they are likely to set you back 8-9 euros. They can be served plain, with chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, strawberries and other fresh fruit of the season and accompanied by whipped cream which is sprayed over them. They look so pretty and very tempting as you walk past the shops. We chose two different ones and halved them so we could at least try a variety. I was actually underwhelmed by it as it was not sweet enough for me and found it rather bland which was probably not a bad thing at the end of the day but they do look very tempting and smell delicious when being cooked.
There are hundreds of varieties of beers available in Belgium from dark malty and herbed beers made by Trappist monks to small microbreweries who produce their own versions many of which you will find on the shelves of any supermarket. Belgium is also famous for its cherry beer. I was looking forward to trying this and on a very hot day it was very tasty and refreshing. Full of cherry flavour of which 25% of cherries are used in a bottle of cherry beer. Although I loved it at the time I did not appreciate the after taste of beer in my mouth which somewhat bothered me as I am not normally a beer drinker. It was certainly worth a taste though.
This is for all those who love sea food and comes in a large pot with a deep lid. The Moules are cooked in either white wine or a creamy garlic sauce and served at the table in the pot. The Moules prior to being cooked are shut firmly however once cooked and heated they open up automatically giving you free access to the Moules. There is a variety of ways to eat this ether one at a time and then discarding the empty shell in the lid of the pot or scooping out the flesh from each and every moule and letting it drop back into whatever sauce you have decided on so that you can feast on all the Moules in one fair swoop. There is no right way or wrong way it comes down to personal choice. IF the shell remains closed they it is a good idea to not attempt to open it as a fresh Moule will open on its own without any need to prise it open.
The many restaurants that surround the Grand Place are absolutely fantastic and you can be sure of a decent meal for a reasonable price. There are so many little restaurants and they are all vying for your custom. Waiters will try and lure you into their restaurant as you are walking past. We dined in a lovely restaurant with a roaring log fire even though it was the end of September once the sun had gone down the temperature dropped quite significantly and the wind had got up so it was nice to be sheltered from the wind and chill of the late September evening. One thing is for certain though and that is you certainly won't go hungry in Brussels.