Category Archives: Food

When the apricots bloom

There’s a saying in Egypt -“bukra fil mish-mish” بكرة في المشمش Literally it means “when the apricots bloom,” but people say it to mean “never.” Sort of like “when pigs fly.”  That’s because in Egypt apricots (mish-mish) have a very … Continue reading

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High tea

I wanted to visit a tea plantation while we were in India. Darjeeling and Assam are famous for their teas, but those places are both in the far northeast, too distant for this trip. Within India, though, the south is also known for its tea. … Continue reading

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The Elephant Café

I almost didn’t go to the Elephant Café. When Kim first suggested it, it didn’t sound like anything I’d want to do. Pet the elephants, then have dinner at the elephant place. It was crazy expensive and sounded like a classic tourist … Continue reading

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Dinner train

We’re back Zambia again, where we’ve checked in again at the homey ZigZag lodge on the edge of Livingstone. Right across the street from the lodge compound we can see these beautifully restored passenger train cars. This is the Royal Livingstone Express … Continue reading

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Fortified

What beverage did Andreas and I learn to appreciate while we were on holiday? I’ll give you a hint. We were in Portugal. In a city called Porto. Yes, you got it. Within the EU, only fortified wine from this … Continue reading

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Porto

Tucked away like it is on the far side of the Iberian peninsula, Portugal was one the few western European countries that neither Andreas nor I had ever been to. It sounded like a fun end-of-summer stopover before we had to get home … Continue reading

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Back in the USA

Andreas had already been in LA for ten days when Alekka and I arrived from London. We were sorry to have missed the mnemosio service that he and his brothers held for their mother at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox church last week. Happily, though, … Continue reading

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Brigade de cuisine

Over spring break and again at the beginning of her summer holidays this year Alekka volunteered at the refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk. She suggested we go there and help out for a few days on our way to … Continue reading

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Calais again

The automated ticket machine offered interesting choices for our overnight train journey to France. While I would describe us as adventurous, we do have our limits. Alekka and I opted for the regular couchette for 6 women in expectation of a quiet night. It … Continue reading

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What we ate

We love the art, we love the little streets, we love the beautiful people, we love the language. But truth be told, the best thing about Italy just might be the food. I know you all want to see what … Continue reading

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