Another little treasure found at “words bookstore cafe”. This book, which is way more than just a cooking book, offers us a look at a region crippled with stories of struggle and sadness.

It takes you on a journey of two chefs, a Palestinian (Sami Tamimi), and an Israeli (Yotam Ottolenghi). A journey where they build and cross bridges between two cultures that have so much in common culinary wise.

The outstanding recipes and the backdrop of the city of Jerusalem is the very beautiful context of this book.











Finally someone has done it!!!

Bahrain’s first locally farmed, locally grown, and locally sourced restaurant 😀 and I am going to go try it out as soon as I’m done from work!

My Secret Cafe, a project that is supposed to last for the next three months is the brainchild of husband and wife Omer Rana and May Mahmoud. The couple have used the growing momentum of locally farmed and locally grown food wave that has been taking over Bahrain in the last couple months, along with their love for food and knowledge of the local produce market to put together a small yet fresh menu.

From the jalapeno lime fish tortilla to the baby spinach and dates salad, Omar and May’s project is bound to be a success and hopefully a start of a movement that will take the current culinary scene of Bahrain a step up!

If you’re in Bahrain pass by the lovely Bahrain fort and support them!

UPDATE: i got to pass by the little cafe yesterday and got to try their steak and tomato sandwich and their chicken and pepper sandwich and they are everything i had hoped they would be! Fresh, succulent and oozing with delicious flavors, after all that’s what you get from fresh ingredients and a little bit of Love!Today I will go back there to try the “Jalapeno lime fish taco” which May promised will keep aside for me (they were all gone by the time i got there yesterday.

owner and mastermind behind the fresh and delicious little cafe "my secret cafe"

May Mahmood, owner and mastermind extraordinaire behind the fresh and delicious little cafe “my secret cafe”

Bought, Borrowed & Stolen

Just bought a copy of Allegra McEvedy‘s book about her travels as a chef and about her adventures all over the world. The book is awesome in terms of the photography and content and the recipes she presents from each country she visits are simple fresh and easy to prepare.

Now I won’t hide it, I had never heard of her before, and this was a case of “you judge a book by its title”.

Now it did not help that I for once am a kleptomaniac. But, I’m one with a purpose and with standards. I steal (i prefer to say i collect freely) unique and pretty cutlery, and my aim is to be able to host a dinner for 8 with every single piece of cutlery different than the other.
So you can see it wasn’t hard for me to relate to Allegra and her eclectic knife collection.

Here are a couple shots of the book and its content. Check the book out if you ever get the chance.




She even go tot visit Lebanon and go to one of the prettiest little villages “Jezzine” where they still make the traditional Phoenician cutlery (more of a reason to like this book).




My hidden Indian Gem

I won’t tell you where it is, but i can tell you that its nicely tucked away ( just like all great restaurants usually are) in the back alleys of a small busy city in the Persian gulf, and I can tell you that they serve there the best Indian food I’ve ever had out here where I live.



The weekend before the Storm

Jus about to go to bed, I know it’s sad that its 10:30pm but welcome to the life of a high school teacher!!

Just had a very relaxing three day weekend and tried to gather up enough energy to get me through the upcoming week of exams. Now, everyone – who is not a teacher – would think that why would we (teachers) be freaking out during this week, after all were not teaching and the kids are doing all the work! But take my word.. No real teacher would rather sit and correct exams over standing and teaching for a full day.

I hate correcting exams, makes me wanna shoot myself in the head twice. But it also makes me realize how lucky i am not to be working behind a desk all day!

Here’s a couple shots of what went down (into my belly) this weekend..