Posts Written ByAmanda Mouttaki

Nigerian Jollof Rice

In today’s post we travel to Africa, Nigeria specifically, to enjoy a rice dish. Oddly enough rice isn’t big in Morocco though you’ll find all sorts of rice dishes around Africa and the Middle East. This recipe is from Sadaf who blogs at My Culinary Adventures where you can find some great recipes for Ramadan and beyond. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Enjoy! My in-laws are of Indian origin but spent nearly three decades of their lives in Nigeria before moving to the US around fifteen years ago. Like his brothers, my husband was…

Brunei Pisang Goreng {Deep Fried Bananas}

Today’s post is from my friend Stacy of Food Lust People Love. I was so excited that she and I had the chance to meet in person this May when I was in Dubai. Stacy graciously escorted me around to show me some of the sights and delivered me to the airport. I was excited when she chose to share this banana recipe as it’s one of the things I discovered from a street vendor in old Dubai. Basically, they’re delicious! You can connect with Stacy on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You May Also LikeDining Like a Local…

Emirati Harees {Savory Chicken and Oat Porridge}

Today’s post comes from Tarana Khan an expat mom living in the UAE. She blogs at Sand In My Toes, where you can drop by to read more of her parenting and other adventures! You can also catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. Tarana grew up in the Emirates and has plenty of Ramadan memories. One of the things I noticed when I was visiting Dubai this May was the lack of traditional Emirati cuisine. Fear not, Tarana to the rescue! I grew up in the United Arab Emirates, and have spent many seasons of Ramadan here.…

Libyan Sharmoula {Tomato and Cucumber Dip}

Today’s guest post is from Kaloud “Kay” of A Crafty Arab. I first learned about her site several years ago when few bloggers were talking about Ramadan. She is a Libyan American artist who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab culture. I have to admit I’m not nearly as creative as she is when it comes to crafts but am always inspired to try something new with the kids when I visit her site. Today she’s sharing a Libyan recipe for sharmoula. If you’ve ever wondered “how different can Arabic really be from country to country” this…

4 Historic Philadelphia Hotels to help you go back in time

4 Historic Philadelphia Hotels to Take You Back in Time

Philadelphia has a special place in American history and with the Fourth of July around the corner what better time than now to celebrate this tradition. The city is the birthplace of the Constitution and served as the temporary capital while Washington, DC, was set up to become the permanent capital of the country. There are few other cities in the country that have buildings and landmarks as old as Philadelphia. Today, many of the buildings have been repurposed. When you visit Philadelphia you can spend your nights in one of these great historic hotels. Penn’s View Hotel Penn’s View…

24 Hours in Galveston

24 Hours in Galveston, Texas

Whether you’re in Galveston before setting sail on a cruise or for an island vacation, you’re probably wondering what to do while you’re in this south Texas city. Your first step will be to book an affordable Galveston hotel, and you’re in luck, because there are plenty. To get around, you can either rent a car and drive yourself or use Galveston’s public bus system, which is reliable and convenient. However, having your own vehicle is ideal because it allows you to explore more off-the-beaten-path places. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to explore! Morning Wake up to an early…

the carry-on

The Carry-On: Ireland

  The Carry-On: A Girl’s Getaway Guide to Ireland  Get ready for a new regular feature on the site! On a recent flight when I was returning from Ireland I was thinking about how my travel style has evolved. I can pack a suitcase in under 30 minutes and am ready to go no matter the destination. I know the things I love and want to have while I’m on the road. I also am almost always using just a carry-on bag for my travels. If the thought of traveling for a week and living out of a tiny bag makes…

Why visit Iran cover image

How to Convince the World It’s OK to Travel to Iran

I am so, so excited to share this post today because Iran is the #1 destination I am dying to visit. The truth is even a year ago I wasn’t really sure if it was even possible for me, an American, to visit. Around the same time as I pushed Iran off my travel list, I started to wonder if there were any Muslim women travelers (either solo or with partners) in the blogging world. If there were, I hardly ever saw them. Then, when I posted my first picture from Lisbon, Matin popped up in my Instagram feed. She…