Wedding Dress

The worst thing happened to me. My phone gave me the black screen of death. Usually this wouldn’t be a big deal thanks to the cloud, but for some reason they weren’t backed up there. It’s the thing nightmares are made of. Guys, I lost EVERYTHING. All my contacts. All my notes. But worst of…

Best hummus in Saudi Arabia

One of the best ways to find out about good restaurants in Riyadh is by word of mouth. It seems like when you eat somewhere that’s delicious, you tell your friends about it. When my husband’s friends told him about a restaurant called Al Kofeia, a Palenstenian restaurant, he really wanted to go. I wasn’t…

Camel Appreciation Post

Can we please Just take a minute To appreciate How amazing Camels are?   I mean, look at these guys!!!!   Look how stinking cute and friendly How could you not love them?   Salaam, KC

Lugaimat

Hey everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Ramadan so far. If there is one food most people in Saudi eat in Ramadan, it is lugaimat. It seems like every dinner I attend in Ramadan is accompanied by a dessert of lugaimat. Sure, you can find it here and there all year long, but it seems…

Food Lust

It’s Ramadan, which means there is one major thing¬† on everyone’s mind these days… FOOD!   I know most of us, including myself, have been cooking at home a lot more since the COVID outbreak. And, while I am pretty good at cooking, sometimes I really just want to go out and eat something different….

Ramadan Fashion

One of the things I love about Ramadan in the Middle East is how everything become so traditional seemingly overnight. Shops adorn their walls with lanterns and stars, red streamers hanging from the rafters… But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the one thing I love more than the decorations and lugamait is…

The Spoils of Teaching

“Miss, I am going to present about coffee now. Please, let me make you a cup. ” I smile and thank her profusely as she hands me the cup. Secretly, I am dreading it. I hate drinking coffee. It has the most disgusting flavor- bitter, with a strong after taste. Since moving to Saudi Arabia,…

Quarantine Baking

Since we are all practicing social distancing and self-isolation, many people are cooking more and more at home. Sure,¬† restaurants are still open for delivery, but often they are SO busy it is hard to place an order. I personally am using this time to practice my cooking skills. One of my favorite things to…

Girls Only: Inside a Female Only Campus

One thing that often draws foreigners to Saudi Arabia is how secretive everything is. Until recently, there were no visitor visas issued so no tourists came here. Public photography wasn’t legal, so you didn’t see a lot of pictures from here. The culture in itself is also a bit private and secretive, so it’s not…

Columbus Zoo

While my blog is primarily dedicated to my life here in the MENA region, specifically Saudi Arabia where I live, I do frequently travel. I don’t always post about my travels outside KSA because I don’t want to detract away from the main focus of my blog, but this one is too freaking cool not…

Pandemic Party

If you follow me, you probably know that I had a baby recently. The timing was seriously perfect- I would give birth, start my maternity leave, recover for a few weeks, then go back to USA for a while. When my maternity leave ends, it will be Ramadan, then Eid, so I would be able…

Coronaviruses

Right now it seems that the world has been in a state of chaos ever since the Corona virus outbreak. Some countries are doing a great job and handling it well. Other countries seem to be struggling (looking at you, USA). One of the countries that is doing a fantastic job of keeping the number…