after lunch; arabic coffee

This is one of the many coffees I enjoy at some point of the day; Arabic coffee (some people call it Turkish coffee) tastes best just after lunch, where you become a bit sleepy because your stomach is full and working hard on digesting the food. The strong texture and aroma of this coffee should be able to wake you up, and move on during the day. I love the blend with cardamom, it doesn’t need added sugar as the cardamom has a powerful flavour. The coffee is brewed in a metal pot, where you boil 1 1/2 coffee cup water (for 1 person), then add a full teaspoon of grind arabic coffee, stir with a spoon, let the coffee boil 3 times (grandmothers tip), be careful the coffee will foam and rise quickly if on high fire, so use low heat, then pour into a pretty cup and enjoy…

traditional coffee set, {image from Arabian Gulf's photostream}

Coffee has its own charisma, don’t you think?

which coffee type do YOU like? Let me know…


step 3 to happ(y)ness

This morning I had a great breakfast with 10 other Danish women, all living in Lebanon, for different reasons. Some are here for ever, some on a limited time because of their husband’s work, some like me are born here in Beirut, traveled the world, lived in different places, only to come back to square one!

We were chatting along, sipping our lusciously made cafe au lait, talking in both Danish & English. The atmosphere is great, soothing, and it made me realize, once again, that being happy is also a moment in time, where you are surrounded by people who care about you, whom you have something in common with, who give you advice, share motivating ideas, who listen to your stories, worries, crazy moods, and who laughs with you.

"tasty" coffee @ Tasty cafe in Hamra, Beirut

An encounter like that leaves you with a good and warm feeling inside.

So, grab the phone and invite a friend for coffee (or tea) Now. You will feel good afterward!