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A crown for the winner!

Paris, Travel By January 7, 2016 4 Comments

After Christmas and New Year comes the Epiphany and its famous “Galette des rois”! People who live in France and Belgium are familiar with the tradition. If you are new to the area, you will be surprised to see all the pastry shops and bakeries invaded by these round, flat “galettes” made of puff pastry. They are presented with a golden crown made of cardboard, which is used to crown the “king” (or queen) who finds the “fève” – the lucky charm in his or her share of the cake.

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Moussaka’a from Lebanon!

Cooking a la Dina By December 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

It sounds like the Greek dish Moussaka but it’s not quite the same. For sure both have eggplants but the Lebanese Moussaka’a is a vegetarian dish based on eggplant, chickpeas, tomato, mint, and olive oil. I don’t add any other herbs or spices because I like the taste of the eggplant and chickpeas to dominate in the mouth with a slight touch of tomato and mint.

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Strasbourg Christmas Market 2015 – Part 2

Travel By December 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The Christmas market in Strasbourg is the oldest and most famous market in the world; it’s been around since 1570! 300 wooden chalets are spread out all over the old city, mainly around the magnificent cathedral selling all kinds of Christmas decorations, drinks, and food.

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