Leuven: The Food.

We arrived in Leuven late-morning.  Definitely during coffee hours.  So the first thing we did was to find a good coffee place.  Luckily, there was one right next to the train station.  And it was some goooooood coffee!  And of course, free wifi and complimentary speculoos are also nice.


When lunchtime came, we looked for something low-key and yummy.  We were tempted by this place that served fancy sandwiches and soups.  A clever use of stale bread:  a menu holder!


We opted for a little place on one of the busy streets that served all kinds of pancakes — both savoury and sweet.  A ham and cheese pancake sounded reallllly good.  The beer of the day:  Hoegaarden.


“Pizza” pancake:  ham, cheese, tomato sauce, and herbs & spices.  Really good.


Ham and cheese pancake with fried egg.  I was so hungry, I couldn’t wait for Brad to take a photo — I had to spread that delicious yolky egg all over my pancake!  YUM!




And since my throat had been sore (I was actually sick during this entire trip), I felt the need for a fizzy drink.  I opted for a taste of my youth:  Gini.  Lekker!


Before we left town, we stocked up on cheese and charcuterie (okay, and waffles and bread, too) from the local supermarket:  The Delhaize.


We got some old Gouda, some medium Gouda, some Pain d’Ardennes (a Belgian cured salami), some Ardennes ham, and yes, some Paardenrookvlees (smoked horse meat).  I was never brave enough to try horse when I lived in Belgium, and since I have expanded my culinary horizons, I thought I had better give it a try.  It is quite good…a bit like a rich cut of venison.  But it does kinda give both of us the heebie-jeebies as we do love horses, and find it hard to come to terms with eating them (it’s rather taboo in the UK, I understand).  However, we have great appreciation for cows, pigs, lambs, and chickens, too, but don’t have trouble eating those…..but that’s a whole post unto itself!

The night after we returned, we had a lovely spread of bread, cheese, charcuterie, olives, and tomatoes for our dinner.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Now…back to my gluten-free, dairy-free ways.

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