Real Fine Food

BELGIUM, FRANCE & GERMANY

 

In Spring 2014, I went to hang out with a friend living in Leuven. 

We took a train to Paris, hung out for a few days.

Another friend from Greece flew up and we grabbed her and a rental car at de Gaulle.

The three of us then headed across the countryside, staying in small and larger towns.

 

In Leuven (Belgium), I stayed with my friend and with the exception of a few of the nights, always had a kitchen on the road.

That way, I could hit up the local farmer's markets and shops and cook with the local offerings!

What a great time.

xo

Stephanie

White asparagus is plentiful in Belgium
White asparagus is plentiful in Belgium

Loved buying local food - they have a farmers market several times a week.

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Rapeseed growing outside Paris, it becomes canola oil
Rapeseed growing outside Paris, it becomes canola oil
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Parisian view
Parisian view
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Heirloom Tomatoes at a stand in Paris
Heirloom Tomatoes at a stand in Paris
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Leuven Rooftop - beautiful!
Leuven Rooftop - beautiful!
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Breakfast in Belgium
Breakfast in Belgium

Pastry from a local bakery, fruit, coffee. What could be better?

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Homemade vegetarian meal in Belgium
Homemade vegetarian meal in Belgium

Vegetarisch! And organic = "Bio"

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Homemade Salad in Leuven
Homemade Salad in Leuven

My friend's husband made this delightful little salad with local fennel, white beans and citrus.

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Great food on a european train
Great food on a european train

There was such good small bites and wine on this train. I wish the ride was much longer.

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A countryside estate in France
A countryside estate in France

yes. Just yes.

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One of our random stops in France
One of our random stops in France

This was a tiny town about an hour or two south east of Paris. We hit a random little restaurant in a mostly shuttered for the night town. It was bland but fun.

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French Countryside Estate
French Countryside Estate
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A lox sandwich in Leuven
A lox sandwich in Leuven
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Restaurant Row in Leuven
Restaurant Row in Leuven
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Dijon France Farmers Market Bounty
Dijon France Farmers Market Bounty
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Cooking in Dijon for my friends
Cooking in Dijon for my friends
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My Dijon market veggie feast
My Dijon market veggie feast

yum!

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Cafe in Paris - solid cafe in that city
Cafe in Paris - solid cafe in that city

I LOVED the coffee in Paris. It was always perfect. Not too strong. Very tasty.

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The German countryside
The German countryside

An afternoon drive through the Black Forest. So beautiful.

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Black Forest Cake in the German Black Forest
Black Forest Cake in the German Black Forest

And a bier. Of course.

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Belgium DOES have the best chocolate
Belgium DOES have the best chocolate
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Almond Croissant in Paris
Almond Croissant in Paris
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A home cooked meal in Village Neuf
A home cooked meal in Village Neuf

We stocked up to cook a lot to save money and instead use funds to explore and such!

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Gotta eat a street waffle in Belgium!
Gotta eat a street waffle in Belgium!

No additions of syrup or sugar needed. Fresh, hot, soft dough that melts in your mouth.

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Vegetarian meal on the plane...not bad!
Vegetarian meal on the plane...not bad!

This was the first time I thought to request vegetarian before flying. Will do that from now on for flights with food! Much healthier offering.

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