In about 5 weeks, my boyfriend and I are flying to Des Moines to start our 3th road trip in the USA. It is not the most popular starting point, but there is a very good reason for that. Friends of ours are getting married and we are happy to be invited to celebrate it with them.
When I meet with a friend in Brussels, we often first go to the Asian supermarket and then grab a bite to eat in the neighbourhood. Because my friend goes there more often, I let her choose the restaurant. She picked Sanh-Kee, a typical Chinese restaurant famous for its roast duck and meat. We ordered the roast duck, crispy bacon, and roast pork together with some stirfry vegetables with garlic.
For work, I had a week of training in Billerica, a city just outside of Boston. I stayed at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel for a week. This is really the perfect hotel to stay for a long period of time. I had a very spacious room that was cleaned every day. (Because I arrived in the evening, the photos are a bit dark).
After a day of shopping in Antwerp, we really wanted some mussels. We looked for a place near the Grand Place and we found a perfect place outside at restaurant De Bomma, grandma´s restaurant. Here you can eat traditional Belgian dishes such as beef stew with beer, rabbit stew, sausage, …. The nice thing is that you can compose your own meal by choosing the meat you want and combine it with vegetables and some potatoes the way you want it.
After a number of very tasting dishes during recent culinary walks through Antwerp, I decided to make a reservation at Invincible in Antwerp. A three course diner has a fixed price and you always have a number of choices for each course. Some dishes require you to pay extra, but they are worth it.
On an ordinary Tuesday, I went for a culinary walk through Antwerp (organized via vizit). An entree, main course, and dessert are served in different restaurants throughout the city and when walking from restaurant to restaurant, the guide explains the history of Antwerp. The tour started at Brabo, the statue in front of city hall and continued to the meat packing house, the old prison, and a variety of small alleys and hidden spots.