Exploring Hasselt (Belgium)

Exploring Hasselt (Belgium)

Hey guys!

This weekend I’m visiting my best friend in Hasselt, Belgium. Hasselt is an hour train ride away from Brussels and it is a university town. The University of Hasselt is located here, so there are many students living around. With this in mind, this town is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, and bars everywhere. 





It is a small town so if you are planning to get here, you’ll need a day or two to see everything. But I don’t think this town is about sightseeing. It’s more about chilling and shopping. You can find all the fast-fashion chain stores like Zara, H&M, and Primark here. Also, there are some local boutiques and multi brand stores as well. The variety of restaurants in terms of cusine is also great. Should you have Japanese, Indian, Italian, American? Don’t worry, all of that is possible. Just take it slow. There’s no rush. All the locals are enjoying the time. It’s like an escape from the busy big city days. 

One restaurant I would totally recommend you to try is the Orangerie. It is a very cute restaurant and we definitely hit the jackpot because the daily special was pasta with wild forest mushrooms, and it was very delicious. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you soon,

Abel.

Sarah’s Sandwich

Sarah’s Sandwich

Hey everyone!

It is time for a new recipe. Sorry for the quality of the pictures but I haven’t been experimenting with the lights in my new flat, so just bear with me a little longer. Even if the pictures are not that great, I guarantee you that this sandwich is delicious and also there’s a little story behind this recipe. The reason I call this recipe Sarah’s Sandwich is because one of my dearest friends used to make this for us at the student accommodation. Every know and then we came together to Sarah’s kitchen and she needed to make something that was going to suit everyone’s lifestyle because we had vegans and vegetarians in our group, so she was always adjusting the ingredients but the base was the same.

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Now Sarah is living in the US but I occassionally make this sandwich to remember the fun times we had together. The ingredients are the following:

1 baguette

1 sliced red onion

4 heads of mushrooms – I used chestnut mushrooms

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

1 teaspoon od sesame oil

a pinch of salt

3 tablespoons of shredded cheese – I used a mixture of cheddar and red leicester

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Preheat the oven for 200 degrees of celsius (400 if fahrenheit)

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First things first put the sliced red onion into a pan with the olive oil and sauté it until it starts to caramelize. This should not take longer than 5 minutes. Then add the mushrooms and the spices and stir until everything is coated with the seasoning. Once the mushrooms are well cooked, add the soy sauce and stir- fry for another minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add a teaspoon of sesame oil. Be careful with the amount you add because sesame oil has a strong nutty flavour, so a teaspoon is more than enough. Set aside while you prepare the baguette.

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When the filling is done, take out the middle part of the baguette and fill it up with the onion- mushroom mixture. Please don’t throw away the middle parts of the baguette. Use them as breadcrumbs or make croutons out of it. Sprinkle some cheese on the top of the dish and transfer it onto a baking tray. Put it in the oven until the cheese has completely melted.

 

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This will serve a very hungry person or two people who are not that hungry. This recipe is simple and you can easily double and triple it up if you have to make more. Hope you will try it.

Enjoy the rest of your day and see you soon,

Abel.

 

 

 

Back on track! ASOS face and body launch event

Back on track! ASOS face and body launch event

Hello Everyone!

I can finally confirm that I have moved and settled in. Everything is sorted so it is time to get back on track with the posts. As you can see, the changes have been finalised with the blog and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Two weeks ago ASOS launched its face and body collections on their site. They had some beauty products before, but now they extended the amount of brands and they will launch their own line of beauty products as well. To celebrate this, they had a two-day event in Covent Garden where you could see the various types of products they offer and also there was the chance to talk to the ASOS team who were on site.

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For an e-commerce website like ASOS, this is a huge step towards breaking the stigma around beauty products. Beauty and grooming products should be used regardless you are a man or a woman. It is important to keep your skin clean and hydrated, especially if you live in big cities where there is more pollution in the air.

 

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I thought the event was going to be very crowded but actually, it was super chill. There was no rush, you could take pictures and the staff was helpful. We also received some products to try out and everyone was engaging with the beauty professionals who were there to help. Do not worry if you couldn’t make it there. They have video guides online too. I hope this launch will have a positive impact, especially for men. No one is asking you to start putting on foundation, makeup, and all the other stuff, but a little cleanser and an under eye caffeine roll goes a long way. Just Go and Play with it.

See you on Monday,

Abel.

Second reminder!

Hey guys!

This post is just a reminder about the changes that are going to happen here. If you haven’t seen my earlier post, please click the link below.

Change is coming

After this post the blog will be hidden for the weekend. This is needed because of the layout changes and the new blog will be accessible from Monday.

Enjoy the weekend and see you on Monday.

The Fashion Eclectic.

Change is Coming!

Hey Guys!

It has been a while I know. In the past three weeks, I was overwhelmed with a lot of thoughts and stuff like flat hunting. Those of you who live in London, you know that finding a place for yourself is one of the hardest things when you are a student here. I have been staying at my friend’s place since I got back and my past days involved a lot of viewings. After a couple breakdowns, I finally found a place so everything is kinda getting back to normal, but not the blog.

I will be changing the name of the blog and the layout as well. Why? It is only 5 months since I started The Fashion Eclectic and I really like blogging, but I feel that the title is too narrow. As you witnessed, I am talking about a lot of interests of mine. I talk about food, places, traveling, and fashion so I want a name that represents all of these aspects and not just fashion. The content will remain exactly the same. The only thing that is going to change is the name and the layout of the blog. This domain will be still active but you are going to be redirected to the new site whenever you try to visit The Fashion Eclectic. The new site will launch on the 18th of September, which is Monday. Until that time, I will post another reminder about these changes.

See you soon,

The Fashion Eclectic.