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…

Arthur Avenue Stroll

Artisan, New York, Travel

I know that it’s important to post frequently when you have a blog, but I just can’t make myself sit down and write about something when I’ve got nothing. My dear husband and I have been participating in another 8 week I Quit Sugar program so our meals are very prescribed and frankly, not worth…

Pumpkin Sour Cream Pancakes

Recipe, Sweets, Vegetarian

Tomorrow my darling husband and I are embarking on an eight week experiment to rid our bodies of sugar and see what happens. I’ve been keeping to the I Quit Sugar regiment pretty strictly for almost ten weeks now, including daily serious morning jogs and reformer pilates, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day.…

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…