Sunday I took off for a few days in Belgium to take in the European Seafood Show, one of the coolest food events in the world. Unlike most trade shows, this one is attended by every Michelin starred chef in Europe and the city of Brussels turns into a food fantasy land for the week. More on that as the week unfolds over here and I see what's going on at the show, which starts Tuesday.
I flew NWA/KLM out of Chicago and while laying over in the Windy City, I chilled in the Air France Club. NWA is a partner of theirs, so access was gratis. Most clubs are all cut from the same mold. Not this one. The French know how to make you feel welcome. Stacks and stacks of magazines and papers, free internet and phones, unbelievable food. Usually all you see at these places are those little bags of carrots and presliced cheddar cheese, some pretzels, and free booze for the drinkers. At the AF lounge, the champagne was poured by courteous servers, the foie gras and smoked salmon canapes never stopped coming, and the flowers were stunning. The I boarded the KLM plane, which had new seats, new video systems, great food, a purser who made the rounds eager to please and make you comfortable—a great flight.
First food stop tonight, some moules et frites, and then a night of heavy sleeping before tackling the show in the morning. A bientot!