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This Bar in Ghent Requires Your Right Shoe

Where: Ghent, Belgium
December 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

A bar is the last place you want to walk around shoeless. Broken glass, spilled beer, and oh-God-what's-on-the-bathroom-floor leave you nervous even in a pair of boots, let alone barefoot.

But a certain bar in Ghent, Belgium asks for a shoe as a glass deposit. That's an easy way to ensure nobody steals your mugs.

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Veggie Thursdays and No Cars? How Ghent is Europe's Greenest City

December 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's the greenest city in the world? Stockholm? Copenhagen? Eh, it's probably Dublin but for different reasons.

Ghent, like many European cities, faces immense pressure to adopt greener policies. Countries like Sweden, which plans to be the first oil-free nation by 2020, lead the way. But just a month ago, the Belgian city made another play into eco-friendliness by accepting the construction of the world's largest bio plant, just another one of the city's major green developments in the past years.

In the midst of its medieval landscape, Ghent embraces the green lifestyle to new, unexpected levels. According to Kermit the Frog, "it's not easy being green," but how is Ghent doing it so well?

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Six New Foursquare City Badges, from Vegas to Jamaica

June 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yet more international city badges have just dropped, in time for your summer travels! Location-based social network Foursquare is deep into the city badge awarding, and the last week has seen six new ones, for your checking-in pleasure.

These newest city badges go to Kingston, Jamaica; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland, OR, USA; Riga, Latvia; and Ghent, Belgium.

How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Kingston (list); Trois-Rivieres (list); Las Vegas (list); Portland (list); Riga (list); and Ghent (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Pink Cuberdons of Ghent

Where: Ghent, Belgium
June 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

When you think about Belgium, what food comes to mind? Odds are chocolate, right? Well, that's totally fine because duh—Belgium is huge in the edible ecstasy department, but don't rule out all the other lovely candies that color the rainbow, like the delicious bites called Cuberdons. These conical treats, also called "mini noses" and "priest hats," are specially slow-cooked to create a gooey interior, with a harder shell.

The taste: Mmmm raspberry. Yep, Cuberdons are raspberry-hued as well as raspberry-flavored. There's none of that dicey white chocolate flavor that comes with many raspberry sweets; these are 100% concentrated fruity scrumptiousness. Eat them whole, though, or risk getting the goopey center all over your fingertips...which you will then be tempted to lick clean in public. Ah yes—and there are many other flavors to sample, but raspberry is the recognized classic.

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