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7 Aug 2014

EXPLORING THE FAMILIAR

A week ago, my mama was visiting my brother in Belgium (and then me in London). The day after she took the Eurostar back to Belgium, I hopped on one myself to join her and my brother for a few days in a country I very much like!

We spent a day in Antwerpen, mostly just shopping and waffle-eating. It's a lovely city, with a breathtakingly awesome station (I'm not sure why, but for some reason it kept reminding me of Harry Potter). I will say this, though - if you're looking for designer stores, you'll have to walk quite a bit, as they're spread out over a few different roads, some quite a way from all the others. Brussels, on the other hand, has all the designer stores placed together in close vicinity, making it much more convenient for a day of shopping or window browsing!

Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, train station in Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, train station in Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, buildings in Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, waffles in Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium and préparé
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, waffles in Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium

Typical Belgian foods I recommend trying (some perhaps obvious and cliched, but no less delicious):

Préparé (2 photos up): raw, very finely minced and then whipped beef. In other words it's sort of a steak tartare, "prepared", with added herbs and flavourings (such as paprika, onion, Worcestershire sauce, etc.). Absolutely beautiful served over a freshly baked French baguette.

Belgian waffles (see above): Crispy on the outside, soft in the middle. Freshly made waffles are often served with fresh fruit (or sometimes canned fruit, it's really just the luck of the draw), cream or ice cream. The pancakes are great, too.

Stoofvlees (pictured a few photos below): a kind of beef stew, slow-cooked so the meat is tender and falls apart easily. Usually served with a light salad and frites (which, by the way, are delicious here. As is the ultra creamy mayo). I don't recommend going to a fancy or expensive restaurant for this dish - it can be bought in cheaper establishments for about 5 Euros and tastes even better!

Pralines: You just won't find better chocolate. My personal favourite is actually a grocery brand: Cote D'or (double lait praline). I had to use all my restraint in only buying one packet (which disappeared at an alarmingly rapid pace).

Fruit beer: Not really for the hardcore drinkers, but a sweet, refreshing drink to enjoy with lunch. There is a huge variety of flavours. Strawberry and peach are two of my favourites.

Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, Antwerp (Antwerpen) train station, Belgium
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, Antwerp (Antwerpen) train station, Belgium
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, dinner in Kortrijk, Belgium, prawns
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, dinner in Kortrijk, Belgium, frites
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, gin and tonic in Kortrijk
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, architecture in Ieper (Ypres), shiba inu dog

We spent the next afternoon in the beautiful town of Ieper (also known as Ypres), admiring the stunning architecture, grand churches and the humbling Menin Gate memorial. My brother's girlfriend grew up there and informed us that every evening at 8pm, the Last Post bugle call is sounded.  

Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, architecture in Ieper (Ypres), church building
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, architecture in Ieper (Ypres)
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, stoofvlees in Ieper (Ypres)
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, architecture in Ieper (Ypres), Menin Gate
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, architecture in Ieper (Ypres), Menin Gate
Euriental - London fashion & travel blogger, architecture in Ieper (Ypres)

4 comments :

  1. Gorgeous snaps! That waffle looks sooo good. ;)

    Tara xo

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    1. Thanks, Tara :) Ugh, it was. Most of the food is! x

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  2. Wow, those are amazing photos! The architecture looks simply stunning!

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    http://clothestomidnight.com

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    1. Thank you, Maggie! There is certainly a lot of beautiful architecture to be seen in Belgium. X

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