You were lied to. Toni Erdmann is not a comedy. Sure, German director Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated ode to fatherhood (and daughterhood) is hilarious. I laughed my heart out at its quotidian absurdity. The log line primes us for funny: “Goofy older music teacher plays pranks on his upright, workaholic kid to spark a little life in her.” But this isn’t a retread of a heartwarming family comedy that might have bowed in the 90s. It’s a heart-crushing exploration of parental disapp
If Nutella is crack, then speculoos cookie butter must be krokodil. “Speculoos” doesn’t have the most appetizing name to English-speaking ears, but don’t let that stop you from trying what may be the one of the world’s best wintertime sweet snack. A traditional shortcrust biscuit popular in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, this spiced cookie is a less overpowering cousin to the gingersnap, but is also zingier than any animal cracker. It also provides the perfect crunch.