A Taste of Brussels

By: Charliegibson
When you think of Brussels, you might not think of good food. Ah, what a mistake. Belgium has excellent food and Brussels leads the way. You should only stay for a few days or you will do serious damage to your waistline.

Belgium is a mix of French and Flemish influences. In fact, there has been talk of the country splitting in two. This has resulted in a culinary tradition of tremendous chocolate, beer and, of course, heavenly waffles.

Belgium is known for its waffles and rightly so. The waffles you have had outside and in other areas of the world simply do not compare. In Brussels, the waffles are so good that they are eaten for dessert instead of breakfast.

Ah, but there is more to Brussels than just waffles. The locals brew a beer that has become famous. It is cherry beer and is so popular you can get it anywhere. Cherry beer and dessert waffles, oh my. So, how is that belt doing?

Sooner or later, you will have to do some exercise or fall into a food coma. There is good news. You can rent bikes and put around the beautiful city. It is a good place to just put along, so burning off a few calories will be enjoyable.

Brussels is better if you try to go local. Skip the big chain hotels. Book a room in the many family inns in the city. They will treat you like family and show you where to go to see, hear and taste the real Brussels.

When you wake, you will find that this sleepy night time town is in full swing. Grab your walking shoes, explore the town, and start that gastronomical feast all over again. After all, who can ever have enough of chocolate, waffles, and beer?

Brussels often does not get much respect when top tourist destinations are mentioned in Europe. It should. The food is tremendous and the sites have much to offer. If you have a chance to go, do so.
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