Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.

. Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Sam (Dooley Wilson) in  Casablanca  (Michael Curtiz 1942) . Over the years I have cooked with a variety of different nationalities and ethnic groups. The Malays in Brunei and Malaysia, Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore, Indian, Pakistani and Iranians in Dubai. I have cooked in Bali, Nigeria, all over the…

moments ….

. The moments of happiness . . . We had the experience but missed the meaning And approach to the meaning restores the experience In a different form, beyond any meaning We can assign to happiness . . .  The past experience revived in the meaning Is not the experience of one life only But…

a tough nut to crack

. ‘Pecan’ by Patti Wilburn My hard little shell hides the tender meat inside To the world a tough nut to crack But on the inside, delicate-fragile Take care when getting to the core Crack my shell too forcefully All the goodness will be crushed Be gentle, peel the outer layer slowly A treasure you…

city of lights

. A few weeks ago … This following text I wrote at the gate at CDG, waiting to board my flight home to Beirut. It is with a tear on my eye I am leaving Paris. I just love the time I am  privileged to spend in the City Of Lights. But for me it…

STORIES by Michal Rovner

. The Musée du Louvre – in English, the Louvre Museum or simply the Louvre – is one of the world’s largest museums; the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district)….

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

…. and Boats …. … and still dreaming of Paris.  The waters of the River Seine have always been the heart and soul of Paris. Paris has been invaded, occupied, and conquered by its share of foreigners over the course of two millennia, many of whom arrived by this waterway. On our boat ride up and…

To Be Or Not To Be in Paris

It seems that Parisians have a capacity of being, which is so much different from other cities. Or it at least seems that way. Moving around the waterway in this city gives a glimpse of recreation we are not really prepared for. Sandy beaches, waterfront sunbathing, Sand, sun and the Seine Including obligatory sand castles….