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Regional Recipe - Esh Asaraya

Esh Asaraya
Esh Asaraya is a sweet, creamy and delicious dessert.  Esh Asaraya is made with sweet pieces of bread that is then smothered in cream, and then is topped with pistachio nuts which adds a nice crunch to each luscious bite. Serves 4 Ingredients • 6 slices of sourdough bread For syrup • 1 cup sugar • 1/2 cup water • 1 tablespoon rose water or a few drops of rose essence For cream • 2 cups cream • 3 tablespoons sugar • 1/2 cup pistachios, crushed Instructions: 1. Remove bread…

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Welcome to Dubai (The Traveler Series) by Omar Tyree

Welcome to Dubai by Omar Tyree
When American Gary Stevens decides to explore the immaculate tourism haven of Dubai in the Middle East, he finds much more than he bargained for. Plans for a peaceful and harmless visit to the exotic land of seven-star hotels, international culture, food and shopping, quickly change when Gary attracts the attention of a beautiful, rebellious and enticing Muslim woman and stumbles into a violent labor revolt triggered by the death of a poor immigrant construction worker, who falls from one of…

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TOP 10 OTHER THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

World's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa
Dubai is all about things to do – from morning until the wee hours. With so many options, here are the Top 10, not to be missed sights, in no particular order… 1/ Burj al Arab Overlooking the Persian Gulf from its perch between Jumeirah Beach and the Palm Islands, this stunning building has wowed architecture buffs since it opened in 1999. Its curved glass façade – modeled after the sails that have graced Dubai’s waterways all these years – shelters a world-class,…

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All About Dubai Expo

Come celebrate Expo in Dubai!
For 170 years, World Expos have provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in today. Dubai Expo will continue that tradition with the latest technology from around the globe. Phones, television, computers even ice-cream made their debuts at past Expos, and astounded those who saw them… Notable Expo reveals: - Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – one of the first mechanical computers – was on display at the 1862 London International…

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Regional Recipe - Mansaf: Jordanian Lamb, Yogurt & Rice Pilaf

Mansaf has been long associated as the national dish of Jordan, and draws upon the country’s strong Bedouin influence that itself is a paramount aspect of Jordan’s national identity. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 pound of lamb on the bone 1 large onion, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, crushed 1 teaspoon whole cloves 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 bay leaves (preferably fresh) 2 small cinnamon sticks 1 tbsp black peppercorns Water (dependent on how wide your…

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Recommended Reading   Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen

Married to a Bedouin
“Where you staying?” the Bedouin asked. “Why you not stay with me tonight - in my cave?” Thus begins Marguerite van Geldermalsen’s story of how a New Zealand-born nurse came to be married to Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin souvenir-seller from the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Marguerite’s light-hearted and guileless observations of the people she comes to love are as heart-warming as they are valuable, charting Bedouin traditions now lost to the…

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Africa Answers Gold List

With 54 countries to choose from, narrowing the field presents a challenge. After a lot of teeth gnashing and changing of minds, here are the places we love, in no particular order … Aswan, Egypt  Agatha Christie loved Aswan so much she set parts of Death on the Nile there and at Aswan’s magnificent Old Cataract Hotel.  Aswan is known for its beautiful Nile Valley scenery, significant archaeological sites and its peaceful aura; even the market is low key.  A day trip to…

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Recommended Reading:  Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Stephanie Thornton

For those who enjoy historical fiction, this is a must read.  Egypt, 1400s BC. The pharaoh’s pampered second daughter, lively, intelligent Hatshepsut, delights in racing her chariot through the marketplace and testing her archery skills in the Nile’s marshlands. But the death of her elder sister, Neferubity, in a gruesome accident arising from Hatshepsut’s games forces her to confront her guilt…and sets her on a profoundly changed course. Hatshepsut enters a loveless…

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Regional Recipe - Rolex

“Rolex” is Rwandan comfort food. The similarity to the luxury watch brand is coincidental: in days gone by, the street vendors who made this treat called out “Rolled Eggs” which, over time morphed into one word: Rolex. The basic Rolex is egg cooked with cabbage, onion, tomato, and sometimes peppers, which is then wrapped in a chapati.  INGREDIENTS FOR ONE  2 eggs  1/4 cup green cabbage (thinly sliced)  1/4 cup tomatoes (seeds removed and finely diced)  1 Tbsp red…

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Recommended Reading   Into Africa by Kerry McDonald

No one had heard from Janet Livingston’s brother in years. The world-famous missionary and explorer had captured the imagination of millions with his book about his travels through the Colonial British Empire… but then he simply vanished. So, when Janet received a cryptic message from Africa, along with a necklace their father gave him, she knew he was still alive and needed her help. But a woman traveling alone to the farthest corners of the Empire was simply out of the question. …

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