I'm going to focus on pictures more than words now, or else this post will be of epic proportions. Bon Appetit!
Our Belgian Feast
My parents took us out for a gourmet meal in the Belgian countryside. They eat well in Belgium, and our meal was no exception. If you're ever in the area, the restuarant was Le Pot-au-Feu in the town of Malonne. It's close to Namur, the capital of Wallonia, the french-speaking part of Belgium.
They started us with an amuse bouche, or a little starter to get your taste buds ready to go. The mussles were in a buttery garlic sauce, and the fried cheese on the right just melted in your mouth.
Since it's illegal in Chicago, I had to taste fois gras. It was rich, creamy, and decadent. The rasin filled aspic underneath wasn't my favorite thing, but it was a gourmet treat that I wouldn't find many places.
The rest of our group got this starter-- pot-au-fou with frogs legs and escargot. It was in a creamy sauce with the puff pastry on top, and was such a treat. I love frogs' legs, and was able to overcome my fears long enough to try the escargot, too. As soon as I managed to get the escargot into my mouth (a mental battle), I really liked it! Of course, anything's good in a garlic cream sauce :)
My sister was a little more freaked out when she tried the escargot! Hilarious!