Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 9 – Almond Thins

The ninth chapter in the series is dedicated to some very delicate and crispy biscuits: Almond Thins. Blending almonds, butter and sugar, a Belgian baker named Jules Destrooper once prepared a special dough in 1886. Since then, almond thins are quite associated with the famous brand Jules Destrooper and parts of Belgium, especially a small Town called Lo in the West Flanders where almond thins … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 9 – Almond Thins

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What to Drink in Belgium

Fries, waffles and speculoos. Yes, you cannot leave Belgium without eating those at least once. But, Belgium is also generous about drinks. Here’s the three drinks you must try in Belgium. Beer  No surprises, the first drink to be mentioned is beer. Personally I am quite indifferent to beers but Belgium still astonishes me as it is home to more than 100 breweries and  1500 kinds of beer – … Continue reading What to Drink in Belgium

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Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 7 – Antwerpse Handjes

It is already Chapter 7 among the countless sweet tastes from Belgium. The new chapter takes place in Antwerp, the center of design in Belgium. Living up to the reputation, this week’s sweetling from Antwerp is an artisanal product. Called to be the Antwerpse Handjes, these traditional quality sweets come as both chocolates and biscuits. Antwerpse Handjes, or Antwerp hands, are biscuits and/or little chocolates … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 7 – Antwerpse Handjes

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Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 5 – Mattentaart

Chapter 5 is dedicated to a sweet pie from Geraardsbergen in East Flanders. It is called Mattentaart , or Tarte au maton. Mattentaart is a round shaped pie, made with puff pastry and a special matte filling. The filling is prepared mixing buttermilk, wholemilk, almonds and eggs. Hence the name, the key to a delicious Mattentaart is creating a great matte mixture. The quality of milk is essential for the … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 5 – Mattentaart

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Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 3 – Sneeuwballen

After introducing Cuberdon from Gent in Chapter 2, I would like to present another sweetling called Sneeuwballen. Again, from Gent. Sneeuwballen meaning snowballs date  a hundred years back. In the beginning of the 20th century, August Larmuseau from Gent came up with a fabulous recipe, especially for those who were not able to afford the luxurious chocolates in Belgium. This special recipe resulted in the shape of … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 3 – Sneeuwballen

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Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 2 – Cuberdon

The color of the second chapter is violet. Not as famous as speculoos, cuberdon is yet another sweetling originated in Belgium, dating back to the 19th century. It is a raspberry flavored candy, in the shape of a cone and in the color of violet. Because of its shape, cuberdon is also called as neuzeke in Dutch, meaning little nose. Dreamy violet look combined with … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 2 – Cuberdon

De Gulliver, An Inspirational Design by Davy Grosemans

“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.” ― Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels Swift’s Gulliver travels the world to see that everything is rather small or rather big. More strikingly, this judgment of scale is only to be challenged by pure comparison. On the other hand, Davy Grosemans depicts a different Gulliver. Davy … Continue reading De Gulliver, An Inspirational Design by Davy Grosemans

Graslei: The Medieval Beauty in Gent

If you are in Gent, you cannot leave the city without passing by Graslei. It is the historical area right in the center with an exceptional view. Within the 11th century, the river Lys became a major trading route in Europe. While the river lies between the medieval buildings of Gent, the area of Graslei was a trading center back then in Belgium. The area today is still … Continue reading Graslei: The Medieval Beauty in Gent

Best Coffee in Leuven

Leuven is a tiny city in Belgium, – tiny as in consisting of about 90,000 inhabitants -. Yet, this number is misleading about the life in the city. Everything in Leuven is about the students and for the students. And of course, students need coffee. 1. Koffie Onan Roasting their own coffee, Koffie Onan ensures a quality taste. Located nearby the city center, it is a hot … Continue reading Best Coffee in Leuven