Ramadhan

Ramadhan is a sacred month of fasting observed by Muslims the world over.

It is a period of increased religious devotion and deep spiritual reflection and contemplation; of self-restraint and self-control over physical appetites. A time during which we strive to guard ourselves against sin and sinful actions while increasing our performance of good deeds. An opportunity to reboot our lives and apply ourselves to consistency and timeliness in our prayers and reading of the Quran.

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Rome – Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

I woke up on my first Saturday in Italy, excited at the thought of the Taste of Testaccio food tour later that morning.

Having read about the Eating Italy Taste of Testaccio food tour, I hoped that it would be a good way to ease back into Italian cuisine as well as visiting a residential neighbourhood to see Italian artisanal food producers at work.

It was the first of my excursions during my short stay in Rome. For more ideas on how to make the most of a short stay in Rome please click here.

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Rome – How to make the most of a short stay

My best advice for a visit to Rome is how to make the most of a short stay. More than any of the other cities I visited in Italy, the regional and foreign visitors to Rome appeared almost manic in their desire to see and do everything in the few days that they were there.

If there is one thing I can assure you of, it is that even with my Top Travel Tips, a 48 or even 72 hour stopover would not even scratch the surface of what the Eternal City has to offer.

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Moist blueberry muffins

I have loved moist blueberry muffins since the very first time my mother brought home a pack from the food market of a department store that she loved to shop at.

My search for the perfectly moist blueberry muffin started after tasting a tough and tasteless excuse at a bakery shop in Mall of the Emirates. At first nothing tickled my fancy, until I noticed the perfectly domed blueberry muffins peaking at me from the second shelf of the display.

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Almond and Coconut bread

I love bread, any type of bread and this Almond and Coconut bread satisfies the bread lover in me, almost as much as a slice fresh and still warm home baked white wheat flour yeasted bread, spread with farmhouse butter and fig jam.

When I discovered in November 2014 that I may have a gluten sensitivity that results in an inflammatory response and joint pain, I was one very devastated bread lover.

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