Other countries have merenda or fika or afternoon tea.Belgium and Holland have vieruurtjes, the four little hours.

Vieruurtje is a perfect excuse for a mid-afteroon break in the office and a not-too-awkward chat over coffee, or to feed fruit to hungry kids when the lunch is already a memory but it’s not time for dinner yet.Vieruurtje is something small and unassuming but sweet and comforting. Exactly as Belgians like life.