Monday, 31 July 2017

Living Lebanon

I just love the Eastern-influenced design of this restaurant
The whole place is full of colourful tiles and myriads of hand-crafted products.
Just check out their washroom - no words!
In one corner of the restaurant, you'll find canned goods, bottled preserves, 
hand-made sweets and spices.
If you feel like sitting down for your meal, there are also ready-made sandwiches to take away

For breakfast we had a pretty hefty meal made out of
Shakshuka with Feta -Elsa's choice
- slow cooked tomatoes, red onions and peppers mixed with parsley, coriander and garlic. 
Topped with a fried egg and crumbled feta, served with pita.
MrD's choice of full breakfast of Spicy Armenian lamb sausage, fool moudamas, 
zaatar roasted mushrooms, sumac fried egg, chargrilled tomato, 
Lebanese potatoes, served with flat bread
and mine was the vegetarian option of 
Halloumi cheese, fool moudamas, zaatar roasted mushrooms, sumac fried egg, 
chargrilled tomato, Lebanese potatoes, served with flat bread

For dessert, we had Orange and Almond Cake and Rose Mouhalabia Milk Pudding

Fresh Rose Mint Tea served in a silver teapot
A healthy blend of green tea, fresh mint, rose water & sugar. 

Comptoir Libanais
Queen Street,
Exeter EX4 3HP
Tel: 01392249588

Opening times:
Mon-Sat 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sun 9 am -10:30 pm




Friday, 28 July 2017

My Exeter

Hello again everyone, it's Elsa.

Today, I thought I would reminisce on the place 
that I called home for the past 3 years - Exeter.
I experienced a lot, from living on my own for the first time 
to having to buy groceries for myself (and cooking/cleaning).

I'll definitely miss the High Street with all its stores and restaurants 
within walking distance from the house.

The cathedral is another part of Exeter that I'll miss - 
I had a lot of great memories here, like eating ice cream on the green, 
setting up picnics, and trying out the famous cream scones.

Unfortunately in my years here, I barely went down to the Quay 
but it was such a beautiful spot to explore. 
I remember eating pizzas by the riverside, watching families rent kayaks 
so they could paddle up and down the length of the river.

Finally, it's time for me to say goodbye to campus.

I've spent the most time here attending lectures, workshops, 
and the like (including pulling in all-nighters in the library with friends ahead of a deadline). 
While I was doing it, I didn't think I'd look back and miss it in any way, but I think I will.

Not only will I be finished with my undergrad studies 
but I'll also miss the social aspect of the university, 
like being on committee for Asian Society, joining in on fundraising and cultural events, 
and meeting so many wonderful people along the way.

Thanks Exeter, you'll be missed!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Elsa's Graduation

Hi, it's Elsa here to write about graduation!

For us, grad week starting from July 17th but mine was 
conveniently scheduled for the middle of the week, 
giving us enough time to travel back to Exeter 
and get our things together.

To be honest, the thought of graduation did make me a little nervous, 
so I found it hard to focus for the few days prior. 
However, it was great having my parents come down to 
Exeter with their endless support!

We had to reach the Forum by around 9am to pick up our graduation robes, 
but by the time it hit 11am, the street was basically packed. 
There were so many families waiting for our ceremony to start, 
as well as a bunch of students in my course that I was pretty sure I'd never seen before.

I was a lot more excited around this time than I was before, 
which I think was down to seeing so many of my friends again after a month.

 The actual graduation hall itself was incredible - 
the university had set out seats for all important figures up on the stage 
and we were organized by name into our respective rows.

And then it was finally over!

Graduation was an amazing experience and really affirmed the fact that
I was done with another chapter in life.
Looking back, I've had some of the best three years of my life
and I'm eternally grateful to my family for continuously supporting me throughout -
I can't wait to see what else is in store!