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Recipes

Avocado Shrimp Ceviche

Ingredients Needed:
– 2 bags of medium sized shrimp
– 4 avocados
– 6 cucumbers
– 2 cups of water
– 3 tomatoes
– 3 onions
– 2 lemons
– cilantro
– olive oil
– salt

Start with cooking the shrimp:
1. Cut a tomato into 4 pieces
2. Cut an onion into 4 pieces
3. Place the tomato and the onion in a pot with 2 cups of water
4. Add salt
5. Add a handful of cilantro to the pot
6. Once everything starts to boil, add the shrimp for a few minutes until the shrimp is pink

Once the shrimp is cooked, remove them from the pot and keep 1/2 a cup of the water from the pot aside. Chop the shrimp into 2-3 pieces and place them in a bowl to cool.

Moving on to the next steps, dice 2 onions and place them in a bowl of freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), some salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Forget about the onions for around 30 min so they can absorb the lemon.

In the meantime, prepare a large bowl: chop the 4 avocados (make sure they are ripe but not too ripe), the 6 cucumbers, and the 2 tomatoes into small cubes.
Add the shrimp to the mixture along with the onions that were soaked in lemon juice and the juice that we had put aside from the pot.

Mix everything together, place it in the fridge for a while et voila!

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Fitness Tips

8 Tips for Kick Starting your Fitness Journey!

Ready to start your fitness journey? Here are some tips to help you get going:

  1. Be determined:

Start because you are convinced that you love your body and want to improve it. Having the right mindset is a key starting point.

  1. Be patient:

Patience, oh Patience, where have you been? If you don’t have it, you will learn it along the way. Permanent, consistent changes to your body do not happen overnight. Once you start seeing results, you’ll want to push yourself more and more every time.

  1. Exercise and nutrition work hand in hand:

Don’t expect to see results if you are not watching what you eat. You can start off by decreasing the amount of junk food you eat per week, cut down on the carbs, increase the protein, and add more veggies to your meal.

If you would like to read more about this topic, you can check out my previous Blog post: “I don’t Diet, I eat according to my goals” here!

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My typical breakfasts include: Omelette, coffee, and some fruit
  1. Don’t be stubborn when it comes to choosing the workouts:

You might think that one move worked magic on a friend of yours but every body is different. Not all exercises are suitable for everyone.

  1. Don’t be afraid of lifting weights:

Many people especially women, are afraid of lifting weights. They immediately think that weights = bulky muscles. No, this is not true, this is a MYTH. Lifting weights burns fat, relieves stress, and tones your body.

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Barbell Squats
  1. Choose Motivational Music:

Prepare some playlists of music ahead of time so you can play them while working out, it will help boost your mood.

  1. Workout with a friend, companion, or lover:

When you workout with someone you love spending time with, you end up motivating each other and having so much fun together. You can also think of it as another opportunity to see each other.

  1. Go buy yourself some NEW active-wear:

When you’re starting a fitness journey you don’t really care about what you’re wearing and you end up picking the old baggy clothes you never wear. This can end up demotivating you. So, go buy yourself some colorful trendy and pretty sportswear, not only will this affect your mood; it will also encourage you to workout and feel comfortable with yourself.

Good Luck!

“Believe in yourself, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Restaurant Reviews

Bent el Sultan Restaurant

F&B state owners of Set El Hosn, Beit Ward, and Breadberry celebrated the opening of their latest cuisine, an Authentic Lebanese fusion restaurant located in Verdun on May 17, 2018.

A concept inspired by the sultanates era, the restaurant exhibited a beautiful architectural interior as well as many oriental details. Bent El Sultan is not your typical Lebanese restaurant so don’t go with the intention of ordering the same traditional dishes we always have. Although I prefer staying in my comfort zone and ordering the usual; I attempted to try a bit of everything.

Dinner first began with pumpkin soup, beautifully placed inside the pumpkin and served by the waiter. The pumpkin soup was simple and savory.

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Pumpkin Soup

The hummus and baba ghannouj came afterwards, each having a very beautiful and unique design. Their hummus was excellent, just delicious.  I’m known for having a hummus obsession; my family sometimes calls me “Imm Hummus” which means mother of Hummus!

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Hummus

Salads came next, you might be thinking about Tabbouleh and Fattouch. Well no, we had everything but that. We had kale & pomegranate salad, quinoa salad, and Sultan salad. The Kale salad was my favorite, it is served with parsley and rocket leaves.

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Quinoa Salad and fresh pineapple juice

Every dish that was placed on the table came with a detailed explanation by the waiter, informing us about the name of the dish and what it included. This detail made the dining experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Kale Salad

More cold mezze kept coming our way such as fried cauliflower with yogurt, yes the combination sounds weird, but it was pretty good. The cauliflower was spicy and dipped in Greek yogurt with homemade butter and spices.

When it comes to the hot appetizers my favorites were the Fatirat Al Kaisar and the Hassan Basha.

The Caesar Pie (Fatirat Al Kaisar) is a pie stuffed with meat and pine similar to Lahim b 3ajeen. The meat was very juicy and the 3ajeen was super soft.

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Fatirat Al Kaisar

The Hassan Basha is a mouthwatering oven-roasted kafta balls with potato, tomato sauce, and cheese.

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Hassan Basha

After tasting all these, the main course arrived. We tried the Shish Taouk and the Shish Fish. Surprisingly, the shish taouk was not the usual chicken breast pieces; on the contrary it was chicken thigh pieces which make it juicier, softer, fattier, and yummier.

It was a lovely meal with intricate tastes and delicate twists on Lebanese favorites. The ambiance was set for a sultan as its name implies and the fabulous company made for a memorable evening.