The Petit Four is a space for all things culturally related to food, pleasurable drink and the good life. A ditty for the bon vivant in all of us.

More specifically, The Petit Four was originally created as a space to break away from the restrictions of living in a tiny Chicago apartment with a tiny, tiny budget.* Somehow this has led me to Brussels, Belgium, the only other place I’ve called home since I left Michigan for Wisconsin, China and finally Chicago before ending up here. Now it’s a space for all things Belgian, Midwestern and everything-in-between.

If you fancy droppin’ a line, gathering more info or sending pictures of fluffy animals, feel free to contact me at emily dot of dot thepetitfour at gmail dot com.  C’est tout!

*When I started The Petit Four I chose the name for very basic reasons, but now I’m a little embarrassed by it since I live in a francophone country. Literally translated from French, it means “little oven.” I had a cramped Chicago kitchen and an even smaller food budget. Exactly how tiny was my budget? Precisely $172 a month, courtesy of food stamps by way of Americorps. Everything on this blog along with all the countless other meals were bought and purchased on $172/month to feed two people. Not a cent more. Happily, things have drastically changed for the better. Like Dinah Washington once said, what a difference a day makes.

Here is some current suggested reading (subject to change):

Brioche Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache

The Trials and Tribulations of a Belgian Thanksgiving

Butter-Brick Brownies with Coffee and Salt

Finding Belgium in Tournai

On Running a Marathon

The Orval Beergrimage

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Sarah Bittorf December 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Hi Emily!

I just came across your blog and wanted to let you know that I love it! I was excited to see a fellow American blogging about living in Belgium. My husband and I have been in Gent for about 9 months now. As you know, there are up and down days, but we are just loving the experience!

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving last week!

Peter Geoghegan March 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Dear Emily

Hello, my name is Peter Geoghegan. I am an Irish travel journalist based in Scotland. I’m researching a feature on food and drink in Brussels from Ryan Air magazine and thought you might be able to help — I am travelling to Brussels in mid-April to write a feature travelling around the city with prominent bloggers about food and beer in Belgium. I recently came across your blog and thought that you would be perfect!

The piece basically involves meeting up with bloggers and being brought to their favourite places to eat. Is this something you might be interested in? Could you drop me a line at my email address?



This is Belgium April 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

great blog, happy to discover it..
congratulations !!
I allow myself a tiny tiny observation on the following text :
“When I started The Petit Four I chose the name for very basic reasons, but now I’m a little embarrassed by it since I live in a francophone country” (francophone country??. ) Please do not take this the wrong way, it is meant to be a friendly comment !!;)

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