And La Grande Place Is Packed (Restobiere)
Sunday, 8th September 2013. Brussels, Belgium.
it’s Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels, and La Grande Place is packed. the crowds are massive, and many are there to get drunk. most are there to sample some of the finest brews ever made. still we find time to visit the chocolate museum.
at night we eat at the Restobiere. Alain, the owner, is an old school eccentric, and lets five of us stay after hours. he brings out unpasteurized cheese and stout bread and we talk as the rain falls over Brussels. the cheese is amazing, so is the bread. when we leave, long after dark, Alain gives me his book as a gift. it’s in French. I cannot read a word, but he insists I take it. he’s marked by a long life in the kitchen; his arms are covered with knife scars and burn marks. I wish him good luck, and all the best. his beer cellar is amazing, and so is his hospitality.
it’s Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels, and La Grande Place is packed. many are there to get drunk. some are just there to sample some of the finest.