Although this is my first time to Brugge (Bruges) I am no stranger to this city. My mother was married to a man from Brugge for many years so I got to know it through him and the many beers my mom enjoyed from the area.
They divorced before I ever had a chance to visit and it just seemed weird to go after that. I decided since I was “in the area” that it was time to visit.
It is a very pretty town but very busy with day trippers (like me).
I very much preferred my quieter Gent as my base for my couple days in Belgium.
I finally tried one of those waffle things.
This marzipan also caught my eye so I picked a little bag.
I loved Ghent. It is a cute picturesque town with all the charm of Brugge but only half of the crowds.
What I didn’t love for the most part was the food in Ghent.
For my first meal I went straight for the mussels and they were surprisingly underwhelming.
While forcing myself to eat average mussels I noticed everyone ordering ribs. Thinking it is probably a popular thing I decided to later look into it. Later on I happened to walked by this rib place that looked like it was popular.
So I returned and got those ribs and they were very good.
And that potato, I don’t normally love baked potatoes but there was something magical about that curry butter.
I might have stepped into a tourist trap but I walked out happy.
Did I mention it was all you can eat? Unfortunately I couldn’t finish my first serving since ribs tend to be filling.
So I had one good meal and you can’t go wrong with beer though. They do have so good Belgium beers all over. I’ve heard beers can be a meal replacement?
While in Ghent I visited the funky brewery called Gruut and lost an hour or two sampling their beers
I liked all the beers I sampled but I really liked the Bruin and the Inferno. The Inferno had good flavor, but watch out since it is 9%!
What was also cool is that the brewer is a female who comes from a long line of brewers. It is good to see women out there making good beer. In addition, her take on using herbs instead of hops is spot on. I’m a fan.