Lebanese Food

I’m not very picky with the types of foods I like to eat. I love Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Indian, African, and the list goes on. I really enjoy trying food from different cultures because they all have their own unique dishes to die for. When going out to eat, I have the hardest time choosing which restaurant to go to because everything sounds equally appetizing. However, the restaurant that seems to win is the ones that sell Lebanese food.

Lebanon is located on the Eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by Israel and Syria. It’s a beautiful, tiny country and is a popular vacation spot for many Middle Easterners. The food is beyond delicious! I may be a little bias because I am from Lebanon and grew up with this type of food, but I guarantee you will find one dish you will enjoy. The variety of foods make it difficult to choose a favorite one.

A couple of the most common foods that are eaten in Lebanon are:

Tabouleh: A salad made with parsley, tomato, cucumbers, mint, oinion, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice.

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Hummus: A spread made by smashing chickpeas and adding olive oil, lemon, and garlic.

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Kibbeh: Ball or pattie shaped, fried ground beef.

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Desert time! Now this is my favorite part. Since I have the biggest sweet tooth, I could eat desert for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and be happy! Unfortunately sweets are high in calories and not the best for your body which requires you to eat them in moderation. The desert that is the most popular for the Arabic culture is called Baklavah. They are small pastries that contains nuts, cribaklavaspy, flaky dough and tastes very sweet due to the syrup/honey.

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What’s your favorite Lebanese dish?

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2013. 1 Comment

PARIS

“A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else.”

Paris! One of the most romantic cities in the world. A popular tourist destination, Paris-City-Lightsespecially for those looking to go on a honeymoon. And finally, one of my favorite cities to visit.

The reason why I love Paris so much is because of the city’s culture and traditions. Every morning, I would wake up and lock my apartment to go downstairs to buy a croissant or a P1010192baguette and un café crème for my dad. By 9 in the morning, the Champs-Élysées was jammed with many French people and tourists. The Triumph Arc was a 10 minute walk from my apartment and was always a beautiful monument to look at.

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The French people were very fun to be around. They always had a good attitude and truly enjoyed the food and wine of every meal. Their love for fashion made me want to go shopping. The scenery in Paris is beyond breathtaking. The Eiffel Tower is one of my favorite monuments in Paris. The top (third) level allows you to oversee the entire city.

If you ever go to Europe, make Paris one of your must see cities. You will not regret it because there is so much to see and do that you will find something you enjoy. Touring Paris is a great life experience because you will be able to see a whole different world then what you’re used to.

How has your Paris experience been?

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Puppy Love

coupleWhen you first get a boyfriend/girlfriend, there is so much romance in the relationship that it is known as the puppy love stage. The puppy love stage makes you feel like you are on clouds. It feels like you have found that perfect person you have been waiting for, the love of your life, your soul mate. It makes you smile uncontrollably and have you drawing hearts all over notebooks.

fighting-coupleYou think it will be this way forever but slowly things will start changing. Even though you thought everything about them was perfect, is now not so perfect. You start wanting to change small things about them and the puppy love stage starts to wear off.

This is because a relationships aren’t a walk in the park, they take effort and commitment to work. It is a work in progress every day. Couples begin to become comfortable with one another rather than putting there best foot forward like in the beginning.

In life, sometimes we give up on relationships too easily. It’s natural to go through ups and downs but that shouldn’t be a reason to give up. As divorce rates increase, it is sad that families get torn apart as well. It is important to understand that it is okay for storms to occur but being adults and working through them can save your relationship. Because after all, even the healthiest relationships have arguments and bad times. “The person who really loves you will never leave your side no matter how hard things get through better or worse.”- unknown

What’s your opinion on relationships?

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It’s About the Simple Things In Life

“It’s the simple things in life that mean the most, and it’s the simple things that will make the big things seem bigger.” -unknown

parkYesterday, I had a picnic at the park with a few close friends and I had the best time! My friends and I got the chance to catch each other up on our lives as we laughed and ate delicious watermelon and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Even though the ducks were terrified of us, they would still come by for some food. It’s those types of memories that I will hold on to in my life. But when looking back at it, a memory that will last me a lifetime was something as simple as a picnic at the park that was unplanned and decided on one beautiful morning.

Sometimes people forget that its the simple things in life that make all the difference in the world. We get so caught up with the roller coaster that life can become, that we forget the greater nature of it. Life is full of momormany simple things that make us happy but we sometimes choose to take for granted. I believe that the simplest things are the best things.  When we are children, we tend to enjoy them without even noticing it, but as we grow into adults, we enjoy those things less and less. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to make a day memorable.

Some things I want to slow down and enjoy more are taking long walks, enjoy nature, go on a bike ride, make something using arts & crafts, watch the sunset before bed, etc. There are so many things that are simple and memorable. If we just slow down in life, we will find the time to see their values, because after all, the best things in life are free and simple.

What simple things do you enjoy on an everyday basis?

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Hawaii Sounds Amazing

HNLPKPACISLHWST01_1Just like most people, I prefer warm weather over cold, so what brought me to Reno still amazes me. Cold weather makes me feel miserable because I hate  having to wear four/five layers of clothing to keep my body warm. Since it’s currently freezing at my apartment (but my roommates decided to turn off the heater to start saving money), I couldn’t help but wish I was anywhere else. Out of all places in the world, Hawaii popped in my mind. I’ve only seen that beautiful island in pictures but I’m determined to go there soon.

Nothing sounds better than taking time off from school and just laying on the beach under the hot sun with a glass of lemonade. Anyone I know that vacationed in Hawaii has only returned with positive things to say. After hearing their experiences, I have promised myself that I will end up there soon. Maybe that can be my graduation present from my parents! mhmm.. we’ll have to see.

Everything about Hawaii excites me. I would love to see the volcanoes at the Big Island and hike Diamond Head. There are so many activities you can do that you would have to stay there for a good amount of time to accomplish them.

I would also want to learn all about the Polynesian Culture and get some lessons on how to hula dance. I’m so open to anything Hawaii has to offer because after all thats what traveling is about; being open to whatever that place has in stock for you. What makes it so beautiful is that it could be something you absolutely fall in love with!

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Please share any experiences you’ve had in Hawaii!

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Healthy Relationships

“Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  Gene Perret

© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationIn order to have a healthy and longlasting relationship with your spouse, you must truly want it. It is a work in process every single day but well worth your satisfaction with one another. Sometimes people question if they made the right decision on who they chose to marry rather than remembering all the reasons they chose to mary that person in the first place. People start to forget about the things that made them fall in love with that person after becoming used to living with them. But if you want the relationship to last, it’s important to keep it spontaneous.

Some things you can do to make your relationship spontaneous is have a day a week for date night, where it’s just you and your spouse taking a night to do article-new_ehow_images_a04_ka_4a_romantic-raising-children-800x800something fun together. Do things best friends would do like going to dinner and a movie, the park, bwling, etc. There shouldn’t have to be a special occasion to have a special event with your spouse but instead just because.

I decided to talk about healthy relationships because as I noticed most of my friends getting engaged and married, and I would really like to see them last forever. I don’t want anyone going down the road of a divorce because not only will it make life feel miserable but also have an effect on the entire family. You don’t need to have a perfect relationship to be happy but you must have love for each other like husband and wife and care for each other like brother and sister.

path 2As time goes by, the small things that we used to admire about a person, starts to matter less and less. We must look at conflicts in relationships as opportunities to improve ourselves rather than blaming one another and simply calling it quits. Be each other’s biggest cheerleader and support system and your relationship will be going on the right path!

What do you suggest to keep a healthy relationship?

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Camping Anyone?

Have you taken a look back at your bucket list lately? Well, I usually do from time to time to remind myself of all the things I want to accomplish and more things to the list. You can never have too many adventures in life. So I decided to add one of my favorite pastime activities, camping!

taeWhen I was in middle school and high school, I participated in tae kwondo, which is a form of martial arts, for about six years. Every summer, my tae kwondo class would go on a camping trip for three days which was full of adventures. You never know what to expect when camping in the mountains, and every year a different event would surprise us. I enjoyed camping for this very reason. It was full of surprises and adventures that you may or may not have been ready for. But whether or not you were ready, you still had to act.

For example, one year, we had looked at the weather forecast and noticed it would be sunny all week. However to our surprise, it started pouring. No one wasCamping prepared for the amount of rain that went on for hours. The rain went everywhere! Our luggage’s, tents, food bins, etc. were soaked. This event made my tae kwondo class work together to find solutions of how to sleep in a dry place for the night and figure out what we will have to do about dry cloth and non-edible food. Camping helped me learn how to do things I would have otherwise never knew how to do. It was such a thrilling experience that I will never forget.

Ever since I got older and went to college, I haven’t camped. Camping opens your world to unexpected adventures which can somewhat relate to life. We don’t always have control over every aspect of our lives because unexpected things can happen at any time, and camping helps you realize that you need to put your head up, find a solution, and new hampshire campinghave fun doing it. It will allow you to experience the beautiful outdoors and a small escape from home. So what’s next on my bucket list, go camping!

Do you have any thrilling experiences of a time you went camping? Please share!

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