I'll be going on my 6th trip to Belgium in January, and am moving over there permanently in July (marrying a Belgian!) and while I adore the food, the one thing I already miss about America is going out to breakfast with friends and family on a cold winter morning and getting some American style pancakes.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying they're better ;-) I actually prefer the crepe-like Belgian ones (especially the way my future mother in law makes them, with apple slices!). And I never really liked the taste of 'diner' ones over here. It's the experience, it holds a lot of nostaligic memories for me. I'm a somewhat accomplished cook, but pancakes are the one thing I cannot make (if they rise, they're black, if they don't turn black, they're what people affectionately call lardrocks), and it's just nice sometimes to be served.
So, anyway, my fiance has never eaten out much. He was born and raised in Antwerp, but has limited food-likes and is extremely unhelpful when it comes to restaurants. He has no idea if there exists one that is open for breakfast, and that serves American style pancakes. I've given up all hope for real maple syrup, unless I smuggle some in, but just the pancakes by themselves would be lovely when I'm homesick.
Also, as an American, I'm used to cooking all different kinds of cuisine. I am having a lot of trouble finding Asian ingredients, but have heard tell of a Chinatown in Antwerp proper (fiance lives in Hoboken). Does anyone have an address? Also, is there a Mexican/Spanish area? I would be overjoyed if I could easily find things like cilantro, jasmine rice, chili powder, even sesame oil and water chesnuts.
Thank you for your help!