The Sicilian Diaries I

A few weeks ago I packed my bags, warned everyone that I’m going to return with an enviable tan, and boarded on a flight to Palermo, Sicily.

Sicily felt like a trip back in time.

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Is Food The Sixth Love Language?

In the realms of Greek culture, food is the sixth love language. From the extended family coming together around the table for a Sunday feast to celebrating life’s milestones with friends over dinner, from my grandfather offering me the ripest, juiciest tomato of his crop moments after it has been cut off from the plant to showing at your heartbroken best friend’s door with a box of sweets from her favourite neighbourhood bakery, food is always a good answer to showing and sharing love. Not only romantic love, platonic and family love is rooted in food as well, ideally carbs.

 

 

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The Sicilian Diaries: An Ode to Palermo Food

Sicilian food tastes like what I imagine food in heaven is going to be like. If not, I’m more than happy to rot in hell. [Provided that there will be abundant supply of sushi.] As Matthew Fort writes in Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons, “Sicilian cooking embraces contrast, discord, counterpoint, counterpunching, variance and the absence of delicacy … the dishes are as bold and baroque as any flamboyant building.”  

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Tips for Remembering Names

I’m really bad at remembering names.

There are times when I look at a friend (my friend, not just someone that I met one time) and literally cannot recall their name. Luckily that’s pretty rare… but it does happen. I can’t remember celebrity names, athletes’ names, restaurant names, clothing brands, etc. In case I haven’t made it clear enough, remembering names is not my forte.

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Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 – Exhibition Review

The Design Museum’s latest exhibition, Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018, explores graphic design’s prominent role in the major political moments of our times.

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018 Exhibition

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Flâneur: A Store for Explorers

When meeting someone who knows the word flâneur, it feels like reuniting with an long-lost sibling. So imagine my excitement when I came across a store with that name in the heart of Athens, in the picturesque and usually tourist-ridden area of Plaka.

[Thanks to all the friends and family who sent me a photo of the storefront when passing by or messaged me to tell me about this. All 7.452 of you.]

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Book Review: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari is a book that I keep revisiting over conversations with friends. Ansari addresses the pleasures and perils of modern romance in an honest, humorous, insightful and quintessentially millennial manner. His references expand from celebrities and Reddit threads to social scientists like Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer; as a result the book feels like a lighthearted read that has done its research.

Book Review: Modern Romance

 

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5 Utterly Banging Brunches in London

Brunch in London is our national sport, right after queuing and doing small talk. If you live here, then you’re probably always on the lookout for a new brunch place to try – so many restaurants, so little time. Consistent with my generation, who chooses to invest on avocado toast and artisan coffee, here’s a handful of places that never fail to deliver. 

Brunch in London: Pavilion Cage

 

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Alone Time: Therapeutic or Simply Weird?

I’m a self-proclaimed introvert but it took me a long time to come to terms with it.

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Modern Friendship: Making New Friends As An Adult

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and intimidating, especially if you’re moving to a place where you’ve never lived before and thus do not know anyone.

 

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