Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Belgium - sugar overload

You'd think a city called "Brussels" would be all about the greens, sprouts, and salads. Noooope, not the case. Instead, welcome chocolate fountains, candy shops, waffle houses, and buttered fish. And beer. Awesome beer in Brussels! (Note: Go on a diet before you come to Brussels). 

If you're looking for a real, traditional waffle house go here, The Dandoy Tea Room on Rue Charles de Buls. Dandoy has been around since 1829, and if you step inside you'll see why. The front has a whole section for take-away treats and goodies, and there's always someone making waffles right behind the counter to take upstairs to the antique tea room. If you check out their website you can see a really cool timeline of their history, and other shops they've since opened throughout Brussels.

And if you're looking for some amazing fresh caught seafood, head to the Rugbyman No.2, right on the water. Super casual, super delicious. Careful though, there are two Rugyman restaurants right beside each other, No. 1, and No. 2. Apparently they used to be business partners, split up, and decided to keep the same name. You want No. 2.

Some foodie photos from the rest of my time in Brussels:
One of the MANY chocolatiers in Brussels
I don't like chocolate and this looks appetizing

Dandoy Tea Shop - Go here
"Brussels" waffle with ice cream, icing sugar and raspberries
Nom nom nom
Home made chocolate syrup? Why not.
Some interesting looking baked goods
Rows of chocolate
Seafood chowder
The best fish I have ever ordered at a restaurant...
...likely because of the creamy butter sauce.
Belgian pilsner - Maes
Belgian style omelette
Croque monsieur
That's all for Brussels.

Happy Hump Day! (Wednesday, for those less humorous than I....because you're past the mid-week hump....?)


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

London - Harrod's

Well after about a month long hiatus I have decided to (briefly) come out of my study hole and continue with my European update. I figure it's about that time of year where people usually venture across the pond so maybe these posts will be useful to someone. If not, at least the photos are pretty.

Here are some photos from our trip to Harrod's, in London. Harrods is the department store of all department stores. The "elitist" of department stores. If department stores were socialites, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton wouldn't even be make the guest list to Harrod's party. Not that Harrod's is overly pretentious, but it just has EVERYTHING. Obviously my main focus was on the incredible food displays, but for the fashion lovers - there are four HUGE floors dedicated just for you. And I must say it was pretty nice to sift through an entire floor of designer jewellery....
4.5 acres, and 4 floors of Harrod's
Tea Room (literally)
Tea wall
Tea Display
Sandwich bar

One of many bar-style eateries inside Harrod's
UK desserts!

School and work have been insanely busy as of late, but pictures of food and travelling never cease to make my day better.

Happy Tuesday!
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