It's been 15 years or more since I've been to Brussels. This time the airline didn't lose my luggage, so I'm starting out ahead of the game. I'm staying near the Grand-Place, the classic central square of the city, and it's as scenic and semi-French and chocolate-shoppy as ever. It's all tourists but I ate dinner there anyway, at a place called La Chaloupe d'Or (it's the place with the red and green awnings at the left of the picture above). I first tried a small glass of "Kriek" beer and it still tastes like cherry cough syrup. So I switched to Affligem brune which was quite nice, and the label on the glass says "Anno 1074" so I guess this old abbey recipe is working out for them.
I forgot to bring a camera so I searched Flickr for a recent Grand-Place picture and borrowed this one taken just yesterday by urbanlegend (thanks). It looks just like this today too.