I’m all into words and how much you can express through them.Actually, I can’t get enough of them. But sometimes, a story is better told without words. Being also very into photographs, I think that pictures show the photographer’s specific perspective on situations, giving him/her a chance to tell stories through images, not words. Continue Reading “Photo-Reportage – Mexico”
I’m not a person who can commit on the long-term to something that doesn’t really, truly interest me. I’m more the type of person who embraces change and actually needs it. If I decide to start a new hobby or commit to something new, you’ll find me losing interest more often than not. On the other hand, some things and people remain in my life forever. Moments I love become habits I foster over time, and I make it a point to keep loved ones happy. I’ve mentioned before that this blog is a true passion and that it reveals aspects of myself that even I hadn’t discovered. In 2015, it has brought me a lot. Not only did I see that what I write is appreciated (check out Breadonbutter as the number 8 most influential blog in Lebanon!), but I also challenged myself through it. Through my monthly bucket lists, I was able to set small goals that led to achieving bigger ones. It was a pleasure writing each and every one of these lists. You can check them all here.
To start 2016 properly, I wanted to remember my favorite things about 2015 before writing the first bucket list of the year, so here goes:
- Trip to Paris, London and the Lake District
- Attending Food Blogger Connect 2015, meeting great people and tuning in to amazing talks by inspiring people.
- Reading lots of books
- Watching loads of movies
- Collaborating with fellow bloggers who became dear friends
- Exploring Lebanon
- The Whole 30 challenge which led me to replace bad eating habits with healthier ones
- Volunteering for the AUB Cookbook that is to be launched in June of 2016
- Trying out new recipes that I usually found impossible to make (like this ramen)
- Discovering lots of new ingredients and products
- Meeting a lot of inspiring people
- Cooking with Bibayti
- Moving houses!
There are so many more things and the above are just highlights of last year. Moving on to the present and near future, say hello to the first list of the year 😉
Breadonbutter’s January Bucket List
- Get fit again
- Plan our next trip
- Continue online photography courses
- Start planting on our balcony
- Host lots of cocktail parties
- Sleep early at least 4 days of the week
- Go hiking somewhere new
- Finish the book I’m currently reading (All The Light We Cannot See), which is a must-read
- Have cook-offs at home with friends who love cooking
- Watch old classic movies like Casablanca and Psycho
- Have lots of nights in with the Sherlock series and a nice bowl of homemade popcorn
Any plans this January?
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I started off the month of august full of motivation and positivism, but I must admit, despite me being a generally positive person, it was the hardest month yet in 2015. Not only was the weather extremely not helpful, but sadly, our country is in the worst state it could ever be. We’ve been fighting for it in any way we can, but I still hope it will all magically disappear (please don’t judge me, I’m not that naive) and we’ll be able to really enjoy the smell of the first rain. August flew by really fast, so I’ll be keeping my previous bucket list and adding the following to it:
- Discover new things in London. I’m leaving for London town at the end of the month and I’m planning on uncovering new cool places, so I’ll keep you posted!
- Be more organized in terms of time management skills. I’m surely getting better but I’m working to achieve the best ever level of organization.
- Online photography classes. I’ve registered to a new course so I’ll keep you posted on its quality and the things I learn.
- Hike. I miss the smell of nature and the feeling you get after a long walk in the forest.
- Enjoy the great mountain weather in September.
- Go camping. We’re going in 2 weeks and I just can’t wait!
- Experiment with sweet potatoes. I’ve been spotting a whole lot of sweet potato recipes lately and I’m hoping to try a few.
- Remove artificial sugar from my life and vocabulary (except on birthdays and some afternoon teas 😉 )
- Start reading again. I haven’t read a page of my book in August so I’d better get back to my favorite activity.
- Care less – about being late, about pleasing everyone. It’s simply not possible.
- Be patient – exercise patience and meditation.
- Stop bookmarking articles and read them on the spot.
- Make the most of Food Blogger Connect – so excited!
- Go back to healthy.
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Our generation is always complaining about the lack of things to do in our country. We claim it’s always the same things and that there aren’t enough choices out there. So in an effort to innovate your outings, we, Breadonbutter and Playing with Fashion collaborated to bring you a complete guide to having the perfect, most charming and fashionable picnic there is.
On a sunny and hot Monday morning a few weeks ago, we packed our things and went up to the Bekaa to have some fun, eat some food and take nice photographs. We then hurried to compile the best way we can inspire you to go have a fun picnic yourself.
Breadonbutter was of course responsible for the food and Playing with Fashion was obviously responsible for showing you the best way to dress.
So if you’re planning on having a picnic out in nature anytime soon, this is what I think is a good checklist to follow.
The best way to go when it comes to picnics is to make sandwiches. You can be as creative as you’d like when it comes to the toppings. Here’s the list I suggest:
- Parma ham
- Chorizo or Turkey slices
- Gruyère cheese
- A small-sized camembert cheese
- Lettuce leaves
- Bread of your choice
Drinks and Beverages
Here, I would suggest you take only 3 kinds and get a cooler. Water is the basic thing you should think of, followed by a nice bottle of white or rosé wine and a bottle of juice that you can substitute with a soft drink if you’re a true addict.
Fruits will provide something fresh to munch on while you’re sipping your drink and having a conversation with your picnic pals. Here’s a list of fruits that can last the trip:
- Dried:kiwi and apricots
- Fresh: Apples, Strawberries and Sour plums
If you don’t feel like having fruits, or if you feel like biting on a variety of flavors as snacks, you can get some of these:
- Kaak or grissinis
- Crisps (my favorite brand is Kettle)
- Raw nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts
Last but not least, how can a picnic end without a sweet bite? I chose:
- Dry raisin cake
- Amaretti biscuits I had from Italy (which I highly recommend!)
You’ll need a practical and useful gear to put all this food in and be comfortable throughout the picnic. What I took with me:
- Plastic wine glasses
- Plastic cups
- 3 glass jars
- Cutlery (I prefer wooden or plastic for such outings)
- 1 regular knife, to cut the cheese and bread
- A cooler
- Tiny fun bags for the nuts
- A board for the sandwich toppings and the bread
- Small containers for fruits
- A basket to carry it all up there
- And a tablecloth to sit on of course 🙂
Now girls, to get outfits ideas, head to www.playingwithfashion.com for the picnic lookbook!
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