Stairs and Waffles

I spent last Saturday climbing some stairs and eating some waffles. Some 61 floors of stairs and some sweet Belgian waffles.

Let me talk about the fun stuff first: authentic Belgian waffles right in Harvard Square. After almost a year of teasing us with the promise of some good quality waffles, Zinneken’s is finally in business. They hosted their grand opening last week by giving away free waffles and I was more than excited to check it out over the weekend.

I admit that I’ve been spoiled with really good Belgian food, from Resto in New York to the addicting fare at Saus. So I am more than happy to have a Belgian outpost right in my neighborhood.

welcome to Harvard Square, Zinneken's!

the area is bright and the staff are friendly

the whole place just felt warm and welcoming

the small restaurant is peppered with Belgium memorabilia

I was particularly amused by these statues

they are replicas of Manneken Pis, the statue depicting the legend of the little boy who um, urinated to save the city of Brussells

It’s hard not to giggle when faced with a legend like that, hihi.

One of the owners, Nhon Ma, said that he brought those statues to the United States in his luggage from his native Belgium. He and his business partner wanted to bring an authentic Belgian experience to Harvard Square through their charming waffle eatery, and thus Zinneken’s was born. Zinneke is a Belgian word for someone of mixed origins, which represents the owners and also both the local and international customers they hope to attract.

at Zinneken's, the waffles are freshly made, lending a sweet intoxicating smell to the air

I went with my mom and she ordered The Gourmand (banana, whipped cream, and caramel)

meanwhile I ordered The Sin

I seem to have a little addiction to Nutella and bananas.

hello, old friends

The waffle itself is nice and toasty, with a slight caramelization from the pearl sugar. While I admit that I wished there was a little bit more Nutella (yes, it might be sweetness overkill, but… have we met?) every little bit of that hazelnut spread makes me happy, especially when paired with some carbs. Especially when paired with bananas.

And especially when I just ran up 122 flights of stairs that morning.

Some of my coworkers and I joined the John Hancock Climb to the Top to raise funds that will help people with multiple sclerosis. We raced up the 61 floors of the John Hancock Tower, which is New England’s tallest building.

I’m not going to lie – that race was pretty tough. I would much rather run a long road race! The air got really dry towards the end, and of course my calves were burning. However, it was a very fun event. Much like a road race, there were water stops every few floors, and the nice people giving out water were very encouraging. The best part was the last floor were you can hear cheers and even a bullhorn!

and once we got to the top, we were rewarded with gorgeouse views of Boston

We also grabbed brunch afterwards (and I might have sneaked in some shopping too before heading home) and once I got home, I just iced my shins and wore compression socks, which definitely helped because I didn’t feel any soreness afterwards.

and that afternoon, I gave myself a little treat

Zinneken’s is located at 1154 Mass Ave., where the old Arrow Street Crepes used to be, on top of Berryline. They also sell Belgian chocolates (I bought a couple of bars of Dolfin chocolate when I was there), homemade cakes, and drinks.

What’s your favorite waffle topping?

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32 Responses to “Stairs and Waffles”

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted September 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Zinneken’s looks so cute! Good job on the stairs!

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    Michelle posted September 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Kudos on the stair climb!

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    Daisy posted September 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love both Saus and Resto, so I cant wait to check this place out!! you totally deserve loads of nutella topped waffles after that crazy race!

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    Erin @ A Nesting Experience posted September 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Wow. those nutella and banana waffles look to die for. Congrats on doing the John Hancock Climb to the Top!

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    Sacha @ Eating In or Out posted September 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

    First comment!

    Wow, the shop is so cute! So, I have to ask: which shop takes the liege waffle cake? Saus or Zinneken’s?

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    Louisa posted September 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I love reading your Boston cafe and restaurant reviews because it means I cna make a nice long list of all the places I want to visit next time I’m in town! (which I’m hoping might be next year-fingers crossed, I miss Mass and my friends there!)

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted September 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I was just reading about this place yesterday, I can’t wait to go and sample the waffles myself, it looks great!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Zinneken’s looks awesome – thanks for reminding me that it opened two doors down from my office!!

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    Michelle Collins posted September 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Whoa. I’ll need to try those waffles real soon. Thank god I live close to Harvard Square! ;)

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted September 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Ha, I had to laugh. Those statues look like little naked chocolate babies. Congrats on your race to the top and thanks for pointing me in the direction of delicious waffles. ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Hahaha little naked chocolate babies, you are right!!

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    Taryn posted September 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    This sounds like a great new place, I’d definitely like to try it out. And good job with your stair-climbing challenge! That doesn’t sound “fun” but is certainly worth the effort the the cause.

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    Megan posted September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    What a cool event. And Zinneken’s sounds really good. The counter is so cute!

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    Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites posted September 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Bravo for doing ‘Climb to the Top’!!! My Sister and I were going to do it but I was out of town :/ Our Mother has chronic Progressive MS so we try to do any event that supports MS. We are hoping to fundraise for the MS society and run the Boston Marathon.

    I am with you… I would rather run a looong race then climb up 61 flights! Yowza what an accomplishment :)

    I’m so glad to hear a delicious waffle place opened up where Arrow Street Crepes was! I used to work at the Hotel across the street… I wondered what was going to go there. Looks super delicious!

    I DROWN waffles, French toast, pancakes…. all in maple syrup. The amount I use is pretty phenomenal haha

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks Sarah, and good luck with raising funds and the marathon! Drowned waffles in maple syrup sounds pretty good to me too ;)

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    Alaina posted September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I was wondering what happened to that crepe place! The new spot looks cozy and delicious! I’ll have to check it out soon. :-)

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    Elizabeth posted September 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I’m so excited about Zinneken’s! The banana caramel looks amazing

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    newlywed posted September 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    When I studied abroad in Provence, waffles loaded with nutella were one of my favorite treats. I can’t wait to try this new restaurant!

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    Amy @ The Whole Sweet Scoop posted September 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I love Belgiun waffles! I would have ordered them exactly the same way – you absolutely cannot go wrong with bananas and nutella. Or strawberries and nutella. Pretty much anything with nutella ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Oooh strawberries and Nutella! During the fall I like pumpkin bread with Nutella (yup anything with Nutella)!

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    Kim K posted September 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    ive always wanted to do a stair climb but every time i climb stairs, i rethink that thought :)

    the waffles look sooo yummy! i might have to go check this place out sometime.

  19. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist posted September 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Those waffles look INCREDIBLE!!

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    shannon posted September 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    certainly well deserved after that morning! stairs kill me, so much more than anything else, way to go :)

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    Beth (Well I'll Be) posted September 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve never had it, but I’m just going to go out on a limb and say Nutella and bananas would be my favorite waffle topping! Yum!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite posted September 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Yum! Those waffles looks amazing! I like my waffles simple with butter & syrup :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted September 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Such random decor but the waffles do look pretty amazing!

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    Carolyn Jung posted September 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I am a sucker for Belgian waffles. Truly, my fave brunch treat.

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    Joanne posted September 24, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Girl, I am SO impressed with you. I may be able to run 26 miles at a stretch…but stairs? No can do.

    You totally deserved these waffles…and then some.

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    Simply Life posted September 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Oh wow, I dont’ think I’ve craved a belgium waffle in years…until I saw this post!

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    Andres posted September 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Wow those waffles look delicious! In spain we eat them for a mid afternoon snack… cold : P

    haven’t had them in so long, thanks for the tip, am going to have to check them out!

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Andres, thanks for dropping by my blog. Now that you mention it, I would love to have waffles cold!

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    Sukaina posted October 2, 2011 at 4:15 am

    You’ve now got me craving Belgian waffles. these look so GOOD!

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