Thursday, May 31, 2007

بما إنني محتاجة شوية ريجيم

Diet Advice: TRUE or FALSE

(1) indulge your sweet tooth in the morning rather than after dinner.
FALSE: "If you blow it in the morning, you tend to throw in the towel and eat poorly for the rest of the day".
(2) If you're starving and the only option at work is a platter of doughnuts and pasteries, you should eat one.
TRUE: "But choose the best portion. A muffin top or a silver of danish to hold you over until you can get a healthier snack later".
(3) Ditching white flour is smarter than cutting sugar from your diet.
FALSE: "You're going to get more out of cutting sugar, because you're eliminating candy and desserts. If you've been eating well and then have a slice of white bread, it's not the end of the world".
(4) If you're craving salt at a cocktail party, opt for protein-packed nuts instead of olives.
FALSE: "Nuts can pack around 200 calories per fistful, compared to eight olives, which contains a measly 40 calories total.
(5) Filling your plate with small portions of several foods is better than taking a large serving of one thing.
FALSE: "A major cause of overindulging is eating too many flavors all at once, triggering the hypothalamus in the brain to ask for more food".
(6) Appetizer time at the Japanese restaurant! you should choose a fiber-filled small green salad instead of the miso soup.
FALSE: "The brown seaweed in miso soup contains a compound that may help boost metabolism and shrink abdominal fat, acoording to a recent study in Japan".
(7) Don't splurge on extra-virgin olive oil. Regular (a mix of virgin & refined) has the same health benefits.
FALSE: "According to a study, pure virgin olive oil can help decrease the ratio of bad healthy cholesterol".
(8) A tall Starbucks Mocka Frappuccino contains fewer calories than a tall hot chocolate.
TRUE: " .. But not by much, The whipped cream topped Frappuccino has 310 calories and 12 grams of fat, while the hot cocoa with whipped cream has 360 calories and 19 grams of fat. Whichever you choose, skip the whipped cream and save 90 calories & 8 fat grams.
(9) Roasted almonds are healthier than skinless blanched almonds.
TRUE: "The skin of almonds is full of flavonoids, whick, when combined with the nut's vitamin E, may lower the risk of heart disease.
(10) Drink tea after every meal and you could lose up to 18 pounds a year.
TRUE: "Compounds in black, green and mulberry teas may hinder our bodies' ability to obsorb calories from carbs.


Butterfly: coz it's her trademark

Salma Hayek: ... coz "Hiro Nakamura" I mean Purg says she looks like her, bas ma 3alaikum minnah, papi is so much prettier


Papi .. I love you;***

Please reconsider .. No? .. inzain at least bring the blog I like back

Monday, May 28, 2007

From Sarah with love

feminine, fresh, and fashionable. It is full of life and down to earth. It is distinctive, vivacious, and elegant with a touch of retro glamour and a street-wise sensibility. It is modern, stylishly aware and socially responsible.
Their story
Sarah Beydoun is the founder and creative director of Sarah’s Bag. Born and raised in Lebanon, she belongs to a generation of Beirut-based designers who came of age during the country’s fifteen-year civil war and are now contributing to rebuilding the city’s cultural life through their work in various creative industries.
After studying sociology at the American University of Beirut, Sarah earned her master’s degree from the Universite Saint Joseph, where she wrote her thesis on female prostitution and women prisoners in Lebanon. She realized she could combine her interest in bettering underprivileged women’s lives with her love for fashion. In doing so, she created a robust young business that is stylishly aware and socially responsible at the same time.
Sarah decided to set up her company as part of a rehabilitation program, whereby women at risk from economic depravation or the stigma of having served time in prison would learn valuable skills in return for a reliable income and a stable source of pride, dignity, and empowerment. In the process, these women would be helping to revamp the centuries’ old traditions of artisans and textile makers in the Middle East for the purpose of invigorating contemporary fashion. The arrangement turned out to be successful, innovative, and highly efficient.
As the company expanded, Sarah teamed up with her friend Sarah Nahhouli. By 2003, Sarah’s Bag had outgrown its workshop in Horsh Beirut and moved to its current showroom nestled into the high-ceilinged, tile-floored rooms of a beautiful old building in Gemmayzeh, a neighborhood near Downtown Beirut that is a mix of antiquated cosmopolitan charm and youthful urban energy.
Sarah & Sarah's message
By buying "Sarah's bag" you are sharing our passion and fascination for different cultures and our endless search for new ideas. More importantly, you are now part of our aim to help underprivileged women and prisoners who rely on this unique enterprise for their livelihood, helping them maintain their self-esteem and dignity.
Each bag, as distinctive as the person carrying it, requires 15 days of meticulous embroidery, beading and hand stitching, blending the styles and fashions of a myriad of cultures.
your support has helped us continue in our simple desire to create beauty with a social conscience.
Queen Rania carrying one of their bags
Don't miss SARAH'S BAG new summer collection at Beit Luthan
27th - 29th May 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

أبيض أبيض .. طيب ماله، والله بياضه سر جماله

Hey girls .. It's summer & stores are full of wonderful white pieces
Well .. Have you ever wonder if it suits you?
I say it does .. you just have to know how to wear it

TIP 1: Proper undergarments are key! Flesh-tone lingerie (not white!) elominates show-throughts.
TIP 2: While bright whites look amazing on darker skin tones, softer whites and ivory tones fhatter fair complexions.
TIP 3: Red lipstick is the perfect counterpoint to white clothing - just avoid shimmery formulas, which will compete with the outfit.
TIP 4: White is surprisingly slimming. For the most flattering effect, wear it head to toe.
TIP 5: Keep eyes understated - either choose neutral earth tones or apply a sheer white shadow from the lash line to the brow bone.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Burned meat .. Mushrooms .. Broth .. Spoons .. Pasta .. ITALY .. Rabbits .. 3abali risotto sa3ab .. SICILY .. Onions .. Garlic .. Parsley .. Parmesan .. Oregano .. Zafran .. Salt .. Pepper .. Well done .. Ree7ti 6ba'7 .. Paprika .. Taste .. Hot .. Greasy .. Lemon zest .. Chilli .. Pasts: perfect for diets .. Chef .. Crap .. Risotto .. Shal'3am .. Pumpkins .. Brown Sugar .. Rosemary .. Potatoes .. Moooo .. Sun dried tomatoes .. Proteins .. Steak .. Cheats .. Butter .. Olive Oil .. Pasta from China .. Zaatar .. Philadelphia Cheese .. Veggie Sandwich .. Muka33abat Magi .. Cream .. Al Dante .. Cream Cheese .. Yummy .. Water .. Sea food .. Tomatoes .. Cooking .. Rrestaurants .. Saucepan .. TUSCANY .. Medium rare .. Mediterranean .. Small portions .. 3aish ma9ri
About Umami Culinary School
Umami is the taste of the art culinary school providing classes by world-renowned chefs for all ages. Our chef will teach you, how simple it is to cook gourmet style meals in less than 30 minutes. whether it's for you, or to impress others. We shall teach you how to become a pro at chopping, cooking and presenting food.
Umami's Classes:
Master cook: A Two-week course for house cooks
Intro to cooking (Adults): A Two-week course for basics of cooking.
Intro to cooking (Teens): A Two-week course for basics of cooking.
Thai Flavors
Soups n' Salads
Cucina Italian ***** recommended
Moroccan Treasures
Brazilian Carnival
Now .. what does Umami mean:
The fifth taste

It’s usually said that the human tongue can detect only four basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter and salty, and that all tastes are combinations of these. Many specialists now believe that taste is actually more complicated than this, with the taste buds being helped along by sense of smell, by the feel of substances in the mouth and even by the noise that food makes when we chew it.
In recent years some workers have added a fifth taste, umami, to the other four, though western food scientists are divided about whether it really exists or not. It has been suggested that the taste is triggered by compounds of some amino acids, such as glutamates or aspartates, especially the flavour-enhancing substance monosodium glutamate.
Both the word and the concept are Japanese, and in Japan are of some antiquity. Umami is hard to translate, to judge by the number of English words that have been suggested as equivalents, such as savoury, essence, pungent, deliciousness, and meaty. It’s sometimes associated with a feeling of perfect quality in a taste, or of some special emotional circumstance in which a taste is experienced. It is also said to involve all the senses, not just that of taste. There’s more than a suggestion of a spiritual or mystical quality about the word.
BTW: I don't own the school, nor em I a partner
I just took one of their classas .. & I loveeeeeed it

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Why do we hate change?

It didn't work ... & I'm relieved
I've just accepted a new job offer

Was it the right thing to do?

I'm really confused