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!!
Freedom fries, chips, or frites – whichever name you prefer to use – they’re Belgian! And we take this responsibility very seriously. Made with Belgian Bintje potatoes, cooked twice and served in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise, these Belgian treats embody potato perfection.
A favorite place to sample fries are at frietkots or fritures, which are outdoor vendors who sell – you guessed it – Belgian fries. There are more than 4000 frietkots throughout Belgium and many carry a selection of over 50 dipping sauces to choose from. One of the most visited frietkots in Brussels is a local favorite, Antoine's, a landmark stand on the Place Jourdan. Whether enjoyed at a three star Michelin restaurant or right off the street, this Belgian specialty is not to be missed.
The real Brussels waffle (called Belgian waffle abroad) is light and crispy, served warm and often dusted with confectioner's sugar or whipped cream. One can have it as desert or as snack, but lots of street vendors sell it too.
Warm Liège waffles are mostlyonly sold by street vendors. They are sweeter and denser and real calorie bombs, but oh so tasty.
Don't let anyone stop you from buying waffles from street vendors. The food is ok.
I think the second most popular pastime in Belgium, after beer drinking, is chocolate. It seems there is a chocolatier on every corner and not only are they delightful to the eye, but also to the palate. You can see a big hen and her eggs, all done in chocolate.
Our friend Guy, surprised us with a gift from Neuhaus and they are truly "sinful" ^O^
Here is their homesite if you would like to order online.
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!
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.
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 :-))).
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.
After Beer and Chocoalte, you will most likely find a Belgian Waffle stand, this is the fast food of Belgium, like fries in the US and Falafel in Israel, you will find them on every street. Get one and enjoy being a Belgian for a few moments.
Check out my TRAVELOGUES on:
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* Some Belgian Recipes
* Delicious Belgian Chocolates
* Belgian Beers (Want to know how to pronounce all beers names? Check out this FUN SITE: http://belgianstyle.com/mmguide/pronounce/speak.html
* Belgian Trappist Beers (6) are located on my BELGIUM PAGE Travelogue
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