INSPIRED FOOD If you play word association with most people, you say Belgium, they say waffles. While that’s not a total miss (check out our dessert list), Belgian food and beer is much, much more. The tiny European country of Belgium was desirable for its natural resources and strategic ports. Everybody wanted a piece. At various times throughout history, numerous countries and empires invaded, each leaving a cultural stamp on the country’s cuisine. Today, Belgian fare knows no bounds, building flavors from the surrounding farmland. Sweet flirts with savory with bold spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger paired with earthy herbs like chervil, thyme and sage. Belgium’s generous shoreline brings plenty of seafood into the mix, including Belgium’s national dish, Moules Frites. AMAZING BEER Following in the same varied tradition, Belgium’s beer knows no bounds. According to famed beer journalist Michael Jackson (not that one) says that, “The reverence reserved for wine in most countries is in Belgium accorded to beer.” Josh Beeby, owner of the popular Barley’s located above The Trappe Door, has developed relationships with breweries and reps from around the US and world in the craft beer industry. The Trappe Door’s 10 taps and 150+ bottles contain the highest-quality Belgian beers and include some of the rarest beer available in the US today.