It’s just nonsense to be on a diet in Belgium, hard to lose the pounds when there’s this much deliciousness.
1. Belgian beer
Perhaps, the most widely known Belgian commodity, Belgian beer comes in such a wide variety of flavors, it’s hard to try them all! Although not to my personal liking, one of the so-called must try beers in Belgium is a cherry beer called, Kriek lambic. Be warned – it’s very sweet, making a serious case for the inability to be on a diet in Belgium. Other varieties include subtle coffee, ginger, and even coconut flavors. Check out Delirium Café (Impasse De La Fidélité 4 1000 City of Brussels, Belgium) for a selection of over 2,000 Belgian beers.
2. Belgian fries
Although the invention of the fry is not necessarily Belgian, the country does do it well. Generally on the thinner side, Belgian fries come with a variety of sauces, not just the conventional ketchup and mustard dressings. Other condiments include mayonnaise, curry ketchup, aioli, and hollandaise sauce. Make sure you try the Andalouse sauce; it’s what the locals recommend! Want to know more? The Friet Museum (Vlamingstraat 33 Bruggein Bruges) offers a historical and cultural background on the fry.
3. Belgian waffles
What you need to know is that “Belgian” waffles are actually an American invention. In Belgium itself, two types are native: the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle, each indicative of its place of origin. The gustatory difference is stark. The Brussels waffle is made from batter, producing a light, airy and somewhat crisp waffle. The Liege waffle, however, is made from dough, giving it a soft and almost pancake-like consistency. What I love about the Liege waffle is that a very fine sugary shell will form around the outside of the waffle, leaving a sweet surprise kick to every bite! Don’t forget to add toppings: strawberries, chocolate sauce, caramel, syrup, and whipped cream are some of the popular ones. My favorite? Nutella and banana! A local favorite is speculoos, a type of cookie paste that is a must-try Belgium.
4. Belgian chocolate
This category doesn’t need much of an introduction! Make sure you sample a few different kinds while you’re in a chocolate shop – trust me, it won’t be hard to choose more than one. Varieties include milk, dark, and white chocolate with additions like butter cream, ganache, and almonds. Before you set out on a Belgian chocolate hunt, know that many shops close if the temperature is too high! They don’t want their chocolates melting in the heat.