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Violet Rice Pudding Recipe & a Chance to Learn How to Make Chocolate From a Professional Chocolatier

Uzma Sharif is a Chicago-based chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Uzma, both an online shop and a brick and mortar one  in Chicago. I just love supporting women in business, and those running a specialty food business at that. Her chocolates are infused with the exotic aromas of South Asia and made so beautiful you need some time to enjoy them ... Read More »

An Interview With Mina Harissa and a Moroccan Tagine Giveaway

Most people who love North African food are well aware of the flavor profile of harissa, that somewhat spicy {or hot} red chili pepper paste used as a condiment or dip in many Moroccan and Tunisian dishes. Those who are new to it are often really surprised about how much they love it since it’s actually quite versatile. I find ... Read More »

Pistachios and Walnuts: A Deeper Look at the Most Widely Used Nuts in Syrian and Middle Eastern Desserts

Nadia Hubbi of Sweet Pillar & Co. gives us her take on how two of the healthiest and most traditional nuts of the Middle East stack up in food history, health benefits and culinary use. It’s an interesting look at both walnuts and pistachios, some of the most widely-used nuts in traditional Middle Eastern cooking that are making big waves ... Read More »

Sponsored Video: Make Iftar Easier With Healthy Appetizers by Saffron Road

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Iftar doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming to prepare, even if you’re expecting guests. With the right products and quick and healthy recipes, you can get food on the table that everyone will savor. Please enjoy the video and let me know, what’s your go-to quick Iftar dish or dishes? *This video was sponsored by Saffron Road. Please check ... Read More »

An Interview About Moroccan Interior Design with Maryam Montague

You might remember that not too long ago I published a review of the gorgeous design book, Marrakesh by Design, by American expat Maryam Montague who resides in Morocco and runs a boutique hotel called Peacock Pavillions. I was so enamored with the book and envisioned you, my readers, being able to enjoy it, too so that you could also ... Read More »

The Story Behind Patchi Chocolates

Last year during Ramadan I introduced you to Patchi chocolates because I fell in love with their quality and taste. I had all but given up on ever finding the taste of real chocolate mixed with real nuts like hazelnuts, pistachio, and almonds that I grew up enjoying whenever someone in my family came to visit from Italy bearing gifts of ... Read More »

More Ramadan Preparation Tips [Video]

We’ve been talking so much lately about how important it is to be prepared for Ramadan- spiritually, mentally and practically. With long summer days to face ahead of us, we’ll either be prepared or up against a wall of how to get healthy food on the table for Iftar and the early morning pre-dawn meal of Suhoor. I’ve compiled a ... Read More »

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World [Giveaway]

I love documentaries of all kind, particularly those about health, food, the economy and, of course,  Islamic history.  It’s so much more interesting to me to watch something that is fact-based because I feel as though I’ve spent some of my precious down time actually learning something important, something that I can carry with me like a treasure and pass on to others during ... Read More »

Marrakesh By Design: A Book Review

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All things Moroccan are re-captivating me like never before. I went through a time when I was younger where I was absolutely taken by the food, the traditions, the exotic nature of it all. I even visited Tangiers for a few short days while I was living in Spain, and that just intensified my love of the vibrant colors, vintage cookware, clay pottery, amazing food and textiles ... Read More »

An Overview of Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C.

Last weekend I attended the Eat, Write Retreat which is a weekend event for food bloggers, photographers and other foodies in the industry, thanks to the generous support of Saffron Road Foods who sponsored my attendance and for the t-shirt and coupon giveaways they provided for me to distribute to my new food blogger friends. Every table had a little ... Read More »