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…

Spanish Chicken Stew

Healthy Eats, Recipe

Today marks the start of week four of our eight week I Quit Sugar journey. My dear husband is starting to see the pounds fall off him, and except for a few unpleasant detox symptoms, I’m still feeling excellent and continue to be overwhelmed with the amount of energy I have compared to just a couple…

Lemon Debutante Wedding Cake

Entertaining, Events, Pastry, Sweets

As I sit here and settle in to the couch, preparing to tune in to the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, I wonder if perhaps I’ve been inspired by the weeks of its bucolic, mouth-watering competition.  I’ve never been a baker, never been one for the precision and patience that the pastry arts require. It’s a temperament…

Girls’ Night Pampering Party

Entertaining, Pastry, Recipe

Sorry it’s been a while, but with two new clients and a whole slew of engagements for which I was also cooking, it’s been a little hectic over here! One of the events gave me a lovely excuse to have some fun in the kitchen and expand my repertoire just a bit. A dear friend of…

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…

Columbia Road Flower Market….And Donuts!

London Eats, Markets, Restaurants, Shops

With American Mothers’ Day approaching quickly (it’s on Sunday May 11th, if you’re in the dark), I wanted to write a post with my dear mother in mind and perhaps offer the perfect day out for all of you American moms over on this side of the pond. Nothing reminds me of my mother like…

Homemade Smoked Ricotta – Roberta’s Pizza

Recipe, Restaurants, Vegetarian

I am a sucker for a restaurant cookbook, and when Roberta’s Cookbook thrashed its competitors during each round of Food52’s Piglet competition, I knew I’d have to add it to my collection. Most of the judges of the Piglet focused on whether or not they liked the quirky narrative that runs through the book, retelling the escapades and…