Little Armenia Lunch

Beirut, Markets, Restaurants

There are times that I forget I live in the Middle East up here in my perch in Achrafieh. Like I wrote last week, it really does feel like Europe…ok, that might be a stretch, but compared to some parts of Beirut, it’s an oasis of calm. The fancy areas we tend to frequent feel…

Summer’s End – Tomato Season

Healthy Eats, Markets, Recipe, Vegetarian

While I’ve now gone on about le rentree and the seasons changing and all that good stuff, the produce at the markets belies the cooler days, and the tables full of glorious fruit and vegetables, the best of the year in my opinion, are stacked high with end-of-summer delicacies.  So before le rentree (Fall to you…

America’s Summertime Abundance

Entertaining, Markets, Pastry, Recipe, Travel, Uncategorized, Washington DC

While I’m more than content to trot around the globe during most of the year, in fact like nothing more than to see new places and experience the new, to my mind, summer should always take place in the US. Surely this affinity was formed during all those years we spent overseas, moving from place to…

Culinary Backstreets of Istanbul

Cheaper Eats, Istanbul, Markets, Pastry, Restaurants, Shops, Sweets, Travel

When a friend suggested we sign up for a food tour of Istanbul I was instantly intrigued but also slightly hesitant. I’m used to sniffing out my own food trails when I travel, but given that neither of us speak Turkish and with the fervent hope we’d not be taken to places we’d easily access on…

Istanbul’s Elegant Eateries

Istanbul, Markets, Restaurants, Shops, Travel

I’ve been nibbling on my box of Bebek-bought marzipan over the past couple of days trying to figure out where to go next on our Istanbul adventure (for the record I’ve eaten half of it). All the while I’ve been struck at how quickly the magic of a holiday fades back in the day-to-day grind…