Waffles, Chocolate and Beer in Bruxelles

By Sarah

The bustling Brussels street in front of The Grand Place.

As if the beer and chocolate weren’t enough to satisfy my daily indulgences, Brussels had to throw gooey waffles at me as well.  I’ve decided the best explanation for Belgium’s superior tasting treats must be in the sugar coating.  With each bite I took I broke open another crystallized chunk.  Luckily I have a sweet tooth and I expect my future husband to make replicas of these Belgium delicacies every Sunday.

When I wasn’t sampling waffles or chocolates (or, often, a combination of both), I sipped beers around the city.  We started our trip with a visit to the last traditional brewery in Brussels — Cantillon.  This family-run establishment opened in 1900 and they still make beer in the exact same way.  Brewing season is only during the cold months of November – March and all beer is still stored in old wooden barrels.

The beer is a style called Lambic, which might be just about the only Belgium beer I don’t like.  It’s a champagne style and left an acidic taste in the back of my throat.  The beer is even stored in wine bottles and uses a cork and cap to seal it.  Nonetheless, it is very interesting to see the old school brewing process.  I recommend the 5 euro tour to anyone.  It’s outside of the tourist zone and all other visitors were locals – always a good sign.

Keeping so many toppings on while you take a bite is so tricky!

Chilling with the beer barrels at the Cantillon brewery

Tasting some Lambic beer, part of the 5 euro tour at Cantillon. I spit mine right back out.

At night we dined at The Grand Place (many great places to eat!) and strolled the streets.  There is a bustling night scene in the narrow, stone alleys.  We are convinced we found the best bar in town at Delirium Pub.  It’s an underground beer cave with 500 beer selections.  It is actually in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the most types of beer in the world!  Luckily there is a massive picture dictionary explaining your options.  The walls are covered with enlarged beer caps, the music is good and the crowd is just right.  Check it out and stay for at least three drinks.

Delirium Bar in central Brussels.

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About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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One Response to Waffles, Chocolate and Beer in Bruxelles

  1. Tom Hart says:

    spit it out!?!?!?!?!? so jealous (not of spitting out amazing beer)

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