You’ve probably read here before about how I like to immerse myself in the local culture when I travel. And one of the easiest ways to do that is by experiencing the local cuisine. This is especially the case when the country’s speciality is something as purely delightful as chocolate.
Belgian chocolate is regarded as the finest in the world. (Ignore those Swiss interlopers).
Now I don’t know how much you know about Belgian cuisine but to me, if someone asked me what it consisted of, the only thing I’d be able to think about (apart from the chocolate of course) is chips with mayonnaise.
Which is lovely, don’t get me wrong.
But I’m not sure that chips (french fries if you’re in the USA) smothered in mayo actually counts as cuisine.
But the chocolate, that’s another matter. Chocolatiers are relatively common in Belgium but I’ve only come across them in very snooty areas here in the USA and then they’ve been part of a chain rather than small independent stores. And in those cases they were selling their wares more a novelty gifts rather than a serious part of the local cuisine.
But not in Belgium, chocolate is a serious business.
After all, there are more than 2000 chocolatier shops in Belgium – not bad for a country that’s really pretty small.
But as the only things I can remember Belgium being really famous for are the chocolate and its snigger-worthy statues. I know which I prefer .
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.