Belgian delights

Nov 1st, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Belgian delights

Hi all

I am heading to Belgium for 6 nights over the Thanksgiving hols. I will be in Bruges for 4 nights and Brussels for two nights. Day trips to Ghent, Ieper and probably Antwerp, time permitting.

I know that beer and chocolate are must-haves (not at the same time, presumably). I also will have moules and frites of course. Any other delicacies? I'm not hugely into seafood but I like what I like (and I like moules!).

Of the above categories and locations, what are the "must seek out" places - whether it be a specific brewery, store, or restaurant?

I've had a number of different Belgian beers so I would like to seek out those which I won't easily find outside of Belgium. I like Chimay, Leffe, and Lambics if that gives anyone reading this an idea of what I do like. Historical breweries/interesting tours would be a bonus regardless of world-wide reknown.

For chocolate - those less easily found in the US would be good to know. I have had Leonidas, for instance. Most chocolate is good chocolate (milk chocolate and Hersheys notwithstanding - blech) so I am easy to please there. I'll bring home chocolates as gifts, too.

Many thanks. I hope this thread takes off and is helpful to others who are looking for good things to eat in Belgium!
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Nov 1st, 2009, 08:24 AM
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You may enjoy a visit to the traditional Cantillon Brewery in Brussels, where they brew the traditional gueuze.

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Nov 1st, 2009, 09:20 AM
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Leffe is my all time fav beer and it's all I drink in Paris when not consuming wine.
Have a wonderful trip!
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Nov 1st, 2009, 09:34 AM
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De Halve Moon brewery is right in Bruges. They offer English guided tour through its old and creaky brewery.
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Nov 1st, 2009, 10:54 AM
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Definitely the Halve Maan brewery - one of the highlights of our trip. The Bruges Zot beer that they brew is great. I have similar tastes in beer as you, so you will probably like it too.

My husband really liked the Rochfort beers - they were a bit heavy for me though. I thought they were good, but couldn't see drinking a whole glass. I enjoyed sampling his though.
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Nov 1st, 2009, 11:01 AM
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Not sure if you like wheat beer. Hoegaarden, althought easily available outside Belgium, is great on tap. Seldom do I see Hoegaarden on tap outside Belguim. I've been to Belgiun a few times, and there are always seasonal beers available. Check some of the Christmas brews, hopefully they will be available at the end of November. Once I had a Christmas brew that flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg and other festive spices.

As for chocolate, I volunteer to sample any Belgian chocolates and I'll tell you what's good! lol.

Neuhaus makes a chocolate with a cream filling, that is only sold in Belguim, sorry, I don't know the name of the chocolate but it is worth trying. Hopefully, another fodorite will know what these chocolates are called.

Don't forget to munch on some Belgian waffles.
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Nov 1st, 2009, 11:03 AM
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should read...I had a Christmas brew that was flovoured with cinnamon, nutmeg and other festive spices.
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Nov 1st, 2009, 11:11 AM
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The Bruges Zot topped my list of beers in Belgium.
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Nov 1st, 2009, 12:46 PM
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Hey, thanks everyone! I knew this would get some good comments. Mmmmm, chocolate. Mmmmm, beer. To think I hated beer until I had "real" beer.

I finalized my Bruges B&B - I'm staying at the Absoluut Verhulst based on reports here and TA. I'm also staying at the Dixseptieme in Brussels - I know yk has stayed at both places, too.

I've also made some enquiries regarding Ieper battlefield tours. I just don't want to get rained out (like I did visiting Conimbriga in Portugal - dreadful, dreadful touring day). I see Quasimodo tours will pick you up in Bruges, which is a bonus. It's 55E for the entire day - 9 to 5 PM - including the transportation. I saw other ones online for 35E for part day tours and you have to get yourself to Ieper so this sounds like a good deal. I'll research more for quality, but, for convenience and price Quasimodo sounds great.

Thanks again!
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Nov 1st, 2009, 02:45 PM
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tod - I was going to send you an email but I see you don't have one listed on your main profile page. Thank you for the compliment, and please pass that on to your daughter!

I'm going to start a trip report on the recent London trip soon, maybe even before I finish the Normandy one.
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flygirl, have fun in Belgium! Lovely country, friendly people, fantastic food and beer. I've never had a bad meal there. Belgian chocolate is awesome. ;-)
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Nov 4th, 2009, 03:31 AM
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Thanks again everyone!

I've also gotten good tips on TA and some foodie friends.

I'll post the list later and report back when I am home.
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