Short on money? Spent all those savings on your last winter trip to a sunny island (or maybe on the latest iPhone, if we’re being a little more realistic)? No problem! Get ready for a summer staycation.
Check out that new place
We might not be in Italy or France, but we can still enjoy a piece of foreign exoticism in our own city. Step out to that new restaurant for a taste of some delightful foreign cuisine. Don’t forget to finish up with dessert!
Explore an unfamiliar city
By that, we mean your own! You might have lived in the city all your life, but still not experienced the many wonders it has to offer. Go ahead and plan your trip to all the local attractions that you’ve never had a chance to visit. Go to the local museum, or the far-off legendary food street you’ve heard so much about.
Plan a spa day
What’s better than a long, relaxing day at the spa? That’s right, nothing! Set up a date with your best girls and go pamper yourself. Manicures, pedicures, massages, facials: the world is your oyster.
Throw a house party
Good times don’t always have to be somewhere out. Bring the fun home by hosting an entertaining party for your friends. A few board games, a pack of cards, agreeable music and delicious food is all you need.
Being out and about might be fun, but it can sure get tiring. Put your feet up and just relax for a few days. A fun movie and some snacks in bed? Sounds perfect!
Digest O’ clock: Green-Ginger-Mint Tea recipe
Having trouble digesting all the Ramadan goodies? Can’t help but over eat every time you decide to just have one pakora? We might have something that can help you wash away all that guilt and digest your Iftars better. Presenting the unbelievably delicious tea that is surprisingly good for digestion.
What you need:
1 sliver of ginger (washed and peeled)
Mint leaves (according to taste, washed and separated from stem)
Bring one cup water to boiling point. Tear Lipton Green Tea bag and empty the contents into the pot, add ginger and mint leaves. Boil the mixture on low flame until you can smell ginger and mint mix well together. Turn off the flame and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Enjoy hot with honey or cold with extra lemon!
Weight watchers: Low-calorie Iftar ideas
Feeling like your body with implode with all them fried goodies you’ve been binging on? Or are you someone who takes the month of Ramadan as an opportunity to lose a few pounds? Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on we have a few recipes that won’t add up to the numbers on the scale so that you can indulge all you want without compromising on taste.
Zucchini, Onion and Tomato Bake with Low Fat Mozzarella
What you need:
3 -4 zucchini (Tori)
1 -2 large white onion
2 large ripe tomatoes
Low fat Mozarella cheese
Salt and black pepper
Slice onions and sauté in olive oil until they are soft. Then slice zucchini and tomato into thin slices. Take a dish and start layering the vegetables (you should have a minimum of 3 layers). One layer of zucchini, then sautéed onions in olive oil then tomatoes. Sprinkle with low fat mozarella cheese and salt and pepper according to taste.
Keep layering until you run out of the sliced vegetables then top it with a layer of low fat mozzarella cheese (you can go as thick or thin as you want). Bake in 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until brown around the sides and on the top.
Papaya Salad (Som Yam)
What you need:
Small green raw papaya, shredded
2 small tomatoes cut into quarters
4 garlic cloves (you can make it 6 if you want the taste of garlic to pop)
6 red or green chilly
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp ground roasted peanuts
Fresh lettuce and chilly for garnish
Put garlic and tomatoes in a bowl and pound a few times to release their juices. Add chilies and crush lightly to release the heat. Remember to crush lightly and make sure the tomatoes and garlic don’t turn into a paste. In a separate cup, dissolve the sugar in a mixture of lime juice and soy sauce. Mix the tomato-garlic mixture with the sweet and sour dressing. Add shredded papaya, peanuts, lettuce to the sweet and sour juice and mix all the ingredients together well. Serve in a shallow bowl and top with garnish.