After a bit of a snag, the blog is back up. I’m working on tweeking some previously-published posts, and I have many many drafts that just need a bit more editing until they’re ready, but your patience is appreciated! Fabio bought me a Turkish cookbook while in Istanbul, and it made me miss cooking and …

Honor first. Coffee second.

There are no Starbucks coffee shops in Baghdad (that I know of). Here in the embassy, we have Green Beans. The staff is friendly, the selection is decent, the music is either Beyonce/Akon, or weird new-wave spoken word music, and best of all, the internet is free and (mostly) unblocked.