Antwerp for Stew, Gelato, and Chocolate

On our last day in Belgium, we opted for a more traditionally Belgian lunch.  Mike ordered the beer based beef stew . . .IMG_5207

. . . and I had meatballs in tomato sauce.  And of course, it all came with fries and mayo.  These fries were a bit different from the ones we’d had so far, but I’m a big fan of fries that are more like wedges.  When the skin is crispy with sea salt sprinkled on top – delish!  And really, I’m loving the mayo accompaniment.IMG_5210

The meatballs we sooo good.  I was surprised to find chunks of celery in the tomato sauce, but I thought it was quite nice.

After lunch we went to our hosts’ favorite gelato shop.  Apparently the shop is run by a Belgian lawyer who went to Italy to learn how to properly make Italian gelato.  I chose frutti di bosco and stracciatella.  IMG_5213

You could really tell how much real fruit was in the frutti di bosco, which was a wonderful blend of tartness and sweetness.  The stracciatella was creamy and refreshing – a great complement to the fruit.   I’m thinking if this law thing doesn’t work out, maybe I’ll go study gelato in Italy myself.

For an afternoon refreshment, we, of course, tried some more new Belgian beer.  I had the Tripel Karmeliet, and I was a pretty big fan.IMG_5215

Our final stop – BELGIAN CHOCOLATE!!!!!!

We placed all our faith in Hanne to take us to the best chocolate shop, and so we followed her to Burie, one of the top chocolate shops in Antwerp.  We were absolutely not disappointed.  In addition to the beautiful chocolate sculpture in the from window, the shop featured row upon row of beautiful chocolate delicacies.IMG_5221

The fillings included ganache, buttercream, marzipan, and more.  Also, there were tubs of chocolate you could buy – how amazing.

The display windows featured beautiful chocolate sculptures – these were garden themed with adorable chocolate ladybugs.
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And then there were huge logs of marzipan for slicing!  IMG_5223I returned to the States with several boxes with a random selection of chocolates 🙂

In conclusion, I am a huge fan of Antwerp, and Belgium in general, and I can’t wait for my next visit!

 

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