Travel 0 comments on 5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer

5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer

Mykonos or any other Greek island for that matter 🙂

Last week, I had the most relaxing time in Mykonos with my aunt, mom and sister. It felt so refreshing to be on a trip where all we could do was laze by the sea and walk around a town full of happy people on holiday.

We basically perfected our tan, swam in the freezing, clear water of the Aegean sea and walked around the cutest and most preserved island town I’ve ever seen. Continue Reading “5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer”

Christmas 0 comments on The Breadonbutter 2015 LAST-MINUTE Gift List

The Breadonbutter 2015 LAST-MINUTE Gift List

This year, it’s all about last-minute. We’ve been moving since the beginning of the month so you can imagine the mess we’re living in. I am thankful for every bit of it, but I’ve been neglecting Christmas planning – which is wrong for someone who drinks in an ‘I Heart Christmas’ mug all year long. It’s the last week before Christmas. The day is fast approaching and we’re expecting the first batch of family members this week already! I better get moving with their gifts as they come bearing presents from the land of beautiful things 😉 I thought I would write my list of last-minute gift ideas for those of you who, like me, have had no time to shop yet.

1) Polygel cookie cutters or stamps, with an adorable mold of the shape you prefer.

On the top of my list, a gift for home bakers! The best thing about this is that you can choose and order everything online. Just head to their website and make your selection.

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Photo taken from their website.

2) A board game.

Nights in are the new Saturday night fever. Card games and board games are the first choice for a Saturday night in winter, hand in hand with great cheese of course. A board game like the all-new Monopoly or Risk is perfect for the cool geek in your family.

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 Photo taken from google.

3) Double wall cups – MG supplies.

For the family members or friends who have just moved in, those double-wall glasses are perfect to drink their hot tea or espresso in style.

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 Photo taken from MG Supplies.

4) H&M Home objects.

Also for those who have just moved in – excuse the bias – head to H&M Home. Pure bliss.

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Photo taken from their website.

5) A Lonely Planet book collection.

This is for the hard-core travellers. Depending on your budget, make a selection of Lonely Planet books and wrap them into one gift to inspire their new traveling year.

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 Photo taken from google.

6) Jamie Oliver Cookbook series.

This is for the crazy Jamie fan (hint, hint). You know those people, so enough said.

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 Photo taken from google.

7) Tea collection – Kusmi Tea.

For your mother who loves tea and hosts afternoons at her house, a beautiful and colorful Kusmi Tea selection is the best choice.

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Photo taken from their facebook page.

8) Ye!! Speaker.

That’s for the cool young brother whose world is music. He can take it wherever he goes.

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Photo taken from google.

9) A dinner with Bibayti.

Christmas time is followed by some special events. Be it valentine’s or a capricorn’s birthday, there’s nothing better than inviting them for dinner at their own home.

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Photo taken from their facebook page.

10) KitchenAid toaster.

Many of us wake up just for breakfast. This toaster would make anyone think twice about hitting that snooze button.

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 Photo from MG Supplies.

11) Lamps for the bedroom or office – DecalĂ©.

That’s for the uncle who works from home. The choice of lamps at DecalĂ© is as confusing as beautiful.

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Photo from their facebook page.

12) A wonder.full box.

The good thing about this gift is that there’s a box for every personality. Head to their website to browse your choices.

last-minute gift list | breadonbutterPhoto from their facebook page.

For more ideas, head to Playingwithfashion.com

For previous years gift ideas, click here and here.

Any other ideas?

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Christmas, Uncategorized 0 comments on *Sobremesa*

*Sobremesa*

The literal meaning of ‘sobremesa’ is “over the table”. This untranslatable Spanish word designates the time spent in conversation right after a meal. It can be with friends, family or even business partners.

In Mediterranean cultures, sobremesa is something that is practiced with absolute spontaneity. That time spent around the table chatting about life is one of my favorite things in life. Picture everyone full and happy, discussing interesting topics and deep revelations.

For me, December is sobremesa. Friends are back in town, families reunite, and new friendships are made. It all happens around some table, sometime in December. The Holidays and twinkling lights open up our hearts and minds, bringing out the good in us.

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes like to imagine a dinner between friends before it happens. I imagine the conversation and its direction. I imagine talking about my friends’ plans for the next year, or about life’s big changes. I imagine discussing my sister’s job or fitness resolutions, my husband’s entrepreneurship journey or even my own career and travel goals.

2015 has passed by at the speed of light. We’re at a political and technological turning point. Technology is growing faster than us and we’re all growing up so fast. So let’s live this month like it matters more than anything. Let’s make the most of it and be ready for the new year to come.

Until Christmas, every post I write will include a topic for your Sobremesas. Conversation is something we should hold on to and avoid technology taking it away.

So, what will you be talking about this Christmas?

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Recipes 0 comments on Party With Kale Crisps

Party With Kale Crisps

It’s of general opinion during this time of year that food we love and usually eat moderately shall be eaten in excess and irrationally. A few days ago, a group messaging conversation was created amongst our group of friends to discuss the New Year’s Eve menu. Nothing healthy is really included so this made us think about ideas for healthier party foods. Since kale is now available (all year round) in Lebanon and is considered one of the top Superfoods to make you live longer (click here for all 7), Kale Crisps seem like a tasty option.

The Kale Crisps recipe is really easy. All you need is:

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How to make it:

  1. Cut the kale into small chunks (the size of crisps)
  2. In a bowl, mix the almond butter and peanut oil
  3. Dip each kale crisp in the bowl, then place them on a baking sheet

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  1. Place in the oven for 7 minutes or until dry

And serve!

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Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables you can find as it holds a lot of benefits. To name a few, it’s full of fibers, antioxidants and calcium, protecting you from cancer, weight problems and osteoporosis.

Are you a fan of kale? If so, how do you eat it?

 

Christmas, Parties & Happenings 0 comments on Inspirational Photos For Your Christmas Table Setting

Inspirational Photos For Your Christmas Table Setting

My favorite part of hosting a party is the decoration and setting up part. Whether it’s only lighting up a few candles around the house or fixing a nice flower arrangement, it brings me massive happiness. What I enjoy the most in decorating is coming up with a creative table setting. I guess I got a hang of it when I was younger and used to help around the house when my parents were hosting parties (and there were lots of them!).

Nowadays, we are also blessed with internet and more specifically, Pinterest. So for Christmas, I’ve been researching beautiful and fun ideas for a nice table setting and I’ve stumble upon many. I’ve selected a few for you to get inspired! I hope you enjoy it.

Inspirational ideas for your Christmas table setting

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Found on ahouseinthehills.com

Key items: Pine Cones between the candles

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Found on ellematovin.se

Key item: Cozy Tartan fabric

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Found on itsoverflowing.com

Key items: Rustic wood place mat and checkered runner tablecloth

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Found on makinglemonadeblog.com

Key item: Garland lights

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Found on refinery29.com

Key items: Miniature Christmas trees and Christmassy drinking glasses

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Found on refinery29.com

Key items: Black tableware and Fruit decoration

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Found on squidoo.com

Key items: Red place mats and Candy cane decorated candles

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Found on sugarandcharm.com

Key items: Christmas tree centerpiece, Nutcrackers and Cozy mugs

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Found on Pinterest

Key item: Lanterns

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Found on Pinterest

Key item: Fresh Rosemary and Branch centerpiece

 So who’s getting creative this Christmas? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas, Parties & Happenings 2 comments on Christmas Gifts for Travel and Design Lovers

Christmas Gifts for Travel and Design Lovers

After the Food lovers gift list last week, here come two new lists for Christmas Gifts: one for the travel lovers and one for design lovers. It’s a mix of everything nice and includes all price ranges of course. Here they are!

BreadOnButter Travel Lovers Christmas Gifts

1) There are two books I think all travel lovers should read: “Make the most of your time on earth” and “The New York Times: 36 Hours 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada”  – Can be found at Papercup Store, Mar mikhael

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2) While exploring the world, comfortable walking shoes are a must. These Adidas classics are a safe and beautiful choice – Can be found in any sports outlet

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3) I’m starting to like the idea of a passport holder to keep all of your traveling documents together – Can be found at Longchamp or Antoine Stationery ABC (at different price ranges)

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4) The iPad mini or Kindle for e-freaks – Can be found in any electronics outlets

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5) Skullcandy earphones for those who like to travel peacefully – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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6) For travelers who still prefer a good live map instead of the google maps app, these Crumple City foldable maps are more than ideal! – Can be found at Papercup Store, Mar Mikhael

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7) A Lush mini shampoos and bath bombs travel kit would make any girl happy – Can be found at Lush Lebanon

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8) Choose a compact camera with a good resolution for those who like to travel light but capture the beauty around them – Nikon coolpix can be found at any electronics outlet

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9) These Moleskine travel journals are the best for travelers who like to take notes – Can be found at Antoine or Papercup Store

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10) For practicality, choose a Longchamp foldable bag – Can be found at Longchamp ABC

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BreadOnButter Design Lovers Christmas Gifts

1) For those in love with beautifully designed stationery, you must get these A Whole Lotta Love notepads

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2) If you have a design-lover loved one who works from home, this “London” lamp made in aluminum painted and chrome metal, original BTC would do the trick – Can be found at Urbanista, Gemmayze

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3) For the home, Nada Debs trays are perfect for a colorful touch – Can be found at Nada Debs, Saifi Village

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4) Going back to Moleskins, their Passion Journals are great for planners – Can be found at Antoine or Papercup Store

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5) For creative photography lovers, a Lomo fisheye camera is ideal! – Can be found at Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ABC Ashrafieh

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6) I once wrote (here) about those cool Hu2 wall stickers that can be ordered online – Can be found at hu2.com

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7) For a design lover’s home, head to Nayef Francis’ gallery in Mar Mikhael and choose one of the below for a nice touch – Can be found at Nayef Francis Design, Mar Mikhael

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8) At IDEO Parfumeurs, Gemmayze, you can choose from a variety of candles and scents

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9) A nice set of plates and bowls from West Elm

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10) For fans of DIYs and funky picture-taking, this mini Polaroid camera would be perfect – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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11) A stylish ipod dock for great party atmosphere – Can be found at Virgin Megastore

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I hope you find these lists useful! Any other ideas to share?

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Things To Do 2 comments on 9 Healthy Holiday Tips To Follow This Month

9 Healthy Holiday Tips To Follow This Month

Party after party, open house after open house, Christmas time turns you into one stuffed ball of food. It’s almost impossible not to accept the treats and dishes being offered. You eat and eat. You taste one’s turkey and one’s chestnuts, you have hot chocolate by the Christmas tree, you go out for fondue, and you have yet another square of parmesan cheese. Next thing you know, those beautiful clothes you had planned on wearing don’t fit and you’re asked what happened to you. So here’s how you can at least avoid gaining weight and stay healthy during this Holiday season. These are 9 healthy holiday tips I learned over the years as I’m prone to weakness when it comes to good food.

BreadOnbutter 9 healthy holiday tips:

1) Friends and Family – Yes your friends and family are all here, they’re visiting and what you mostly do is eat. But why not catch up over a fun hiking or snowshoeing trip? Or even go somewhere where there’s snow, build a snowman and then snow fight?

2) Transport – Leave your car at home. Run your errands in the same specific region and walk from place to place.

3) Dessert – When I know I have say, 4 important annual Christmas parties to attend, I choose the one who makes the best dessert and eat only dessert there. My favorite Mont Blanc is my mom’s so I reserve myself for that specific one and no other!

4) Appetizers – Right before the party meal, swap the crackers on the table for raw vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes as dippers with the dips. Save the carbs for the main meal! And choose baked nuts over checkers mix.

5) Drinks – When it comes to drinks: choose lemon sparkle water instead of sodas. For alcohol, choose vodka, gin, wine etc. instead of cocktails and punch .

6) Activity levels – Keep yourself really busy. If you know you’re going to a Christmas dinner, don’t spend your afternoon munching things around the kitchen. Go out for a walk, work out or meet a friend for coffee or tea (no cakes or desserts!) or volunteer to help the host wherever and whenever you can.

7) Socializing – When you’re socializing at a party, don’t do it next to any appetizer table. It will only make you unconsciously eat more.

8 ) Meals – Never go to the party hungry! We all know you’ll splurge on crisps and pistachios as soon as you get there, skipping all the good stuff and packing more calories than you should.

9) Schedule – Modify your eating times according to the estimated dinnertime. If you know you’ll be having dinner at around 9:30 pm, have a late lunch full of proteins and vegetables and two late and healthy snacks before the party.

Any tip to add? I’d love to know your tricks! 🙂

P.S. You can also check out these 7 healthy habits

 I wish you awesome Holidays!

Parties & Happenings, Recipes 3 comments on 6 Lip-Smacking Party Food Recipes In Under 10 Minutes

6 Lip-Smacking Party Food Recipes In Under 10 Minutes

During the Holidays, those of us who love to cook are always in need of menu inspiration for the parties we throw for friends and family. With time, I have found that simple and quick party food is the most successful to make when all you want to do is join the crowd and enjoy your time. I learned this the hard way when I saw that when we host gatherings at home, there’s always one of us stuck in the kitchen while the other one’s busy entertaining our guests. So today, to spare you fighting over who will be staying in the kitchen to supervise the oven, I bring you 6 recipe ideas for quick, easy and delicious party food.

Before we get to the good stuff, you should know that the most important thing to do is to properly manage your time and organize yourself in the kitchen for you to be ready before the party. I suggest you:

  1. Preheat the oven a good 15 minutes before you start
  2. Prep all of the ingredients
  3. Choose the dishes you will be serving in (don’t forget to be creative!)
  4. Then throw everything together, plate the food nicely and enjoy the evening with your guests

Following these simple steps will help you get everything ready and not have to go back and forth between the kitchen and living room.

Here are the 6 party food recipes to inspire your next gathering.

Party food recipe I : Manchego and Chorizo dipped in Sherry

Preparation: 4 minutes – Cooking Time: 5 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

How to make it

  1. Cut the manchego and chorizo into cubes
  2. Pair manchego and chorizo on toothpicks (with the chorizo on the bottom)
  3. In a pan, heat the sherry and cook all of the bites in it for 5 minutes

Party food recipe II: Mushrooms Provencal

Preparation: 2 minutes – Cooking Time: 5 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1.5 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • 750 g mushrooms

How to make it:

  1. In a pan, heat the olive oil and margarine
  2. Add the garlic and heat until all combined
  3. Add the coriander and the mushrooms and heat on low fire until the mushrooms are tender
  4. Cook on high fire for 1 minute then serve

Party food recipe III: Parma Ham and Mozzarrella Crostinis

Preparation: 6 minutes – Plating: 3 minute

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 100 g fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tsp pesto sauce (you can either buy it ready-made or go to this link to make your own)
  • 200 g parma ham
  • Crostini bread

How to make it:

  1. Spread 1 tsp of pesto on each crostini
  2. Top them with sliced mozzarella then parma ham and serve

Party food recipe IV: Bruschettas

Preparation: Preparation: 5 minutes – Plating: 2 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • Half a box of Cherry tomatoes cut in cubes
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • Fresh basil leaves, cut in small pieces
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Country bread cut in slices

How to make it

  1. Mix the tomatoes with the olive oil, basil leaves, garlic, salt and vinegar
  2. Spoon the mix on each piece of bread and serve

Party food recipe V: Baked Camembert Cheese

Preparation: 2 minutes – Cooking Time: 6 minutes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 camembert cheese (whole)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • Thyme
  • Mixed herbs (fresh rosemary leaves, dried oregano, dried basil)
  • Pepper

How to make it:

  1. Open up the top of the camembert
  2. Sprinkle with oil, herbs and pepper
  3. Bake in the oven for 6 minutes
  4. Serve with red grapes and bread

Party food recipe VI:Parmesan Biscuits

Preparation: 2 minutes – Cooking Time: 2 minutes

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Ingredients

  • Grated parmesan
  • Dried basil

How to make it:

  1. On an oven platter covered with a baking sheet, form round-shaped biscuits made of grated parmesan
  2. Sprinkle with some dried basil
  3. Allow to cool for 1 minute and remove the biscuits off the baking sheets

And voila! 🙂

I’d love to know your party foods ideas! What do you cook for your guests?

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