Coptic Orthodox Christmas: Plan B

Happy 2020 everyone! Since I immigrated to the US, I came to celebrate Christmas twice a year with two weeks in between. To many that might sound a bit strange!  However, it is simple to explain.  Typically, Coptic Orthodox Christians who are by definition the indigenous of Egypt celebrate Christmas on January 7th.

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Thanksgiving Made Easy: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Hosting Thanksgiving shouldn’t be anything rather than a blessing.  However, that end needs some good planning. Six years ago, on a chilly October evening, I was at the public library with my kids for a storytime.  I ran into our affable librarian with whom I had a friendly conversation about the Thanksgiving holiday. The straightforward, […]

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Professor Brown Bistro: It takes an “Enabling Village” To Make a Difference

NON-SPONSORED POST “Serving great food with a great cause” – so goes the tagline of the Professor Brawn Bistro at the Enabling Village. My new friend in Singapore, Sharon Liew — the founder of Dance Spectrum International—coordinated my first visit to the Enabling Village, space where individuals with special needs learn, evolve, and contribute to […]

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In Singapore : Live Like a Local

NON-SPONSORED POST Cities are best explored on foot.  Thanks to this priceless wisdom, I have led a memorable expat life across four different continents and eight different cities. However, embracing this wisdom was easier in some places than others.  While street safety is not a concern in tranquil Singapore, the hot sticky weather is a […]

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Mary Gomes : Meet The Keeper of Eurasian Cuisine

NON-SPONSORED POST Singapore is an exciting culinary journey that holds a novelty every day.  With its fascinating immigrants’ stories dovetailed with deeply-rooted food traditions, Singapore never ceases to amaze an avid food blogger. In a recent get together with three prominent Singaporeans artists/photographers, I asked, knowing their refined palate,  “what is the place to go for […]

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EVN Podcast: The Power of Culinary Diplomacy

“Empowerment is a two way-street journey.  I rushed to support refugees, yet they ended up invigorating my existence, shifting my mind set, and revealing of world of growth opportunities.”

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Aleppo Cuisine: The Journey to Healing and Hope

Located in the heart of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, Aleppo Cuisine is a social
enterprise established in 2018 by the Aleppo NGO.  The promising enterprise aims to
empower Syrian refugee women and help them secure a steady income after they lost
everything in the bloody, open-ended war in Syria.  Its menu features a lengthy,
scrumptious list of Aleppine delicacies.

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