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Tasty Tuesday: Hello Halva!

The holidays for me can be bittersweet because I love sweets but the gluten in cakes, pies and cookies really don’t love me back, which is why I love halva. Halva is a traditional fudge from the Middle East.  There are as many versions of this treat that you can think of from areas as diverse as North Africa, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean, as well as, South, Central and West Asia. Some halvas contain wheat flour, rice...

Global Art & Design: Do you…Etsy?

I have an etsy shop. It’s currently empty… but I can say that I am a proud shop owner and I fully intend to stock it with lots of global travel inspired offerings sometime…soon. I love etsy, it’s an awesome website for crafters, artisans and vintage lovers of all kinds to unite together in the world of buying and sellingness. I even have a few circles and manage to connect socially with others artists on the site from time to...

Tasty Tuesday & Tuesday Tunes: Sweet Potato Latkes & Deva Premal

Tuesday Tunes: Deva Premal If you meditate or practice yoga, you’ve probably spent at lot of time listening to the soothing voice of the fantastic Deva Premal. The music of this mantra chanting singer will get you into “the gap” faster than anyone I have ever heard. When you hear the melodious sound of Deva expertly delivering the “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” you may be surprise to find that rather than being a native of Mumbai she was actually born...

Tasty Tuesday and Tuesday Tunes: German Kirschkuchen & B-Tribe

Tuesday Tunes: B-Tribe Today, for me was full of surprises. As I was preparing to write about one of my all-time favorite world music groups, B-Tribe aka The Barcelona Tribe of Soulsters, I was more than a little shocked to find out who these artists really were. This is a group whose music I have enjoyed for over ten years. Their soulful sound is a fusion of flamenco guitar, mellow electronica and ambient grooves. Although, there isn’t one lead singer,...

Winning Wine Wednesday

I don’t know about you, but I love trying new wines; wines from France, Spain, Germany or where ever. What I love even more is testing great international wines at home with friends… or even alone. Some of my favorite places to score great wines on the cheap are World Market, Trader Joe’s and believe it or not, Whole Foods (which is usually dubbed by a good friend “whole paycheck”). The wines at Whole Foods are surprisingly reasonably priced. Today,...

Tasty Tuesday + Tuesday Tunes: Cameroon's Banana Pineapple Salad and Musician Henri Dikongue

I am taking a little liberty and borrowing a couple of great “coined” category titles from two of the blogs that I follow. The first is Tuesday Tunes from lifeintheblueridges and the second is Tasty Tuesday from dangerouslydreaming. I’ll trust them to inform me of any unintentional trademark infringement on my part. TUESDAY TUNES: Henri Dikongue (pronounced “On-ree Dee-kong-ay”), a musician who began playing guitar at the age of five has been called Cameroon’s unofficial global ambassador. Born in Douala...