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    The Holy Temple of Carrefour: Wavre

    by DrewV Updated Jul 14, 2003

    As a university town with practically no permanent residents, LLN has one of the worst shopping districts imaginable. There are a couple of stores selling school supplies and a few computer places, a bike shop, and some magazine stands, but all in all, not overly much. There are three grocery stores in town. The Aldi under the train station is the grungiest, but the cheapest. The other two (whose names I forget) are more expensive, but higher quality. The green store next to the Aldi is open on weekends, which is a sizeable plus if you are marooned in town for the weekend and need some munchies.

    But the crown jewel of area shops is the Carrefour in Wavre, the next town over. Easily reached by car, and not too bad by train, the Carrefour sells everything. It's like Super Walmart meets Safeway. They even have a "foreign food" section with tortillas. In Belgium, mind you. Terrific. Yeah, it's a pain to take the train and then walk across town, but sometimes, you just need tortillas.

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    Mmmm, Chocolate...

    by DrewV Updated Jul 14, 2003

    Belgians are justifiably proud of their exploits in the field of chocolate. Let the Japanese perfect cars; let the French perfect stinky cheese. Belgians are the masters of chocolate. Hands down. No argument permitted.

    Therefore, when you're in Belgium, you know you're going to eat some chocolate somewhere, but what kind?

    For value and quality, I prefer Cote d'Or as a day-to-day chocolate. Simple yet sublime, the flavours explode in your mouth without leaving your thirsty or dry.

    For a gourmet chocolate, Leonidas is my gout de choix. While a bit pricey, it exhibits a perfection rarely found in dessert items. Smooth, luxurious, every taste is a heavenly delight.

    Not that I like chocolate or anything. And I wonder why I put on a pound or two while I was in Belgium...

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