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A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

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Arabic Yogurt vs. Greek Yogurt vs. Labaneh

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:21:22 +0000

I’ve been trying really hard to raise my protein intake to 100g per day (so far, I’m finding it impossible), so I’ve been doing tons of googling about high-protein foods. One item that’s always on ANY list is “Greek yogurt”, which really confuses me because when I had yogurt in Greece, its taste, taste, texture, […]

The Cookie Carnival

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:38:38 +0000

You know those moments when you’re just going on with your day and then a memory — no, a memory of a feeling — hits you completely out of the blue. The sweetness of a gingerbread man on TV, a cupcake turned into a dress. Wobbly jello dancers. Heart-shaped lips. I loved that cartoon when […]

Stoic Wisdom

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:41:06 +0000

I’ve always really enjoyed stoic wisdom. Here’s a nice snippet from a post on happiness on LifeHacker: I like to think of life as a drinking glass, and water as the things you want and need in life. Happiness and contentedness—what Seneca calls “enough”—is when your glass is filled to the brim with water. The […]

Greek bougatsa, tamreyeh Nabelseyeh, and identity

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:14:08 +0000

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget just how new borders and nationhoods are. It’s even easier to forget that globalization in our part of the world (the “Old World”) has been around for centuries, if not millennia. We have always lived in a cultural osmosis, with constant seeping of food, words, ideas, costumes, clothes, and almost […]

Why You Should Stop Looking for Stupid, Shocking Twists in Game of Thrones

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:09:07 +0000

What is good writing? Let’s start with the obvious. Good writing has solid character development. It explores important or interesting ideas, and progressively builds an exciting story. It has meaningful and tightly-woven plotlines every page of the way. It’s made up of words and sentences that are sharp and to the point, yet descriptive enough […]

A Recipe for Fried Eggs

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:26:06 +0000

I know, it’s quite random to come back after a long hiatus with a recipe. Or maybe it isn’t that random. The recipe’s keyword is: Sumac. Crack two eggs directly into the pan, and fry until the white is just set but the yolk is still runny, and the edges are browned. Once the eggs […]

How can you doubt climate change?

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:24:19 +0000

Snippets from New York Mag: It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. – Since 1980, the planet has experienced a 50-fold increase […]

Map of Amman from 1956

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:33:34 +0000

Here’s a really cool map from 1956. For more information, head over to Tobzeh. How small the city was.

Black Mirror Sucks. Here’s Why.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:43:23 +0000

First: I love science fiction. I love it much more deeply than most people you’ve met. I love it enough to have systematically read every single book published that has ever won a major sci-fi award (my favorite awards being the Hugos). I’m currently making my way through award nominees. So, when people started talking […]

In case you ever wondered why cartoon characters wear gloves

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:45:02 +0000

To be honest, I never did. But this is really cool, anyways.

Wild Delicacy: Hindbeh

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:08:30 +0000

One of my favorite dishes in the world is hindbeh. Aside from the wonderful flavor, I also love its simplicity: chopped leaves, lightly cooked with onions and lemon sauce, and drenched in olive oil. Yum. Up until a couple of years ago, I never stopped to wonder where the leaves come from. And then I […]

The Peculiarities of Language: ما تنكسني

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:06:45 +0000

Update: My brain totally punked me. Seems the connection between Arabic “Nakas (نَكَّسَ : فعل)” and English “Nix” is nonexistent. Pretty cool that the word means the same thing in three completely different languages! I’ve been subconsciously wondering for a while if the word “Nix” (put an end to; “he nixed the deal just before […]

Intermission: Kale

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:39:17 +0000

Let’s take a small intermission from this hiatus to all meditate together on how kale (in all its foreign, hyped-up, “superfood” non-glory) is the same food as delicious, hard-to-find, celebration-worthy and definitely glorious لخنة نابلسية. Proves over and over again that the Levantine kitchen is among the best kitchens in the world. Where the hell […]

Dear Jordanian Government: Stop Killing Jobs #رخصولنا_كريم

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 07:32:06 +0000

Jordan has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. Yet our government consistently keeps trying to KILL job creation. If you use Careem, you’ll know what I mean. The stories are often the same. “I graduated 2 years ago but still can’t find a job, so I’m trying to make some money […]

Madaya Mom: Brilliant and Sad Comic Book from Marvel

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:10:27 +0000

Take a minute to look at the details of the comic book panel above. The water spills on the tiled floor. The carelessly-uncovered bathroom drain led. The laundry, piled neatly amidst so much squalor. The woman, hand-washing laundry, clinging to what may be the last remnant of normal life, even though hopelessness is clear in […]