Peggy Porschen Cakes| Review

I’m going to be honest, the reason why I decided to visit Peggy Porschen’s was simply because of the beautiful pictures on Instagram. And I had the feeling that I was going to pay a lot for a crappy-tasteless piece of cake, thinking this was just one of those places in London where you basically pay to take photos and both the service and quality are very poor. But I decided to give it a try anyway, and I’m glad I did.

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It was a rare sunny afternoon in beautiful London when my sister and I were looking for new places to visit. Peggy Porschen’s was on my Instagram bookmarks and it was about time that I gave it a try!

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After 10 minutes on a queue waiting for an available table (outside), they called our names and we sat. I need to mention that these 10 minutes were actually useful to take these beautiful photos, so not a waste of time, at all.

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My sister and I are big chocolate fans so we decided to order a chocolate cupcake and it was simply delicious!

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Peggy Porschen is an award-winning cake designer with a talented team of pastry chefs and sugar-craft artists.

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Later I found out that there’s a Peggy’s Cake Academy, a cookery school dedicated to baking, cake decorating and sugar craft. Someone is going to register and that someone might be me!

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Visit Peggy Porschen’s website here.

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My Lisbon Guide| Fábrica dos Sabores

There’s nothing better than taking a Spring break and head to Lisbon, where the weather is way warmer than in London. And you know what my visits to Lisbon mean, more suggestions of places to visit, but specially to eat.

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This is the first time I’ve been to Fábrica dos Sabores, an artisan bakery in the city centre. It was Sunday around noon on a very sunny day, which usually means that whenever you go, it will be full of people hanging around. Which makes it harder to find a table anywhere in the city.

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But I guess that’s how you prove if a place is good or not. If they can handle the pressure while delivering amazing service, than I’ll most certainly come back.

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Fábrica dos Sabores was full, but the staff was very effective and nice. They found us a table straight away and our food didn’t even take 10 minutes to arrive.

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I ordered a delicious Bagel with smoked Salmon. I wish I was still eating it right now. My sister went for a great beef burger and my mom tried the light Foccacia, which was quite big, so nothing light about that! And for dessert, I’ll let the photograph speak for itself.

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I had a few unfortunate experiences when it comes to restaurants and coffee places on my last visit to Lisbon, but I must say that this was definitely not one of them. Will go back very soon.

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Visit Fábrica dos Sabores’s page here.

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Why You Should Move Abroad

I left Portugal, my country, for the first time when I was only 10 years old. Lived in several countries from cold Belgium to warm South Africa. I went back to Portugal several times, but once you get the taste of different cultures it’s hard to go back and just live with a single one, so I kept moving.

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Today I’m living in England and, of course I struggle with the cold weather, but that’s what makes me enjoy even more every time I go visit my family and friends in Portugal.

I’m loving my current lifestyle and I don’t know what expects me tomorrow, but I know all the reasons why I decided to move abroad and here’s why you should consider doing it too:

And upgrade on your linguistic skills

Conversations with native speakers are the best way to upgrade and touch up linguistic skills, which is great, not only for your career but for your life experiences in general. I speak four languages, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. I understand a few more and my native language is now a mix of all of the above, but people still understand me, so that’s great!

Creativity unleashed

Living in a new environment will stimulate your cognitive function, imagination, and creativity, all of which are critical to professional growth. Whether or not you have a 9-5 job, moving to a new environment exposes you to new people and everyday experiences that’ll require a 180° change of perspective and at the same time boosting your creative potential. My mind is like a browser with multiple tabs open and this is ALL THE TIME.

Organizational Skills

Moving abroad requires careful planning and organization. The new environment can improve your time management and budget planning skills and help you become a better planner and organizer in private and professional life. I never thought I was so good at saving money and managing my time until I moved to England and got my first job and first apartment.

Tolerance

Every society is governed by its own set of rules and values which you’ll come across as soon as you arrive in a new environment. As a foreigner, you’ll have to adapt and follow these rules, but you’ll also learn to appreciate differences more, and the experience will boost your tolerance and soft skills. Something I learn every time I move to a new country is that my beliefs and common sense is always progressing and getting adapt to new experiences.

Fun

Besides what a lot of people think, not living in your country does not equal sadness. It’s actually fun and exciting. Every day you find about something new and it’s pretty much like being constantly travelling.

Last year, for example, I spent my first Christmas in England and I had no idea how traditionally English people were. It was fascinating! All the decorations, the events, the food, the music. Now I want to spend every Christmas in this country.

I could keep writing about my experiences all life long, but my point is, if you get a chance to move abroad, take the opportunity, and act on it right away. The experience will change you completely. The world awaits you.

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