i’m back from europe and totally cultured. totally.

It’s day 2 of our European Vacation® and look how relaxed I look on a train zipping along the beautiful Rhine River with a buttery croissant nestled lovingly in my gut. Ahh, those were the days.




Brussles, how delicious you were with your oceans of beers, your roving gypsy punk bands, your markets filled with great cheeses, sausages and breads (perfect for afternoon picnics in urban parks), and your greatest gift to the world: the Leige waffle. I adore you.

And Ghent, how can I forget you with your delicious fries topped with “stoverijsaus” (perfectly spiced meaty beer sauce) served up by Julien, a friendly proprietor who had a right to be proud of his wares.

I’ve been back since Monday night and I’ve only just begun the arduous task of uploading 35 days of photos onto Flickr. So far, I’ve only caught up to day seven. Oh my! But despite the 11 hour flight from Frankfurt and the 4 hours of sleep due to jetlag, I loved every moment of the trip. Highlights, stories and more photos to come!

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18 comments to “i’m back from europe and totally cultured. totally.”

  1. 1
    jenn   October 3, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Welcome back and can’t wait to hear more about your vacation!!!!

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    BumbleVee   October 3, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    found your blog and some of your tasty recipes while u were away…. me too… wanna hear and see more…

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    Katerina   October 3, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Hey, I guess it isn’t just the canucks that are freaks about fries and gravy! Who knew?

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    Joanne   October 3, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    welcome back J…saw your pics on Flickr and I want to see more!! Looks like you guys had an awesome time. Get some rest and I’ll be waiting…

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    sexy shreya   October 3, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    J.. I absolutely love your casual and friendly way of writing.
    I am currenntly planning a trip to Europe next year and I will defintely need your tips and suggestions.

    S

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    Jennie   October 3, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Welcome back!!! Even though I live in Europe, I haven’t been to any of the places you just have (well, save the airport in Frankfurt), so I’m excited to hear/see more!

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    The Overworked Barista   October 4, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Hey…now we’re in the same city. Except opposite sides. =D

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    Toffeeapple   October 5, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Good to know that you are back with us, you were missed. I expect I’ll be at Flickr for a long time to come…

    Recover from your jet lag then come back and tell us ALL about it.

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    VeggieGirl   October 5, 2007 at 10:42 am

    yay, welcome back!! ooh such lovely photos of your trip, so far – I’m LOVING the looks of that Leige waffle!! yum!! :0)

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    beth   October 5, 2007 at 9:26 am

    I think that you need to figure out what was in those beery fries and post a recipe, as soon as you’re able. Definitely.
    I missed your blogging while you were gone!

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    hag   October 5, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    welcome back…your photos are great…I could use some of those fries right now, yum! I am glad you had a great trip!

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    Sarena Shasteen   October 6, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    It is great to hear you are back! Your pics looks great! I am glad you had a great trips!

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    Dawna   October 6, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Welcome back! You are making me totally travelsick (er…the opposite of “homesick”). Looking forward to more pics!

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    Lydia   October 8, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    What everyone else said, and also…you are so knowledgeable about food-related things. Do you know where in Vancouver I could find Bodum products? I’m trying to track down a Chocolatiere pot, and have already called the Gourmet Warehouse and Ming Wo.

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    ParMieuxLauren   October 9, 2007 at 6:33 am

    I’ve started looking through your flickr picks and they are AMAZING!

    I can’t wait to eat my way through the rest your trip with you as you blog it!

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    Jessica   October 10, 2007 at 6:51 am

    You have made me excited for my trip to Lisbon on saturday! I just can’t wait to eat mussels and all the great food.

    I hope you had a lovely trip!

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    kickpleat   October 12, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    thanks everyone for your comments! being on vacation was wonderful but it’s good to be back (i guess!)

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    Katrina   October 22, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    I’m a vegetarian. But at the sight of that *fries topped with “stoverijsaus”*, I actually had a craving for meat….

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