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Harissa /Basboosa /هريسة / بسبوسة (Semolina Cake) Posted by on Jan 16, 2019

Harissa, an Arabic dessert.

If you have tried any Middle Eastern desserts or sweets, I’m sure you have been craving تشتهي for more ever since. Some Arabic desserts can be difficult to make at home and not everyone lives near a Middle Eastern restaurant. So, I wanted to share a recipe وصفة for an easy Arabic dessert that you…

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Top 3 Nicknames for Lebanon Posted by on Jan 15, 2019

Lebanon has always been a country of many faces, a melting pot for cultures and religions, and a tourist attraction even at times of war. Geographically, Lebanon is considered one of the most important cross countries on the map. Culturally, it is very diverse and an example of coexisting. All of that and more made…

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Aqiqah – Celebrating the birth of a child! (العقيقة) Posted by on Jan 9, 2019

Photo of a sheep

Just got back from Jordan and Turkey where I spent the holiday with family and friends. I had just become a mother in August, and we wanted everyone to see the new grandchild حفيد. During our stay, my mother and father in law decided they wanted to perform “Aqiqah” عقيقة that is to sacrifice يضحي…

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The Lebanese Expression To’borni ( تؤبرني) Posted by on Jan 8, 2019

Hello! Or as we say in the Arab world Marhaba! The Lebanese expression to’borni (تؤبرني) is famously known for being untranslatable. The reason why is because it consists of so many concepts crammed into one word. Although To’borni is technically a word, it is considered an expression because of its deep and complex meaning. We…

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What can Arabic Proverbs tell us about Arab Culture? Posted by on Dec 26, 2018

Painting of Arabs by the sea

You can learn a lot about a culture when you know some of its proverbs مَثل/حِكمة or wise sayings. Here are some Arabic proverbs with their English translations. I have all the English translations at the bottom of the post, so you can first try to understand the meaning in Arabic or at least the…

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