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Best Chocolatier in the World

They say Belgium has the best chocolate in the world, but which Belgian chocolatier is the best?  Hands down, the title goes to Pierre Marcolini.  Visiting the flagship store on the Place du Grand Sablon is Brussels can be likened to going to a high-end fashion retailer like Louis Vitton.  The two-level shop is extremely chic with multi-lingual choco-experts to help you navigate the many varieties of chocolate available.  I also came across satellite shops below the Conrad Hotel on Avenue Louise and in the EuroStar concourse at Midi Station.  I cannot put the exquisiteness of this chocolate into words – you will just have to try it for yourself.  If only photos could convey an iota of the taste:

Storefront on Place du Grand Sablon

Scrumptous Truffles

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Speculoos = Belgian Crack

Think Nutella on steroids but instead of hazelnut, the flavor is a mix of gingersnap and toffee. Yes, it is better than Nutella. I had to try it to believe it. Speculoos spread is used like Nutella, but once you’ve tried it, you will never be the same. It has little ginger/sugar crystals in it that have the perfect texture and add that extra omph. Belgians are very proud of Speculoos, as it is one of their many fattening traditional foods. Every time you order a coffee drink in this country, it comes with a Speculoos cookie (which is like a lame gingersnap – they should really just stick to the cookie paste). Speculoos might even be worth a trip to Belgium itself. Why is this not an export?

On display at Del Haize

Also see Wikipedia’s explanation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speculaas

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No, that’s not the sweet sweet music of an ice cream truck serenading my neighborhood – it’s a freaking waffle truck!! I have recently moved to the food capitol of Europe: Belgium. Known for it’s exquisite French-quality in enormous Dutch-sized portions, Belgian food is delightful. How can you have a bad culinary experience in a country best known for chocolate, frites, waffles, and beer? I will get to the chocolate and frites later, but first let’s talk about these ADORABLE waffle trucks. They are quite ubiquitous in Brussels and are always painted in a quaint retro-fashion. Here are three examples of trucks I came across in the Place du Grand Sablon, Koudenberg, and Place Flagey, respectively:

Gaufres truck in the Place du Grand Sablon

Truck on Rue Montagne de la Cour

Waffle truck on Flagey

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