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post #31 of 47

Lagom, here is a thread where I got quite a few great recommendations before my visit.

 

http://www.cheftalk.com/t/75585/has-anyone-here-been-to-barcelona-need-a-little-insight-to-help-plan-my-trip

 

I hope you enjoy your trip, let us know how it went.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
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post #32 of 47
Thank you pp. Looks like a good start. Lots of info to digest there.
post #33 of 47
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A few more goodies from far away but in fact very nearby;

 

From a Moroccan bakery in my region. Don't ask me for names, I have no idea what they are called. All I know that they are very sweet, mostly with a nutty taste. Always a surprise to our guests.

 

Moroccan pâtisserie

 

A walk through Lille in the northern part of France, only half an hour drive from where I live. Macarons, pâtisserie Meert (now also in Paris) and of course a nice tiny espresso that makes your heart beat 5x faster and louder.

 

Lille (France) - patisserie - macarons 1

 

Lille (France) - patisserie - macarons 2

 

Lille (France) - patisserie

 

Lille (France)

post #34 of 47
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A few more goodies from far away but in fact very nearby;

 

From a Moroccan bakery in my region. Don't ask me for names, I have no idea what they are called.

 

Moroccan pâtisserie

The one at the bottom left is makroud. The one at the top left looks like a corne de gazelle. The one at the bottom right is a cigar. I don't know the other ones. 

post #35 of 47

Chris, every single image you posted...:bounce:

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

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post #36 of 47
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FF; oh thanks for the names!

PP; there's so much goodies in the world and so little time

post #37 of 47
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Sint-Sixtus

 

Last week we went to visit the Sint-Sixtus abbey in West-Vleteren, Belgium. Nothing special since you're not allowed in the abbey but... these guys brew a trappist beer that has been crowned many times as the Best Beer In The World, the West-Vleteren 12.

There's a shop where you can buy a carton of 6 bottles of 33 cl at 20 € per box, if available, and you're allowed to buy only 2 boxes per person to avoid speculation. Fact is that this beer is virtually nowhere to be found in the classic distribution. You have to be at the Sint-Sixtus abbey. http://www.sintsixtus.be/

 

Best beer in the world, Westvleteren 12  

One glass of this holy water is enough to knock most people out or at least make them very, very happy...

 

 

Jules Destrooper

 

A short drive from the abbey leads to a sleepy small town in "Flanders Fields" called Lo. Here you can visit the biscuiterie Jules Destrooper and taste a few of their sublime pure-butter-and-no-other-sh!t cookies. My favorites are these, it's an addiction, best Belgian chocolate outside, delicious "almond bread" cookie inside;

 

Lo, Belgium, Jules Destrooper cookies 7

 

And they have a small museum too (click on the pictures to enlarge);

 

Lo, Belgium, Jules Destrooper cookies 1 Lo, Belgium, Jules Destrooper cookies 2 Lo, Belgium, Jules Destrooper cookies 3

Lo, Belgium, Jules Destrooper cookies 4 Lo, Belgium, Jules Destrooper cookies 5 Lo, Belgium, Jules Destrooper cookies 6

post #38 of 47

@ChrisBelgium Packing my suitcase and getting the car right now....

post #39 of 47
I can catch the ferry and be in Kiel by 9am. Can meet you guys for dinner around 3. smile.gif
post #40 of 47

Chris--One of my neighbors and a good friend is a Belgian flight attendant whose regular route is Chicago-Brussels. She once brought back a few bottles of that beer and it was wonderful. And you are not kidding about the happiness quotient of a single bottle.

 

Good chocolate is one treat I never tire of. My neighbor sometimes brings some of that back with her, too.

 

Good coffee.

 

Fresh bread and any number of cheeses.

 

In summer--right now, in fact,  peaches from the farmer's market. Still not as good as the peaches I remember picking off of my grandfather's tree as a child but every year I am sad when they are finished for the season, no matter how many of them I have eaten out of hand during the months they are available.

post #41 of 47
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Gene & Lagom; that would be really something, having a few of those with both of you!

 

@ChicagoTerry You have a nice source of goodies in your neighborhood! Maybe ask her for Destrooper cookies, they are a true delight!

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Jules Destrooper

 

A short drive from the abbey leads to a sleepy small town in "Flanders Fields" called Lo. Here you can visit the biscuiterie Jules Destrooper and taste a few of their sublime pure-butter-and-no-other-sh!t cookies. My favorites are these, it's an addiction, best Belgian chocolate outside, delicious "almond bread" cookie inside;

You know, we can find that brand at our local supermarket here in California! They're not too expensive either. Although my guess is you have more variety there... I've never seen that particular cookie.

post #43 of 47
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FF, Destrooper is now in quite a lot of countries. While visiting the factory, I tasted "ginger thins" and another cookie with a lot of cinnamon in it plus candied apple. Both aren't sold in Belgium because ginger in particular and the other cookie aren't appreciated that much over here. The ginger thins go to the UK and the USA.

Beware however for the price; they may seem not all that expensive, but when looking at the net weight in the packages, they all the sudden are far from cheap!

 

These are the cookies that sell most over here;

 

At the right are the pure butter waffres that were created in 1886 and still are very popular, especially around new-year. At the bottom the almond thins that we call almond bread, also very irresistible!

post #44 of 47

Oh yes, I've had a box or two of mixed Destrooper biscuits (we would call them cookies.) There used to be a European foods importer in the city that had quarterly sales when they were open to the public to reduce the inventory in their warehouse. It moved to a far away suburb a few months ago. I miss it terribly...the chocolate and the cheeses most especially, but they often had biscuits from France, The UK and Belgium. At Christmas they also had mountains of stolen and Pannetone--all on sale. It was wonderful.

post #45 of 47

One amazing treat. Caprice Classic Wafer.

 

Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
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post #46 of 47

Because I am insatiably gluttonous..... I chose two......

 

post #47 of 47

omg... super yum

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