Brabant Belgian Brasserie

Where to Go for Chocolate Shopping in Brussels

A trip to Belgium would not be complete without tasting some of its chocolates. The country’s capital city of Brussels is a veritable treasure trove of the finest chocolates to find this side of the world. With chocolatiers who have elevated chocolate making into new heights for more than a hundred years, there is no better place than the city to indulge in these heavenly treats. Here are some of the best places to go chocolate hopping when in Brussels.

Location: Grand Place 22
Highlights: Godiva’s first store, known Belgian chocolate brand

Jean Galler
Location: Rue au Beurre 44
Highlights: Family-run chocolate shop, creative chocolates, bestsellers like the Black 85

Location: Rue au Beurre 34
Highlights: Fairly more affordable than some of the high-end brands in the area, top picks include the white chocolates

Location: 73 rue Royale, Brussels
Highlights: Chocolate brand that has been around since 1919, stylish interiors serve as a backdrop for indulgent chocolates like the dark-chocolate mousse with Earl Grey tea

Location: Galerie de la Reine, Galeries Royales Saint Humbert
Highlights: A brand that dates back to 1857, its first store opened in Belgium in 1912, touted to have invented the pralines; top picks like the caprice, tentations, and more.

Passion Chocolat
Location: 2/4 rue Bodenbroek, Grand Sablon
Highlights: Famous for its flavoured ganaches and creative takes on chocolate-making; some popular items include the 85% dark chocolate praline, biscuit pralines, and cherry cognac bombs

Pierre Marcolini
Pierre Marcolini
Location: 1 rue des Minimes, Place du Grand Sablon
Highlights: Chocolates made from beans bought directly from producers, famous for chocolates with intense flavor which makes sampling it a unique experience on its own

Location: 6-12-13 Place du Grand Sablon
Highlights: Given the distinction of Certified Royal Warrant Holder of Belgium in 1999, delightful and delicious chocolates that include the cannelle (cinnamon), carioca, crèmes fraîches (Fresh cream chocolates), paddock noir, passion (passionfruit dark chocolate ganache), poivre (black pepper), and truffe du jour…

Changing Your CS:GO Crosshair

Why Do You Need to Change Your Crosshair?

If you want to improve your shooting, then you need to be more precise. To be more accurate, you’ll need a better crosshair for your weapon.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a crosshair is a pair of lines that cross at right angles at the focus of your gun.


To alter the crosshair means to become more advanced. Rather than sticking with the default crosshair provided by CSGO, why not upgrade and be more precise?

Changing isn’t tricky at all. You just have to go to the Game Settings in CSGO and shift the crosshair using “cl_” commands such as the ones below:

cl_crosshaircolor “5”

cl_crosshairalpha “190”

After opening the developer console, you just have to copy and paste those set of commands, and voila! You have a new crosshair! Congratulations!

You can even copy the crosshair of Counter Strike Global Offensive pros!

How Do You Customize a Crosshair?

csgo-crosshair-greenCS:GO reticles could either be Classic, Default Static, Classic Static, or Classic Dynamic. All of which could be accessed in the menu of the game. But only a few people know that there are customization options available.

To customize, you’ll have to edit CS:GO’s autoexec.cfg file. This can be found in the directory of the game—Counter-Strike Global Offensive/csgo/cfg. This file is responsible for informing the game of any changes you’d wish the game would adopt on startup.

Just open the file in your notepad and edit away! The only hindrance would be not knowing the right commands.

Here are the things you have to consider when customizing:

  • Begin by switching between the primary crosshair styles to find the right one for you.
  • Play with the gap, color, dot, and thickness. Don’t be afraid to test everything out.
  • Preferring a small crosshair gap distance is ideal. Crosshair gaps pertain to the space between the lines in the horizontal or vertical. Larger gap distances tend to make it difficult for you to spot the exact midpoint of the screen.
  • Large reticles will make your computer screen unclear. If you’re a CSGO player who combats at long range and one-tap using rifles, then a thick crosshair won’t be beneficial for your method.


  • Be mindful of your environment when choosing a color. A reticle that’s light yellow would be difficult to locate against sandy walls. Crosshairs that are blue or violet might also be unnoticeable in dark places. What you’d want is something light but lucid in most environments, if not all.
  • A central dot would work well on a dynamically styled reticle. It will help you obtain a stationary point to zero in on.

6 Delicious Belgian Delights

Belgian waffles

Much like enjoying quintessentially British food when in the UK, a trip to Belgium will not be complete without tasting some of its best eats and drinks. Foodie or not, you need to sample as much as you can of the country’s gastronomic delights. And here are a few of the must-try’s you need to have on your list.

1. Belgian chocolates are among the finest in the world. While you can buy some outside of Belgium, nothing beats the experience of exploring the chocolate shops and savoring the wide selection of concoctions that the country’s chocolatiers create.

2. Take your Belgian waffle experience to the next level by getting a taste of its famous variations – the Liège waffles and Brussels waffles. See and savor the delicious differences in textures, flavors, and appearances of the two waffle types. Or you can go for the buttery and crunchy galettes campinoises. Whatever you choose, you can expect a scrumptious treat.

3. Eat Belgian fries and learn more about the lore surrounding its beginnings in the country.

4. Try the Sirop de Liège. As the name suggests, this sweet and sticky treat comes from Liège and is made from fruit juices and other ingredients to produce a jelly-like syrup or spread.

5. Speculoos is a quintessential Belgian culinary delight. The spiced cookies are so flavorful and have become a favorite for many locals and tourists alike. It is so popular and delicious that it has inspired other food products like spreads.

6. Moules-Frites or mussels served with delicious Belgian fries. Mussel dishes are prepared in various ways including with some cooking it using ingredients that include wine or beer.…

Going On A Safari Trip In Belgium


Medieval towns and Renaissance architecture – that’s what Belgium is about.

But do you know what else this nation has in store for you?

A wild safari trip – namely Monde Sauvage in Aywaille.

That being said, here are some tips when going on a safari trip in Belgium:

Pack light.

Safari trips require one to move around frequently. Thus, it’s only right for you to pack light – bringing only what you need such as extra clothes, water bottle, and biscuit snack. In addition, you should pack light using safari duffel bag for more flexibility and more agility – helping you not just to move around freely, but also to prevent yourself from getting tired easily.

Be aware.

Just like any other wildlife centers all over the world, Monde Sauvage also has its fair share of rules. Pay close attention to every detail regarding the safety of the wild animals and the safety of people watching them and interacting with them. This is for you and for other people to avoid getting into serious accidents that might cause impairments for life.

Stay calm.

Even if a lion has targeted its eyes on you, stay calm. Even if a monkey has targeted a stone on you, stay calm. This is not just for you to prevent the wild animals from hurting you, but also for those animals to stay calm themselves.

Have fun.

It’s not every day you get to see majestic lions and other wildlife animals known to man. So, have fun. Cherish every moment, every wonder you see and every wonder you experience. Most of all, have fun learning more about the wildlife – even about how to take part in protecting the wildlife.

Do you know any other tips when going on a safari trip in Belgium? Share them with us below!…

7 of the Best Places to Visit in Belgium

Awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful scenery, the finest chocolates, and delicious beers are just some of the many reasons to visit Belgium. But with so many possible destinations to choose from, a short visit to the country would not be enough to explore and experience what it has to offer. It may be difficult to narrow down your choices, but here is a list of some of the best places to see when in Belgium.

Top reasons to visit: A good mix of old and new, known as the “Diamond District”, culinary attractions including scrumptious food and great-tasting beers, vibrant art scene, architectural wonders; top attractions include the Beguinage, Cathedral of Our Lady, Fotomuseum Antwerp, ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Museum aan de Stroom, Museum of Modern Art, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Rubenshuis

Top reasons to visit: Scenic locations for active adventures like biking, camping, and trekking; breathtaking views of caves, forests, rugged hills, and nature destinations; wildlife sightings, picturesque castles, and quaint villages among many other interesting sights and things to do

Top reasons to visit: Venice of the North with its beautiful and dramatic canals, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stunning medieval architecture, home to some of the country’s best chocolate shops, delicious food, and several attractions like the Basilica of the Holy Blood, Belfry of Bruges, Béguinage, Church of Our Lady, Dijver Mansions, Groeninge Museum, Jeruzalemkerk, the Kruispoort, Markt, Memling Museum, Provinciaal Hof, Schepenzaal (lay magistrates’ court), Sint-Jansspitaal, St. Salvator’s Cathedral, and more

Top reasons to visit: Belgium’s capital city; food, chocolates, and beers; points of interest like the Abbaye de la Cambre, Atomium, AutoWorld, Basilique Nationale du Sacré Coeur, Belgian Comic Strip Center, Cantillon Brewery, Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Château Royal, Coudenberg, Grand Place, Horta Museum, Manneken Pis, Mini-Europe, Mont des Arts, Musical Instrument Museum, Notre-Dame du Sablon, Palais de Justice, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Parlamentarium, Place Royale, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Top reasons to visit: Historic city and one of the country’s hidden gems, impressive architecture, scenic views; attractions that include Belfry of Ghent, Dulle Griet, Graslei, Gravensteen, Groentenmarkt, Korenlei, Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Michael’s Church, Saint Nicholas’ Church, St Bavo’s Cathedral, and the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst

Top reasons to visit: Historical sites, cultural treasures, medieval era landmarks, and many points of interest such as the Basilique Saint-Martin, Church of Saint-Barthélemy, Féronstrée, Convent Church of Saint-Paul, the banks of the Meuse River, Musée d’Armes, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée de la Vie Wallonne, Palais des Princes-Evêques, Place de la République, and Quai de Maestricht

Top reasons to visit: Under the radar destination that boasts of beautiful architecture and picturesque scenery, among the many things to explore include the 8 historical churches, Begijnhofkerk, Grote Markt, Het Anker Brewery, Kazerne Dossin, Large Beguinage, the Palace of Margaret of Austria, Planckendael, Royal Manufacturers De Wit, St Rumbold’s Cathedral, St Rumbold’s Tower, and Toy Museum…