We took a day trip (3 hours from Amsterdam) to the amazing medieval city of Bruges, a city as bustling as London in the 15th century filled with gilded architecture, canals, mussels, beer, chocolate and gorgeous northern light. It didn't take long to get our fist hit of chocolate--a modern take on the Belgium waffle--hot off the griddle and sandwich around glorious melted chocolate. We took in the Sunday flea market--where all the items were purchased by dealers from the surrounding old homes so the bric-a-brac was all completely local. I bought an old cookie tin with the Bruges city scape pressed in relief. Rose--an antique dealer in her day-- was in heaven.
Our meal was eaten at an old Bruges haunt serving classic old Bruges type dishes and delicious beer. Rose's Waterzooi--an old school staple--is really close to the French chicken fricasee (profiled in details in MSL October mag). And, no Belgium meal is complete without the world famous Frites (aka French fries but don't say that around these parts). The potatoes themselves are sweet/savory with a fantastic texture, fried to a crisp on the outside and served with mayonaise. The beer I had, a Triple Karmelit, tasted of coriander and citrus with a foamy topping as delicous as w lightly whipped meringue.
Another beautiful day of travels with mama Rosie.