Our favorite Ramadan books

Ramadan is the perfect time to introduce little kids to this Holy month and to help older kids increase their knowledge about Islam and its history. I always hide the Ramadan books and bring them out just before Ramadan begins and the kids eagerly wait to read them. Our book collection has grown over the…

Muslim Exhibit at the Please Touch Museum

Hello, everyone!! ❤️ You can see how happy I am to see the traditional Pakistani truck with its vibrant art. This is up for display at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia at their America to Zanzibar – Muslim cultures near and far exhibit. This amazing exhibit was originally developed by the Children’s Museum of…

Kabsa- A Saudi Chicken and Rice dish

It’s amazing how certain foods, their smells or tastes, can evoke an intense feeling of nostalgia. Maybe it’s because food has always been an integral part of everyone’s childhood. Especially food prepared by our grandmothers, moms or aunts. No matter how hard we try, we can never replicate the same taste. Sigh! 🙁 Anyone that…

When my sister visits…

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. -Marion C. Garretty 2018 ended on a happy note for me! This was because of all the fun and excitement of my sister’s visit from Denver with her beautiful family. ❤️ Whenever my sister visits, time goes by way too fast. There…

The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri- Book review

My Rating – 4/5 “Whenever he is discouraged, I tell him that if I can survive on three continents, then there is no obstacle he cannot conquer. While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years. I know that my achievement is…

Spaghetti with Meatballs

It’s always hard planning weeknight dinners. I nearly always have a set menu for the weekends- Friday’s are Biryani days, Saturday mornings are pancakes & evenings are pizza & movie night, Sunday mornings are paratha anda and evenings are leftover Biryani. Simple! But come Monday and I face the inevitable question of what to cook…

Traditional Halwa Puri Brunch Party!

Aik garam chai ki piyali ho, Saath mey halwa, puri aur tarkaari ho… Wish I had a cup of tea along with halwa, puri and tarkaari – translation of my own Urdu quote above in English. 😂 Halwa Puri – the greatest of all breakfast meals in Karachi, Pakistan – is almost always reserved for…

My favorite Shampoo & Conditioner!

I have naturally curly hair. They have a mind of their own and twist into loose or tightly coiled ringlets depending on their mood. Growing up my mother always made sure my hair was in a short bob till I reached High School. She figured it was easier to manage especially with the heat in…

Toosso – Restaurant review

My husband tells me that I should invent a Chicken Tikka index as a way to gauge the best restaurant with the most delicious Chicken Tikka in the world! This suggestion is due to my love for Chicken Tikka and it being my MOST favorite food in the world! Heck, if I had nothing but…

Beat the heat with “Lassi”

Philadelphia is in the grasp of a seemingly never ending heat wave. With a high of 97F which feels like 108F 🤯, the only options are to remain indoors or lounge in the pool! As I was walking the kids back from their school, the only thing that kept me moving were these glasses of…