Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Beautiful Day Cruising Outside Kemer


For most of our days during our getaway to Kemer, in Turkey, we spent them in the Clubmed. Well, I don’t know how familiar you are with the concept of the Clubmed—it is a network of beach resorts and all-inclusive vacations found in many parts of the world. Basically, you have rooms alike the ones of  beach hotels, free food access all day and night, and lots of free activities including water-ski, paddle, and archery to name a few. (I will explain all about Clubmed Kemer with further details in the next post).
That day we had decided to leave the Clubmed and go for an excursion on a boat and visit the ancient city of Phaselis, which actually means “bean”, or “Fassolya” in Arabic, due to its geographical shape. Once we arrived on site, a Turkish guide who spoke perfectly well French told us about the story of Phaselis, how it rose during the Ottoman Empire and then got forgotten afterwards at its end.
Although the trip was not worth it and there were better things to do in the Clubmed, I managed to get a tan, have a good read of Paulo Coelho’s new book (one of my favorite authors) and have fun swimming in the creek at the several stops for lunch and dessert.
 Once I came back to the “home of my vacations”, I caught Cino, one of the several photographers a votre service in Kemer for 10 euros the picture, and took a couple of shots to put here on the blog. Later at night, I went to the pool party and made new acquaintances while my original group was out to Aura nightclub. (I did not want to miss a night in Clubmed since we have enough nightclubs back home in Lebanon, and truthfully, I did not regret it at all.)







I was wearing a Sisley fringed mesh beach cover-up, Victoria’s secret pink swimsuit, Havaianas flip flops, Caren Lola customized hat, and Longchamps large Le Pliage bag.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mango Peach and Orange Lassi




The Lassi juice is a popular and traditional drink from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. It is a blend of yogurt and spices or sometimes it is mixed with fruits.
It is the perfect refreshing cooler for a hot day in summer, so I send you a bit of Zen attitude all the way from Turkey, Kemer, as I’m on vacay right now.

You can add more or less yogurt or orange juice for a thicker or thinner beverage. I added the honey for extra sweetness, no need for sugar. One idea I just got, if you want ice in your drink, then, I advise you to turn the orange juice into ice cubes and grind them in the blender along with the fruits!

Don’t think twice to try this recipe, I bet you have plenty of fruits in your fridge this time of the year!—you can also make your own Lassi knowing you have to add orange juice and yogurt.



Serves 2 person

Ingredients:

1 mango peeled and diced
1 mango for decoration
1 peach sliced
1 cup of orange juice
1 cup of yogurt
1 tbsp of honey

Cookware and Cutlery:
A blender or electric mixer
2 tall glasses

Preparation:

Wash all the fruits.
Cut the mango in three parts 1 cm away from the center in order to avoid the pit.
Cut parallel slices into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn the mango cheek and cut another set of parallel slices to make a checkerboard pattern. Turn the scored mango cheek inside out by pushing the skin up from underneath, and scrape the mango chunks off of the skin with a knife.
Slice the peach into small parts and add all the fruits in the blender with the orange juice. Add the yogurt.
Tip for decoration: You can add a strawberry and a piece of peach on the rim of the glass!









Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chocolate Fondant baked in the microwave




Hello guys! Today I am going to introduce you to a very exciting recipe because I am sure that it is one you all love and it is super easy because we’re using the microwave to bake! And it does actually work—with no mess, promise!
However, the thing that you have to keep in mind is that the cooking time in the microwave varies depending on the microwave and the size of the recipient you’re using, (it could be a ramekin so you would need around 1:30 and it could be a mug so you’re adding more of the cake batter and I expect the baking time to be around 2:30). Look, the best thing you can do is cook for this minimum required time and check the fondant with a toothpick  and decide whether you want to leave it in the microwave for more, (but I feel that it will be more than enough).
5 minutes at most, that’s all it takes to make this chocolate fondant (No need to use an electric mixer for this quantity)! To try any time during the day!

Makes 4 cakes or 2 mugs

Ingredients:
100g baking chocolate
100g butter
2 eggs + 1 tsp vinegar + one pinch of salt
½ cup or 100g sugar
3 tbsp flour

Cookware and Cutlery:
A bowl
A microwave
Recipient to serve and bake the fondant

Preparation:

1- Melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave for about 1minute.
2- Whisk together in a bowl the eggs, the vinegar, and the salt. Add the sugar and mix well.
3- Combine the two mixtures and mix well until it becomes homogeneous.
4- Add the flour at once and mix well.
5- Serve the batter in small ramekins or mugs
6- Put in microwave for about 2 minutes depending on the size of your recipient.
7- Serve hot with an ice cream scoop or whipped cream and strawberries!









Sunday, August 17, 2014

14th of August in Faraya



The exhibitions at both Faqra and Faraya are closing tonight so this is your last chance today to have a look there! I am going up again now to have lunch with my family there at People in Faqra Club—all the other places were fully booked, except Igloo, but we had lunch there on Friday (I’ll tell you about it soon).
Thusday 14th of August was really a beautiful day, my friends and I hung out at the exhibition of Jardin du Mzar in Faraya and I ate the best Kechek Mankouchi on Saj ever at “Saj'na”. When I saw they were also there the other night, just like the previous year, I  came up to them and praised them warmly—they were glad. I bought a few rings from the many stands of accessories there was. And I also took interest on a lot of smart products I have never heard about before.
We went back to Faqra Club around 5 to 6pm to attend the beautiful mass for the occasion, which was held in the huge garden right in front the church. After that, we were invited to a big dinner in Nour’s house, where the dinner was stations of drinks, mini mankouchi as appetizers, hotdog, beef and chicken Shawarma, Crepes, and Halewet el Jeben. The night followed in the ski slopes of Faraya Mzar, where a Decadence party was held and curated by Mix Fm radio—at 3am barely any people had left the place yet. We concluded our night with an early breakfast “chez Rodolfe” in Faraya village to satisfy our late night cravings, just like the night before.
I was wearing a Flower fringed Kimono and black cropped top from Topshop, shorts from Rag & Bone, Prada denim loafers, and Chloe Paraty bag (that never leaves me anymore, in fact).



My Kecheck Mankouchi in the making





The first teenage relating TV serie on Lebanese TV into a clutch. The name of the show translates to "Beautiful and liar" in English.

My favorite juicing station on Sodeco in Jardin du Mzar!


Honey tasting of "Miel du chardon". It was a delight.

Very smart strip to hold you bag and avoid it from falling when driving.


Cheeky.


Avant-gardiste outfits for kids.


Kinamania, link here.
Fell in love with these Spanish-inspired, real leather, and fancy embroidered shoes


Spanish heritage embroidery.
I bought the gold-plated spiral ring, (and I made it looser).


My love for accessories was revived by Auraheadpieces.








The crowd in the mass.