Brussels is home to lambic style beers, which are open fermented, or spontaneously fermented by wild yeast. I sought out this bar after reading some good reviews online, and the name Moeder Lambic translates to Mother Lambic in Dutch. I enjoyed a kriek and a gueuze from a local brewery, plus a Belgian stout that we won't talk about. The sausage in the picture was made with beer, and I have issued the challenge to Nate and Jeremy, the charcuterie apprentices.
Monday, January 28, 2013
If you have ever seen the movie, In Bruges, it ends here, in this square, at the top of the Belfry or Belfort. Built in the Middle Ages, it is really impressive for many reasons. First, it was built to protect fabric. Yes, later important government papers were stored here, behind nine locks and two sets of gates, but initially, it protected textiles. About 400 steps to the top, many fewer than the Empire State Building, but these were built centuries ago, some wooden, some stone, all curving around and capable of inducing vertigo. The view was worth it! I wish it had been a sunny day, but it was raining,windy and cold. At least I was dressed for it this time.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
While looking for a small brewery down an alley, only to discover they were still on holidays, I found Cookie's. Not the chocolate chip store, but a small tapas restaurant. I had dry-aged beef carpaccio from a local source and buffalo mozzarella on garlic toasts. Add in some olives, a glass of Portuguese red wine and some Spanish olive oil, well, it was plenty. Ad I had stayed awake much longer than I had expected to! Jet lag managed.
We almost had a snow day last week, preparations to shut the state down were in full swing, at least in my imagination. Derrick, the big bad trainer, said we still had to work out, so I battled snowy conditions to get there. At least I have a garage, and didnt have to scrape like this person. Note roads are clear.
Friday, January 25, 2013
I got to hang out with Lauren before she had woken up all the way, I promise I didn't make her cry. My overalls were in support of the construction theme of Will's birthday.All the kids got fun hardhats with their names. Grady threw his to the back, cause he's got it like that.
Will was the cutest during the singing of Happy Birthday, had his mouth open in awe as we belted out the song in his honor.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
In the clutches of winter, I went to Miami for a terrestrial bioaccumulation workshop. Excitement low on that, but there were many things about south Florida which presented more than I could handle.Like picadillo at Versaille, allegedly the worlds most famous Cuban restaurant.
Seeing a Bentley and a Lamborghini at the red light.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
We channeled the warmer weather of the Southern Hemisphere with the most recent ethnic supper club--South Africa!! I have been holding onto spices and even beer from my Sept trip in anticipation of this dinner. Denise likely did a much more thorough job blogging, but shown here includes slider (not spider) monkeys, bobotie (pronounced ba-bo-tay) which is a curry dish with more Malay influence, and finally my favorite, Malva pudding.