A Teaspoon of (لیمون) Zest

Relishing and zesting the beauty of cultures in the Middle East and South Asia.



Exploring the desserts of Dubai, Part 2: banana ice cream

I’m not usually one for healthy versions of dessert – but when it’s made of banana and chocolate, it’s a whole different story.

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In the mood for some Turkish (Instagram) food

If you’re anything like me, you love filling your Instagram feed with food accounts. Videos, photos, recipes – you name it. You watch a video, you click on the account, and suddenly… You’ve spent a whole hour just watching food videos! Well no need to search today, friends. Here are all the Turkish food videos that you need.

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Exploring the desserts of Dubai, Part 1: Cupcakes

When it’s 40+ degrees outside and the streets are literally oozing with heat, all you want is a cool oasis to hide out in until the sun has set. And if the oasis happens to be a bakery filled with tantalizing aromas, pastel walls and pretty floors – well, that’s just a plus.  Oh, and did I mention the cupcakes? Cupcakes with or without sprinkles, with colorful icing, and of all flavors. That is what really makes Magnolia Bakery at the JBR Walk the perfect escape on a hot day.

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Monsoons and chocolate in Mumbai (photos)

Summers in Mumbai can be all about the monsoons. Believe me, I would know. When I visited the city 4 years ago, that was about the first thing that happened to me! It came from nowhere, and left me completely drenched. But I didn’t mind at all – there’s something about the monsoon rains and their dark skies that I find poetic and almost a bit enchanting. Although I have to admit that I prefer to admire them from inside!

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Instagram dreams for Indian food lovers

If I could choose to live my life eating just one kind of food, I would choose Indian. I love the sauces, the spices, paneer, tikkas, rajma, dosa… Just thinking about the dishes makes my mouth water! Given my passion for Indian food (all food really), it is perhaps not very surprising that my whole Instagram feed is filled with food accounts that share all that is great about Indian cuisine. Here are some that are definitely worth checking out!

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In the mood for brunch? Visit Bubblicious in Cairo

Brunch might be one of my favorite meals. I love the choices. The savory: eggs Benedict, omelettes, avocado toasts. The sweet: pancakes, waffles, yoghurt bowls. All great choices – all delicious. And I hear that Cairo has a real gem for all brunch lovers: Bubblicious – a brunch, breakfast AND bubble tea store. YUM!

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If you love chocolate, then you must visit Çikolata Dükkanı in Istanbul

Love chocolate? YES YES YES I DO! And I cannot believe that I missed this cafe when I was in Istanbul. I absolutely agree with INSIDER Food – it looks like chocolate heaven! And their motto, “Forget love, fall in chocolate” :O this must be where I am meant to spend the rest of my life.

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A food tour of Beirut? Yes please!

I would love to spend my life traveling from country to country and just spend every day trying different foods. What a life that would be! And if I were to set off on a food trip around the world, Beirut would definitely be one of my first stops. I love cosmopolitan and seaside cities, and let’s just admit it – Beirut is definitely one of the biggest food capitals in the Middle East. Check out this video to get a sample of what the city has to offer!

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Learn a little bit about Filipino food

The Philippines may not be a South Asian or Middle Eastern country, but it’s a worthy guest on the blog! With diverse cultures and influences from across Asia and Europe (including Spain, India, Malaysia, and China), the Philippines is home to one of the most distinct cuisines in the world: the “Pinoy” or Filipino cuisine.

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