originally posted May 21/11
WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE D2? PT 11: IN BRUGES
Well, I already sent you an email about that...'nuff said!! So yummy,
can't wait til tomorrow!
PLANS ALWAYS CHANGE
Jos and I were actually planning to go hot air ballooning here. We
talked to Patrick about it and his expression kind of changed. He told
us that fairly recently there had been a ballooning accident and 1 or
2 people died. That made us think things over. Between that plan and
going to good ol' Flanders Fields, we decided to think about it one
more day. There's still tomorrow...
FOOD & WINE TOUR
We went for a food & wine tour...at the supermarket!! HAH! Patrick had
to do some shopping and we were curious...so when he offered to take
us there, we jumped at the chance. The place he took us too had wine,
fruit, yogourt and other products that customers could try. We
literally had a food and wine tour there. I kept thinking that people
can have their breakfast at the supermarket...they could get drunk at
the supermarket! We bought A LOT of chocolate...no joke!
THE ROAD TO CHOCOLATE IS PAVED WITH...TAKE A GUESS?
If you said chocolate, DING DING DING! I know...it doesn't make
sense...just like the amount of chocolate we bought doesn't make
sense...LOL. Jos and I both dropped more than 100 euros on chocolate.
I kid you not. It becomes an addiction...every other window is of
chocolate...90+ chocolate shops...
Think about it. If you spent 5 euros in 20 shops, you'd hit the 100
euro mark. Its not even hard. The thing is, we went to almost every
shop and we dropped the biggest amount of money in one shop...THE
CHOCOLATE LINE. Yes, friends, this infamous store sells the wackiest
kind of chocolates and somehow pulls it off. The Chocolatier serving
us secretly gave us two free chocolates to taste - bacon and the other
was sun dried tomato with basil and peppers, i think. They weren't as
bad as I expected, in fact...
On top of that, we each ate a small box of chocolates worth of free
chocolate given to us by various Chocolatiers. They don't really sell
single pieces of chocolate, they do it by weight and box sizes. So
apart from the Chocolate Line, we were at another shop and Jos wanted
to buy one chocolate florentine (chocolate, almonds & caramel) and she
just gave it to her for free and she shared it with me. Jos tipped her
anyway saying that this was her living. We stopped by later and bought
a bunch more.
We honestly have to buy another luggage because of the chocolate we
purchased!! Makes me think I should have a chocolate party, but how
could I do that so that everyone gets the same amount?!! I could talk
about the chocolate experience in great length, but this email will be
too long, so we'll chat about it next time I see you...
FLEMISH POT...and down Jos goes...
As usual, we asked for recommendations for local food. Jos made a
reservation for us at Flemish Pot. We went for the fixed menu...we
figured, why not? We must have forgotten Patrick's warning about large
portions....the farmer's pate was rather filling...then came the
Flemish Stew and we were done. A black pot is always deceiving in low
light...we had cava and beer as well. It ended with us barely
finishing half the pot, Jos' facial expression was priceless...and her
face was actually red...we laughed about how full we were and walked
That night, Jos was not doing so well. She was feeling really sick. It
could have been a lot of things...but we suspected it was the Flemish
Stew with beer and drinking beer, as well as consuming chocolate
(which is allergic to, even though she took meds), oh and all the
ragweed that seems to blow in the wind like a light snowfall.
I hope she's feeling better tomorrow. She hopes so too. *fingers crossed*
-Sam & Jos