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Devouring Barcelona with Kids

Yawning our way through an early morning wake up, MarocBaba and I set out with the boys on a Saturday morning in Barcelona. They had touched down less than twelve hours before our tour and I wasn’t sure if our timing for this food adventure would work out. The kids were ready to take on the day, excited to be in a new city. I only hoped the incessant questions of, “so can we go see the stadium now?” would be at a minimum. (That’s the FC Barcelona football/soccer stadium in case you weren’t sure!) We stayed in an AirBnB…

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Family Friendly Seoul Hotels to Spend the Night

Seoul, the capital of South Korea and the second largest metro area in the world, can be an overwhelming experience for visitors. With over 25 million people living in the city and tens of thousands more visiting every day, it’s not a surprise that there are lots of options for places to stay, foods to eat, and things to do. Before you book your hotel it’s important to know a few basics about the layout of the city. Seoul is roughly divided into two parts; Gangbuk (the older section), and Gangnam (the newer section), with the Han River dividing them.…

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A Life from Scratch and Hot Algerian Lasagna

What was the last book you read that really left an impact? One of those books you picked up, read a few pages with every intention of setting it aside to move on to the next task, but, hours later found yourself immersed in the pages and wondering where time had gone? Those are the books I love. Every time I start something new I hope that it is one of those types of books. Often times I’m let down. But, the times I’m not, well those lead to wonderful reading experiences. I first learned about Sasha Martin a few…

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Tapas Tasting in Granada, Spain

Months ago when we (I) began planning our trip to Spain, the first thing I researched were food tours. We had one week and I knew the only thing MarocBaba really wanted to do was to see the alHambra so I worked in two days to spend in Granada. Aside from this famous landmark I had no idea what else was there but was pretty sure we could find good food. After seeing Seville, we almost didn’t go to Granada, opting instead to stay in Seville. But, we already had reservations and knew it would be tough to find somewhere…

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Guest Post: My First Hammam Experience

In an effort to showcase Islamic countries I wrote a post this year called Why You Should Visit an Islamic Country in 2015. I’ve asked several bloggers and friends to share their “firsts.” Whether it was their first time to a majority Muslim country or a meal they’ve cooked from a Muslim country, whatever resonated and spoke to them outside the mass media image of Islam. Today’s guest post comes from Diana Limongi Gabriele who writes at Ladydeelg. Enjoy! The first time I had a hammam experience was  when I was an English teacher in France. I spent two weeks…

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Best Seattle Hotels for Food Lovers

Seattle is a food lover’s dream and is the prime city for a foodie adventure. If you’re looking foor the best local offerings, try booking a hotel in a neighborhood known for its food culture. The gentrified Pioneer Square has become a hot spot for high cuisine. Capitol Hill, one of the pre-eminent Seattle neighborhoods, has a happening food scene, and the International District has well, just that lots and lots of international cuisine at your fingertips. The hardest part might be deciding how long you can stay and how full you are! Hotel Andra Hotel Andra makes it home in…

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Must Eat Foods in Hong Kong

Is Hong Kong on your radar? This unique, world-class city has some of the most interesting food options in the world. With a long history of being an international city, British occupation, and the close proximity of other influencing Asian cultures, expect a little bit of everything on this urban island. Book a Hong Kong hotel in the Central neighborhood (yes that’s what the neighborhood is really called), where you’ll be in the epicenter of food culture. Dim Sum Dim Sum originated in the Canton province of China but have taken over as a staple in Hong Kong diets. In…

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My Must Do Dubai Dining Experiences

My first trip to Dubai is happening next wee and while some people go for the sun or shopping, I’m all about the food. From upscale fine dining restaurants in the Dubai marina to hole in the wall restaurants serving ethnic specialties in Satwa or Deira, there’s something for every budget. Even though I’ll be attending a conference while in town, you can be sure I’ll also be finding amazing meals. Pier 7 Pier 7 is such an interesting dining experience that it makes me excited just to see it! There are plenty of restaurants in Dubai marina area but this…