Updated November 2015
ART NOUVEAU CHOCOLATE MARTINI - Brussels, Day Five
I’ll bet you thought I was going to give you a Brussels Sprout Martini, didn’t you??? Yes, Brussels sprouts, at least the modern day versions, were cultivated in Brussels, most probably from ones brought there by the Romans, and date back at least 400 years. . . . but you don't really want to drink Brussels sprouts do you? Chocolate - especially Belgian chocolate - is much better, right? But I will tell you that Brussels sprouts can be nice as a garnish in a savory martini - they look like little mini cabbages on a martini pick, try plopping one in that classic gin martini you're having tonight instead of an olive!
Another food we’re all familiar with had it’s origins in Belgium as well – French Fries! Nope, not French – so in all fairness the next time you drive up to a Mickey D’s or a Burger King you should order a large order of Brussels Fries! Belgium is also well know for it’s tapestries and lace, as well as some pretty darn good beer!
The city of Brussels, founded over a millennium ago, boasts the wonderful Grand Place marketplace and the remarkable Atomium, a structure of nine steel spheres connected by tubes which contain escalators that will take you to the top of the structure.
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