Homemade Bread

Friday, April 3, 2020

If nothing else, I m gonna become a better cook in isolation. I made this super easy, no knead bread and it was delicious. Few things, longer the dough sits, more it will rise.
Here is what you need:
2 cups flour
‪1/2 teaspoon salt
‪1 teaspoon yeast (I use the fresh stuff)
‪1 1/2 cups warm water.

How to make it:
‪Mix well all ingredientes. Let sit for an hour.
‪Bake at 375 for 40 min.
‪Enjoy 


My Travel Bucket List

Thursday, April 2, 2020

2020, thus far, has been interesting to say the least. I'm day dreaming of travel, warmer weather and being able to finally go outside. For me, the more places I go to, the more places I add to my bucket list... from white sandy beaches, to vibrant cities or places off the beaten path. 
Here is the list of places I want to visit:
Bali, Indonesia
For: Stunning beaches, parties, pectacular canyons, waterfalls, sea temples and caves.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
For: amazing food, awesome live music and memorable adventures.

Marrakech, Morocco
For: Markets filled with goods and merchandise such as craftwork, ornaments, jewellery, beautiful fabrics, culture, and food.

Botswana, Southern Africa
For: Wildlife, culture and safaris.

Napa Valley, California
For: Gorgeous views, wine, delicious food and hundreds of hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region.

Santorini, Greece
For: The panoramic views of the island and the sea and a wonderful authentic flavor, the village streets of Santorini are bright white and blue, with pops of pink bougainvillea flowers - just like a dream. 

What's on your travel bucket list?

OOTD - WFH Style

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

While working from home I have still been trying to dress up, wake up at the same time I normally would for work and be productive. Having a routine and looking half human has helped me with dealing with anxiety.





jacket: H&M
sweater: Zara
shoes: Valentino
jeans: Levis

Relationship Mistakes to Avoid and 3 Pieces of Advice

What is the best relationship advice you have ever received? Regardless if you are in a long term relationship or just dating things can tricky. Most relationships come with some challenges and some red flags, you hopefully pick up before it’s too late. Hopefully most of us walk away from big issues like, verbal or physical abuse; and in other cases learn to recognize the small things and make improvements from there since all relationships involve learning and growing.

Today we are sharing what is the best relationship advice we ever got and one big relationship mistake to avoid.  So here are three tidbits of what we have learned from our relationships:



Zahra:

No one is perfect, but you should find the person whose imperfections are perfectly acceptable to you.
Don't let things go in the beginning stages of the relationship, because once you set an expectation it won't change. E.g. if you love Valentine's Day then let that be known from the beginning and don't be okay with it if he does nothing because then he will never do anything.

Amy:
My mom once said – 6 months is the time frame when the "real person" comes out. If there's an act or extra things the person is doing to impress you, on average, 6 months is when the person you are actually starts to really show. There was only one person that remained the same for our entire relationship and it was well over 6 months.
Avoid going through your partners phone or computer history. It becomes a habit and breeds mistrust. If you think it's something you NEED to do, you aren't in a relationship with a foundation of trust and probably won't work anyways.

Nermisa:
Never go to bed mad. Everyone has fights and disagreements; talk it out and resolve it before you go to bed.
Never go into a relationship expecting anyone to change; trying to change the other person doesn't work. Take a step back and look at why you fell in love/like with this person in the first place. Everyone is different, and unique and as tempting as it might be, if you try and change anyone to be different, it will only cause friction.
What is the best advise regarding relationships you ever got? We'd love to hear from you.

OOTD - Canadian Tuxedo

Monday, March 30, 2020

Sometimes Canadian tuxedo aka denim on denim has a bad rap (might be that head to toe JT denim, who knows) but I personally like it. I think a good way to do a Canadian Tuxedo is to opting for a denim skirt over denim pants, and break it up with a t-shirt.





skirt: Levis
jacket: Levis
shirt: Vintage (well borrowed)
shoes: Just Fab

Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last month, I had an opportunity to get out to Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa with my parents and let me tell you - this was a Spa experience like no other. The resort is set on the beach overlooking Lake Manitou, and this tranquil spa resort is a great place to get away, especially during the winter months.
The spa is comprised of 3 indoor heated pools  - that are filled with minerals and rumored to have healing qualities. All the minerals and composition of the pools make the water green (like really green!). The pool mineral concentration of the Manitou Springs Mineral Spa are so unique that you cannot sink - they are created with one thing in mind, for you to float your stress and worries away. There are three pools ranging from cold, warm and hot - but don't worry the "cold" pool is set to balmy 34C (93F).
The routine is (well at least ours was) cold - warm - hot - rest - and repeat. That might sound like the motto of another Spa but we found that to be the best way for ultimate relaxation. All around the pools are surrounded by chairs and loungers, and have lifeguards.
The resort itself has hotel rooms, cabin style rooms, and rooms with kitchenettes - all at different levels - from basic to something a little more fancy. We originally booked a kitchenette, one bedroom suit but decided to switch to a regular guest room. In my opinion, especially if you are staying during dead of winter (like -29 to -39 like we were) I would recommend the hotel so you don't have to leave or be outside at any point. Plus the internet connection is much better in the main hotel. (not that you need that but if you are there for work and your laptop is your life line, it makes all the difference). The staff was really nice and accommodating and the hotel was clean.
The hotel offers breakfast and it was pretty good. There is a restaurant and a cafe inside the hotel so you don't have to travel far. We had lunch at the cafe daily and all the food we tried was delicious - and they have the best icecream ever! The restaurant is fabulous - friendly waiters and waitresses, food was delicious and its priced well.
During the summer there is few other places that looked interesting and with delicious menus but because we were there mid January those were not open.
I took TON of photos as one does - so here is few more shots: 











Have you been to Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa?

Sheet Pan Baked Calamari

Thursday, March 26, 2020

If self isolation has taught me is that I cook way more and eat way more when at home. I was Pinterest searching for healthier recipes and stumbled upon this one - turned out delicious. According to my food critic brother this gets 7.5 out of 10, because it would taste better deep fried.
What you will need:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pound calamari 
  • vegeta
How to make it:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, add egg and whisk together with 2 tablespoons of water until frothy.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, cayenne pepper, ovegeta and salt until combined.
  • One at a time, dip the calamari rings in the egg wash, then immediately transfer to the almond flour mixture, coating generously.
  • Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.




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