Yum!? Had been meaning to check out A Taste of Belgium, at the corner of 12th and Vine in the Gateway Quarter.? Stopped in once over the winter, but the place was so packed there was no hope.
I did, however, instantly feel homesick – for Boulder.? One of the few other places I could live.? I considered that feeling, and realized it was composed of several things – the wood and brick and big windows, right on the street.? The smell of the place – not burgers, but more interesting fare.? The packed-full, happy, relaxed, confident crowd, with that fit outdoorsy look.
I have been in love with Belgian waffles since the owner brought them to town, and often enjoy a pick up crepe lunch at Findlay Market from their stall there, so I knew I’d be back to Taste.? And so it was last night that friend Carolyn and I finally celebrated Christmas there – along with friend Kashara.? Carolyn and I were going on the Playhouse to see Merrily We Roll Along, so there was enough time, but not lingering time.
We always have just the right gifts for each other – amazing how we do that! – and opened them in between bites of appetizers.? Fun food, good food, fresh food, creative food.? One endive leaf with onion, peppers, goat cheese.? Mashed potatoes + something interesting each day as a special.? We picked the bacon out of a small patch, so I could enjoy.? Mushrooms minus snails.? A great stewy soup.? Frites with an air of Belgium.
I was disappointed there was no vegetarian entree – so the chef made me one he’s been experimenting with.? It’s in the fridge, waiting to be experienced – I was too full of appetizers.
We didn’t have time for dessert – so we’ll have to return to check out the creative choices.? Taste of Belgium is a very in place – and also a terrific place!