There’s something special in the air around Brussels. No it isn’t just the delicious smell of waffles or frites! It’s the natural yeast and bacteria used to produce Lambic, one of the most unique types of beer in the world.
We write often about the fantastic food we’re lucky to enjoy here in Belgium, but we’ve been neglecting all of the great things there are to drink with our meals. So today we’re beginning a new series called CheeseWeb Drinks (Responsibly). We hope you enjoy it!
When you think of great Belgian beverages of course beer springs to mind, but Belgians are quietly producing some fantastic wines as well. With their Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus, Belgian winemaker, Domaine des Agaises, is producing a bubbly to rival Champagne.
Trappist beer is probably the most recognized type of Belgian beer. Although it isn’t exclusive, Belgium is home to the majority of Trappist brewers. Made by monks in an abbey, Trappist beer has an element of mystery and nostalgia. But what makes a beer Trappist and what Trappist beers are available?
Belgium is home to more than a thousand different varieties of beer produced by 178 different breweries. Some of them are known around the world, like Stella Artois, while others, such as 3 Schténg, are obscure. With so much variety how does a newcomer know where to begin?
Don’t confuse Roquefort and Rochefort! We share why Rochefort, Belgium with its Trappist Brewery is worth a day-trip from Brussels.
I wrote this post back in 2009, to address the changes I had made to my food and eating habits since moving to Belgium. Little has changed for me since then. In fact, I am even more obsessed with the Belgian food scene, seasonal and local eating, international cooking and eating anything and anywhere I can.
At the moment we are once again exploring new parts of Europe while my parents visit us and hopefully, at this very moment, we’re eating something spectacular in another country – be it a humble tapas in Spain or a 5 course menu in Prague. Bon Appetite!
In Belgium, beer may be the drink of choice, but in western England, the beloved beverage is something else – cider. At Westons Cider, in Herefordshire, you can sample the best of what the west has to offer.
While to the outside world, Belgium may look like a country that argues over language, inside the country, there is an even hotter debate – who serves the best Belgian waffles?
Here at CheeseWeb, we don’t shy away from hard-hitting topics, so we wanted to weigh in on the great waffle debate. For us the best waffles come not from a waffle cart but from Belgium’s traditional cookie-maker, Dandoy.
As my food hero, Anthony Bourdain, says, every culture has its own version of ‘meat in tube form’. Belgium is no exception. Although boudin isn’t a strictly Belgian invention, it’s part of the fabric of food culture here and love it, or hate it, everyone has an opinion on it.
Charcuterie is one of the (many) foods we’ve developed a passion for, since moving to Europe. Sausages, hams and patés, weren’t my cup of tea back in Canada, but Europeans take cured meats to a whole other mouth-watering level. That said, many years passed, before I dared taste the pasty looking boudin.