We Came for The Waffles and Beer
Dare I say it: Our main reasons for stopping in Brussels was to guzzle a few beers, and dine on some waffles. We COULD NOT pass up this opportunity. After a few hours spent walking around the city of Brussels, we were quite excited to sit down and relax, while sipping some ice cold beers. We stopped somewhere along the road pictured below, and spent some time soaking up our surroundings.
Of course, we have had Stellas many time before – but it was good to be having them in BELGIUM.
Stella Artois is a Belgian pilsner which was first brewed by Brouwerij Artois (the Artois Brewery) in Leuven, Belgium, in 1926. Since 2008, a slightly lighter version is sold in Britain, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. Stella Artois is now owned by Interbrew International B.V. in the Netherlands. Our waiter spoke to us a little bit about Belgian beers, and their history.
And then… The Waffles!
One of the true culinary gems of Belgium is the waffle. There are actually two distinct styles of waffles found in Belgium. They are quite different in appearance, texture, and taste.
Brussels Style Waffles (Gaufres de Bruxelles)
Brussels style waffles are recognized by their rectangular shape. They are often served with a light dusting of powdered sugar or perhaps topped with whipped cream and strawberries. They have a light texture and taste that comes from the yeast-leavened batter they are made from. The more commonly seen, and overall more favorite, are the…
Liege Style Waffles (Gaufres de Liege)
The Liege style waffles have uneven edges and often caramelized sugar blobs on them. These are traditionally served by street vendors and eaten by hand, but you can find a number of shops selling them too. We found a cute little bakeries, and ordered three. One with no toppings, a plain powdered sugar one, and one covered in chocolate. A good choice would definitely be whipped cream, bananas and some chocolate on top, but I think we had decided that this would be a bad idea after so much beer!
Waffles and Beer in Belgium – Definitely a win in our travel books!