Belgium Day 2

The second day into our Belgium trip was a travel day, nothing very exciting. We left Brussels and took the train to Ieper. Once in Ieper, we stopped and had lunch and a beer!

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The little bar only had a few beer options, but you cant complain when Westmalle Dubbel is on the menu!

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The only bar food they offered was spaghetti. I found this odd. I’m glad only Jack ordered because it was the biggest platter of spaghetti I’ve ever seen! It took us both to finish it.

From there we took a bus to the very small town we were staying called Poelkapelle. We got great rooms at t’Oude Gemeentehuis which was run by a young couple, Steijn and his wife. We had a great time talking to them and getting to learn about the area and the B&B.

For dinner, we decided to walk around and see the town. The town was only one main street with very little food offerings, but we found a small café called Point A.

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I got a delicious Flemish beef stew and a Rodenbach from Brouwerij Rodenbach in Roeselare, Belgium at 5.2% abv.

And we were serenaded throughout dinner by the lambs and goats on the other side of the hedge.

Ladies Date Night! (with our driver, Jack)

Friday night, Jack and I took Kristen out on a dinner date in DC since her boyfriend was out of town.

We didn’t make reservations to get into our first choice but luckily another Belgian Restaurant was across the street, Sur La Place, and we got in there after a little wait.

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I ordered a St Bernardus Abt 12 by Brouwerij St Bernardus, Belgium Considered a quadrupel at 10%abv.

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Pours a very dark brown, mmm, yeasty and bready, but sweet like plums and vanilla, figs and cloves. Smooth,boozy and medium carbonation.

I was starving and drank this while munching on the delicious warm bread and butter. So good!

I really like Sur La Place because everything seems to run a little slower there. Yeah, it may take a while to order the food and get the food, but you don’t feel like you are being rushed. Its nice! You can enjoy sitting down to dinner for a while and getting a chance to enjoy the conversation and the company.

I ordered the asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon and a blood sausage with lentils. I love blood sausage! And now I’m starting to feel like an adult because I like asparagus!

Next I ordered the Westmalle Trappist Dubbel by Brouwerij Westmalle in Belgium 7% abv.

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Pours dark brown with a reddish tint, very smooth, velvety and sweet like dark fruits and caramelized sugar. This beer was basically my dessert, so good! Just sip and enjoy!

What a wonderful date night! Thanks for joining us Kristen!