Thank God for those who give thanks. We should be grateful for the reminder

by Rashmee

Posted on November 24, 2017


This Thanksgiving, it is only right to give thanks for those who tell us why we should give thanks. One of those is Yale law professor Stephen Carter, who recently wrote up 13 reasons we should be grateful to be alive in November 2017. These included one well-worn theme – the fall in the number … Continue reading “Thank God for those who give thanks. We should be grateful for the reminder”

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From dinar store to a real Chinese restaurant, Beijing is in Tunisia, big league

by Rashmee

Posted on September 25, 2017


A couple months ago, I noted the new growth – the visible aspects – of China’s presence in the Tunisian capital. There was, after Ramadan, a new “Asian” restaurant in the big Carrefour in La Soukra. Then there was the One China Market on Route 9. It must, I think be the Tunisian equivalent of … Continue reading “From dinar store to a real Chinese restaurant, Beijing is in Tunisia, big league”

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A Tunisian/ Maghrebi speciality, the pancake of a thousand holes, is good eating

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2017


Yesterday, I ate a Tunisian/ Maghrebi speciality, the pancake of a thousand holes. That’s not a speciality for Ras el am el Hejri, the Islamic New Year which Tunisia celebrated on September 21. But the crepe mille-trous is called ghrayef or baghrir and is made of semolina. From what I can make out, the ghrayef is … Continue reading “A Tunisian/ Maghrebi speciality, the pancake of a thousand holes, is good eating”

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Tunisia joins the Brazilian steakhouse dining experience

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2017


When the Brazilian steakhouse first arrived in the US, it won ecstatic patrons and frank admiration for the simple, sumptuous all-the-meat-you-can-eat menu. Now, it has come to Tunisia and chances are it will have a similar, if less widespread effect. Le Brasilien in Tunis is not a chain, unlike Fogo de Chã, which took the … Continue reading “Tunisia joins the Brazilian steakhouse dining experience”

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Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2017


When the Tunisian capital’s under-advertised Season of Love, Rouhanyet, ended (on August 28) it had ranged around many parts of the Sufi world map. Tunisia, of course. And Syria. Egypt. Algeria. Morocco. Turkey. Iran. India. Interestingly, Indian Night (the penultimate night of the six-day event) featured a study in stark contrasts. There was the unflashy … Continue reading “Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis”

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The Chinese aren’t coming to Tunisia. They’re already here

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2017


Please note Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao’s bracing words to Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui on July 20, 2017. China will strengthen cooperation with Tunisia under the One Belt, One Road Initiative, Mr Li said as he met the Tunisian minister in Beijing. Pretty anodyne, you might think. It’s what government types say to each … Continue reading “The Chinese aren’t coming to Tunisia. They’re already here”

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Tunisia is bright – with sun, flowers and the sudden flicker of hope as tourists start to return

by Rashmee

Posted on July 19, 2017


August, so they say, is the hottest month in the Tunisian capital, with temperatures averaging 27°C (81°F) all day, every day. Did they forget about June and July? Average temperatures seem to have hovered around 34°C (93.2°F), a guesstimate, of course, but then it’s been so infernally hot. Infernally hot and incredibly bright. With sun and … Continue reading “Tunisia is bright – with sun, flowers and the sudden flicker of hope as tourists start to return”

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Lunch in a car dealership? The delights of life in Tunisia’s capital

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2017


The F Caffe in Tunis is a zippy name for a 40-cover restaurant in the Fiat car dealership. It’s in the tony surrounds of Lac 1, near the American and British embassies. Other hip eating places abound nearby but F Caffe rather holds its own. For starters, it’s unusual. It’s not every day you go … Continue reading “Lunch in a car dealership? The delights of life in Tunisia’s capital”

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150th Canada Day in Tunisia was much like their relationship: polite, calm & collected

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2017


So we were at Canada Day in Tunis (it was held on June 29, three days before the actual 150th birthday) and it seemed like a metaphor for the relationship between these two Francophone countries: polite, if a bit bland, but unfailingly good-natured and well-intentioned. As the Canadian Embassy in Tunis documents, the bilateral relationship is … Continue reading “150th Canada Day in Tunisia was much like their relationship: polite, calm & collected”

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In Tunis medina, a house with a view – of Tunisia’s past and present

by Rashmee

Posted on June 28, 2017


In the medina of Tunis, built into the wall of the Zitouna Mosque is a darkly sparkling gem, Eddar. The antiques shop Ali Chammakhi’s runs from his family’s 400-year-old home is one of its kind. (N.B.: The Chammakhis themselves have lived there a mere 250 years, as Ali wryly explains. But the house was standing … Continue reading “In Tunis medina, a house with a view – of Tunisia’s past and present”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US