My First Time: Morocco

Today I am sharing a guest post from Farrah Ritter of the blog The Three Under and an American expat living in the Netherlands. Farrah and I met online and had the chance to meet in person last fall in Athens. She got in touch with me when she started planning a girl’s getaway to Morocco. Her visit and reflections encouraged me to start sharing the stories of people who have visited Islamic countries for the first time, and how that experience challenged what they had previously thought. Enjoy! Like many Americans, I grew up with opinions of Arabic cultures…

Digging into the Islamic World this Ramadan

Digging into the Islamic World this Ramadan

Just what do I mean by “digging in?” Why, food of course! Ramadan will be starting in some parts of the world today (and tomorrow for other countries) and as the most important month in the Islamic world I try to do something special each year. Last year I created a meal plan to help those who were too busy to do their own planning. The year before I held a 6 week webinar series on preparing and benefiting during the month. So what is it this year? I wrote a post in the beginning of the year focusing on…

24 Vegan Appetizer or Iftar Ideas

Welcome to week three of iftar ideas for Ramadan. Whenever Ramadan falls in summer months I am immediately drawn to eating the foods that fit the season. Here, in Morocco, they’ll eat hot harira soup all month long but that just has no appeal to me. The last thing I want to eat after fasting in 100+ temperatures all day is a hot bowl of soup. No thanks.  But, give me some fresh cut up fruit or a cold gazpacho and a bucket of water and I’ll be your friend for life. I also have learned what a challenge it…

Stuffed Medjool Dates

Ramadan will be starting this week and in our house that means stocking up on the “must haves” for breaking the fast and cutting down on time spent in the kitchen. One of the staples in every Muslim home during this month is dates. Truth be told, before I met my husband and visited Morocco I had never eaten a date. I wasn’t even really sure what they were. But now they are one of my favorite snacks! You can use them in so many different ways. There is a wide variety of dates on the market and everyone seems…

Take a Taco Tour in San Diego

Nearly every city in the world has some type of food that it has made famous. San Diego certainly didn’t invent the taco, but thanks to its southerly neighbor, Mexico, tacos have made it big in this city. But, not just any taco. San Diego is particularly known for fish tacos. In fact, it’s so well known for these tasty, hand-held bits of goodness that there are food tours operated in the city that are centered on tacos! So, pack your swimsuit, book a San Diego hotel, and make sure you’ve got plenty of space to chow down!

10 Great Ways to Enjoy Atlanta this Summer

It’s not officially summer yet, but the season is right around the corner. School is finished for many, and it’s time to start preparing for summer vacation! If you are heading to the southern U.S., Atlanta is a great destination to consider. Atlanta is increasingly on the tourist radar, and thanks to its extremely popular southern neighbor Florida, there are some hot Atlanta hotels and attractions waiting to be discovered. Chances are you’ll also save money visiting Atlanta instead of Orlando. Here’s how to enjoy Atlanta inside and outside.

To Understand, Adopt, or Reject Your Spouses Culture

If you have seen my post on 6 Assumptions People Make When They Hear Your Husband is Arab then you should take another meander through the comment section. I’ve wrestled with whether or not I should shut it down or leave it open. It seems there are a lot of people on both sides needing to clear the air. You can jump over there to see what I mean. One theme that keeps coming up is the issues of religion and culture – it’s complex to be sure but something you will have to grapple with at many points in your…

Vegetarian Iftar Ideas

12 Vegetarian Iftar Ideas

This year I almost moved to eating completely meat-free. I still enjoy it from time to time, maybe a bite here or there but I’ve lost most of the “taste” for meat than having any other objections to it. To be honest, I don’t miss it at all. But, living in Morocco this isn’t always easy to convey. People don’t understand why I would choose not to eat meat if I have the ability (money) to eat it. There are lots of vegetarian Muslims in the world, and those who would prefer to eat only zabiha halal meat but can’t…