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3 days in Belgium/TYPES of waffles?

Arriving Saturday afternoon.

Will have one real dinner in Brussels, the day we arrive. Going to Brugge next day, expect to eat lunch and dinner there, recommendations welcome. Then on Monday a lunch in Brussels and dinner in Leuven where my daughter is working and staying.

Also, a friend wrote my husband: Liege style waffles are better here than anywhere else in the world (in my opinion). What is the difference between a Liege style and regular old waffle? She said they visited Liege in the hopes of finding these waffles but didn't find any.

about 8 hours ago
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Accidental Tourist in Florence?

We are considering a day with this group, they cover wineries early in the day as well as a cooking class (hands on) in the afternoons. It has good reviews on TA but since I don't want to waste our limited time with subpar meals (and it just so hard to discern WHO the reviewers really are after all) I'm hopeful some foodie person here has personal knowledge of this group and can give a thumbs up or down.

Aug 19, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Florence Piazza della Liberte area

Thanks again Bugsey. We will be there next month, 19-25 September. I'm expecting to do a lot of walking, and I think with the Firenze Card we get public transportation included so since everything we seem drawn to is in city center or south, I hope to become proficient at the buses!

Aug 19, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Florence Piazza della Liberte area

I cannot thank you enough, been very apprehensive about the location. Any thoughts about those I mentioned above? From TA?

Aug 18, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Florence Piazza della Liberte area

Anything near this location (where we are taking an apartment for 6 nights) worth seeking out? When I look on TA, not much comes up though Osteria dell tre panche looks pretty close. Anyone know this place, or recommend something else close? DA Tito seems in the vicinity as well....thoughts?

Is this the sort of "off the beaten path" locale where we will find hidden gems? Where locals might hang out? Or are we primarily in a barren wasteland over there? I know we will mainly head to the city center most days (when not day tripping) bùt if we feel lazy once or twice, can we find worthwhile stuff close by?

Aug 17, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Cooking class/"landmark" bar: 2 Venice questions

Love her website, don't know if the timing will work though :-(.

Aug 12, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Cooking class/"landmark" bar: 2 Venice questions

Thank you Elizabeth. As it turns out the hotel is only offering its 3-day course while we are there, not the private session. So it is a moot topic.

However, if you have any suggestions for the time we will be in Florence (6 nights) I'd be thrilled to hear them. I'd love to do a wine tour/tasting/cooking thing one day, though right now I'm leaning toward a half-day wine in Tuscany option only. So much to see, so little time!

Aug 08, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Foodie Visit to Rome

Wow, I so enjoyed reading this thread...I do hope someone sees this and responds as well! Would just love to know updates about any of the places tenortom visited and if others' experiences at said spots have been as successful. We don't have the wine experience so will be at servers' mercy in recommendations, but this whole past discussion has me extremely psyched for our trip next month (except we only have 4 nights and I want to try every place mentioned above--and below I suppose since I've no idea where this will appear on the thread).

Thanks again for the delightful conversation to follow!

Aug 07, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Delirium Cafe Brussels

2500 Beers from which to choose. Probably TOO overwhelming for us, but just in case, anyone know if they serve food at all? Website menu only shows beverages. Thanks.

Aug 07, 2014
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Simple Tuscan winery tours near Florence, Italy?

Thank you for the suggestions. Any thoughts on how to get a driver/guide to help put a day together that would include some of these?

Aug 06, 2014
SueFH in Wine

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Where should we go for best fries? In Bruges, Brussels, Leuven?

Aug 04, 2014
SueFH in Beer

Simple Tuscan winery tours near Florence, Italy?

We are not experts by a long shot, but would like to do a day trip from Florence and check out some wineries inTuscany. Willing to retain a guide to (a) drive since we will not have a car and (b) find good locations to visit. Wouldn't mind grabbing some amazing olive oil too.

Any tour guide suggestions?

Aug 04, 2014
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Cooking class/"landmark" bar: 2 Venice questions

1) Could someone share a brief explanation of the Harry's Bar tradition? I keep hearing allusions to it but don't know the genesis of it. What's the big deal, just that celebrities went there? Not being disrespectful, truly just curious.

2) has anyone done the cooking class at Gritti Palace, private session or group? We won't be there for a scheduled session so would do the private one with the exec chef. Shockingly my husband seems ok with the idea so before proceeding I'd love input as to whether it is worthwhile. I know it is really pricey, probably overpriced, but if the hubs is willing to consider I have to investigate!

Thanks.

Aug 03, 2014
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[Venice] Alle Testiere

I love that you paid attention! We have switched to Gritti Palace due to minimal higher point cost than St Regis. Still arriving early, though, so your suggestions remain highly valuable!

Aug 03, 2014
SueFH in Italy

The best Carbonara in Rome?

Three years now have passed, like OP, I'd love any updated thoughts. Having been served carbonara with creamy -Alfredo-like sauce, I'm dedicated to finding a great authentic version in September.

Thanks!

Jul 30, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Acquarello Venice

Just to let you know we decided to cash in a few more points and stay at Gritti Palace instead, so we are unlikely to dine at Acquarello after all. We may take a ride out just to see the grounds however.

And the place at Gritti doesn't look like a "must" meal so I suspect we won't eat there either. I am, however, giving serious thought to trying a half day cooking class with their executive chef, I think I read someplace that the cost is not outrageous.

Thanks again for reading my post!

Jul 30, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Rome: Is Nonna Betta really Kosher?

We have a Ghetto tour scheduled for a Sunday morning, would like to experience the famous fried chokes etc for lunch that day. Of the four originals you mentioned, does one warrant a visit over the others for any reason? It will be our last meal with my daughter who'll be returning to Belgium that evening.

Thanks.

Jul 30, 2014
SueFH in Italy

[Venice] Alle Testiere

We are arriving in Venice very early on a Tuesday morning, can't check in to hotel until 3. I wonder if some generic wandering around until lunch, trying Testiere then, and going back to check in to our hotel is the way to go. Thanks for bumping this thread.

Jul 29, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Anything wonderful in Leuven?

My daughter has a friend visiting Leuven from Boston for the food festival, hoping she gets some ideas for our visit! I will still be routinely checking on CH!

Jul 28, 2014
SueFH in Europe

Acquarello Venice

We are using Starwood points to stay in September, wouldn't ever spend the money they're asking but for points we decided to take the chance. I will of course let you all know how it was!

Jul 24, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Acquarello Venice

This is the restaurant in the St Regis San Clemente Palace hotel, which has recently reopened. May be too soon to have reviews, but thought I'd see if anyone has experienced it yet, and what you thought of it.

Jul 17, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Anything wonderful in Leuven?

Thank you for the translation offer! And if you happen to be moving to Chicago you can definitely walk to wonderful places to eat!

Jul 08, 2014
SueFH in Europe

Chianti Classico council opens first wine centre

Thanks for the link, I'm going to Italy for the first time in September so I'll be watching for reviews and comments before then!

Jul 08, 2014
SueFH in Wine

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Hi! Thanks for asking. We will be in Brussels Saturday afternoon/evening, Bruges on Sunday, and then to Leuven on Monday where our daughter works and lives (until January). Leave for Italy early Tuesday morning.

Jul 07, 2014
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Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Hi! We will be in Brussels Saturday afternoon/evening, Bruges on Sunday, and then to Leuven on Monday where our daughter works and lives (until January). Leave for Italy early Tuesday morning.

Jul 07, 2014
SueFH in Beer

Anything wonderful in Leuven?

Thank you. I think we will probably skip Ghent and stick with Bruges on Sunday, then Leuven Monday. I do not want to remortgage the house but since this is likely our only trip there, I wouldn't object to nicer, higher end options. If it is great I'd consider it regardless of price. I guess something in the €40-65 range would be pretty special. But something great for €25 would be good too. Point being, I'm pretty wide open.

On TA there was a place in Bruges with a prix-fixe and wine for all 4 courses for 65, that seemed very reasonable (though maybe a bit too fancy for our full day of touring around Bruges).

I welcome any and all suggestions. Thank you.

Jul 07, 2014
SueFH in Europe

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Thank you all so much, especially for the advocate suggestion!

Jul 05, 2014
SueFH in Beer

Da Pietro Valentine, Rome

Thank you.

Jul 05, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Tasty Tuscany Trails

I am heading to Italy in September also (first time) and greatly appreciate the suggestions already on this thread.

We had planned 6 nights in Florence from which to do day trips, but I wonder if we should instead find a place to stay in the small towns/winery areas for the last night (6) before we head to Rome and meet up with our daughter.

Again, thanks for all the suggestions.

Jul 05, 2014
SueFH in Wine

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

I'm NOT a regular beer drinker, depends on my mood, food, etc.

I don't know the difference between hoppy and malty (if there is a difference) or a pale ale vs an IPA or any of that, though I'd like to learn.

What I do tend to like are darker, richer maybe towards sweeter beers; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is a favorite, I like a vanilla or oatmeal or chocolate stout or porter. Not a big fan of super carbonated or grassy types.

In an effort to start my education I purchased a Duvel and a Caroulet (??i think) Tripel. Didn't care for the basic Duvel, just tasted thin to me. The Tripel was better, though it still tasted very fresh maybe? I apologize for the limited vocabulary.

Can you guys recommend a few names for me to start tasting? I'm in Chicago and would happily (actually love to) find someplace to do flights and get some breadth rather than buying the big bottles only to discover I don't like them. Non-judgmental pourers would help.

TIA.

Jul 05, 2014
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