Bruges, Chocolate, and Waterzooi

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We took a day trip (3 hours from Amsterdam) to the amazing medieval city of Bruges, a city as bustling as London in the 15th century filled with gilded architecture, canals, mussels, beer, chocolate and gorgeous northern light. It didn’t take long to get our fist hit of chocolate–a modern take on the Belgium waffle–hot off the griddle and sandwich around glorious melted chocolate. We took in the Sunday flea market–where all the items were purchased by dealers from the surrounding old homes so the bric-a-brac was all completely local. I bought an old cookie tin with the Bruges city scape pressed in relief. Rose–an antique dealer in her day– was in heaven.

Our meal was eaten at an old Bruges haunt serving classic old Bruges type dishes and delicious beer. Rose’s Waterzooi–an old school staple–is really close to the French chicken fricasee (profiled in details in MSL October mag). And, no Belgium meal is complete without the world famous Frites (aka French fries but don’t say that around these parts). The potatoes themselves are sweet/savory with a fantastic texture, fried to a crisp on the outside and served with mayonaise. The beer I had, a Triple Karmelit, tasted of coriander and citrus with a foamy topping as delicous as w lightly whipped meringue.

Another beautiful day of travels with mama Rosie.

  • Ryan October 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Everyone should tell Hallmark that they want Mad Hungry back on ASAP. Come on folks.


  • NELDA PURDON October 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Lucinda your food descriptions make me hungry and I just had dinner! It sounds like you and your mom are having a great time and eating your way through your vacation – just as it should be! Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

  • Nels October 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Mad Hungry,

    Hallmark has treated the show so poorly. I hope they are smart enough to see there is a following.


  • Dana October 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Bring back Mad Hungry. The new morning shows are horrible.


  • Joy October 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Bring back the best cooking show, Bring back Mad Hungry.

  • Melissa South October 10, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I love your show and pray it comes back with some new ones. My secret dream would be to be on one show with you someday. I don’t care if they don’t put Martha back on though. Sorry not trying to be rude but that’s how I feel. Getting tired of Waltons, they should put you there 🙂

  • Danielle October 10, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I’m so tired of not seeing NEW EPISODES of Mad Hungry. Bring it back.


  • Belinda October 10, 2012 at 6:08 am

    The new Home and Family is horrible. Bring back Mad Hungry!


  • Cliff October 10, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I want Mad Hungry back like everyone else. I hope everyone has emailed the Hallmark Channel. I also called. 1-818-755-2400.


  • Connie October 10, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Tell them we want Md Hungry back with ALL NEW EPISODES.


  • Ethel October 10, 2012 at 6:24 am

    How bad is Home and Family? I couldn’t get through 5 minutes. When the heck will Hallmark wake up and bring back Mad Hungry?


  • Carol October 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Please bring back Martha and Lucinda. What were they thinking??
    The other shows are truly a bore.

  • Shari October 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I agree — Home and Family is terribly boring. Bring back the Martha Stewart Show and Mad Hungry. Contact Hallmark and let them know how you feel!

  • Barbara Lagow October 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Dear Lucinda: I’m missing your show and have just sent the Hallmark Channel
    as email telling them that I have gone from watching your show every day to
    never watching the channel. Hope the great outcry brings you and the program
    back soon.
    Barbara Lagow

    PS. I am 75 and have never written to a television personality or a channel

  • Sandra M♥ October 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I called The Crown Network also at 1-818-755-2400. Spoke to someone there and voiced my opinion about not wanting Mad Hungry to go away! We all need to call this number to get her back on the air. They asked me where I was from & who my cable provider was. Together, we can make a difference! 🙂

  • Jake October 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Everyone just needs to keep calling and emailing. 1-818-755-2400
    Home and Family is horrible and Marie is fair. There is no reason why Mad Hungry can’t continue with ALL NEW EPISODES.


  • Lorna October 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I want Mad Hungry back on. The Hallmark Channel has lost even more viewers. I will not watch until MAD HUNGRY is back on. Not just repeats, ALL NEW EPISODES.


  • Jessica October 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Oh, no. These are like the delicious little tasties I got addicted to when I was living in Paris that made me blow up. 🙂

  • NELDA PURDON October 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Lets keep up the great work Mad Hungry fans! I have been contacting the Hallmark Channel USA daily for the past week! The I’M MAD AND HUNGRY campaign is picking up speed (that’s what I’ve been calling it anyway). Calling, emailing and posting on FB DAILY is the only way we are going to make a difference. I have just started turning off the TV at 11AM because there is nothing of any quality to watch! Lucinda – your fans miss you!

  • Nancy DeAngelis October 11, 2012 at 2:38 am

    The Hallmark station has made a Big Mistake. The
    station now has a borning agenda. I miss Martha
    Stewart and Mad Hungrey. I watch these progams
    every day. Please call 1-818-755-2400. Maybe
    together we can make a difference.
    Nancy DeAngelis

  • Mary Olga Hartman October 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I watch Mad Hungry every day!!!! Where is Lucinda and her wonderful program? Please put this wonderful teaching program on again and all her wonderful recipes. Thank you

  • Kathleen October 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for keeping all of us “lonely” fans in the loop with your food travels! So disappointed with the change in Hallmark’s schedule. We don’t even turn it on anymore. So glad I have your book (^_^) Hope this hiatus won’t last too long. Feels like a good friend moved away!

  • NELDA PURDON October 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This day needs to turn around ! A solid black cat ran out in front if my car this morning. I’m trying to laugh it off. I live in Cincinnati and the Reds are LOSING the final game of the NLDS and I turned on the TV again out of habit to watch Mad Hungry and realized that wasn’t happening. My 4 year old niece is begging to watch a cooking show on TV and it won’t be Lucinda thanks to Hallmark. I’ve contacted them AGAIN!

  • Tina October 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Like Nelda, I and all my friends are contacting Hallmark with an email and phone call. We all want Mad Hungry back on.

    Tina L.

  • Glenn October 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Contact the appropriate one and tell them, BRING BACK MAD HUNGRY.

  • Vera October 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Email Hallmark and tell them to bring back Mad Hungry with ALL NEW EPISODES.

  • Yolanda October 12, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I love Mad Hungry and want it back on the air.


  • Donna Kimpan October 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I really miss you show such good easy to do recipes for everyday use. I hope your show finds a new home soon. Maybe PBS or the Food Network?????

  • Nathalie Dumon October 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Dear Mad Hungry
    Waterzooi is a typical dish from the beautiful city of Ghent, also in Flanders. You might have tasted waterzooi in Bruges, but you should come to Ghent (15 minutes from Bruges) to taste the REAL stuff 😉
    Kind regards

  • Cathy Guber October 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Mad Hungry is the only cooking show I watch. Used to watch quite a few but now I’ve cut it down to Lucinda only. She does the whole menu – main, sidedish, dessert – even drinks sometimes. She cooks for Real People, carries a conversation during the show that’s between Martha’s arrogance and Rachel’s Laugh it Up.
    ONLY show I watch on Hallmark !

  • diane petrillo October 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Miss lsq and Martha!the new shows are boring and I will not watch this channel
    until my favorite shows are back.

  • Rosemary Saso October 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Hallmark really needs to get you,Lucinda et al, Petkeeping, and the Martha Stewart show back. The replacement shows are bad news! Thanks.

  • NELDA PURDON October 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Keep contacting the Hallmark Channel U S A Mad Hungry fans! Lucinda needs to be on the air!

  • Sally October 14, 2012 at 8:07 am

    We want Mad Hungry back on the air. Tell Hallmark Chanel, now.

  • Olivia October 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I don’t have Facebook. Can someone put this link on their. Tell Hallmark to bring back Mad Hungry.

  • Nick October 14, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Looking ahead “Home and Family” will not be repeating twice a day starting the week of October 22. (@ 1 pm) They have “Frasier” scheduled for those 2 hours. As I enjoy “Frasier”, one of those hours belongs to MAD HUNGRY. A brand new episode at 1:00 and a repeat at 1:30. Come on Mad Hungry viewers, tell Hallmark Channel, to bring back Mad Hungry.

  • Tara October 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I hope Mad Hungry returns. I want to see John Contratti back again cooking with Lucinda. He has the coolest blog.


  • Claire October 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    What an incredible trip! And the food pictures? Ahhhh-mazing!!!

  • Dena Riddle October 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I soooo miss Mad Hungry. I have learned so much from watching the show, my family is eating healthier now that I have been cooking the recipies myself. If that isn’t reason enough to bring back Mad Hungry then I don’t know what else is. PLEASE bring back Mad Hungry!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

  • Marlene Clark October 15, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I have stopped watching Hallmark when they took Mad Hungry off the schedule!!!!! I LOVED the show. I am not a young cook. I have seen them all starting from Julia and The Frugal Gourmet. I soooo enjoyed watching and listening to you every day. I also appreciated the recipes that did not send you to the grocery store every day to spend $20.00 or more for one dinner. Let me know what I can do to bring you back to us.

  • Karen F. October 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    If I were to live anywhere in Europe, my first choice would be Bruge. I love that city. The food is amazing (your waffle pic is making me want to hop a plane there right now), the cobble streets and the fact that they ride their bikes everwhere makes it a prime place to live. Plus, its really beautiful at night. Your post brings me back 🙂

  • Wendy October 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    We all want Mad Hungry back with new episodes. I’ve emailed and called.



  • Marie October 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I hope everyone has emailed Hallmark Channel and told them to bring back Mad Hungry with all New Episodes.


  • Terry October 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Any updates from Lucinda??? Bring back Mad Hungry.


  • NELDA PURDON October 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Keep up the emails, phone calls snd FB posts to Hallmark Channel USA! The viewers need to be heard!

  • Dan October 17, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Conatct Hallmark today. We want Mad Hungry back.


  • Eva October 18, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Looks delicious, make me salivate 🙂

  • Pamela Bower October 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Please bring back Lucinda on Mad Hungry. New morning show Home and Family is terrible. Mad Hungry was Terrific!

  • catherine from Minnesota October 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I could not believe it when at first I couldn’t find Mad Hungry!! Searched all over the channels. This is so upsetting to me esp when the new show is so ridiculous, I can’t even stand to watch it! The hostess is so annoying!! Please bring back Lucinda and her wonderful show–I never missed it.

  • robert December 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Chocolate is the best!

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