Posted by: ilanasmith | February 15, 2008

Snacking My Way Through the Low Countries

I found Belgium to not be visually stunning (though medieval Bruges is rather cute) but it made my tummy happy.  Beer.  Waffles.  French (Belgian!) Fries.  Chocolate.

Mmmm, chocolate.

Also, mmmm, waffles from a vending machine.  Fabulous invention.  Spongey, but tasty.

I’m intrigued by the ‘symbol’ of Brussels, Manneken Pis.  I can’t help drawing obvious comparisons with Den Lille Havfrue of Copenhagen.

The small siren is rarely dressed-up (barring those burqa incidents).  She doesn’t have over 1000 different costumes.  I’ve never visited her and discovered a whole crowd dressed similarly and singing songs.

Manneken Pis might be a little more indelicate in comparison to his northern neighbour but has never had his limbs or head chopped off.  And as far as I know, the symbol of Copenhagen is unable to ‘mermaid’ on her audience on cue.

Manneken Pis  Pomme Frite and Medieval goodness.  Must be Belgium.  The one semi-decent photo I took in Belgium.



  1. I must point out that 3 out of your last 4 posts have been about food. :)

  2. Hey, one was about a chef, not about his food.  His food kinda frightens me.
    That said, my post about Amsterdam is definitely going to mention stroopwafels.

  3. i heart food blogging. :)
    they give you a spork to eat fries with? oh-la-la, very posh nosh. but what is that creamy concotion plopped atop le fries? mayo? i’m intrigued.
    from a random-blog-broswer.

  4. Yep, mayo.  Weirdo Europeans.

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