My friend took me to the best waffle shop in Gent, Belgium, L'Etablissement Max.
We had a wonderful time. We were cold from walking around Gent, one of my favorite cities, and we warmed up right away inside Max's. I think it was more than just good heat. It was a cheerful bustle, warm colors, good hot food, hot tea, and being with an old friend I love dearly.
At Max's, they put the delicious whipped cream on the side in a little dish, so that the waffle doesn't get soggy. The waffles are wonderfully crisp, not like the doughy, pancake-like ones I make at home. They crunch when you bite into them. And they look so beautiful, too, all golden, with a snow of powdered sugar on top.
A little dish next to the tea had tea cookies, cream, sugar, and a little piece of chocolate.
There is a wonderful story about Max's. All of the decorations, like this stained glass, (which says coffee, tea, milk,) came from the original family waffle cart. Max found them in the cellar when he was 10. His grandmother showed him how to make the waffles, sewed him an apron and cap, and he began his business as a boy, making waffles for weddings and parties.