Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Local Customs

  • Frites home made.
    Frites home made.
    by breughel
  • Moules in my dish.
    Moules in my dish.
    by breughel
  • Chocolate - Brussels
    Chocolate - Brussels
    by solopes

Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Local Customs

  • Eating

    Brussels Local Customs

    Mussels with frites are a national dish in Belgium. We call them "moules casserole" as they are cooked in a "casserole" which is a large pan of minimum 3 liters content. This volume is needed to prepare the usual amount of 1 kg mussels per person. This quantity of mussels contains about 250 gr. of flesh. The crux of the matter is the mussels. They...

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  • Drinking

    Brussels Local Customs

    Some day I will write a bit more about them because these beers when brewed in the authentic way (Oude Kriek) are somewhat sour so that people not born in the Senne Valley often don't appreciate them. They are beers for Brusseleirs and genuine Brusseleirs are a species in danger of extinction. About the other beers I must say that we were anxious...

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  • Languages

    Brussels Local Customs

    The Flemish University of Brussels VUB has just published a study about the languages spoken in Brussels. There are 104 different languages spoken in Brussels. I don't know if there were as many at the Tower of Babel? Nr 1 is French 88%, Nr 2 English 30%, Nr 3 Dutch 23%, Nr 4 Arab 18%, and Nr 5 Spanish 9%. (A large number of inhabitants speak...

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  • Comic Strip Art

    Brussels Local Customs

    A common image in most cities, is the presence of someone painted in white, trying to imitate a known statue or figure. It's a job, like many other, with variable quality, inviting people to deposit a coin in front of it. We saw in Brussels a very uncommon statue, trying to represent Van Gogh, but in a so unbalanced position that no one could ever...

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  • Tipping

    Brussels Local Customs

    Taxes and tips are always included in the price you need to pay in pubs, restaurants and even taxis. However it is an unwritten rule that if you are satisfied about the service and your bill is not a round number (*), you can add up to make it round. How much, it depends a bit on the total of the bill. You will not go tipping a lot if you only had...

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  • Festivals

    Brussels Local Customs

    Even at late night Grand Place is full of people. The holiday proceeds all through the night! You can watch my 3 min 17 sec Video Brussels in the evening part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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  • Flower Carpet

    Brussels Local Customs

    After the flower carpet in August it is also a long established tradition to plant a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the Grand Place. In the Belgium Ardennes fir trees are very common and the "Abies nordmania" type is cultivated as Christmas tree and widely exported in the EU. The Christmas tree on the Grand Place was often sent as a present...

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  • Markets & Flea Markets

    Brussels Local Customs

    These street markets are located near Place Agora, very close to the bronze statute of Burgomaster Chaeles Buls and his dog. There are a number of stalls selling everything from lace to imitation glass of beer. It is very colourful as you walk by late afternoon, stop and have a coffee and watch the world go by.

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  • Museums

    Brussels Local Customs

    Before the prosaic numeration system for addresses was introduced in continental Europe, it was customary to place some distinctive element in the façade that would allow for its identification. Many old buildings still have these statuetes or decorations and are still even referred to after them.

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