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Foodie Tour Belgium

Over the past few years of my volunteering in Motorsport, Belgium has become one of my favorite countries in the world to visit, certainly it is my favorite country in Europe. And every time I visit Belgium I end up going on a foodie tour sampling some tasty dishes and flushing them down with my favorite style of beer: Kriek.

On this trip it seems I’ve gone on an exclusive “fritten” diet. I think I had fries almost every day!

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The first meal I had after arriving in Stavelot, near the track was a carnet of frites with some curry ketchup. Followed by a box of frites with mayo from the same place for dinner a few hours later.

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A few days later, we went out to eat in Malmedy Friday night. Malmedy is one of the neighboring towns near Spa, Francorchamps, Stavelot and Coo. The mussels were an excellent appetizer.

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I was even taught the proper technique to eat them:

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But for the main meal I had a delicious plate of beef full of flavor as it was cooked in local beer specific to that town.

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And it amazes me that even for such a fancy meal the side dish was a bowl of Belgian fries.

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And to help with digestion most of my meals were washed down with a cold kriek – cherry beer. My favorite!

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At the track Pol was on chef duties whipping up some tasty meat dishes several times a day for a few days of our volunteering for Spa 24h race. Here the sauce made all the difference, and I made sure to buy a bottle of Hot Curry sauce to go with the tasty meat fresh off the grill.

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It wasn’t long until I discovered a Frituur / Friterie near the main gate closest to our campsite and post on track. So I made the ten minute hike to sample their fries, and they were delicious!

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Belgians take their fry making very seriously. And whenever I offered some fries to fellow marshals nobody turned my offers down which shows how much they appreciate their national dish.

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Even after we’ve left the track and just before I flew back home, Pol and I stopped at a Frituur / Friterie to have some Frit mit Souflees, a delicious beef stew served with fries and mayo. Man was that stuff good!

I can’t wait to go back to Belgium for the fries alone. (and the Kriek)

Post Card from Spa 24h at Spa-Francorchamps

I just returned from one of my most incredible trips marshaling anywhere, ever! What an amazing experience Spa 24h proved to be. Here I’ll share a preview of the posts to come describing my participation as a marshal at Spa-Francorchamps on the Belgian Marshal Team 31 working the top of the Radillion after the famous Eau Rouge.

If I got your attention with the corner names I’m sure you’re going to enjoy reading about the famous Belgian hospitality I received working this event. The various procedures Belgian marshals used when marshaling, and all the marshal toys available to them at the circuit.

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I will also talk about the side trips I made on this journey. First visiting Rome for a couple of hours during my layover in Italy. And concluding with the stopover in Chicago on my flight home back to USA. It was an incredible sightseeing and foodie tour, to be sure.

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I’ll write about meeting Teddy the marshal mascot from the Netherlands and what role I think these things play in the world of Motorsports. And I will be sure to share many pictures from the event and the trip overall.

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Please stay tuned, much goodness is to come after this incredible event!