What to bring back from Dinant?

Last sunday, my boyfriend and I headed to Dinant to get a bit of the holiday feeling. Forests, rivers, Ardennes, tasty specialities. We didn’t ask for more. So if you plan on going there too, this is what you should not miss:

The Couque. You’ll find it in quite a few shops in the center. It is a cake made from flour and honey, baked during a short time at a very high temperature. You can keep it forever as it’s really dry. Many shapes exist, we left with a fish. Don’t even try to bite into it except if you plan to loose a tooth. Just break it – if you manage in less than 10 minutes, and suck it until it gets softer. It has a nice flavour, and it’s still quite a funny experience.

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Ham and sausages from the Ardennes. Generally, both are smoked, the sausage is more spicy with an more intense taste. Don’t try the copy that is only a bad quality smoked ham, always buy the real one which is a protected product (AOC).

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The flamiche pie. Made from a local cheese – boulette de Romedenne – mixed with butter and eggs. Run away from it if you have cholesterol, are on a diet, don’t like the stinky taste, or have a date with someone afterwards. Personally, I enjoyed it. But when you enter in a bakery to buy it, it already smells heavily like cheese. When you taste it, it’s pretty powerful. I had the feeling of a cheese fondue taste but in a much stronger way. A bit of green cheese aftertaste. It was paradise for my French genes… A bit less for my boyfriend who found it simply too intense.

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The local beer. Caracole. It is an amber beer but still fresh. Hoppy caramelized. Really pleasant to drink once you’re back home.
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