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Finding Smurfs and Comics in Brussels

My familiarity with comic books ends at Archie and Casper the Ghost. My brother, on the other hand, has a comic book collection so massive it requires its own insurance policy. So when researching an upcoming trip to Belgium, known for its comic book tradition, I sought out his expertise. “Belgian comics? Never heard of […]

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Taste-Testing Belgian Waffles: Liege and Brussels Gaufre

Be prepared to completely forget your diet when you visit Brussels. I could tell you that with all the walking you’ll be doing, you don’t need to worry about the extra calories. But that would be a lie. Because even if you are able to restrain yourself when it comes to Belgium’s silky chocolate, outstanding […]

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Souvenir Recipe: Belgian Beer Carbonnade (Belgian Beef Stew)

If You Can Resist Drinking your Belgian Beer, Use it to Make a Classic Belgian Recipe In our last post about shopping for Belgian beer in Brussels, we covered where to buy and how to select your beer souvenir.  Now that you’ve brought your Belgian beer back home with you, what can you do with […]

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Brussels Shopping Tips from a Top Hotel Concierge at the Stanhope

One of my favorite things about staying in a luxe boutique hotel is having access to an in-the-know concierge. No matter how much research I put into my destinations, a great concierge will always tip me off to something unexpected, map out my itinerary for me, and patiently answer all of my questions. After confirming […]

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Chatelain: A Favorite Brussels Shopping Neighborhood

Chatelain: one of Brussels’ Hidden Gems While most tourists to Brussels stick to the shops around the Grand Place, it’s worth seeking out some of the neighborhoods just outside the center to get a slice of local life. I loved the elegant, leafy Chatelain neighborhood, located in the Ixelles district (you can take public transport […]

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