Market Wednesday saw us finding cheeses, fruit and bread for a picnic lunch. The Markt square was bustling with locals stocking up on produce, which is always a good sign. I can’t remember the cheeses we bought; one a lighter cheese with cumin seeds and the other a more aged hard cheese.
It seems the main food group in Belgium is beer. Apparently a single beer (usually 8-12% alcohol!) is a sufficient meal containing as much energy and nutrients you’d get from regular meal! The beer is brewed preservative-free and can include flavourings such as coriander (very common) and other spices to create peach, cherry and other tastes. We sampled a few including the deserved award-winning Brugse Zot.
Second to beer is chocolate and there is no shortage of chocolate shops in Bruges, some more authentic than others we have learned from our host at the Royal Stewart… As it’s close to Easter, the chocolate shops are teeming with eggs, chooks and chocolate bunnies.
Third are waffles and mussels. It wasn’t really mussel season, so we went for the waffles. Although we had them with cream and topping, they were very light and sweet and could easily be enjoyed on their own.