I GREW UP IN Kansas; I’m familiar with steak, hamburger, bacon: pretty much any part of a cow or pig that you can eat. But shellfish? Nope, not often, if ever, on the table. So when I went to Brussels for the first time, it also became my first time trying mussels.
I had them not simply because it would be fun to say I had mussels in Brussels, but I figured that of all the places to try them for the first time, it should be here. Mussels, or moules, are the national dish of Belgium. Mussels season is typically from September to February, though it can be earlier; you can get them year round at some restaurants, though not all.