Welcome to Belgium! Wow this country is beautiful. I was fortunate enough to spend two nights in Belgium, and along with the obvious tourist visits, I had the opportunity to take a waffle workshop. Our chef taught us about the two types of waffles of Belgium - the Liege, the sweet waffle, and the Brussels waffle, which had less sweetness from the waffle but was always dressed with powdered sugar and, if you were lucky, sugar crystals in those delicious nooks and crannies.
Apparently, adding some bubbles to your waffle batter is the way to go! I learned you can add beer or sparkling water to give it volume, and to use vanilla sugar to give it just that little hint of sweetness. Then, it was all about the toppings (although I learned that toppings were much of an marketing ploy, as that's where most of the waffle money was being made). I dressed this specific waffle with the classic bananas and Nutella with just a dollop of whipped cream. However, unlimited waffles meant the craziest of combinations. We used speculoos, fruit, honey, everything you could imagine. It was one delicious dinner.
Incredibly, I will be in Dusseldorf for the next few days and then I will be headed back to the States. Here's to a wonderful last few days in one of the most food culture rich continents of the world!
Brandenburg Gate (from left to right): Me, Julia, Sage, Sommer and Cari
But wait! It is actually quite good! And cheap! WHAAAT?
Most lunches costs me around €2 with my student discount, and contain enough food to fill me up for hours of lab work. I have become accustomed to the system - get a hot plate of food from the five serving options (including vegetarian and a la carte options) and pick 2-3 sides including rice, salads, fries and puddings. Here I ate a fried chicken (a schnizel of sorts) that was stuffed with a creamy cheese along with pasta, couscous and a light salad. From my experience of college campus food (which includes University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern and of course Carnegie Mellon), I would have to say this food is most certainly the best bang for your buck, as well as quite tasty (I neglet to comment on the nutrition, as I think all four fall fairly low on that ranking). Overall, however, I'm not all at complaining as these meals are varietable, delicious and easy of the wallet.