When The Unknown Or Unusual Becomes The Norm

I’m continuing to share posts about travelers “first” experiences in an Islamic country as a follow-up to my post on why you should visit an Islamic country in 2015. This post is from Heidi of the blog Wagoners Abroad. Heidi and her husband Alan are passionate about travel (50+ countries) and both author the popular blog.  In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”.  They quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Southern Spain, with their 2 kids (Lars and Anya).  After nearly 2 years in Spain, they became nomadic and explored Southeast Asia for 11 months.  They have…

Cruising with kids

Taking a Mediterranean Cruise with Kids

My kids (and my husband) love cruising and I’ll be the first to admit that it is one of the easiest vacations you can take with a family. There’s usually plenty to keep them busy, the food is (almost) all included and most importantly you really can’t lose anyone because they’re in a restricted space. We took our second cruise as a family this spring and thanks to our close proximity to Europe, opted for a Mediterranean cruise. This is always something I wanted to do and considered it a great way to see multiple cities and countries in a…

Saudi Arabian Kabsa {Chicken and Rice}

Today’s post is from Aysh of WordsnNeedles. She currently lives in Saudi Arabia and shares all about her multicultural life and crafting passions on her site. Her story of learning this recipe reminded me a lot of my first experiences with Moroccan cooking. While the ingredient list and multiple steps in this kabsa recipe might look intimidating they lead to a tasty and impressive result. You can follow Aysh on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Enjoy! Hi! I am Aysh from WordsnNeedles. I am an Indian expat living in Saudi Arabia. Today, I am sharing with you Kabsa, a…

Malaysian Pepper Lamb Stir Fry

Today’s post is from Faaiza of Modest Munchies. She is a mom to a bright little boy and baby girl. They live in Australia where she spends her days as a stay at home mum who loves to cook, bake and create. You can see more into her life on Instagram or Facebook and when she’s not spending time with her family (or doing the laundry for the umpteenth time) you can find her blogging at Modest Munchies. My family loves stir fry and I love how easy it is to make. This recipe is one that I’m looking forward to trying thanks to it’s different…

The Carry-On Crete

The Carry-on: Crete

  When I sat down to think about which destination we’d whisk off to this week the news was running non-stop about the economic situation in Greece. My heart breaks for the Greek people who are struggling not only with a very difficult time in their own lives but now the loss of livelihood due to tourists who are afraid to visit. Greece isn’t alone, Tunisia is facing an even greater hurdle claiming tourism is down by almost 90%. In Morocco we’re not immune either. We had closed our food tours for the month due to Ramadan and now I…

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. 

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.…