Coconut Iced Tea – American Life

Coconut Iced Tea

I’ve adapted to life in America pretty well, I think. I’ve got the hang of honey mustard now, after 3 years of deliberate assimilation. I see that value in root beer floats. I understand the fuss about s’mores. Sure, the biscuits leave a lot to be desired, and, how many times, you can’t make tea by bringing me a cup of warm water and a tea bag in a packet, but generally, I do ok.

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Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

Don’t knock ’em till you’ve tried ’em.

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Melon Margaritas and perspective.

Melon Margarita

Back from the NYU Abu Dhabi Physics Department for the summer, my friend Ingyin had several priorities for our Saturday. Dress shopping. Manicure. Brunch. Not necessarily in that order.

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Cold noodle salad – summer dresses and other obsessions

Cold Sesame Noodles

As the weather heats up in NYC I turn to the internet – dangerous start – to order summer dresses from websites – bad idea – with the vague intent that if they’re not absolutely perfect, I promise I’ll send them back – not going to happen. Good for ModCloth, not so good for HSBC.

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Chocolate Cherry Flapjacks – in case of emergency

Flapjack With Chocolate And Cherries

I recently moved desks at work. It was part of a general reshuffle ahead of plans to re-carpet our floor. I opened my new file draw to put away part of my spawning under-desk shoe collection and I found it: Continue reading

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Grapefruit coolers and Burlesque

Grapefruit Cooler

The SlapFight sketch show after party was held in the Comedy Bar, where Scott had managed to secure a drinks deal. There we all were, patting ourselves on the back for another show accomplished, plus laughs, minus tumble weed, when Jon noticed a woman with nothing between herself and the bar stool but a g-string. “That’s odd,” he said.

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Lamb Shanks in Rose, for Game of Thrones Viewing Parties.

Lamb Tagine

Game of Thrones is a Big Deal in the Knowles/Roberts household, partly because, obviously, all the awesome sex and violence and dragons, but also because Jon drew a series of maps to illustrate the books, so we feel very invested in the world and its fortunes.

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Date Cake from Basta Art Cafe in Dubai

Date Cake

Dubai, it turns out, it famous for dates. Every souk we wandered into, every shopping mall we navigated, was dotted with date shops catering to every budget and taste – from mountains of dried fruit piled in baskets scooped into paper bags, to gorgeously wrapped jewel boxes stuffed with stuffed dates.

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Gold Topped Cosmos

Gold Cosmo

The UAE is a country of contrasts. Souks and Supermalls. Camel Markets and Ferrari World. Desert and Skiing. Jon was working at NYU Abu Dhabi and I was along for the holiday ride. Continue reading

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Soda Streaming and rhubarb soda / rhubarb gin and tonics

Rhubarb

The stars aligned last weekend. 2 separate ideas coming together to shape the inevitable future.

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