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(Not So) Happy New Year, Ladies! Joseph Gordon-Levitt Got Married (Bummer)!

Published January 2, 2015 by The Feminist

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I’m sorry to spoil the start of the new year for you like this, but the sooner we face the facts, the sooner we will be able to move on (and find yet another Hollywood stud to star in our fictional fool’s paradise).

JGL (I get to call him that, since he used to be my hypothetical husband up until Tasha McCauley crashed my dreams and ruined our lovely, albeit imaginary marriage) will never be your man. He will never be my man. He is officially off the market. Be still my pain-stricken heart.

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Dear ladies and fellow members of the JGL fan club: if you feel the need to sob, drink a bottle of red wine out of utter grief or gain a couple of pounds of “Kummerspeck” (i.e. that wonderfully accurate German expression for gaining weight from emotional overeating), by all means go ahead! I totally understand.

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It is indeed a cruel way to kick off 2015. Just when we thought 2015 couldn’t possibly be worse than 2014 – the horrible year in which Ryan Gosling became a father, George Clooney  got married and Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement –  Hollywood drops another marriage bomb. Our hopes are crushed. Our hearts are broken. But fear not, dear readers! With such a bad start, 2015 can only get better!

Right?!

Anyway, let’s start focusing on some other fancy –and single!- Hollywood dudes. Let’s find ourselves a new imaginary husband.

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Hunting season has now officially been opened.

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I can feel it, 2015 is going to be such fun!

PS: This doesn’t mean of course that I don’t wish them all the best in the world. Best of luck, Joseph and Tasha! We still love you!

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Christmas Gifts For Him: A Feminist Guide

Published December 4, 2014 by The Feminist

In exactly twenty days, we will all be sitting around dinner tables, eating delicious food and opening up Christmas presents. It is in many different ways the “most wonderful time of the year” (at least that is what Andy Williams tells me), but unfortunately this fantastic feast is preceded by the enormous stress of having to go Christmas shopping.

But fear no more, dear readers! I’m here to show you the way. The feminist way. And the first chapter in this Christmas gifts series is all about buying the right Christmas present for your partner, because if you approach this task with the right attitude, not only your man will benefit from your gift, you will do too!

So here is my very short –but very cool- selection:

  • In the Category “because there is still room for improvement, darling”: Terry Crew’s “Manhood: How to be a Better Man or Just Live with One”

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We all love Terry Crews, but his new book –and in particular his view on feminism, equality and patriarchy- makes me love him even more. Too often do men enter feminist debates and try to “mansplain” everything (not a real word, but humour me for a second here): men telling us what we think or want or what feminism means to them. And that’s great for many obvious reasons, but their opinion and advice –again!- was sprouted by a patriarchal point of view about society. Time and time again MEN keep telling WOMEN what to think/do/want. Although their intentions may be good (are they really?), you have to admit that the whole thing is getting kinda boring. What the feminist debate really needs isn’t men declaring they are feminists and why, no, what we need is more men who aren’t afraid to declare that any guy who doesn’t consider himself a feminist is a total dickweasal/loser/asshole. And Terry does that. So buy your hubbie this book, because who knows, it might convince him to change his views as well. (And we all know how much this world desperately needs some better men, don’t we ladies?)

  • In the category “because whisky makes me frisky”: The Belgian Owl Single Malt 64 Months Whisky

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Forget about Scottish whiskey, dear readers. This year’s title of best European whisky went to… Belgium! (Yes, my home country, blimey!) Or if you want to buy an even more expensive drink, you can always opt for the world’s best whisky, the Japanese Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask Whisky…

Who am I kidding! Let’s be patriotic for once and stick to the Belgian stuff! This is not only a great gift for him, but also for her, because all strong women (myself included) prefer the strong stuff over the fluffy pink cocktails every single time.

  • In the category “because everyone likes a man who smells nice”: Boss Bottled By Hugo Boss

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This could also be in the category “because we all wish our lover would look like Gerard Buttler” but that would be beside the point. And that point is very obvious: men who smell great are just better company. So buy him some heavenly perfume, ladies! Because who wants to kiss an Axe-drenched man under the mistletoe? Nobody, that’s who.

  • In the category “It’s about time he stops running late”: The Philips Wake Up Light.

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Putting your IPhone alarm on repeat for at least 10 times is sooo 2014. In 2015 your guy will finally manage to be on time thanks to your brilliant gift. This Wake Up Light –as the name suggests- will wake him up (duh) by gently blasting (pardon the contradiction) bright light (duh) into the bedroom.

Also, it looks really stylish, so what’s not to love?

Having a Bad Day? Listen To This Song And You’ll Feel So Much Better!

Published November 18, 2014 by The Feminist

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Dedicated readers of this blog will probably know by now that I’m a true admirer of the God-like über man that is Bruno Mars (Correction: dedicated followers will probably be sick already of all my Bruno adoration!). Although my inner Bruno-fan has been hibernating for these past few months, I think it is about time to unleash that crazy fan once more.

Why?

Because my imaginary lover has just released his collaboration with the brilliant Mark Ronson.

“Uptown Funk” is without a doubt the best song you will have heard in months – nay – years! It’s funky, it’s groovy and with sassy, albeit not particularly deep, lyrics like “uptown funk gon’ give it to ya” and “gotta kiss myself, so pretty” these two wonder boys truly make my ovaries tingle.

Even if you’re not a Bruno or Ronson fan, this song has everything (ev-er-y-thing!) to bring a smile to your face. A smile so ridiculously large, people might start to wonder whether something is wrong with you. (At least that was how people were looking at me when I was grocery shopping a couple of hours ago.)

Seriously, dear readers. If this song doesn’t become a huge/massive/ record-breaking hit, I’m honestly going to move to another planet.Interstellar-style.

Fo realz.

Snow-Proof Food: Paccheri with Roasted Figs, Stilton and Radicchio

Published January 31, 2014 by The Feminist

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I’m leaving for the snowy mountains of Austria tomorrow.

Yes, you’ve read that correctly.

This blogger is going skiing!

You cannot believe how long it has been since my last sky trip to the Alps and I am so terribly exited , I don’t think I will be able to get much sleep tonight due to an exceedingly high level of adrenaline rushing through my body.

Austria is a beautiful country, full of magnificent nature and an über cool abundance of schnapps.

The only thing the Austrian Alps seem to be missing is a high percentage of hot dudes. (This blog is-after all- still called Fashion, Food & Flirts!) Therefore, I will make it my personal goal next week to go and look for sexy Lederhosen-wearing men, to prove to everyone that their prejudice about Austrians is absolutely wrong.

I will make it my quest to look out for men who look like this:

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A mountain version of Jesse Williams? It can’t be that difficult, can it?

Or maybe find myself a Captain Von Trapp who looks like this:

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I would be happy to sing “the Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music” (even though my voice sounds like a cow with bowel problems) if it meant winning over a Michael Ealy look-a-like!

Me picky???

Not at all!

I would gladly “settle for”  a Hiddleston, Cumberbatch or Fassbender

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…if I have to.

I can already predict the potential side-effects:

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I’m getting slightly off topic here.

Where was I?

Ah, yes. I’m going skiing!

Which means that I will be spending a lot of time in the snow. In the cold. Possibly freezing my ass off. So in order to prepare myself for all that cold weather and glacial temperatures I cooked myself a heart-warming, super comforting dish.

A bowl of steaming pasta… with an intense stilton sauce… some heavenly-sweet roasted figs… crunchy bitter radicchio… and finally a good sprinkling of chopped walnuts…

Merely describing this dish to you all is making the snow melt, so I think I’m going to stop writing and give you the recipe instead (I still want there to be some snow left when I get there, you know.)

PS: Unfortunately, this also means I won’t be able to blog for at least a week. Sorry folks! But don’t you worry, I’ll be back! (For once, quoting Arnold Schwarzenegger is allowed, since he himself is Austrian 😉 )

Paccheri with Roasted Figs, Stilton and Radicchio

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 100gr paccheri pasta
  • 4 figs, cut into quarters
  • Large handful of radicchio, sliced into thin strips
  • 25gr stilton cheese, plus extra to garnish
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp dried thyme

Method:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. (keep some of the cooking liquid for later)
  2. Heat a knob of butter in a pan and fry the figs until slightly charred. Sprinkle on the honey and dried thyme.
  3. Melt the stilton cheese on top of the al dente cooked pasta and stir in approx. 3 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water to create an even creamier sauce.
  4. Stir in the roasted figs and just before serving stir through the radicchio.
  5. Serve the pasta on a large plate and decorate with chopped walnuts and some extra stilton cheese.

Bring on the Testosterone! Hotties of the Year 2013

Published December 17, 2013 by The Feminist

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Let’s take a moment to appreciate the most delicious man candy 2013 had to offer:

5) The Very Sexy Singers

What do Bruno Mars, John Legend and Justin Timberlake have in common?

1)      They all made some great music this year

2)      All three of them have ridiculously powerful voices (swoon!)

3)      They are all heart-meltingly, knee-wobblingly gorgeous

Who doesn’t want to bang on Bruno’s chest, right?

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Mr. Legend can have All Of Me, if he promises to give a concert in Belgium really soon.

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Justin, you knock me TKO every time you move those hips!

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4) Handsome Dwarfs vs. Magical Elves

It has only been a couple of days since I’ve seen the Hobbit 2, so you’ll have to forgive my lingering Hobbit fever. Having said that, I thought it was time to pay tribute to some of the yummy fantasy actors. Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner and of course Orlando Bloom are all so immensely handsome and attractive, but a lot of that handsomeness can be overlooked if they’re covered in fake hair, ridiculous clothes and coloured contacts. So here is how they look in real life. And I dare say they look pretty good.

Here is our dear friend Richie:

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And Aidan:

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(Gosh, I feel like giggling right now)

And of course Orlando!

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How cute is this?

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Admit it!

3) The Creative Cutie

Joseph Gordon Levitt is probably the most talented and versatile actor of the moment. Everything he does is unexpected and yet totally him. He’s good-looking, a great actor and not afraid to stand behind the camera himself.

And before I forget: he is hilarious!

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2) Hot, Hotter, Jamie

Irish hottie, former model and now our very own Christian Grey. There was simply no way that Jamie Dornan wouldn’t be on this list.

He can rock a beard.

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Or no beard.

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He can rock clothes.

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Or… euhm… no clothes

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And, hey, he’s actually a pretty great actor so I see absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be hanging a large Jamie poster above your bed. (Yes, even if you’re over forty. )

1) Perfection in human form

Numero uno on my hotties list is none other than Idris Elba. I mean, come on! Look at him!

He can rock a suit

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But let’s be honest, he could be wearing sweatpants or a garbage sack over his head and it would still look ridiculously hot.

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Wouldn’t it be lovely to wake up in the morning and the first thing you see is this:

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There are even rumors that he could be our next James- shaken not stirred- Bond.

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All I have to say to that is: Yes, please. (Something would be seriously wrong with humanity if he didn’t get the part)

 

So, I’m curious: who are your hotties of the year? 😉

10 Reasons Why You Need to Go and See the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Published December 15, 2013 by The Feminist

Here are the ten very girly reasons why I absolutely loved the second part of the Hobbit trilogy.

1)      Gandalf is pretty fly for an old guy

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I don’t know how he does it, but one thing is for sure: when I get old, I want to be like Gandalf. Slaying orcs, going on adventures and sharing my thoughts of wisdom with everyone. How awesome is that?

And on a side note: If Gandalf were your grandfather, you would never have a boring family Christmas dinner.

2)      The love triangle

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For those of you who thought the Hobbit was all about fantasy, adventure and killing orcs: think again! There is some serious chemistry going on in the movie! Dwarf Kili has a thing for elf Tauriel , but she doesn’t really know who she digs best, the dwarf- who might be small but has tons of masculinity (and a cute Irish accent) –or Legolas- who always looks good with his wavy blond hair.

3)      All the Kili close-ups

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A couple of months ago I wrote a post about the first Hobbit-film. (if you want to read it again, click here.) In that post I explained why I was completely smitten with Irish actor Aidan Turner, who plays dwarf Kili, and I have to admit that my crush got even bigger while I was watching the second part last night. Because of the chemistry between him and elf Tauriel (played by the magnificent Evangeline Lilly), the public was rewarded- or at least I was- with plenty of Kili close-ups.

And damn it, dear readers! That guy has some serious sex appeal!

4)      Orlando Bloom is back

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By far the biggest reason why the second part of the Hobbit is better than the first, is because Orlando Bloom is back as Legolas. His voice, the way his hair blows in the wind, his cute walk, his orc killing skills,… Oh yes, Legolas demonstrates some serious “potential husband” material!

5)      The wild water barrel scene

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This was- by miles!- the best scene of the entire film! Bilbo and the dwarfs travel down the river in giant barrels and while they are trying to make it safe down stream  they have to survive a couple of mean orc attacks. It was one of the coolest action scenes I have ever scene and I kept thinking to myself that that must be the best water park ride on the planet. (or should I say Middle Earth?)

6)      Bard the Bowman is pretty hot

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Surely this needs no further explaining. If you thought the Hobbit was just about a bunch of hairy dwarfs and therefore doesn’t deserve your attention, you are thoroughly mistaken.  Like I said, Kili and Legolas are seriously hot pieces of man candy, and this fellow Bard, played by Luke Evans, is another sexy bonbon.

7)      Smaug seems like an adorable pet

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I don’t know why everyone in the film is so scared of the dragon. Sure, it can kill you, but to be honest, I kinda thought Smaug looked absolutely adorable in all his fire-blazing magnitude. It would be way cooler to have Smaug as a pet than just a boring little kitten, that’s all I’m saying. And the fact that every time Smaug speaks, you are greeted with the soothing voice of Benedict Cumberbatch is another huge selling point.

8)      Thorin Oakenshield and his voice

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One of my friends has a little bit of a crush on Richard Armitage. Once you’ve seen him as Thorin Oakenshield, it is hard not to agree with her. His voice is the equivalent of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day: it warms you up inside and fills you with glee.

PS: If he were the voice on my GPS, my driving manners would improve spectacularly.

9)      There is a lot of gold

Swimming in gold, isn’t that something we all secretly would like to do?

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Enough said.

10)   Ed Sheeran sings the end credits song

When the movie is done, don’t go running out of the theater, but sit back and listen to the track playing when the credits come on screen.  You all know how much I love Ed Sheeran’s musical brilliance and his song “I See Fire” is just perfection. Seriously. You need to listen to this.

Because I really deserve some man candy today…

Published November 26, 2013 by The Feminist

Shit. If there is one word that completely captures how I felt the other day, it would unfortunately be this God awful word.

At the risk of sounding like a ridiculous drama queen right now: sometimes you can have one of those days. Yes, those. When everything seems to go wrong. It starts with this one thing- which completely leaves you gobsmacked- and before you know it, it triggers a chain of shitty moments that turns the day into… well… hell.

I had one of those days yesterday.

So when I came home after such a dreadfully long and awful day, the first thing I did was put on some Katy Perry brightness.

I roared.

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Although it did manage to cheer me up a bit, I realized that heavier material needed to be introduced to truly lift my spirits.

And what better way to feel positive about life than by looking at some absolutely fabulous, handsome, sexy and drop-dead gorgeous men?

Ha!

I thought so!

So for all of you who might be experiencing one of those days as well, here is something to soothe the pain.

Jamie Dornan

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Idris Elba

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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I’m feeling better already! 😉