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Holiday Destinations in Spain

Balearic Islands

Spanish Destinations That You Can Visit During Your Holiday Spain can be a fabulous location if you are looking to get away to somewhere nice during the Eid season. Of course, the secret to an unforgettable holiday in this part of the world is choosing the right destination. The great thing about Spain is there is just so much variety, so you ... Read More »

On Being Half Sicilian

box of sicilian tomatoes

It’s so important to appreciate and respect our family roots, no matter how old we are or well-traveled or educated. One always comes full circle in when you’re able to understand at least a little something about our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond them. What where their struggles? What were their professions? How did they live, what did they eat? What ... Read More »

Our Galena Getaway

Galena Getaway | My Halal Kitchen

Recently my husband announced that he had some vacation days he wanted to use to get a little rest and relaxation. It wasn’t a very convenient time for me as I had deadlines and commitments to prepare for that I felt would be pushed down if I went away. I basically resisted a mini-vacation not realizing how much I needed ... Read More »

Traveling Spices

Traveling Spices | My Halal Pantry

Travel. It’s one of my absolute favorite words.  It’s a word of action that implies adventure, change and the addition of spice to an otherwise mundane everyday life. Who doesn’t love the thrill of going to new places, not to mention trying new foods? Yes, that usually is the case for travel abroad, though things are changing dramatically on the American food ... Read More »

Halal Nutrition Workshops with IFANCA

Halal and Nutrition Workshop_P1

I’m really excited to announce my collaboration with IFANCA to bring the local Chicago community a series of hour-long workshops  in 2012 on eating halal and healthy. We’re teaming up to take some important information on the road: sourcing halal ingredients, what foods are most nutritious, how to read product labels and a quick and healthy recipe demonstrated live. Find out more ... Read More »

My Interview of Mary Nolan, Chef de Cuisine at Bon Appétit Magazine

Mary Nolan of Bon Appetit | My Halal Kitchen

I recently attended the Chicago Gourmet event right here in the Windy City, though on that day it was a rainy city–mostly in the morning. Good thing because the Chicago Gourmet event was held outdoors in Millenium Park. It was also the day I would meet and interview Chef de Cuisine of Bon Appétit magazine, Mary Nolan. Mary Nolan is ... Read More »

Breakfast at Kingsbury Street Cafe

Breakfast at Kingsbury Cafe Chicago | My Halal Kitchen

Sunday morning is a great time to have breakfast out with the family, but some places actually offer wonderful breakfast menu items during the middle of the week, too. I was recently invited for breakfast at a place I’d never heard of before, Kingsbury Street Cafe, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Read More »

Bon Appétit Magazine Presented Chicago Gourmet

Bon Appetit at Chicago Gourmet | My Halal Kitchen

Last Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Gourmet event in Chicago’s Millenium Park. You know the kind of experience that leaves you in a happy place for the entire remainder of the day, no matter what else happens? It was that kind of experience. Read More »

Two San Diego Area Farmers Markets and Vintage Shops Nearby

San Diego Farmers Markets | My Halal Kitchen

During my trip to San Diego last May, I shared many of my culinary and shopping adventures by tweeting and posting updates to the MHK Facebook page . There was a great response and interest from readers and I was thrilled to know that many of you shop at farmers markets, many in California. What a great place for fresh, local and organic ... Read More »

Cherries and Sunsets on a Wisconsin Peninsula

Francis Hardy Art Gallery in Ephraim, WI

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a spontaneous trip, one that’s planned the day before heading out for a long weekend to a place I’ve never visited. Art gallery on a pier and a gorgeous wooden sailboat rocks gently in the wind next to it in Ephraim, WI. Recently we had a long weekend and wanted to go towards the ... Read More »