Belga Queen, the Peartini and Margaret Thatcher

So that’s a blog title I never thought I would write…

Last night, we ate at Belga Queen (birthdays are excellent excuses for not feeling guilty about pricey dinners). And it was great as usual. Not only is the place stunning, food great and entertaining for people watching (some guest may take themselves a tad bit too seriously), but they also make a really mean peartini.

Photo by Joanne Cronin, from Air Canada’s EnRoute to Brussels

For those who have never tried a peartini, this recipe from The Rebel Bartender looks pretty good (as do most other things she has blogged about!):

Peartini, Perfected” 

2 ounces Grey Goose La Poire
¼ ounce amaretto
¾ ounce syrup
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ripe pear

Shake all (liquid) ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Cut a thin, nearly translucent slice of pear and lay it along the inside of the glass.  Enjoy the rest of the pear with the martini – they’re tasty!”

And now for the great present reveal:

D has been hinting for ages how great it would be if he could find the Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe but substitute the face of Margaret Thatcher. Yes, the Iron Lady herself.

Believe it or not, there is a store by the Grand Place that produces such things. The final canvas is still being printed, but thanks to some extremely rudimentary photoshopping (apologies), you can get the idea below. I expect it to be hilarious and will post pictures once it arrives. For more on how Andy Warhol did the real thing in the meantime, this is an interesting article.


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