New Recipes and Restaurant Reviews are Coming!

Hello everyone! I hope that everyone has been having a fine summer thus far! I am so sorry for the delay! This summer has been crazy! Between balancing a new job, a summer internship, and a bit of travel I haven’t had much time to publish posts on this blog.

So let’s start with the job. I have been working as an Account Coordinator at AlphaGraphics. It actually has been fun! The short of it is that it is a marketing position in which I research new potential markets and clients, handle sales calls, organize customer data, review job proofs and estimates.It also deals with project management, customer service, teamwork, planning, organization and writing.

Now for the internship I have been working at a small local grassroots not-for-profit called “The Learning Tea” located in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta. This organization provides “life scholarships”  to impoverished women in Darjeeling, India. This scholarship covers living and college tuition expenses for the scholars in the program. Currently The Learning Tea supports 9 scholars and the program is growing. I am their Summer Creative Writing Intern and my position maintains the organizations’ blog,  weekly newsletters, and promotions for it’s monthly “Taste Of India Fundraiser Dinners”. These dinners help fund their scholarship program.

To learn more about them please check out: http://www.thelearningtea.com/

To see part of what I have been working on this summer head to their blog here :  http://www.thelearningtea.com/blog/

Every summer for the past 14 years I have gone to Ontario, Canada for vacation. When I say that people typically think I am crazy. They ask me, ” You go on a VACATION in Canada? What is there to do up there?”. Well besides escaping from the humid oven that is Atlanta, I have an enormous group of very close friends who live up there. each year we get together and hang out. Along the way I have visited many unique Canadian attractions and sampled most of their famous cuisines. I’ve had everything from maple dipped bacon to poutine to oreo doughnuts and maple candies. I can’t wait to share the pictures with you all!

Now for the final portion of what is yet to come. I live near some of the best restaurants in all of Georgia. Between the eateries on Buford Highway and the restaurants lining Pleasant Hill Road I have yet to be bored when going out to eat. It is always an adventure with ethnic cuisines from all over the world at an arms length. With the Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese,  Indian, Colombian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, South African and other options available that have yet to be tried one never has to dine at the same place twice.

As you can see so much has been going on, and there is a tone of new material to come! Starting in August I will have a whole new collection of both Japanese and Egyptian Recipes to share with you all! In the mean time I hope that you can enjoy a bit of travel writing and some restaurant reviews!

Until next time!

Mariam

New things are coming!!!

Hello all! I’m sorry for the delay! The last couple of weeks have been insane! With finals, petitioning to graduate, and internship/job applications I haven’t had much time to blog! But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been preparing for it! I have been gathering material for many new posts to come! In addition to more cooking posts and art DIY’s I am also adding a section on restaurant reviews for eateries located around me in Johns Creek, Marietta, Roswell, Sandy Plains, Kennesaw, and Atlanta Georgia. Whether you realize it or not Atlanta is a foodie’s heaven! There are so many great cafes, eateries, and restaurants around here that not many people know about! I love trying new places and I’d love to share with you all all the places that I have tried! Let me know if you live in the area and you have any recommendations! I look forward to it!

Hello world!

Robin Williams Quote

Hello friends!

About two months ago, my friend Rita and I were in the car returning from an outing and discussing all of our hobbies. This launched a lengthy discussion about different types of knowledge and the value of book-smarts vs. street-smarts vs. life experience. Over the course of our conversation we touched on many topics including many that are going to be spotlighted here. At the end of our chat she turned around and told me, “Mariam, you should start a blog and write about all of these things we are talking about, because that is what you are passionate about”. I had never considered writing in a public platform before. Truth be told this seems odd on the account that I am currently pursuing an English degree. I have mostly been writing within the realm of academia for the past several years. It really hadn’t occurred to me to try something public and accountable until now. So here I am!

I suppose after that bit of rambling you may be wondering who I am. My name is Mariam Hanna. I am twenty-two years old. I was born in Cairo, Egypt, but I live in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. I am currently pursuing a degree in English and a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. I am an enthusiastic artist, a passionate foodie, a keen movie watcher, an avid reader, an insatiable chef, an elaborate writer, and an eager traveler.  I firmly believe that all these personas add beauty and splendor into my life. They make life crazy and often times more difficult, but in the end these endeavors of the heart, soul, and mind are what make it worthwhile. At least that is the case for me. Why be simple or boring, when you can be complex and interesting. These elements are the sources of the madness in our lives that we are born with and that we must not ever lose sight of. The best way that I have ever heard it explained was by the late Robin Williams, “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it”.

I really hope that I can share these passions of mine with you and that you strap in for the journey with me!

-M.H.H.

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