All posts filed under: Around the World

Decor: Paris Apartment For Sale

While unable to put this novel down, I cannot help but try to imagine how lovely the house where the story takes place is. Which then takes me back to my childhood days, where I’d visit aunts and uncles who lived in similar settings – which is best expressed with this beautiful Paris apartment currently on the market. Or these lovely ones – click on photo to take a tour {featured images full credit}

A Few Observations and Updates

As the shelter in place order was announced in California, I wanted to believe more humans were beginning to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, but it seems from the news and photographs all around, there are so many exhibiting otherwise. But what do I know, except that my family and I did our part in following the directive and stayed home – naturally FaceTiming the rest of the clan who live in far away places. Through the doom, I am trying my best to maintain a positive attitude – I mean, don’t get me wrong, by Friday I felt the worst version of myself, and could not snap out of it. I guess I was completely coming to terms with how things are going to be for a while and even afterwards.  This is how I usually am with most traumatic events in my life: Shock, denial, overly analyzing the situation, much brain-storming with family members and friends, and then calming down to rationally handle whatever life had thrown or in this case, is throwing …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Thai Peanut Chicken

I managed to get my hands on a bottle of peanut sauce from the grocery store two weeks ago. Before all the scary madness taking shape throughout the world of empty shelves, and legit ‘scavenger hunt’ for the basic necessities. Now I can’t even find milk or eggs. I devised a plan and announced it to the family about being mindful, pacing ourselves and not be wasteful during these difficult times. More about this topic shortly. In the meantime, I found an easy dinner recipe for Thai peanut chicken which I wanted to share, in case you are all out of ideas.  Here’s what I am doing- replacing soy sauce with Worcestershire, omitting the fish sauce and using the peanut sauce instead of the suggested peanut butter. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts 3-4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste using more or less to your taste 2 teaspoons ground ginger 3 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil or regular basil chopped 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving 1 (14 ounce) can full fat coconut milk 1/4 cup low …

Decor: Home Away From Home

As a child growing up in the middle east, my family spent the summers in Lebanon, visiting relatives. I loved my time there, and reflect upon it often, especially the Mediterranean style home in the mountains where my cousins lived. So you can imagine my fascination with this property so close to the home they owned in every sense of decor, and the need to share of course on this Friday, where most of us are learning to live in some form of isolation. Please hang in there – and stay positive and do everything you can to keep your loved ones safe

In England For A Couple of Weeks

Although in England for business for two weeks, I am also hoping to get a chance to play tourist in a country I consider my second home for so many reasons. But in case I don’t get a chance to see outside of a working environment, and report back on whatever discoveries I’ve made along the way, I promise I will stay in touch. My favorite reference this week  “you’re either in or you are out.” I wonder if I’ll have a chance to visit some of the best restaurants in London from this list Or a bar or two or three from the best bars in London 2020 U.K. best festivals for 2020 – I’ve emailed to family living in England, hoping to experience some of them Sustainable is the word for 2020 – and so are these shops in London to add to your list, in case you plan a trip out this way.   Finally, Love this article about – How to Sustainable Travel in 2020

A Slow Start in January But Let’s Recap First

I’ve been dragging my feet in getting back into the swing of things in much of everything defining my life. But I know I am not alone in this – you know the holiday withdrawals and all. And frankly today is the first day I returned back to work and figured we need to catch up. First of all, I hope your holidays were just as you had expected and the plans you’ve laid out for 2020 are set in motion, and ready to unfold just as you hope.  Me too. 🙂 Here’s a recap of some of the things I experienced and naturally wish to share here. In between the holidays, which did not include me shopping like a mad woman for gifts for anyone. Since somehow I decided there would be no gift exchange with family. Instead, I opted to do the traditional things with them. Like cooking, baking, talking, spending quality time walking through the city, hours in cafes and being mostly outdoors. And I have to say, it felt wonderful to …

Theme for 2020 – Travel

There were no resolutions made on New Year’s eve, nor discussions about self improvement among the family members. No conversations about politics, or any issues outside of our simple existence – which was wonderful. Because the entire day felt surreal, and at midnight, we turned off all the lights, except the Christmas decoration lights, and watched the fireworks along the coast, from the comfort of our home. I couldn’t ask for a better way to welcome the New Year. I decided, just before turning in that 2020 would be the year of travel, and self reflection, and in line with that concept, I share with you my list from the ten places to travel in 2020. Just in case you are undecided, consider this month to month  2020 suggested travel destinations guide {Source here and here}

Happy New Year – 2020

The last few days of a year are always bittersweet for me, and the most nostalgic. I will even go as far as saying a bit overwhelming as I reflect upon all things which have shaped 2019, on a personal level as well as global. I cannot believe we are near completing a decade already in the 21st century, and although we are faced with many challenges, whether political, economic, environmental or religious, I think if we each do our part in spreading positivity, rather than the toxic, we can help reshape the world into a peaceful existence. So from me to all of you – have a happy new year! and may your resolutions hold true 😉    {photo source}  

A Lazy Saturday Topics of Interest

This time of year, I prefer the indoors, spending most of my weekends in my pajamas craving hot chocolate, baked goods, and naps. Don’t misunderstand. I have a list of chores I need to tackle, but for some reason, the gloomy outdoors has me needing to find inspiration… {featured image source and inspiration for this topic}