Throughout Belgium and throughout Antwerp you can find Belgaufra. A seller of sweet delights like the one above. Make sure you try this Belgium delicacy when you are in Belgium. It’s a must. Brushing your teeth afterward is a required though because all those sugar makes your teeth pop right out of your mouth. At Belgaufra, they make these bad boys right in front of your nose so they are fresher than fresh and they come out nice and warm out of the waffle iron. Delicious for sure.
This would be my last meal in The Philippines and whereas breakfast isn’t my favorite meal of the day, the Cebu City Mariott Hotel had so much to offer that it would become (almost) my favorite meal of that day.
Whether you wanted cereals, a freshly fried egg, rice or sushi, it was all there.
Above are all kinds of sushi displayed on the plates.
Want something more exotic like fried fish heads? No problem! Oh and those red, round looking things on the most left green plate were very sweetly tasting, delicious sausages.
Compose your own breakfast-salad? Sure thing!
And above is just a whole lot of more food.
This was what I settled for (for my first plate). And those yellow drinks? Those were freshly made smoothies that you could get by a smoothies bar. You could order your smoothie at the bar where they would freshly made them and then best of all: you could sit down and they would serve it to you at your table. What’s better than some service at your breakfast right?
A piece of crustless bread, ultra crispy bacon, white rice, egg and bacon quiches and fish heads. If that isn’t a strange breakfast combination than I don’t know what is.
Here’s a messy picture of some of the breakfast-goodness. Rice and meat, delicious!
Whatever you like for your breakfast, there’s a good chance that they have what you crave at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel. I left fully satisfied after this breakfast.
When hungry and in a hurry there are some options on the railway stations in The Netherlands. If you are craving for a good bread roll, De Broodzaak is the best pick. I found myself in exactly that position (hungry and in a hurry) some time ago and I went in and grabbed the special of the day. With a price of 2 euro 50 it is the cheapest option, but don’t let the price fool you: the rolls are good. The bread is fresh and crispy and the topping was in this case very much present. The tuna salad was tasty and the greens on it gave it an extra bite. Satisfied with my choice I can recommend De Broodzaak to any traveler in a hurry.
When I booked my stay at the Best Western Docklands Antwerp my booking included a cup of coffee from the house and some complementary pastry. A simple, but nice gesture from the hotel. The next morning, my girlfriend and I sat in the modern looking dining area and we got plate with donuts and apple pie with some whipped cream.
I’m not that keen on sweet food, but a apple pie with some whipped cream and a cup of coffee is something I can enjoy.
Another thing that was complementary at the hotel was a coffee machine right outside of our room. With the machine you could get unlimited coffee (you could choose different kinds of coffee), tea and hot chocolate (although instant hot chocolate) with the latter being my choice of drink. Still, like the complementary pastry, gestures like this do give a hotel a plus point.
Made by a quick and favorite recipe, this dish is one that I make quite often. Although not made the traditional way this mie goreng still tastes good, I can assure you that. This quick version consists out of the all important main ingredient mie to which I added chicken, whatever vegetables are around, sambal, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce and spices among other things. With the mie, the chicken and the vegetables it is a whole meal in one dish.
The first time I was in Antwerp I went to see all the city’s highlights and I had a satisfying but full planned few days. Therefore, this time I went to do some other, more relaxed things. One of those things was to check out the Kinepolis, a large cinema on the outskirts of Antwerp. They have huge screens with great sound in very large screening theaters. If you like film, make sure you check the Kinepolis out when you are in Antwerp.
But we were a little early at the Kinepolis and we decided to have some quick lunch before the film started. Around the Kinepolis there are a few restaurants and one of those was ‘t Berekieke. The picture above shows a bread roll with martino and smos. If you are asking yourself what smos is, that is exactly what I thought. I had seen smos being advertised throughout all of the city and I was very curious about what it could be. When the bread roll above was being served I still couldn’t figure out what it could be. My guess was that it was the sauce on the bread roll, my girlfriends guess was that it was the heap of vegetables on my bread roll. She was right. It indeed turned out to be that smos is a name for a type of topping consisting out of vegetables and slices of egg. The martino part of the bread roll meant that it was topped with steak tartare, piri-piri, tabasco, cayenne pepper, pickles, salt, ketchup, mustard, worcestersauce and diced onions. This combination makes it a tad spicy bread roll with a mouthful of vegetables and just enough meat for the right flavor.
The other dish was a classic Croque Monsieur: two slices of grilled white bread topped with ham and cheese. As condiments ‘t Berekieke added a bowl of salad and both tomato ketchup and mayonaise. Simple, familiar, but always good.
With this lunch in our stomachs we were now completely ready for our cinematic experience in the Kinepolis.
Have you ever had that moment when you wanted to get onto a train, or just got off, and realized that you forgot to buy some bread at the supermarket? Well, if you live near Antwerp Central Station, you do not need to worry. When I stepped out of the train this machine was one of the first things I saw. A machine where you can buy a whole fresh bread. I had never seen a similar machine and I am really curious how many Belgians really use it.