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The “Axis of Evil” Dinner Party

Posted in Books, Food, Middle East by homeyra on August 11, 2008

Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations, by Chris Fair (h/t to Ann)

What can a nation’s eating habits tell you about it?
Isn’t Middle Eastern food all alike?
Which of your axis of evil dinner parties has gone over best?

More questions and answers: What if you gave a dinner party and the Axis of Evil came?, and her favorite dish: Khoresht-e Fessenjan!

See also:

Litterature from the Axis of Evil

Lullabies from the Axis of Evil, Audio here – (h/t musicalchief)

Drawing Paradise on the ‘Axis of Evil’: Images from an art exhibition by Emily Johns

Mud Cookies

Posted in Food, Haiti, World by homeyra on February 21, 2008


Poor Haitians ressort to eating dirt
Link via
Vivre en Syrie

“… Prices for basic ingredients such as corn and wheat are … up sharply … The problem is particularly dire in the Caribbean, where island nations depend on imports and food prices are up 40 percent in places.

… at about 5 cents apiece, the (mud) cookies are a bargain compared to food staples. About 80 percent of people in Haiti live on less than $2 a day …” read more

Some Tehran Links

Posted in Art, Food, Iran by homeyra on November 8, 2007

Click to see in larger format
Tehran in Wikimapia, Wikipedia, and the Uncyclopedia!

Tehran Avenue: Art, society, outdoors and the fourth online music festival
Tehran Underground music

Tehran page, BBC Persian: History, old and new city, photo & video


Mahmoud Pakzad’s Old Tehran, Payvand
See also Old Tehran: Photo gallery at

Tehran Metro
Art in Tehran’s metro
Tehran Municipality official website

Tehran travel guide, wikitravel and Tehran forum, Trip advisor


Cafe Naderi
The 1st European Style Café in Tehran Since 1927
Via Tehran 24 photoblog

Tehran 24
Life goes on in Tehran
Shahram Razavi: Tehran mega capital of Iran
Behrooz Noorizadeh: Photo gallery

Weblog: Live from Tehran ***


nmi.jpg National Museum of Iran
Reza Abassi Museum
Glasseware and Ceramic Museumram.jpg
The Carpet Museum
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art


Niavaran Palace
Golestan Palace, Persian, see pictures

gwm.jpg Saadabad Palace, Persian
All Tehran Museums

Tehran yellow page, Persian


Restaurant reviews from World reviewer: Lounge, Boulevard
A good vegetarian restaurant in Tehran, Payvand


an oldie: … images of Tehran you don’t see everyday
Tintin in Tehran

Never Been to Tehran : … invited worldwide participants–who have Never Been to Tehran–will take photographs (from their home base) of what they imagine Tehran to look like … (See next post)

Previous relevant posts:
Old times
This is the before 

Any additional suggestion?

Random Links

Posted in Food, Iraq, Random by homeyra on March 31, 2007

For a “light read”: True-Live Tales, The Bounty by Firoozeh Dumas for NYT:

“I blame my parents. They never threw food away. I thought it was perfectly normal for a mother to say: “It’s starting to go bad. You have to eat it.”

Fast-forward 30 years: I’m living in an affluent part of Northern California. Life is good, except for a dark secret in our suburb …” read more

A brief Explanation of all history, or on aggressiveness, see 338

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Hometown Baghdad: A series of very short-2, 3mn- video vignettes providing glimpses of everyday life of a middle class family in Baghdad. Tks PPGG Ann El khoury