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July 20, 2013

Belgium: Finding a Wall of Chickens but No Waffles…

Filed under: Belgian Cuisine,BELGIUM,Lochristi,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Welcome to my retrospective posts about our Summer adventures.

It’s August 2012 and we’ve just bundled our rather jet-lagged friend  “Velvetinenut”  into our rented van and whisked her to over the border to Belgium… after an hour or two dozing in the back with pillows she’s refreshed and rearing to go and since we made an early start kids everyone is now whineing  expressing wishes for food.

We turn off the motorway and take a few smaller roads but apparently not much is open in Belgium villages on a hot sleepy August morning.

We enjoy the scenery and several villages later find ourselves in the slightly larger town of Lochristi.

In deep contrast to the small villages around it, Lochristi  is a hive of activity and the main reason is soon apparent as we progress down the main street to find market stalls set up on the footpaths.

Himself drops us off so we can browse whilst he finds a parking spot and my kids find themselves dragged past the stalls of  cheap plastic toys by the two fanatical foodie friends who are making a bee-line for the food trailers instead.  (yeah kids, sorry it’s a tough life).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There’s a particularly interesting cheese stall and when I ask about local speciality cheeses, I’m surprised at just how many there are.

There’s a good queue of locals (always a good sign) which we join and of course we end up buying a few more cheeses than we intended but they turn out to be fabulous, so worth it.

There”s an amazing rotisserie trailer where an entire side is filled with gently rotating roasting chickens, at the bottom there are golden roasted potatoes that look scrumptious  but we didn’t end up getting any because the queue here by the counter was about ten deep.

I only got a great photo of the rotisserie because it was throwing out a small wall of heat and since the day was already heading for 30C  (86 F)  people were wisely queueing on the “cool” side to the left of the counter. Velvetine said that since Belgium is famous for it’s waffles, and we are here in Belgium she would love to try a waffle if she can.

I ask directions to possible places we might get a waffle and we visit several cafés with no luck, but they are friendly and helpful and write down the name of a place further down the street that they think might have some for us to try. The search for a bona fide fresh Belgium Waffle is on…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetinenut) posted with permission

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  1. Reblogged this on Adithya Entertainment.

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