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  1. Our photo of the day: A chef makes ‘moules et frites’ in Chez Leon, Brussels

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    Our photo of the day: A chef makes ‘moules et frites’ in Chez Leon, Brussels

    Jun032011

    Do you like to try local specialities when overseas? Unsurprisingly, I do. Granted, it comes with the territory of being a travel journalist. It’s my job to eat the same food the locals do. Thankfully, if I wasn’t doing it for professional reasons I’d do it for personal reasons, too. One such speciality is ‘moules et frites’ (mussels and fries) which is particularly popular in Brussels.

    There are many restaurants boasting they do ‘fantastique’ mussels and fries in the Belgian capital, but none can compare to Chez Leon, the most famous restaurant for the celebrated dish in the city. Opened since 1893, it’s something of an institution in Brussels. This is thanks to mussels to die for. Cooked in a pot with butter, garlic and cabbage, what I love about them is that once I’m finished the mussels I’ve a garlicky (if that’s a word) broth to enjoy.

    I enjoyed my moules et frites so much that I featured Chez Leon in my free pocket guide for Brussels. Not only that, I put it in our video postcard of Brussels, too. If you want to see why I like them so much I suggest you book a hostel in Brussels then find out for yourself.

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