Office Parties

  After nearly 5 (!!!!!!) years in Saudi, I have come to appreciate many things about the culture. The food, the music, the traditional dress… and the attention to detail regarding parties and gatherings. If I am being honest, I didn’t always appreciate this.  My sisters-in-law used to drive me insane with how carefully and…

Ocean Blue, Jeddah

  Every time we go to Jeddah, it seems we end up going to the same restaurant: Ocean Blue. It is an American style restaurant located on the beach and beside the aquarium. Do we go there because the food is delicious? No. Quite frankly the food is mediocre at best… We go there because…

Ramadan Traditions

  Every year for Ramadan, I prepare a food for my family called pepperoni rolls. This is important to me, as I am Appalachian. Pepperoni rolls are the WV state food, and they are found in some states throughout Appalachia. Since I am living outside of my country and outside of my culture, it is…

The Black Seed

Being that I now live in Middle East, I have access to a whole world of spices and cuisines I may not have been able to find back home. The great thing about Saudi Arabia is that it is a giant melting pot for so many different cultures, so tons of foods and spices are…

Nothing New

So we are currently on what feels like day 93034 of quarantine, although I know I am being a bit dramatic. To be fair though, I haven’t been to work since December as I was heavily pregnant, so it feels a lot longer than it has been. It’s Ramadan, which I’m sure is no surprise….

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…

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….

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…

chocoffee

One thing I learned about living in Saudi is that food plays a central role in everyone’s life here. Every week I collect so many chocolates and candies from students as sweet as the goodies they give me. It is common for my colleagues to knock on my office door with fresh baked goods. Saudis…

Choklava

The other day while walking around the mall with my husband, he got a craving for something sweet. While standing in line and waiting for him to buy some desserts, I happened to spy something I’ve never seen before- chocolate baklava. I’m usually not a huge fan of sweet foods like baklava, but I do…

My Obsession

When I lived in Qassim, it was just one giant food fest all the time. While I got to try lots of new, interesting snacks, one stood out to me more than the others: Rollanti Ronce Rocky Road. I’ll admit, it’s a bit ugly to look at, (so much so that when I took it…