01 September 2018

Weekend Cooking: Belgium in the Glass

The restaurant Barbue d'AnversYou would think that after more than two weeks in Europe, I'd have a couple dozen photos of the wonderful meals I enjoyed while traveling. You would, however, be wrong.

My recent trip to Brugges proves once again that it's a good thing I'm primarily a book blogger instead of a food blogger. I have only a few not very good photos of what I ate.

It turns out that I'm happy to snap pictures of the drinks I ordered, but once the dishes arrive at the table, I'm more interested in savoring my meal than in taking a photo. Oops!

We ate very, very well in Belgium. I had (among other foods) tapas, olives, croquettes, rabbit, Flemish stew, salads, chocolate, salmon, croissants, pasta, steak, cheeses, cured meats, breads, meatballs, croque monsieur, macaroons, and smoked chicken. One of my most memorable meals was eaten in the restaurant shown above, which is just across the border in Lille, France.

What to drink in Belgium

We did our best to sample all that the region had to offer in drinks. Hot chocolate, espresso, gin cocktails, champagne, wine, and lots and lots of beer. We even visited a jenever (Flemish gin) museum and tasted a couple of varieties. The photos show just some of what I drank.

What to drink in Belgium

Next week, when I'm a bit more rested (I'm still trying to get over the jet lag), I'll have more to say. For today, I just want to thank Deb from Kahakai Kitchen for taking over as the Weekend Cooking host, despite starting a new job and dealing with the hurricane threat!

What to drink in Belgium
Here are some quick beer notes. The Gruut beer is brewed in Ghent, and that's where we drank it. Although the Westmalle quadrupel was my favorite beer, I forgot to photograph it (despite having ordered it two or three times). Shown instead is their tripel. Westmalle is a Belgium Trappist brewery.

What to drink in Belgium

The Bourgogne des Flanders and Straffe Hendrik are both brewed in Brugges. The breweries offer tours, and each also has a restaurant. I prefer dark beers, though some of the tripels were good.

When you travel, do you take photos of your meals or drinks? Am I the only slacker?

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rhapsodyinbooks 9/1/18, 6:21 AM  

We loved sampling the beers in Belgium. We didn't even know about doubles and triples (and more!) till we went there. And yes, I take pictures of food and drink when we travel, and we find we like reminiscing over them better than the endless buildings!

Unknown 9/1/18, 7:05 AM  

Thanks for hosting

bermudaonion 9/1/18, 7:22 AM  

I always forget to take pictures of everything - that's how much of a slacker I am. The beers are great - we sell all but one.

Tina 9/1/18, 8:02 AM  

What a fabulous time! I love the photos you’ve shared on Instagram & look forward to more, hearing about your trip. We like darker beers and ales too, sounds like a trip we need to plan. The foods you described have me drooling 🤤

Jackie McGuinness 9/1/18, 10:26 AM  

I don't get great photos of food either, we were out with friends last night so I didn't take any as I figured they'd make fun of me.

And it was such good food!

Sue Jackson 9/1/18, 11:15 AM  

ha ha - that's so funny because I'm the same way! Even when I plan to write or blog about a meal later, as soon as that food arrives, I forget all about photos and dig in! lol

Sounds like you had an amazing trip! I have never been to Belgium, but my husband has been there for work - I would love to go sometime!

Rest up, enjoy some reading this weekend to get your body clock back on track. Welcome home!


Mae Travels 9/1/18, 11:47 AM  

Your list of what you ate (but didn't photograph) is intriguing AND mouth-watering. I'm sort of slowing down on the rate at which I photograph food also, unless it's really made for looking, not just for eating.

Glad you are back to hosting this nice weekend blog event.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Deb in Hawaii 9/1/18, 11:58 AM  

So happy to have you back. It was my pleasure to guest host. ;-)
I still try to take photos of what I eat but do it less often than I used to--mainly I don't if I forget, or if I feel it will hold up others or the lighting isn't great. Sometimes it's nice jut to eat and enjoy it!

Vicki 9/1/18, 2:20 PM  

I sometimes forget to take photos of my food so I know what you're talking about.

Amanda 9/2/18, 8:24 AM  

Keep resting, and hopefully you'll feel better soon!

I tend to forget to take pictures of either food OR drink, haha!

Les in Oregon 9/2/18, 10:02 PM  

I love dark beer (stouts and porters) and those look delicious! Not so sure about the rabbit, but all the other meals sound wonderful.

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