Rail travel is often associated with the hateful commuter necessity that we experience daily or the iconic luxury experiences that we only read about; but is there anything in between? Those were my thoughts as I boarded the Eurostar for a nine day trip that would weave me across Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg – for a Benelux culinary journey.
Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 27th September 2013:
The city of Antwerp is probably better known for its harbours and diamonds than its food and drink but there are definitely real foodie gems in this Belgian city.
Like other cities in Belgium, it’s an eclectic mix of the traditional and the modern. On the one hand it’s still producing the century-old Elixir d’Avers amidst a quiet residential street, on the other there’s avant garde Belgian cuisine being created at the likes of the Seppe Nobels restaurant at Graanmarkt 13.
So while you might be heading to the city for things other than the comestible, you must make time for these five stops:
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Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 9th August 2013:
The ancient town of Ghent was once one of the most powerful places in northern Europe. Often thought of as a city, they say that it might even have been bigger than London. Today, the gateway town is much smaller though it remains important as the capital of the East Flanders province of Belgium.
On the food front, it’s surely becoming one of the shining stars of the international food scene. There may not be as many Michelin stars as nearby Bruges but it’s definitely seeing a revival. The recent sell-out event, The Gelinaz, spearheaded by a group of young chefs calling themselves the Flemish Foodies, was certainly testament to this new wave of gastronomic aspiration.
Still, food in Ghent remains heavily Flemish with many modern restaurants reinterpreting the most traditional of dishes. And there are still plenty of Ghentian specialities to be found.
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