For the lucky readers and bakers who aren’t still stuck in winter (or war zones), farmers markets in some parts of the world are bursting forth with all sorts of wintry goodies, like citrus! I can’t even believe how many meyer lemon recipes I’ve seen on foodgawker and tastespotting recently! I’m jealous…totally jealous. Because it […]
Can you tell I’m a bit nostalgic for Malaysia lately? Maybe it’s the clear, warm weather, the lack of dust storms, the lack of bombs, and the carefree environment? …Or maybe it’s the dim sum!
On a day trip in during our Malaysia vacation, Farrell and I stayed on a nature reserve in Kuala Selangor, located an hour or so north of Kuala Lumpur. The only transportation option is a rickety public bus that careens around sharp curves that loop around tea plantations and drops you right in the center […]
I know, with some certainty, that I am part Italian, German, and Irish. With less certainty I could say there might be some Scottish mixed in there as well. Two nights ago at the British Embassy in Baghdad, everybody celebrated their Scottish heritage, whether it’s real or not. In true IZ fashion, Brits, Scots, Irishmen, […]
Sixty-two days. Readers, do you make countdowns for important things? How many days until…the end of the semester? Your next vacation? A new album comes out? Farmer’s markets reopen? I am very impatient. I was that kid who watched the clock intensely in school, counting down by five-second increments. 13 minutes and 55 seconds…13 minutes […]
Brief post that I’ve been meaning to write for a little while. Have you ever been on a plane, nearing your intended destination, only to have the plane suddenly divert to another location? Well, the infrastructure at the Baghdad International Airport is still developing. It can’t quite handle little weather emergencies, like, for example, heavy […]
This past Christmas was the second time I was away from my family (yup, I’m still in Baghdad), meaning celebrations had to be improvised. The first time was in 2007 when I decided that I simply could not be bothered to return home after my semester in Jordan, so I went to Thailand by myself […]
Here’s another novel idea for my fantasy cupcake shop (you know, the one that will also sell Iraqi flag-cakes?): Cupcakes made with veggies! Bright, vibrant, healthy golden beets in this case.
Since I’m only beginning to pull myself out of the depths of student loan nightmares, I only get to experience fancier (read:more expensive) restaurants as a rare treat. Traveling is definitely no exception. I’ve traveled on such tight budgets before that I practically learned to survive on seaweed-flavored potato chips, chocolate pocky, and $1 pad […]