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I’ve been on a short hiatus from blogging. Not intentionally. Every once in a while I get caught up with other things in my life—namely, my day job, and other life events.

For those who follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you know I’ve been busy on travel to Turkey and counting down to my birthday! Another year older and hopefully a little bit wiser.

Turkey was amazing. Aside from busy workdays, I got a few hours to myself to do some shopping and check out some of the sights. This is my second trip to Turkey. The last time was in 2011 and I spent a week in Istanbul – one of the most amazing Asian-European fusion cities I’ve been to. The views are breathtaking, the shopping is well worth the trip and the food is to die for! This time around, I spend a little less than a week in Antalya at a resort some ways away from the city. I also tried to document the delicious food I tried while on travel, which leads me to #MCOTravels and #MCOEats, two hashtags I started to document the adventures of MCO around the world and also delicious food consumption at the coolest, yummiest places – to include, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, food trucks and other people’s home cooking. So follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat for the latest!

Turkish Tea and Sweets


Turkish Delight
Adana Kabob
Turkish Bread and Ayran Yogurt Drink
Touring the Ruins


In honor of Birthday Month, I first want to thank my family and friends for their texts, whatsapps, calls, Happy Birthday singing (very talented), Snaps, Instagram shout outs and Facebook messages. I’m so blessed to have you all in my life. I’ve made a few birthday resolutions that I will do my very best to adhere to. This year I resolve to:

Wash my makeup off before bed. I know! This has got to be the number one beauty rule. But something about getting water all over my hair while I remove remnants of my makeup just wasn’t appealing. Until now. I even bought these really cute headband towels so I can get excited about the evening makeup removal routine. 

Try not to procrastinate. This also happened to be my New Year’s Resolution. I was doing so well. At the 4-month mark, it’s time to focus again.

Make better life choices.  I don’t make bad choices per se. But this year, I’m going to focus on myself. I’m going to do what’s good for me, as opposed to what’s good for everyone else except me. And that gut feeling I usually ignore? I’m going to do a better job of listening to it… or at least try really hard to!

As we say in Arabic – عقبال مئة سنة Wishing you a full life to 100 years old!



Ground Beef Skillet Hash


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 4-5 Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 4-6 Eggs
  • I can sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Salt
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet, or oven-safe skillet, over medium-high heat
  3. Add vegetable oil and heat for 1 minute
  4. Add the onion and mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes
  5. Then add the ground beef and potatoes and cook until the meat is browned
  6. Add garlic salt, paprika and Worcester Sauce
  7. Cook on medium-low until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally. About 15-20 minutes
  8. Make small holes around the pan (4-6 holes, depending on how many eggs you’re using)
  9. Crack the eggs into the holes and cook over low heat until the whites form
  10. Remove the skillet from the heat and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until the yolks have hardened
  11. Serve warm with bread
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