May 8, 2019

 WHY YOU SHOULD GO:

-IT'S SPECTACULAR: The Festival of the Golden Stool is a massive spectacle held in Kumasi, Ghana to celebrate the Asante Kingdom, the King of the Asante and the Ashanti people.

-THERE'S MAGIC: The Festival dates to 1700 when legend hold...

May 2, 2019

Mushroom are one of those foods that are loathed and loved in equal proportions. I, myself, am a lover, an ardent admirer, a jealous hoarder and a secret eater of a mushrooms. In my constant quest to be a little less environmentally destructive, mushrooms are my go-to...

February 9, 2019

I love laab (or larb or lahb or laap). The fatty meat cut with tangy dressing, fresh herbs and a good shock of spice can warm you up on a cold night or offer a refreshing bite on those hot and heady days of summer. It’s a salad for people who don’t like salads. More he...

December 18, 2018

Is it really better to give than to receive? At the end of the day, don't we give to make ourselves feel better about ourselves? Isn't the best gift we can give the joy of letting someone else feel good about getting us exactly what we want? So I'm giving you that gift...

December 11, 2018

I love homemade gifts. As a child, I was an absolute master of the homemade present. I mean, weren't we all the mini-Picassos bestowing masterworks on our parent's refrigerators, petite potters sculpting lumpy mugs emblazoned with "World's Best Whatever," baby bakers w...

December 11, 2018

Every year I pick out ornaments for everyone who is going to be at my house Christmas morning. There is always some kind of theme and they are usually personalized to each guest. For the past few years, in a bid for expediency in completing my pre-Christmas "to-do" lis...

December 9, 2018

Pomanders were a big part of the holiday season for me as a kid. These clove studded oranges found their origin in the French Pomme d'Ambre of the 13th century. Originally made of solid perfume like ambergris or civet, these balls were worn, carried or set in vases to...

December 4, 2018

I've spent a few family Christmases in Europe and one of the great joys of a European Christmas is the Christkindlesmarkt. Strung out across the continent like glittery Christmas tree lights, these markets pop up every year in major cities and small towns bringing hand...

December 2, 2018

Part of my bid for a more fulfilling Christmas this year includes more holiday baking along with more homemade gifts, learning Christmas songs on the piano, doing some volunteering and, if there's time, more time for myself (oh, the holidays are rife with irony).

This m...

December 2, 2018

Every year we try to get on top of Christmas, but Christmas inevitably tops us! With anxious stalking of the UPS man; frantic runs to the store on December 24th; dozens of cookies left unbaked; multiple holiday recipes left untried; and Christmas cards mailed out in Ja...

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