Saturday, 30 October 2010

Brussels Saturday Round Up

I've gone a bit fetishy about food in the last few weeks. It's classic displacement spending, food being far cheaper than all the things I really want to buy. It's "Paris Syndrome". I only bought two Petit Bateau t-shirts in a year living in Paris, but I bought an elaborate cake every bloody day. It's false economy and it's making me fat, but who cares, the winter is coming and I have no plans to leave the house ever again except to buy more cake.

So today I:

1. Took a trip to the Asian supermarket by the Bourse - yes, the one that got closed down by the health inspectorate for vermin infestation, ssssh I don't need to know - for spices and chana dahl and bunches of coriander. I am planning a giant vat of dahl ("half butter, half roasted garlic, half lentil" said M, with an accurate, if Apprentice-esque grasp of percentages) to offset the giant cakes and further my plan of never leaving the house again.

2. Stopped off at Marcolini on the way home in the rain for a hot chocolate. For €2,10 you get chocolate poisoning, combined with a sense of faint superiority because it is high quality chocolate poisoning AND two tiny but surprisingly delicious speculoos. Unfortunately I also got carried away and bought a vanilla ├ęclair. It looked so pretty.




3. Checked out Brussels's first - I think - cupcake bakery, only, what, 8 years after the rest of the Western world? It was quite sweet, but it smells of imminent bankruptcy to me. I mean, surely we are all cupcake weary and broke, aren't we? Who's paying €3,20 for a cupcake at the moment?



Me apparently. But I'm calling it research.

Yes, my thumb nail is dirty. At least it's not green any more.

I chose almond, lemon and raspberry. I was predisposed to despise it, because of my galloping envy of cupcake bakery owners, but apart from the frosting, it was pretty good.



I also went to Lidl in search of B's mythic €3 Cava. It had quite the festive atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon, like an early cocktail hour. About half my local store seems to be devoted to wine, which I endorse wholeheartedly. The rest was discounted biscuits and toothpaste, all handy, if of limited usefulness for cooking purposes.

There were other compensations on my walk, including these strange owls:


This tiny boar:




And this brilliant display in the window of my favourite bonkers taxidermy and stuff - in - domes shop:




He also had a selection of nicely mounted glass eyeballs:


I feel like these should be the perfect gift for someone, but I haven't worked out who yet.

This mural, in Louise metro, remains a source of great puzzlement to me.


Can anyone throw any light? Or just make up something plausible? I don't like that goat's expression.

16 comments:

fedex said...

i did not know about marcolini hot chocolate. i have a new plan for tomorrow. woohoo.
no clue about the mural in louise. even more oddly, despite daily trips through louise, i don't recall ever even seeing it. hmmm. will search it out in my chocolate coma after marcolini trip tomorrow.

bryony said...

I love the Marcolini shop - especially the thick velvet curtain and the wonky stairs....

Not at all sure about the mural....goat or pipe-man...

Ian said...

On the Louise mural, I quote from STIB's big book of metro art:

"The artist wanted people passing through Louise metro station to stop and think for a moment about the survival of all species. The technological forces which humans have created are now running more and more out of their control and the artist wants to warn the observer."

So, you have been warned. By goat telepathy.

Nellig said...

Those window displays are indeed quite unhinged. Nice.

More close-ups of confectionery please. Or how about a nice shot of some big fat fresh glistening bunches of coriander. Oh, how I yearn for them. Could happily plunge into the comforting vat of dahl and never come up again. Sigh.

Design Elements said...

i did not know about marcolini hot chocolate. thanks for sharing!

shayma said...

chana dahl, and cupcakes....mmmmmm x shayma

Betty M said...

Mmm a day with hot chocolate, an eclair and a cupcake. Money on these things is well spent particularly if other things not so good.

That's Not My Age said...

No idea about the goat but you have excellent taste in Scandinavian crockery. I've got some of those plates!

Waffle said...

Marcolini ho-cho fanciers: you need the little satellite cake shop next door to Au Vieux St Martin, not the large suede curtained bordello.

Ian: Words fail. But they can be replaced conveniently by goat telepathy.

TNMA: Yes, I love, you also have excellent taste. Got mine at Skandium, I think.

pinolona said...

I strongly suspect that you went walking in my neck of the woods!

redfox said...

Who DOESN'T need nicely mounted glass eyeballs, really? They, like a goat mural, seem likely to make the observer stop and think for a moment.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid.

By the way I have it on good authority that Derren Brown would love a set of mounted glass eyeballs...

the polish chick said...

tell me, why is there a cigarette paper filled with tobacco on top of the eclair? is that The Belgian Way?

momosyllabic said...

Clearly about the first prime minister to receive a goat to help interpret the lyrics of the national anthem (see how the man strains to read the lyrics? see how the goat helpfully brays the tune for him?).
Enjoying your blog! Thanks for the good work.

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