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Usually we associate having a good meal made of top quality ingredients with spending a fortune. Luckily for us foodies, that’s not the case any more as eclectic tastes can be satisfied on a budget at our nearest food truck! The food truck movement was born the US and has been rapidly spreading across Europe. After trying the juicy burgers of Le Camion Qui Fume in Paris, I was secretly praying that a similar initiative would be taken up in Brussels.

…and voilà! Keep on Toasting was one of the first food trucks roaming the streets of Brussels. Created by chef Jean-Baptiste Nyssen, Keep on Toasting was the first gourmet food truck in the EU capital offering bio beverages and gourmet croques-monsieur made with organic spelt bread. What is a croque you may ask? A grilled sandwich, bien sûr! Croques are a typical snack offered by cafés in France and their name comes from the verb croquer (“to crunch”) and the word monsieur (“mister”). They’re perfect for breakfast or a light lunch and, as I found out during the Brewery Timmermans x Keep on Toasting event,  a great accompaniment to Belgian beer

The menu features four different croques options (including a vegetarian one) that change regularly depending on the season and Jean-Baptiste’s inspiration, who’s always up for suggestions. Feel free to share your dream sandwich combination with him and it may become a reality! Keep on Toasting is amongst the best cheap eats in Brussels: a croque menu will set you back just 5€ and if you have a sweet tooth, you can always go for the dessert of the day for another 2€. The truck can be found in different locations around Brussels, so check out Keep on Toasting’s website or facebook page to track it down. I spotted it at Place Flagey last Sunday and tried the croq-Italien with mozzarella, Parma ham, grilled eggplant and tomato pesto as well as a mouthwatering toasted brioche with cream cheese and lime. Oh yes, it was a happy Sunday indeed!

*UPDATE: Unfortunately, Keep on Toasting is now closed.*

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Sandy (@smarksthespots)