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Tea with Salma Abdelnour of Jasmine and Fire

What is it like to have a fascinating career as a food and travel writer and publish a great novel like Jasmine and Fire: A bittersweet year in Beirut (see my review here)?

Definitely a wild experience, especially if, like Salma Abdelnour, you’re open to eating haggis (sheep’s pluck), lambs brains and all things Japanese. Live vicariously through  her in this interview. Read more

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the smart foodie travels to Africa

I’m in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was born.

It is taking some time to adjust to the conventional food culture here after living in a real foods mecca like Vancouver, BC. Perhaps my experience will help us all appreciate how much being a smart foodie can help to transform local food movements for the better.

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Q&A with Hannah Tunnicliffe, author of The Colour of Tea

In The Colour of Tea (2012), a most heartwarming novel, the main character, Grace, is a macaron baker.

She bakes all these fancy flavours in her new cafe, pouring her heart and soul into it and through this project gets to re-discover who she is in the middle of her mess.

The book got to me because, like I said, it was all heart and clearly written from a place of passion for food, writing and creativity – all the areas that I’m exploring with you on the smart foodie site. Read more