Liège might not be at the top of the list when people think Belgium (everyone goes nuts for Brussels or Bruges chocolates!), but a french travel program convinced me otherwise when the show’s host stuffed his face with waffles, or gaufres, and the city’s famous beef and pork meatballs known as boulet à la liégeoise.
We usually make city trips brief (Mister B freaks out in all the chaos), but after seeing photos of the 374 steps up Montagne de Bueren, I had it in my head that we would climb it all the way to the top. Feel the buuuuurn.
Two-thirds of the way one of us needed to take a break. The doxie wouldn’t budge another step so the MotH carried him the rest of the way up. I think he has a tired, yet satisfied, look on his face, like he ran the wiener marathon or something. At one particular b&b, the owner asked if we always travel with our dogs. I replied yes, but what I really should’ve said was “Honey, it just isn’t a vacation without the dynamic duo!”
Much different than mama’s meatballs in tomato sauce, boulet is served with a beer-onion gravy and frites with a generous portion of thick mayo. It was everything that french show host Fred Chesneau made them out to be at l’Amirauté Restaurant in Tilff (15 minutes south of Liège).
Asparagus was in peak season and there was no passing up on this cold asparagus salad with arugula, parmesan shards, serrano ham, and truffle oil. Delicious! It’s a dish that I must repeat for ourselves while asparagus is still available.