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)
You just *have* to try the national dish of an enormous pot of mussels stewed in white wine sauce, served with chips and mayonnaise. Eating moules is not dignified, so I guess it makes a great ice-breaker!
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
CHOCOLATE MADE IN BELGIUM !! Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year and has 2,130 chocolate shops in her country.
The Belgian Chocolate Praline is not to be confused with the American praline. Pralines in Belgium are sublime chocolate confections, the highest achievement of the chocolate maker art: A beautifully sculpted chocolate shell concealing a center of filling explodes with a surprise of texture and flavor in your mouth. Many chocolatiers still make their pralines by hand. Every town and even small villages have chocolate stores with luxurious pralines.
Rue du Lombard 24, 1000 Brussels
See chocolate being set into molds on the premises. There is a two-hour demonstration , Tel: (32-2) 511-0755
FAMOUS CHOCOLATE STORES :
Corne Toison D'Or 53 Rue Marche aux Poulet, 1000 Brussels
Chocolat Manon 9-A Chaussee de Louvain, 1210 Brussels
Galler Grand Place, 1000 Brussels. Tel:(322) 502-0266.
Godiva Grand Place 22, 1000 Brussels. Tel:(322) 511-2537
Leonidas Rue au Beurre 34, 1000 Brussels. Tel:(322) 512-8737
La Maison du Chocolat 67 Rue Marche-aux-Herbes, 1000 Brussels
Marcolini Place du Grand Sablon 39, 1000 Brussels. Tel:(322) 514-1206
Neuhaus Gallerie de la Reine, 1000 Brussels. Tel:(322) 512-6359
Wittamer Place du Grand Sablon 12, 1000 Brussels.
No Brussels visit is complete without you having a WAFFEL.
They come as plane waffels with some powder sugar or with all kind of tasty dressings.
Yes, we have ginger bread for Christmas in Sweden too but nothing quite prepares you for speculoosen :) To be ctd.
Not without reason speak, that Bruxelles is the gastronomic capital of Europe. In the evenings its restaurants are filled with thousand gourmets who enjoy various cuisines.