Like in France, in Belgium croissants are very popular for breakfast. I ate them every day for breakfast...:) Just tasty!
A croissant is a butter-laden flaky French pastry, named for its distinctive crescent shape. Croissants are made of a leavened variant of puff pastry by layering yeast dough with butter and rolling and folding a few times in succession, then rolling.
Making croissants by hand requires skill and patience, but the development of factory-made, frozen, pre-formed but unbaked dough has made them into a fast food which can be freshly baked by unskilled labor. Indeed, the croissanterie was explicitly a French response to American fast food. This innovation, along with the croissant's versatility and distinctive shape, has made it the best-known type of French pastry in much of the world. In many parts of the United States, for example, the croissant (introduced at the fast food chains Arby's in the United States and Tim Hortons in Canada in 1983) has come to rival the long-time favorite doughnuts.
Some call them French fries, some lunatics even called them freedom fries (I hope they choke on it for raping our fries good name like this) but just call them fries :)
or Belgian fries... voila!
no more discussions!
and the real ones comes in a tip bag (see picture).
At leas as important as the choice of the right name is the choice where to eat them!
At Place Jourdan/Jourdan Plein you will find the best frittes if you believe the stories that goes around :)
When Norali and Peter_P organised the 30th November meeting in Brussels, lots of us tried them and agreed... they were suberb!
Maison Antoine ! Don't look any further!
It just doesn't get any better than this. Seriously. The process is half the fun and beauty of it all too. Choosing and buying fresh ingredients in the local market. Standing around and watching in admiration as my dear friend prepared and cooked. One fantastic meal after another. Described as "simple" but they were truly anything but. Sorry, cher ami. All of this so very much bears repeating. ;-)))
There is nothing more Belgian then a 'FRITKOT'
It's cheap , greasy , unhealthy and we love it.
You will find them in France and in the
Netherlands. But these are poor decoctions
of what we got here in Belgium.
For starters a real belgian 'fritkot' will have
a large scale of meat-snacks.
Some homemade and a lot from big
companies. Belgians always need a sauce
with the fries and often another extra one for
The fries need to be fresh and baked twice.
We don't like those little stick...we want them
thick. With or without salt. A good 'fritkot' will
When we were shopping on sunday afternoon
we needed some drinks and some rest.
At the square of 'onze-lieve-vrouw-ter-kapelle'
there were lots of people eating fries and
a lot of them were waiting to get some.
The 'fritkots' name is
'friture pitta de la chapelle'.
The fries tasted great , the spot was perfect
to sit...the owners are new belgians.
(I think north african origine).
But I wasn't too impressed by their sauces.
Anyway , you should at least try it ones....
This is something really 'brussels'.
You will find them in other cities as well ,
but they are more present in Brussels.
'karakollen' are snails , cooked in water
and vegetables and well spiced.
You eat them with a plastic fork in a little plastic
bowl...some people also drink the 'soup'.
You can find them on squares when the weather is fine...
This one is in front of the 'Saint Catharina church'...
They are really present at Brussels fair near
the south station , 'gare du midi'.
You like them or your don't.
I eat them once in a while .
Even our former king Boudewijn loved them.
Wherever you enter a Restaurant and don't know what to otder, just order this and you will be happy!
Nice mussels (from my province Zeeland in The Netherlands, tthe best!!!), with Belgian beer and "frietjes"......enjoy it!
IN de region 'MAROLLEN' in BRUSSELS, situated near Le Palais de Justice PEOPLE USED TO EAT LOTS OF SOEP.
Probably because it is simple to make and not being rich (but poor) and having larger families than we have now, it is easier to make a large pan of hot soup filled with everything they could get.
Now there is something I haven't seen before wherever I have been....
In de HOOGSTRAAT (RUE HAUTE) IS A SOUPE-BAR.
We entered this recently opened bar. It was white and blue. Ordered soup and got a nice white china tray with a large bowl of wonderful smelling soup......
ASs a side dish there is bread and you can also order salads.
The owner is New de Wolf and therefore there are wolves on everything....
The atmosphere was fine and pleasant, de very hot soupe excellent, the bread fresh and fine: in short.....I can recommend this place to you all!
The ADDRESS: SOEP BAR
HOOGSTRAAT 89 RUE
OPEN; every day 10AM - 6.30PM
CLOSED on WEDNESDAYS
On a crazy-cold, wet and even snowy (well, it tried!) noontime along the Grand Place, these girls had the right idea: yummy hot waffles with powdered sugar! Messy, sure, but that's what the napkins were for. Mmmmm, you can smell the chocolate and sugar from here, can't you?
Geisha_Girl with Christian.Lafont depart from Brussels to Paris. They got 2 hrs. free waiting to their high speed train at Midi Station, best to spend a meeting with local Vter's!!
What to do? try Belgian waffle with cuppa coffee and hot choco! haha GG! I hope you had fun with the waffle, but hey..did yah like it?.
Everybody knows the famous chocolate is Belgian made..Thus, when you talk about it..it is absolutely the ' Belgian Pralines ' the finest of them all!
It won't be Belgium without chocolates!
don't miss this while you're in town.
I remember wonderful, colorful and long street with restaurants on both sides with small tables outside and hundreds of people eating there. And they presented food, especially seafood and fish on street stalls in front of some restaurants. As you can see on my picture they watered fish there :-))).
Hmm... that time I coudn't see such things in my country and my budget was... better don't ask me hehe. But I enjoyed my window - eating a lot there :-))).
This is very traditional, The arrival of Saint Nicholas is celebrated in Belgium on the 5'th of December, in this period you can find lots of chocolates in town in Saint Nicholas form, just like in the photo...kids love it but I'm sure you will love it too!!
This photo is a kind of promoting the belgian chocolates right opposite the statue of Manneke Pis. Their specialty is Belgian Pralines, very belgian!! and since the place is very touristy, many people loves to have a box of pralines.
Typically in Brussels restaurants, in fact across Belgium, we discovered that our waiter never brought us the bill until we'd asked for it. You can sit around waiting all night! It's not rude - they just don't want to rush you!
One of the culinary specialities in Belgium is the famous "frites" ("french fries" ... but I prefer to say "belgian fries". After all, they were invented by Belgians ;-) And the best place to buy them is the "Maison Antoine". Try the home-made "tartare" sauce (tell them if you want the sauce separated or on the fries). Or may be you will prefer a "mitraillette" (fries and hamburger in bread) or a hot dog or a sausage ... If you want to sit down, cross the street and go to the typical Belgian pub "Chez Bernard". Frites are allowed if you have a drink.
I found this funny article about belgian fries and Maison Antoine on http://www.businessweek.com/1999/99_22/c3631157.htm. If you want to know how fries were invented, what's the origin of the name "frite", what's the secret of the tasty Belgian fries etc., please have a look ;-)
Maison Antoine, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels (not far from Schuman and Mérode, not far from European Parliamant)