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London to Frankfurt Cheese stopovers, Brussels.

Way back in March I wrote about buying cheese in Reims on the way to Bologna. We had a great trip to and from, it was hard work, but that’s how we like it.

My shopping trips in Reims meant that we had plenty of great tasting local cheese on the way down to Bologna from the regular Saturday market and from La Cave aux Fromage on the way home.

With a shorter trip to Frankfurt we don’t stop in France at all. Some trips have been straight through to Frankfurt, this year we are planning to stop in Brussels, a lovely city that I’ve visited before but never thought of as a cheese location.

A little bit of Google searching tells me that I might have got that wrong.

Seems that Belgium produces over 300 distinct types of cheese, that nearly as many as France and when you stop to consider the size of each country that’s quite something.  Belgian cheese making is rooted in the Monastery’s, where the beer making tradition also stems from and surprise, surprise Belgian cheese rinds tend to be washed in beer rather than wine. There is even a Fromage de Bruxelles, a soft cheese eaten for breakfast, made locally.

Best of all I’ve found a cheese shop called the Crèmerie de Linkebeek, within a short walk from our hotel in Botanique that seems passionate about their cheese.

I’ll be heading in for some help, advice and a little taste or three, if you know the Crèmerie de Linkebeek or somebody that does, I’d love to know what you think of it. 

I’ll be taking pictures and posting as soon as I can after my visit.

If, like us, you motor to book fairs, we’d love to hear about your favourite stop over’s. Please post them here in the comments box or email me ruth@bookfairvans.co.uk.

Ruth is our resident designer, customer service contact, stop over and hotel picker, lover of cheese and chocolate. She keeps us all fed and watered in as healthy a way possible and has the ability to be  understood in  almost  any language spoken on the face of the planet and others yet to be discovered.

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Our Roy is back!

He the original ,a one of a kind Roy and he’s back with us after an extended trip to the south of Spain with book fair vans person Jason, younger brother of Daniel.

To be accurate Roy is a Royal 12v thermo Electric Cool Box and this particular one was our first so he holds a place in our hearts. It also needs to be said the he is something of a snob when it comes to what we try and put in him. We’ve long since learned not to offer up ready made sandwiches, fizzy pops and chocolate bars because frankly the fuss isn’t worth it and his fan tends to make a funny noise.

Luckily for us he gets on famously with Ruth and he’s very happy to carry exotic cheese although he did once complain about a rather ripe piece of Époisses.

Fussy food snob or not it’s good to have Roy back.

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Ruth is our resident designer, customer service contact, stop over and hotel picker, lover of cheese and chocolate. Ruth keeps us all fed and watered in as healthy a way possible and have the ability to be  understood in  almost  any language spoken on the face of the planet and other yet to be discovered.

 

London to Bologna Cheese stopovers, Reims

We first stopped in Reims a couple of years ago (It might be longer) when Bologna moved its opening from Tuesday to a Monday. Why did we do it, someone needed help because they ran out of time and needed a van load delivered in a very tight time frame.

None of us had been before except Daniel, but being a child of 5 when you first visit doesn’t count, so we slipped over the channel via Eurotunnel and chalked up some French motorway miles before bedtime. Our hotel was one of the worst I’ve ever stayed in. I’ve travelled round the world with a backpack and no money and didn’t expect to find anything like this for the price that we paid. It really difficult not to be taken in by lovely images on people’s website.

Our luck changed early the next morning when I spotted a covered market setting up nearby. If you are ever in Reims on a Saturday it is just off the Place de la Republique.  Our “Roy” cooler boxes were soon filling up with cheese, saucisson, ham, bread and fruit, but mostly cheese.  Being a vegetarian makes travelling through France hard work, meat seems to come with everything, luckily Cheese ranks just under chocolate for me, and stops in France mean finding new one’s to try, this market certainly filled and ticked all our boxes.

On another stop over I managed to motivate our group to go sight seeing first thing in the morning, no mean feat when it involves men and getting up earlier than normal. We had a quick walk round the Cathedral, on to Place du Forum, the real reason for our early departure, to visit La Cave aux Fromages at number 12.

Luckily La Cave aux Fromages has a resident Anglophile who ran the odd two or three Nicolas wine stores in London back in the last century, so communication wasn’t limited to pointing and the distance between my thumb and fore finger for amounts. I said we wanted to stop of lunch and feast on local cheeses, twenty minutes later after tasting and talking I walked away with lunch and some other bits “To keep that will remind you of being in Champange.”

They don’t have a website that I can point you at which is shame but I’m looking forward to going in again and to the great lunch we’ll have. Reims is definitely on our stop list for Bologna.

If you motor to book fairs, we’d love to hear about your favourite stop over’s, post them hear in the comments box or email me ruth@bookfairvans.co.uk.

Ruth is our resident designer, customer service contact, stop over and hotel picker, lover of cheese and chocolate. Ruth keeps us all fed and watered in as healthy a way possible and have the ability to be  understood in  almost  any language spoken on the face of the planet and other yet to be discovered.

 

We've lost a Cheese shop in Bologna.

It’s embarrassing, I have to ask for help because I’d like to visit it again and I didn’t write down the address. To make it more difficult I didn’t visit it last year and I’m relying on my memory, which isn’t my greatest feature.

I’d love to be able to find it again because it was full of wonderfully aged, 18 month, 3 and 5 year old parmesan. Floor to ceiling, a very helpful owner who vacuums packed everything I bought and a perfect buying experience.

We stayed at the Tri Vecchi on Via dell’ Indipendenza and it was on one of the side streets nearby. Normally I’d just take a stroll until find it but as we tend to leave when the show opens, time will be a little tight and I’d rather find it than walk around without.

If anyone knows the shop I’m talking about do pop me an email to ruth@bookfairvans.co.uk , leave a comment here to send us a tweet @thebfv

If you help me find this shop I'll make sure we carry a boxes for you free of charge.

Ruth is our resident designer, customer service contact, stop over and hotel picker, lover of cheese and chocolate. She keeps us all fed and watered in as healthy a way possible and have the ability to understand almost any language spoken on the face of the planet.