persian persuasion

The one interesting thing about moving around so much is the spectrum of people you meet. It’s not like we meet the same lot of people over and over again. For instance, in Nashville folk were uber friendly, Chicago people were a little scruffier but nice once you got to know them – like they were trying to act like New Yorkers but deep down they couldn’t fight the urge to be the sweet people they are – and South Florida? Um?…it is very international… and mostly on the elderly end.

Working retail, especially in a “high-end” grocer (loosely quoted), there’s the weirdos who come in for their hemp bread and patchouli, but aside from that, people from different cultures. I’ve gotten to know a wonderful Persian woman, who happens to be vegetarian and a master cook. Perfect that she works at a grocery store that more or less caters to alternative diets, she shops for her vegetables and vegan cheese, which she says is really good.

She has owned her own Persian restaurant, written a cookbook and now… makes food for me. How did I get so lucky?

I went to her house for lunch and left not only tipsy from her wine, but so tummy happy from her food I could’ve floated home.

Samosas, spinach-stuffed filo, saffron rice, tabouli (or tabbouleh)…. she is brilliant.



And for dessert? Not only fresh fruit but rosewater ice cream with pistachios. Perfection.

…of course, she brings me her nothing less than fabulous hummus and falafel paste and tells me how to make the falafel. “Little bit of oil in the pan, roll it up like a golf ball and poke your finger through the middle.” Done.

The woman is exquisite!

..enjoy your Persian meals!

C

 

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eat pray love

One of my most favorite books EVER is going to be made into a movie!!!
And I dont recall that I’ve ever done this! I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a book and then it became a movie. Now I guess I’m in that little club of nerds. I totally read all the Twilights after I had seen Twilight, the movie. Oh wait, I lie. I toooootally read Polar Express before I saw the movie. 😉

It was a great book. Funny, inspiring…and I was in a point in my life where I needed a good book to get me through lonely nights with no cable. I closed the book and wished I could live a life that led me to eat my weight in Rome. Hello!? This is seriously one book you need to read before ever thinking of stepping foot in the theatre to watch. Of course, my favorite part of the novel is her journey through Rome, one gelato at a time. I guess if Julia Roberts is going to be in it… I’ll take my chances 🙂

Thing is… gotta wait til this summer to see it. Gives you plenty of time to read the novel!!