It wasn't too long ago that I first heard about Saffron Road, halal frozen entrees that are now sold at Whole Foods stores. At first glance, I thought they were just another frozen ethnic entree that would be out...
If you don't know who Monica Bhide is, perhaps you're not reading enough books, magazines or essays about food because this woman is everywhere. She's a Virginia-based food writer who writes beautifully about how our lives, cultures and emotions are influenced...
There are many delicious halal restaurants popping up all over the U.S., but when I was asked to pick my new favorite, I chose a #Chicago restaurant I thoroughly enjoyed for its uniqueness and because it was my most recent...
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...
I recently had the great pleasure of meeting with the very lovely, down-to-earth and talented young photographer, Sadaf Syed, a Chicago-based woman who literally wrote the book on how Muslim women in America wear the hijab (head covering). I...
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...
Recently I was interviewed to be on the fairly new podcast called The Mad Mamluks. It was a really fun time being asked a lot of food related questions by the three talented and animated brothers who started it and...
Seems like it was just yesterday I had this photo shoot and interview with The Kitchn. I remember that day so clearly- a photo session at Lincoln Park farmers market, then back to my kitchen to prep food for another...
Last September I had the pleasure and absolute honor of being interviewed by Mona Askar for the Chicago History Museum American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago Oral History Project. The oral histories have just been published and you can listen to...
It isn't every day that you get to 'meet' a pastry chef like Malika Ameen. If you don't know her already, here's a great chance to get acquainted with one of the country's finest culinary professionals--and we're fortunate enough...

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