Monday, 16 November 2015

A few of our favourite things: a flying visit to Brussels

We're missing Brussels already - but thought we'd take the opportunity to share some of our favourite places....

First stop: Cantillon Brewery to sample this year's Zwanze, a wild Brussels stout. Not as sour as expected, but it's still there...with a stouty sweetness as the base flavour. Very drinkable.

Only available to drink at the brewery, this Cantillon made with Carignan grapes was an unexpected (and delicious) surprise - we couldn't resist and weren't disappointed - the Carignan adds an earthiness and hints at terroir.

The beautiful ironwork outside Moeder Lambic Fontainas accompanies an amazing beer selection

We finally made it to the Horta Museum - well worth a visit.

This year's star find - an amazing pastelaria in the centre of Brussels - took us straight back to Lisbon, but with some amazing flavour twists - our favourites were the lime/pine nut/honey, speculoos and lemon varieties.

Oh, and they do takeout too...

No matter how many places we try, Fritland is still our favourite - there's a reason the queues are so long!

Love him or hate him, you can't avoid the Mannekin Pis

Not the best photo but the only one I have from our final evening in our favourite Brussels restaurant Wine Bar Sablon des Marolles, which has a great wine selection including the above, a great example of a natural wine.

A first for us and we've yet to try this, but it'll be our first taste of Belgian this space for a report back!