The Favorite’s List: Rob – The Gourmets’ Market
The grape section
Summer is here and that means its time to get seriously excited about gorgeous produce: juicy peaches, ripe and earthy heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, fresh lettuces and crispy corn. If you are like me, you live for the seasonal changes on the dinner plate.
Brussels has an abundance of fresh farmer’s markets (Place Jourdan on Sundays, Place Flagey any day but Monday) but if you really want to sample the finest from the season along with a smorgasbord of other culinary delights, look no further than Rob – the Gourmet Market. http://www.rob-brussels.be/home.cfm?lang=en
Knowing that I longed for the chef’s wonderland that is San Francisco with its many special, local producers, the Ferry Building and slow trips spend wondering the halls of Whole Foods, the Bear was very excited when he spotted a Gourmet Food emporium when driving up Avenue de Tervueren one day. That weekend we went to check it out and I was in heaven! There are so many special ingredients, just the thing to inspire an afternoon cooking up something delicious. There is a big butcher counter, fish, cheese, baked goods, a HUGE wine cellar and even a lovely restaurant. They offer cooking classes for those who want to improve their skills. I have not tried one yet but its on my “one of these days” list.
I can really recommend Rob’s for when you are out for that special something or looking for some inspiration. Disclaimer: this type of indulgence does not come cheap! Rather than an everyday stop, a trip to Rob’s is more of a treat or an event. Something to leave a smile on your face and a tingle in your tummy. Enjoy!
Where: Boulevard de la Woluwe 28 – 1150 Woluwé-Saint-Pierre-
When: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm, – Friday until 8pm, – Saturday from 8.30am to 7pm
Cured meat heaven
It’s whats for dinner
Cuberdon ice cream – aka the day I ruined my new cream sweater