As we were walking into town for dinner we noticed a buzz in the city and a lot of Belgian flags flying. Come to find out, Belgium was playing Turkey for the Euro Cup qualifier in Belgium (Brussels). Being that there is a huge Turkish population in Gent it was quite the rivalry. The Kouter (the square where the flower market is held) was set up with a huge TV screen and beer trucks. It was packed shoulder to shoulder and filled with singing and chanting. It was electric!
We decided to go to dinner first and end with the game so we went to a little cafe that we've walked by a million times and said "one day without the kids..." The waiter was super friendly and asked if we wanted to try “something different”. He brought out something that looked like head cheese and tasted like corned beef and asked if we wanted to know what it was now or after we ate it, we opted for the latter. It turned out to be...drum roll...calf head! Not sure what exactly that means but the French lady sitting next to us described it as essentially the "whole" head. I'm guessing sans bones but who knows. Well, when in Rome...
We ended the night with a glass of wine in the shadow of the castle and a stop off at the Irish pub on our walk home. GOOD TIMES!
|Calf head with lots-o-mustard|
|My entree, shrimp salad was delicious!|
|Potato croquets with a hint of nutmeg, yummmm.|
|Steve's entree was also very tasty, Tong fish.|
|The game after dinner when it started to get a bit rowdy.|
|View from our cafe table|
|Tons of people drinking wine and champagne along the canal that night (it was 80+ degrees), so fun!|
Oh yeah, it was a tie game 1:1 because Belgium missed a penalty kick, disappointing!!