When our tour guide announced that a Moules-frites lunch in Brussels was the highlight of our day trip to Belgium, I wasn't exactly thrilled. I have a mussel phobia and blame the aversion on a rogue mussel in my ramen many years ago. Mentioning this gives me stomach cramps.
|Steamed mussels with a side of fries|
When we were seated in the restaurant, I told the hubs no way was I going to eat those bottom-feeders. That was...... until steaming pots of mussels appeared on our tables and the mouthwatering aroma of butter, celery and leeks wafted through the room. Everyone was oohing and ahhing! My tour buddies heartily dug into the meal.
Moules-frites are a match made in food heaven! And it's no wonder Belgians are the world's biggest mussel eaters!
While observing the locals eating their mussels, I realized we were doing it wrong!
Here's the Belgian way.
Step 1 - Suck out the flesh from the first pair of shells.
Step 2 - Use the empty shells as tongs to pick out the flesh from the others.
|No utensil required!|
I think mussels are back in my life once again!
I will always remember the time I tried mussels with fries in Belgium. I found it such a funny combination but then I saw that it really worked!ReplyDelete
Oh yummy. I had a dozen of them. Thank you very much.ReplyDelete
What a lovely memory.
Have a great day. ♥
Oh my! They look wonderful!!ReplyDelete
I love mussels and those look incredible.ReplyDelete
I never had mussels. I'm not sure I could be sophisticated enough to eat them, LOL. They do look good and I am glad you decided to give them a try!ReplyDelete
Looks good, I can imagine how wonderful it tasted. Nice pics!ReplyDelete
They really are delicious! I’m glad you found that out .ReplyDelete
I don't think I could do it!! My stomach turns at the sight of them, lol!ReplyDelete
I can't think of anything better than mussels in Brussels! I love moules frites! There is a Belgian restaurant in Philadelphia that we sometimes visit to get out mussel fix, but the best one we have discovered in the states is in Richmond, Virginia! Yummy!!!ReplyDelete
I love mussels although when eating shellfish you do have to make sure that you're getting it fresh and cooked properly. #globalbloggingReplyDelete
Hmm. I'm still not sure I could bring myself to try them--even after reading this post that makes them sound so delicious-- but I could go for the fries. I love fries.ReplyDelete
You make it sound out of this world but I've never been a mussels fan.ReplyDelete
LQQKS delicious I do like musselsReplyDelete
Have a shelltastic week :-)
They look scrumptious and your description has me salivating!ReplyDelete
I must admit I have never tasted mussels, they always look a bit like aliens from another world, which of course they are! Maybe if I ever visit Brussels I will be brave enough.....ReplyDelete
I love mussels, and that dish looks so yummy!ReplyDelete
Looks like you had a wonderful experience here!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-visitor.html
...I've had Little Neck Clams, but never mussels. The video was very interesting, thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I don't do mussels or oysters....the texture gets me. I am glad you liked them, though!ReplyDelete
We're not big seafood lovers.. I like shrimp.. but I've never tasted clams or mussels.. don't like sushi either.ReplyDelete
it looks delicious and for sure it was perfectly done :) nice to see you had lovely day in Brussels :)ReplyDelete
Oh my soon would love to sit down to that bowl of mussels! I have never eaten mussels from the shell. THanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Those look delicious! Love mussels! Never tried them with frites!ReplyDelete
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Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥
O mossels! Lekker. (delicious with salt)ReplyDelete
These look so good!ReplyDelete
Love the title! And, more great photos with interesting text! I always learn something. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More.ReplyDelete
It looks like you had a wonderful time. Great captures of the experience.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your link on 'My Corner of the World'! It's lovely to see you this week!
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Thank you for sharing your visit here with us and thank you for hosting such a wonderful Post. I personally don't think I'll ever get to your neck of the woods, but because of you, I feel like I've been there and so many other nice places too! Thank you so much, my sister, from another mother. ~hehehe~ WoW I feel special! Big hugs and have a great evening! Love you Post! Hugs!ReplyDelete
I've never had them and at first thought I'd say I wouldn't be a fan. Maybe if they're done right though lol! Glad you had a good experience!ReplyDelete
I do love mussels especially with some garlic bread X #bloggerclubukReplyDelete
I love clams, but have never eaten mussels. #trafficjamweekendReplyDelete
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We use the first shell to pull mussels as we eat also! #GlobalBloggingReplyDelete
I can't say i've ever really tried Mussels. Your pictures do make them look delicious though. #BloggerClubUKReplyDelete
I love muscles so much! I should try making them again.ReplyDelete
yummy, me encantan los mejillones, que ricosReplyDelete