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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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Cheesy.

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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!

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

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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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