Breakfast at B&B Niewhof
However charming and romantic Bruges is, it did not get our full attention. Why? Because whenever we stay at a B&B that we really like, we tend to dawdle on the day of departure. We idle over breakfast and dilly-dally up to the very last minute until check-out, even if it means cutting into our sightseeing time later on. Upon reaching Bruges it was about a 10-minute walk to the historical center to blend in with the rest of the tourists, and between Grote Markt and snapshots around the city, we managed to accomplish what we set out to do in the first place – check out the chocolate shops. And what shops they are! It’s impossible to stroll the city without getting whiplash from gawking at every single store, but the one that won us over was Dominique Persoone’s The Chocolate Line.
With a myriad of exotic flavors, cool shapes, and eye-catching colors, TCL is chocolate gone hip. They were the most expensive of chocolates purchased (16.50€/250 grams), and I am still kickng myself for not having just sucked it up and splurged on a whole kilo.
What’s more, inserted into the box was a booklet with descriptions of each of their creations – very helpful to remember what you bought and to mark those you liked best for the next visit. Well, I like all of them!
I also picked up a box of Dumon chocolates (9€/250 grams) which are very good, but nothing like TCL’s. Note: 250 grams equals to at least 20 pieces.
What we missed out on points of interest was more than made up for by sweet shops, like this one selling a variety of cuberdons, a sort of gummy candy. I tried some of these (bought at a belgian supermarket) but they were too sweet for me.
And then I spied this window for Juliette’s speculoos and stopped in my tracks. Nobody ever mentioned speculoos! The MotH suggested we buy some and boy am I ever grateful
that I listened that he insisted.
These are amazing – buttery, not too sweet, lightly spiced, crisp, crunchy – and an alternative to all that dumb chocolate hanging around.
Auf Wiedersehen Bruges! Until we meet again!!