Prof. Silmarien Szilagyi
Over the years, I have visited a lot of cities, but Bruges and Ghent were probably my favorite from a culinary perspective. I know, I know--Belgium doesn't exactly rank high on the list of international food destinations, but that's only because the list is wrong. With their proximity to the North Sea, both Brugge and Ghent have an abundance of fresh seafood, and let's not forget about the famous Belgian chocolates and waffles. So, following in my maternal grandfather's footsteps, I set out to discover my favorite Flemish flavors.
A brief note on the food names in the headers: Because Belgium is bilingual, the first name is in French and the second name is in Dutch. But, because I was in Flanders, I subsequently refer to the foods by their Dutch names.
Silmarien's European traveling has long been the stuff of dreams and much envy of this newspaper's editor-in-chief. If only she could also manage to stuff Cassie into a suitcase as she country-hops, things would be even better. Alas.