One thing that I am both proud and ashamed of is that I am a foodie. I am proud because I get to try all these different tastes and have amazing experiences related to food (like that one time I drove from California, across the border into Mexico, just to have some proper seafood :P) and ashamed because I do not exercise that much so, basically, all the calories stay where they find some place to fit 😀 Never mind those calories, though… apparently when on vacation, they do not count – or at least so I’ve been told! 😀 with that in mind, I set off on a nice little road trip in Belgium and tried to find a foodie’s 3 reasons to visit Belgium 😊 And…rest assured! Not only did I find them, I tasted plenty of them 😛
If your sweet tooth still hasn’t been satisfied yet… you’re in for a bigger treat!
Belgian waffles are worldwide known. We try to make them at home, but somehow, they taste different when we enjoy them directly in Belgium.
Not really known is that you have two types of waffles: the Liege ones and the Brussels one. The foodie here has tried both of them and the verdict was…
But first off, some facts on the waffles! The Liege waffles are made out of a thicker batter, similar to a cookie dough and they have uneven edges. On the other hand, the Brussels waffles are made out a lighter batter, which makes them thinner and crispier. The shape is also rectangular, with even edges.
Both types of waffles are usually served in restaurants around Belgium but, if you go for example in Brussels, you’ll have more options on Brussels waffles than on Liege ones – go figure!
All waffles can be topped with everything your heart (or rather your stomach!) desires – I preferred the ones with Nutella chocolate cream and bananas. Add a bit of whipped cream on top and you’ve got yourself a winner 😊
Oh yeah…. And the verdict was … the Liege waffle is my favorite 😛
After all this sweetness in your life, you really need to drink something! And what better option for this than..
Now… I consider myself a sort of beer aficionado – as in, I drink beer 😊 😊 Tried the Irish one, the Bavarian one… why not the Belgian one.
Must confess, nothing will ever throw Augustiner off the first place in the top of my beer preferences, but I admit, Belgian beer comes shortly after. OK, OK… let’s say close on 3 – Guinness still brings back fond memories 😛
Getting back to the Belgian beer – Belgium has almost 160 breweries on its territory. If you just do a basic math, you’ll see that there is plenty of beer to go around. Over a billion liters to be more exact – I know this figure sounds completely bonkers, but it is soooo true 😊 😊 Most of it goes to other countries, so check out your local supermarket for some Belgian beer to enjoy asap.
And if these figures do not convince you, this one might – there are over 1000 types of beer produced in Belgium. Say whaaaat? It is literally a beer lover’s heaven. As with chocolate, beer in Belgium also comes in all shapes and sizes. All colours also, depending on the type of beer. And not only that, but in Belgium you really have dedicated bars – meaning… they do not serve any other type of alcohol other than beer 😊 you’re welcome!
If you are also interested in how beer is made (you might be, but only after the first taste!), there are also beer museums – entire buildings dedicated to beer as a unique experience, where you can not only learn about how beer is made, but also taste signature beers of various breweries.
So… the only question that remains is… When is your next trip to Belgium? 😛