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How to travel a thousand miles without getting on a plane

How to travel a thousand miles without getting on a plane

What if you could travel a thousand miles to foreign, mystical lands in 2 hours without moving from your seat? Would you do it? Last night I attended a concert by Niyaz, based in Montreal by Iranian born vocalist/composer Azam Ali, and multi-instrumentalist composer Loga Ramin Torkian. The band represents everything I adore and genuinely believe in. Aside from representing a story of blended Eastern and Western cultures similar to mine, they have surrounded themselves with multi-cultural and talented musicians…

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Quick tips to improve your GF dining out experience

Quick tips to improve your GF dining out experience

Printable Guide to GF dining out     General tips/ questions – Research and call the restaurant ahead of time- Avoid rush hours if you can – Be POLITE and always notify your waiter of your condition. If waiter doesn’t seem knowledgeable ask to speak to a manager. -Is there a dedicated area where the gluten free foods are prepared? -Also ask if separate kitchenware is used to prepare the gluten free meals or if the dishes used are thoroughly…

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Want to sample the World in 3 days? Visit Toronto!

Want to sample the World in 3 days? Visit Toronto!

What are your first thoughts when you hear “Canada”? Funny accent, cold weather and bears used to be what came to my mind. But as I grew older and wiser, I now associate Canada with friendly people, breathtaking landscapes, diversity and really good wines. I visited Toronto on a solo trip a few years back, long  before I started this blog (highly recommended destination if you are looking to do your first “safe” solo female trip), and was struck by the diversity of…

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5 reasons to attend the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo:

5 reasons to attend the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo:

Did you just find out that you have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? Or have you already mastered the art of living gluten free successfully? No matter where you stand on the subject, there is always something new to learn, whether it’s how to convert your favorite recipes to gluten free ones, or discover new healthy foods to satisfy your busy and gluten free lifestyle. I had to switch to a gluten free lifestyle 2 years ago, and the Gluten Free…

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Chaharshanbeh suri – The Persian Festival of Fire

Chaharshanbeh suri – The Persian Festival of Fire

One of my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E Norooz related celebrations is “Chaharshanbeh suri”, literally, the “Eve of the Red Wednesday. I personally refer to it as Fire jumping night. On the last Wednesday eve before the New Year, people get together to share foods that are traditional to that night, and lit bonfires and jump over them chanting “Zardi –e -man az to, Sorkhi-e- to az man”, which means you’re asking the fire to give you its strength and energy for the coming year,…

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Sofreh-e Haft Sinn

Sofreh-e Haft Sinn

Every year in March, Iranians and other nationalities celebrating Norooz prepare a Sofreh-e Haft Sin (clothes of 7 dishes) that they will keep until the 13th day after Norooz (Sizdeh Bedar). I usually set mine up on the same day as the “Samanoo Pazoon“ tradition, which puts me in the right mindset for the first of many New Year related celebrations. “Sinn” in Farsi stands for the letter “S”, and the number 7 has been sacred in Iran since the…

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What if you started the New Year with a wish instead of a resolution?

What if you started the New Year with a wish instead of a resolution?

Who has not made the infamous annual New Year’s resolution only to see it drift away as the weeks went by, and the hype and motivation of the first few weeks of the New Year are behind us? Anyone? For years, I did. And then, I moved to the US where, ironically, I started to celebrate and embrace the traditions associated with my Persian heritage. Persians celebrate New Year (aka Norooz, which literally means “New Day”), on the Spring equinox,…

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Cape Town

Cape Town

Comment décrire un voyage qui ne peut que se vivre? Moi qui aime la diversité et expérimenter un maximum d’activités lorsque je voyage, j’ai été servie sur un plateau. L’Afrique du Sud dans sa globalité est une destination aux milles paysages, couleurs, saveurs et sensations.   Cape Town en particulier représente la diversité même, aussi bien au niveau de sa nature riche, combinant océan et montagne et des activités aussi nombreuses qu’intenses, ses marchés colorés toujours animés par de la…

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10 tips to navigate an elimination diet

10 tips to navigate an elimination diet

Elimination diets are no easy task. When I decided to do mine, I had to completely reinvent the wheels of how I grocery shop (switched to organic and grass fed meats only), and of course how and what I cook. I spent a week just preparing my menu, researching recipes online, figuring out where I could go buy the products I needed. It was overwhelming and stressful, and I was SCARED. Scared to be hungry, bored, run out of food,…

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