Food

Advice Column: Smoothies: Good or Bad?

By Noor H. Salem blackbeanbrownies.wordpress.com Question:  Last week you mentioned the smoothies from McDonald’s not being a great choice. I always thought they were better to drink than pop and get it with my daily lunch. Can you explain why I shouldn’t? Answer: Last week I elaborated on the benefits of home cooked meals, but […]

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August 29, 2013

Advice Column: Losing Weight

By Noor H. Salem, tmoquestions@gmail.com blackbeanbrownies.wordpress.com Question: While trying to lose weight and cut fried food, I decided to start frying in olive oil or sometimes vegetable shortening instead. Is there any health concern or is it healthier?  Answer: Good choice on trying to cut fried food from your diet, it’s a positive step towards […]

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June 30, 2013

Advice Column: Organic Food

When shopping for fruits and vegetables many have heavy amounts of pesticides and chemicals, so you’re better off purchasing organic.

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June 20, 2013

Noor Salem Advice Column: Lasagna Replacement

I really love lasagna but I know it’s not too good for me. Can you help me find a replacement?

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May 23, 2013

‘Traces of Pork’ Found in UK Prison Food Served as Halal

Supplier of meat pies and pasties to prisons suspended after FSA informed of contamination

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February 28, 2013

Hamtramck Celebrates Thanksgiving with Interfaith Clergy

A police officer sounded his siren, magnified his speaker voice and pulled over a driver just minutes before a crowd talked “turkey” about reducing crime, building bridges and the commonly-held mandate of Jewish, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists, among other faith traditions to “love God and neighbor.”

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November 29, 2012

Flint Islamic Center Hosts Bazaar

Flint–April 28–The Flint Islamic Center hosted its Spring Bazaar Saturday from 2pm to 8pm, providing a venue for Muslim businesses to sell to Muslim customers.

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May 3, 2012

More Than Just a Nip and a Tuck

Since the surgery, he has lost 23 inches around his waist and has adopted a healthy lifestyle.

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April 5, 2012

Where Will Our Summers Take Us?

By Karin Friedemann, TMO Spring is the time when we start dreaming about our summer vacations. Signing kids up for summer camp, planning a family vacation, or perhaps opting out of travel and instead, looking into what summer programs are available close to home. Some of us are planning gardens, while some of us might […]

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March 22, 2012

Mad About Ma’moul

One of the benefits of living in the Middle East is the availability of Arabic dessert delicacies, like Baklava and Kanafa.

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January 12, 2012

Decadent Desserts Delight Kuwait

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” ~Ernestine Ulmer

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September 22, 2011

Halal Food, Big Business in France

An investigation into the halal industry in France, and certification programs

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March 6, 2011

Restaurant Review Puts Blogger in Hot Water

The uproar by 2:48am blog readers has been fierce and widespread. So much so that even bloggers across the Middle East are blogging about it.

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February 4, 2011

The Cupcake Craze

The demand for sugary caloric treats in the Middle East has created the perfect niche market for home-based businesses in the region to get pretty comfortable in. The absence of stringent governmental food administrations and a wholesale deficiency of licensing requirements to sell food makes it possible for anyone with an oven to go into business.

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October 14, 2010

The Food Fight

A food fight has been brewing in Kuwait the past few weeks and it has consumers seeing red, as in tomato red.

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October 7, 2010

On Ramadan Blessings

In a little over a month, the Ramadan blessings will begin to flow, and I can’t wait.

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July 11, 2010

Movie — Supersize Me

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock puts his health on the line in this examination of the food industry.

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June 6, 2010

Chasing Halal

… the [halal system in the Middle East] is not foolproof and in some countries has completely broken down. One of the most problematic places for distinguishing between halal and haram food is at western-style grocery stores.

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May 20, 2010

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