Must Watch – Wonder

I don’t go to the movies often, but sometimes but I come across a movie trailer that convinces me to go and I fully immerse into the whole going to the theatre concept. A few weeks ago, we went to see Wonder, a movie about how being different doesn’t always have to be negative. If you’re born to stand out, you might as well use it for the better. As a Julia Roberts fan, I loved her performance but thought it rather odd to choose for Owen Wilson as the father figure; he surprised nonetheless. I think this movie is relatable to anyone, and it certainly brought me to tears. It makes you pause a little and think about they way you treat people – never underestimate the power of words.

Watch the trailer here.

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Forcado Pastelaria

Everytime I take tram 92 to the city centre from our house, it goes past Forcado. It’s one of the few café-like places that looks cozy from the outside looking in. It’s a Portuguese pastelaria that has specialised in pasteis de nata, the national pastry. The places has been there since 1982 and still, it’s extremely popular. And with reason! One bite of the pastry took me straight back to Lisbon; if heaven were a pastry, it’d definitely be this! For those that like experimenting with flavours, they have different variations of the traditional pastry, ranging from speculoos, chocolate, praliné to lemon and coffee.

Where? Charleroise Steenweg 196, Brussels (close to tram stop Janson)

When? Every day from 10am till 6pm, except for Mondays

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Vegan Pancakes

On the weekends, I love a sweet lunch or snack idea, and when I have the time for it, baking pancakes is my favourite thing to do in autumn and winter. Because I try to avoid lactose, a vegan alternative is always great. Here’s how I make vegan pancakes.

Ingredients

  • 1 liter soy milk
  • 325g or 2.3 cups of flour
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar
  • A sniff of salt
  • Olive oil

Steps

  1. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar, salt)
  2. Gradually add the milk and stir until there are no more lumps (you can also use a mixer)
  3. Use the olive oil to grease the pan
  4. Et voilà, perfect pancakes to top with whatever fancies your liking! :)
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A Must Watch – Big Little Lies

If there’s one series you should be binge-watching right about now, it’s Big Little Lies. Not only does the series feature some of my favourite actresses, it’s also an incredibly well put together set of episodes. The mini series only consists of 7 episodes, but in this short amount of tv space and time, it manages to intrigue and develop a set of characters that is nuanced enough to feel like the women are real people. You quickly get to empathising with the characters. On top of that, it deals with some serious topics and themes in a well-balanced manner: it’s just funny enough in its exaggerations that it becomes funny, but not too much so that it doesn’t touch the gravity of the subject. In short, it’s splendid. And the incredible music is just a bonus.

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