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Old June 14th, 2015, 07:03 PM   #2501
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I would eat any cookie as a dessert or snack, not breakfast. I do have a jar of that speculoos cookie butter stuff (which I suspect Trader Joe's, which is a quirky store, actually invented); bought it out of curiosity because I knew what speculoos was. It is good and I use it occasionally as a spread. But one jar has lasted months.
You can find actual speculoos cookies but it's a bit of a specialty item you're not going to find in an average supermarket.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 07:10 PM   #2502
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speculoos
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In the area of Europe centered on Eeklo, Belgium, local workers had long known that a sandwich made in the morning with butter and speculoos cookies would develop a spread-like consistency by lunchtime.[3]

In 2008, two competitors entered a contest on the Belgian television show, The Inventors (de Bedenkers), with a spread made from speculoos cookies[3][4] — Els Scheppers, who reached the semi finals, and the team of chef Danny De Mayer and Dirk De Smet, who weren't selected as finalists. Spreads made from crushed Speculoos cookies would subsequently go into production by three separate companies, and by the time they arrived in Belgian supermarkets, Speculoos spread caused a sensation,[3] taking the "Benelux market by storm."[4]

The companies manufacturing the spread were Biscuiterie Willems, Vermeiren Princeps and Lotus Bakeries of Belgium — with Lotus Bakeries subsequently claiming exclusive rights, having purchased the recipe from contestant Scheppers of the television competition.[3] The two competitors, Scheppers as well as De Mayer & De Smet, had presented nearly identical speculoos-based spread recipes, with the latter claiming to hold a patent.[4] De Mayer/DeSmet's recipe was marketed beginning in November 2007 as Speculla, and Scheppers recipe by Lotus Bakeries arrived in early spring 2008 as Speculoospasta. Lotus subsequently also purchased the De Mayer/De Smet patent.

A two-year patent battle ensued between Lotus and Biscuiterie Willems[4] and in January 2011, Lotus Bakeries' patent was nullified[3][5] by the Commercial Court of Ghent (Belgium),[4] which discovered the recipe had been posted on an internet website, Oma Wapsie (Grandma Wapsie), since 2002.[6][7]
Eeklo can be accessed by ring (partially completed) R43 from E34 motorway, ergo on-topic post
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Old June 14th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #2503
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speculoos


Eeklo can be accessed by ring (partially completed) R43 from E34 motorway, ergo on-topic post
Speculaas is better.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 09:51 PM   #2504
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I know both words exist; is there a difference or are they regional terms for the same thing?
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Old June 14th, 2015, 09:54 PM   #2505
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E403 Tournai - Brugge

I took a little detour in the way back from Spain, in order to clinch the entire Belgian motorway network. The only major section I haven't driven yet is now E40 (Brussel - Gent).

Here's E403, also known as A17, which runs from Tournai along Kortrijk and Roeselare to Brugge.

The Flemish part is generally in excellent condition, the Walloon part is mediocre, though not as bad as some other motorways I drove (E25, E42). There are six lanes from E17 to Roeselare. E403 carries a decent amount of trucks.


E403-1 by European Roads, on Flickr


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Old June 14th, 2015, 09:58 PM   #2506
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Speculaas is a hard cookie with little herbs in it. And speculoos is a thicker softer viarant with a lot of herbs added.... It's essentially two different things. Speculoos is like they made it in old days, in the middle ages. Speculaas is the finer modern variant. Speculoos is something you buy in the local bakery, sepculaas is what you buy in the supermarket
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Old June 14th, 2015, 11:15 PM   #2507
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I took a little detour in the way back from Spain, in order to clinch the entire Belgian motorway network. The only major section I haven't driven yet is now E40 (Brussel - Gent).

Here's E403, also known as A17, which runs from Tournai along Kortrijk and Roeselare to Brugge.

The Flemish part is generally in excellent condition, the Walloon part is mediocre, though not as bad as some other motorways I drove (E25, E42). There are six lanes from E17 to Roeselare. E403 carries a decent amount of trucks.


E403-47 by European Roads, on Flickr

I think it's good that with reconstruction of the roads in Flanders with the new road budget they are also adding concrete barriers again. I really like the continious poored concrete barriers.
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Old July 4th, 2015, 12:25 PM   #2508
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E34

Repaving E34 between Lille* and Zoersel. Hats off to these guys working the asphalt in this heat.

This kind of carriageway-wide repaving provides the smoothest and best-looking pavement, with no seams.





* Lille is a town in Flanders. The French city of Lille is generally referred to as Rijsel in Flanders.
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Old July 4th, 2015, 11:37 PM   #2509
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I will experience smoothness of this stretch in couple of weeks
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Old July 5th, 2015, 06:40 PM   #2510
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A601

Abandoned (?) A601 near Liège.



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Old July 5th, 2015, 09:14 PM   #2511
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Abandoned (?) A601 near Liège.
I guess so, nearly closed for a half year now. Give a few years and weeds will have cracked open the bad pavement and the road will be totally useless. the right lane was also 'cut' off for traffic by a full white line since last year;

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Old July 8th, 2015, 10:45 AM   #2512
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Trucking in Belgium. 5 lanes occupied by trucks. Nice spot by jdb2



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Old July 8th, 2015, 10:59 PM   #2513
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I am pretty certain I've already seen those signs in April, haven't I?
(have to check my SD card )
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Old July 9th, 2015, 12:59 PM   #2514
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I am pretty certain I've already seen those signs in April, haven't I?
(have to check my SD card )
They've installed them a week or two ago. The started with these new signs on the Antwerp Ring last year (first at 'Luchtbal/Merksem and exit of E19/A12). Now all signs are replaced a think
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Old July 10th, 2015, 03:42 PM   #2515
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Old July 18th, 2015, 12:16 PM   #2516
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speed limits

It is planned to reduce the general speed limit in Flanders from 90 to 70 km/h by 2017. Already about two-thirds of the 'Gewestwegen' operate under such a speed limit. Rural Flanders is one of the most urbanized regions in Europe, with lots of ribbon development and scattered housing along the roads.

Currently, 5188 km of these roads already operate under the 70 km/h regime. The remaining 2683 km of roads have a 90 km/h speed limit. The minister of mobility for Flanders wants to allow 90 km/h only on roads with a median.

This doesn't apply to motorways, and also seems to exclude divided, four-lane highways which also have a 120 km/h speed limit in Belgium, regardless if they are access-controlled or not.

http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20141120_01386895
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Old July 19th, 2015, 05:15 PM   #2517
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The 90km/h zones on gewestwegen that are not on 2x2 divided by a median are very rare anyways and are just small stretches of roads that contain no or very little housing.

The main thing of this new rule is to outlaw the forest of signs on Flemish roads. They want to remove all 70km/h signs afther the 'build' up signs and afther crossings. (The general rule in Flanders is still that if the 70km/h sign is not repeated afther a crossing, a side street or a build up area sign, the limit becomes 90km/h)
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Old July 19th, 2015, 06:28 PM   #2518
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this will be confusing

I like the reassurances of speed signs in Belgium and I wish Netherlands followed suit, with less "zones" and more "after every entry point" regulations.
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How can it be confusing? Inside a build up zone (indicated by signs F1a/F1b and F3a/F3b) you drive 50 unless otherwise stated (30km/h zones, 20km/h zones, woonerf,...) outside build up zone you drive 70 unless otherwise stated with a sign that says 7/0 or 90, depicts an 'autoweg' (F9 and F11 signs can either be 90 as indicated or 120 if not indicated by sign) or a 'highway' sign (F5 and F7 signs always 120 unless otherwise indicated)
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It is confusing because Wallonia has different rules and this can unleash the floodgates of hell in Europe: regional or even local blanket speed limits. Then, you need to check a master-table before driving through other provinces/sates etc.
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