Thai food is among the spiciest in the world. Hot peppers raise your metabolism, but the real benefit of food with a little zing is that it slows your eating, says James Hill, PhD, past president of the American Society for Nutrition. 'Americans eat too fast,' he says. 'By the time your body signals that it's full, you've overeaten. Eating slower is a good weight-loss strategy, and making food spicier is an easy way to do it.'
Ok then why when we mix ma3bouch (chilli paste) with our Machbous we eat twice the portion we usually do??? Anyone knows why?
A week ago I got a call from Laudree wanting to deliver a package for me. I found out the package was their Espahan & Divine cake but it got delivered to the wrong house. I really appreciate their thought and it wasn't a big deal and I assured them of it.
Yesterday I got a call from them and they had another package they wanted to drop by. This time I got it.
Thank you Laudree… really you didn't have to.
Now when I got the bag, the first thing I noticed was the pastel green paper bag. Reminded me of the paper bags we got from our Boulanger, back then when I lived in Paris, same quality and same texture. I was thrown back in time! The early mornings when two paper bags were delivered to our home filled with warm buttery croissants and other yummy pastries just out of the oven.
La belle vie!
Back to the present!
I opened the bag, it was filled with four mini sample pastries, two croissants, one plain the other with walnut paste, one pain au chocolat, and one sugar bun. The aroma hit me right away and I wanted to have a bite from each! Even when I wasn’t feeling hungry! You think I'd share??? No! I ate them all by myself like a little thief ;p
Encore Merci Laudree, and I will definitely pass by to give your menu a try.
I enjoyed my first visit to Baking Tray that I wanted to give it a second try. I was feeling guilty that the boys didn't enjoy their Christmas break, being stuck at home, but I know the boys enjoy good food. This time we were joined by my sister.
As usually we were early. The staff were cleaning and prepping when we walked in, but were welcoming.
We placed our orders for a Mushroom Omelet (for the boys), Turkey Omelet (for me) French Toast (for my sister). Hot chocolates for my sister and the boys, Ice tea for me.
The food was superb! I loved my omelet. I'm craving it now as I'm writing about it at this moment. The Ice tea was amazing! I loved it! The boys enjoyed their food so much and so did my sister. I tried the French toast, it was very good but I felt the portion was too much.
Of course we left with two dozens of their famous yummy cookies :) or our visit to BT wont be complete ;)
Now I want to try their homeslice. What do you recommend? ;)
Again I haven't been posting much because I just don't have the time to do so. I doubt you want me to post about food, movies and books the whole time because that is what I've been doing lately in my free time.
I have been super busy… we're coming up with new stuff for Gelato Italiano inshallah :) There were times when I sit behind my computer and start venting…but after cooling off I just delete it. There is some light venting in this post, so I hope it isn't too much for you ;p
I want to Thank everyone who invited me to attend some recent events. For the time being I do not attend anything. As I've mentioned before, my grandmother has passed away and I don’t attend events. But Thank you so much for the invites and don't lose hope in me, soon I'll be attending ;)
You're driving your friend in your nondescript house car, and your so called friend tells you… "Shino she3oorich w entay kintay terkbeen a'3la alsayarat and the latest models and now you drive this car?" Of course it was said not in a joking way. The intention was to hurt and humiliate. "First, since I owned every car you can imagine it doesn't make a difference what I drive. Second… I already ordered the car so and so and it is on its way." The so called friend's face turns in every color and shade you can imagine. Intention to hurt and humiliate failed!
Well you wonder what kind of friends I surround myself with. Thank God this didn't happen to me but to a close friend I know and she called to tell me and laughing about the whole situation. I think my friend was too nice with this person. But she is a nice person.
"Laish ma zaifaitiha w wagaftiha 3an 7adha?" I was incensed. It isn’t the first time something of that sort happens to my friend with this person. "Why didn't you banged it in her head that appearances doesn't matter to you?" I shake my head giving up wanting so much to be in my friends place, "ili 6ool 3omrah 3aish bkhair w ne3ma ma te'3era almatha'her w tafahat. Bil3aks, nefra7 for a person if she got something nice for herself, w entmana kil 5air lha. Laken ili 3aina thayja allah ye3eena 3ala 3omera"
I do understand jealousy and envy. It is a natural emotion to every being, but to feel jealousy to this extent this person feels it… it is sickness allah yekafena sharaha!!! W allah ye3eenah 3ala 3omerha! Chanzain te6ee7 bilsani.
Shino sh3orkom etha in76aito bil mawqif nafsa? What would your reply be?
I hope she reads this…
Living in Denial
My word is law in the household. What I decree is accepted without argument…well what can I say I'm a tyrant. Since September I've noticed my boy was growing almost as tall as I am and I had to shop for him in the mens section. For the first time I felt helpless and clueless. My mind can't digest my little baby is now wearing size Small from the men's section! I honestly almost started crying! The sales person saw the expression on my face and volunteered to help me. Yes I am in denial.
It didn't stop with only size of his clothes. He has opinions now and starts questioning me at everything. He wants to do what he thinks is right. At first I tried to resist, he is still a child, but then I had to remind myself that he is growing up whether I like it or not and he is at this stage where his character as the man he is going to be is forming, and my job is to guide him, and besides I'm starting to really enjoy saying "I told you so!" whenever he is wrong ;p I even have to remind Fahad, who is very old school when it comes to raising children, that he has to listen to what Abdulaziz has to say and let him voice his opinion.
Few days ago he resisted to have either I or the house keeper to go with him to fix his computer at AlRehab mall... and we all know alshkal al7ilwa there.
"I'm old enough to take care of myself!" He protests
I took a deep breath. Please calm down. I wanted so much to hold him and wrap him in his baby blanket and not let him go. But I did, and I had to trust Karam (the driver) to keep an eye on him.
It is difficult.
Well that's it...atmana ini ma thagalt 3alaikom ;p
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room... until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large - Professor Moriarty - and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.
Holmes' investigation into Moriarty's plot becomes ever more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London and across Europe, to France, Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction - all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
I Loved it! I haven't laughed so hard in such a long time. I love Robert Downey Jr.... He is amazing and fun and I just can't get enough of him. The movie is one of those movies you'll watch over and over and never get bored off.
I highly recommend you watch it ;)
and hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
I loved! Yes! Loved! Robert Downey Jr. hair in the movie...
Today while grocery shopping I've noticed a number of people shopping for low in fat and calorie foods. I guess these people want to start the year with a "Bang!" by making healthy choices and dieting.
I couldn't help smiling remembering my failure last year in not sticking to any of my resolutions. I was very bad at it.
I don't have any resolutions this year. I do have plans, but I'm going to take it one day at a time. No pressure.
I wish them all the success and hope they'll attain their goals.
So...What is your New Year's resolution? Come on share! ;)