19.3.07

WATERLOO RESTAURANTS - CHIPS (Manic Monday)


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After yesterday's cruise and too much drinking, Pookie today is on diet.
And I forgot to lead my guests to the Waterloo' Restaurants ! This is really unforgivable of me ! Fortunately today's word for Manic Monday is "chips" and this reminded me that we also have Chips in Waterloo ! Very good once and even Fish and Chips in our Irish Pub, which would please our Irish Church Lady.
This is our Irish Pub, very appreciated by young men but also by me for example. It's very nicely decorated inside and you really feel like being in an Irish or for me more English Pub, as I have never been to Ireland, but have been in about 60 pubs in London ! Of course not to drink but to draw the people. Drinking was in second place, I love Cider and this I can only find here !
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There are so many Restaurants in Waterloo, that bad people pretend that there is one Restaurant per family ! Maybe that's not quite true, sure is you have the choice !
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This Restaurant is located in a very small street and when it is warm enough people are sitting "on the street" and can have a sandwich or chips with something. Inside is a beautiful Restaurant.
Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA lot of very old houses or farms have been transformed to Restaurants, which is a very good idea. It keeps the ancient style where nobody wants to live in anymore and at the same time keeps the patrimoine occupied.
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us All these Restaurants have beautiful gardens were in summertime people eat outside of course. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The "Green Roof" is my favourite Restaurant. It's 2min from our house in front of the wood surrounding Brussels. They have a huge garden and the food is very good. During lunch hours you only pay 7.50 € for a "plat du jour" which changes everyday. Of course you get very good chips here too ! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The traditional belgian plate : Steak, frites (chips) salad ! Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Or this little Snack bar kept by two Waterloo girls. You can see the chips !!
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Of course hamburgers are not missed either, besides the American Mc Donald's we have the belgian group "Quick"
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In Waterloo you can find every kind of kitchen, morrocan, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Italian and I am sure that I forgot some.
There is another thing I want to mention here. Why does the English language use for chips "french fries" ? Very much to the anger of all Belgians, because France has nothing to do with the "fries" they are not french at all, but were a Belgian invention. There are a lot of jokes about the Belgians and their "frites" !
And before you leave and go to Barcelona

  • to Mar here please taste the Waterloo beer, especially brewed for Waterloo. Belgium is famous for its beer and the total number of types of Belgian beer exceeds 1000.

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  • 18 comments:

    mar said...

    Those restaurants look very nice, Gattina! love the gardens, they always look very inviting.
    It's hard to show everything in one post, I truly enjoyed the tour yesterday, we all did, and that puts much pressure on mine today, lol!
    Happy monday and happy cruise!

    Irish Church Lady :) said...

    Wooooo I see the Guinness pipeline! That Waterloo beer looks very good too. I'll have to check our liquor store to see if we can get it imported here!

    Very nice cafe's and restaurants, Gattina. I did have my fish and chips on Friday last week, so I'm full up for now but it looks like you have lots of choice and selections to choose from, especially if there is one restaurant per family in Waterloo!! LOL

    If you've never been to Ireland you must go Gattina! The people are very warm there, and the scenery, magnificent!

    Have a great day shopping and relaxing in Barcelona! Buenas dias!

    Maribeth said...

    My Hubby says he wants Mussels! When he was still flying as a pilot for Pan Am, he would fly to Brussels and eat the Mussels made with tomatoes and onions and perhaps white wine? He begs for a recipe if you have one because he says he has not had decent Mussels since!

    Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

    lovely post, and very informative! we have not been to brussels, may have to make amends! ha!

    smiles, bee

    Claire said...

    OK i am starving now! I am coming for a visit asap. I had always thought Brussels was really expensive compared to the UK?

    lisa said...

    Makes me want to go spend some time in The Snug Pub. Great name.

    Raggedy said...

    Fabulous!
    Thank you!
    Huggles and Love,
    Raggedy

    TorAa said...

    Wonderful restaurants and waterholes. I do think I had a little too much. My legs went the opposite direction all the time. Was quite a wind on the cruiseboat. Maybe that's the reason. Have slept and slept. Food and drinks on this cruise is excellent.

    btw. I agree. Frites in Belgium are first class, made from the local, large potatoes. (And even Asterix and Lucky Luke are considered French. HA - People don't know all the BD's made in Belgium)

    Mrs Lifecruiser said...

    Oh, of course, as the hungry monster I am, i've already yesterday tried out several of these restaurants and pubs. and beers :-)

    Come and see my new sexy dress, I'm ready to go out for dinner and see the nightlife in Barcelona!

    And Hootin' Anni has been performing a hot flamenco!

    Natalie said...

    French, Belgian, they're all the same to us here in America. That was supposed to be sarcastic in case it wasn't obvious.

    Sanni said...

    I´ve never had a Waterloo beer before, but I´ve tried different sorts of Belgian beer at my friends´ house in Mol, like Duvel, Leffe Brun and the Ename Triple (which is a Trappist Ale as far as I know).

    Oooops, I sound like a boozehound *LOL* but I started with beer in order to let you know I liked the mentioned restaurants as well!

    Prost =)))

    Skittles said...

    It all looks so lovely!!! I would love to visit there sometime.

    RennyBA said...

    Awwwww Gattina, what a wonderful round tour in gastronomic Waterloo - my mouth was watering during the trip and it was such a lovely presentation from all the cultural food traditions you have!
    The Waterloo beer was the top of the cream. You know I go to Belgium quite often and your brewery traditions is amazing!
    Your a wonderful A-Team Cruiser and it's an honor to have you with us:-)

    AMAZING GRACIE said...

    You went to a lot of trouble for that presentation and I appreciate it!!! What wonderful restaurants and terrific food and beverage!!! I was going to eat a peanut butter sandwich. Ick.

    CyberCelt said...

    Great stop on the cruise. I have not been following it, but I have seen a few posts as I click & comment monday.

    Have a great week.

    Melli said...

    Awwww Gattina! I LOVE to eat outdoors! The sidewalk cafe's are my favorite - always! (or the garden cafe's too!) That is where WE will go when I come BACK to Belgium - on the airplane next time!

    Do you think that Belgian Beer will go okay with Sangria?

    Heart of Rachel said...

    Lovely restaurants in the street. I reminds me of the song with the lines 'Street Life!'. That kind of set up is becoming popular here too. I just love enjoying a good meal and a nice conversation in that kind of atmosphere.

    I enjoy a good beer from time to time and I would be delighted to try yours some time.

    Take care!

    Raggedy said...

    A few of the people you heard on my Monday post were country singers. Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. The rest are not country singers they are bluegrass singers and players. There will be some bluegrass in 2007 scheduled in Europe but they are not from the main group of people that I enjoy litstening to here. My favorites are Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Jim Martin and a host of others. Dan Crary from Ireland came to play with some of them here. It is seperate from the traditional country music that you think of when you here the term country music. I am glad you enjoyed them. I may post more about them in the future. Flatpicking, footstompin, bluegrass..lol Now you can say you know a whole genre of music..
    Huggles and Love,
    Raggedy