February 14, 2014




So I have been in this business for some years now…


My uncle is a chef who wrote few famous cooking books back in Finland… I and my family are into food for years as I found it comes all the ways from our great-grandfather who was an Italian Chef that worked for an aristocratic Russian Family LONG time ago…


My daughter is 14 and her cooking is unbelievable… My mum, Aunts, Cousins and of my sweet grandmother has always been over creative in food making…


I was married to a very talented Chef for 6 years which also helps to develop my taste and love for kitchens…


My daughter at age of 3 when was asked where would she like to eat and that she had the choice to ask any restaurant she wanted, she asked for the nice restaurant that served those nice Snails and Spicy stake… I knew she got her special love for flavors from her mother!!


Time passes and I am still in this field more and more into pastry and cakes these days. It is beautiful! Full of Art and Flavors. It is even giving me the urge to study cooking, but not to work in the kitchen but I just have the urge to know even more!!!


I met few famous Chefs through my working years… I have to say my favorite is the Australian Chef Greg Malouf Who I read his article many years back even before meeting… A Good Cook knows by smell if his/her food missing something. That saying was told to me by my ex-husband who himself was reason for me to follow Greg Malouf… I remember I was so stressed… Sweaty… Nervous to meet him in my work place few years back…  


Yesterday I met another famous (show man) Chef Buddy Valastro From Cake Boss… Ok not my favorite man and not sure I can really call him a Chef… But he is talented in making HUGE cakes… His show on TV is more family oriented show like American Chopper and Hogan Knows Best… But still my husband, my daughter and myself we do like watching it if it’s on TV…


I realized one thing though… As Chef Greg Malouf came in to our premises he was accompanied with professional humble nice people… They were giving him even better image than already been built-in my head… While Chef Buddy Valastro came with BAGS OF **** who are full of themselves and so disrespectful. As a result they affected his image in my mind from being a talented young man (one year older than myself) who is funny and pleasant to see and changed him to show-off arrogant, full of himself of an image…


I still shock his hand and gave him my card and told him it was a pleasure to have met him… But it wasn’t even close to the pleasure of meeting Greg Malouf…


All I’m trying to say… Choose the people who you are with they can lift your image from ZERO to Million or Drop it down from a Million to ZERO!!!I advise you to choose to be seen with for socializing!

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää !!!


October 17, 2013


Filed under: BAHRAIN,FOOD,LOVE,PLEASURES — by noracassandra @ 3:19 pm

Marron Glace

I don’t remember when was the last time when I was raised up to heaven and brought back down to earth with a bite…


The new Coffee Sweet in Lilou Artisan Patisserie… Marron Glacé Covered with heavenly chocolate all placed on a crunchy light biscuit base. A bite so sweet still so balanced. My advice when you take a bite you close your eyes and allow your senses travel free.


BD35 for the kilo?? No problem, a heavenly bite like that is sold 40-60 euros back in Finland by the dozen if not 5 euros per piece which means this is less than ½ price deal if not ¼!!


I’m hoping to take some for my mum when I visit in Christmas this year… I know she will love it!


A bite made in heaven by Lilou Artisan Patisserie in Bahrain… That is MUST try. 

May 18, 2012

diet for 10 days

Filed under: ALI DADI,BAHRAIN,F1,FAMILY,FOOD,LOVE,MY DAUGHTER,PERSONAL — by noracassandra @ 11:35 am

I’m going once again on diet for 10 days… I hope! 😛

I had a lunch… Actually 2 lunches with Ali’s parents in the last week.

What I said about them in couple of posts earlier was assured for me even more. I also got to meet Ali’s eldest brother who was he also a very respectful nice person but very quiet. I think it to do because he did not expect a stranger (ME) to be present in his parents’ house. His kids were lovely and well I was glad to see also very familiar faces around as well. And I got to watch ½ of Spanish Qualifying with very interesting people who seemed all were into the F1 which made me very happy! 😀

The food though… The food is just too good to be true! I am glad I do not live in that house or I will make Ali’s head explode from complains of being FAT… I mean I do complain and give him constant headache now being the way I am… But I have to say again the FOOOOOODDDD… That food is good! As Ali’s mum said you got to dive in the fish today (All different fish dishes)!

Lucky me I got to eat again couple of days ago… This time it was Persian style stew with lamb and small home-made kebab on the side with white rice…… AHHHH…

Ok. So I looked at my body yesterday when was enjoying my one-day spa (once a week Routine)… And I have gained weight! So now back on diet for 10 days… But how when there is so good food I’m invited to??? 😦


February 26, 2012

I will not say Happy Birthday to you

Filed under: ALI DADI,BAHRAIN,FAMILY,FOOD,LOVE,PERSONAL,PLEASURES — by noracassandra @ 8:52 am

This was written 2 days ago.. but as I got net today I was able to publish it today!

It’s your birthday again. Last year I had nothing but my heart and love to offer but I felt it was not enough.

This year I have bought you a watch… Iida and I bought you headphones… We got you cards… I bought you clothes… Planned a whole surprise dinner in Zoe… And planning to take you to movies day after with Iida… Still not enough!!

I love you and I’m so happy to have shared hard times with you… Good times… Boring times and exciting times… You make me smile like no one ever does. You make me relax like one ever was able to do. You make Iida happy and return she keeps reminding how amazing man you to make sure my love to you just would keep on growing.

I don’t think any money, any gifts or any words could describe how grateful I am to God to have given me you… I can’t explain how this world is lucky to have someone like you walking in it. So I will not say Happy Birthday to you… But I will say Congratulations world for having this day when Ali Dadi was born.

August 22, 2011

I guess it counts as a GOOD year!!


Ramadan, I’m tried; lack of sleep and what they said will be a quiet month at work seems to be one of the busiest.

I love my job… thought of saying that once again.

At last I will reveal out loud where I’m working. I am working now full time at Lilou Pattísseríe. It is amazing!

I am not allowed to say much without consulting the marketing manager but something I have to say is 7 years in food & beverages field I have never been more amazed of how far this field can go.

I started in May and then I got the comment from Ali Dadi that he has never seen me this excited and happy. Of course there are ups and downs as any job but I am truly happy! I enjoy being in kitchens again and for first time ever experiencing sweets… True I have never been a fan of sweets but it is so interesting. Tasting sometimes feels like a challenge specially if I had tasted 2 or 3 different kinds already, then I seem not to have any sense of taste. But I am happy to be able to do it, as Chef Samer (who is such an amazing and creative chef that I never thought I could meet in my life time) asks me to taste and asks for my opinion. So I think I’m doing ok tasting sweets! 😛

There are of course the hot kitchens with all kind of pastas, stakes, Arabic, European, Asian and American kitchens (food)… God knows I could keep going on!

Iida is starting school in September and her birthday is that time, so big plans for her birthday! Hope she’ll have enough friends to invite! 😛

Ali and I are still doing well… ups and downs, stress took us down few times specially with his job being such a pain the last 6 months. But we still survive and find the way in between the hard times to lay down in bed, joke and make love…


1 year and 1 month has passed since I moved to Bahrain. I am in love with Bahrain, with Ali, with my work and my little Iida… I guess that counts as a GOOD year! 😉

July 2, 2011

I am happy…


I just found sometime to write…

I actually don’t know where to start. So much has happened around me. Political stuff, mental stuff, heart related stuff, work, Iida, Ali.

Well. Politics… I do NOT give my opinion there… As I said in Cyprus before that in Finland and even before that in Kuwait. Wars and political issues always have 2 sides or more… And non I meet even wants to see both sides… As most of the world will say one side has the right, but still there in still the other side… In wars as in Cyprus Turkey’s war people said how bad the Turks were and how they did all the war crimes… They even try to plant hate in the kids’ hearts in schools toward the Turks. I disagreed with that as Iida came to me saying she had to write a school report of the war crimes Turkish Cypriot did to the Greek Cypriots. I simply told her if the teacher allows you to write of the war crimes the Greek Cypriots did to the Turkish Cypriots and vice versa than you can write the report but you are not allowed to take sides in a war happened decades ago! After all each war has it’s victims from both sides. Even if I am a Kuwaiti and love Kuwait and will never agree with Saddam did to Kuwait, I still know that, that war did not end with only Kuwaitis getting hurt. I know Kuwaitis also ended up doing war crimes against Iraqi soldiers and even Iraqi civilians living in Kuwait at that time. In my opinion as a Fin, things should be talked about and found solutions without troubling anyone’s life… But then again if there never were someone who disagrees or protests the world would stop developing! After all how did women in Finland got their strong stand today if it wasn’t for the fight they went through… But still… I will never take sides in fights, conflicts or arguments that clearly are not for me!

I got let go from my previous job because of the mess that happened in Bahrain. I was broke, mentally tired, and not sure even if I would stay in Bahrain. I was so close to move back to Finland but to be honest was so happy things went back to normal and I got a new job!

I have to say Bahrain is back to normal. Yes you see still check points and security police around more than you did 6 months ago, but it’s back to normal. Friends are back to their spots meeting up, Sunni and Sheea friends are still on same table joking and enjoying life and their friendship. So I am staying here and still think Bahrain is really cool and I love being here!!!

I love my new job! I will not talk about it much as I still have 1 more month of probation till I’m settled in. I just got to say I really love Restaurant, kitchen and FRONTLINE positions… So YES back to hospitality and restaurant business! 🙂

I’m still in Love with the same man! He is away right now in India which maybe is the reason I am at home and have the time to write as he left me his laptop! 😛

Iida got accepted to AMA school. She went for the entrance exam with Ali. She came out with the teacher, as it seems she got her impressed! She passed the exam with full mark and she was told that she would be put into A class… where they put all their hard-working students to not have bad influence from other students in other classes.

That’s about it for now! I am happy… Alive… In love… Enjoying my new job… And so proud of my little girl! 🙂

August 12, 2010

my first day of ramadan in bahrain

Filed under: BAHRAIN,FOOD,FRIENDS,MY DAUGHTER,PERSONAL — by noracassandra @ 6:48 am

happy ramadan, or ramadan mubarak to all muslims in the world!
ramadan is here… and i’m in an arab country… wow… never thought that would happen! 😛 Ok haven’t seen anything yet, just got stuck at home on my first day watching all the ramadan programs and of course i had to watch Diennah in her role on the scope tv (apparently a kuwaiti channel i didn’t know about)… she was very good… better than i even expected! as i said then i will say now…. a talent that will just grow!
what’s the plan for today… send my cv to to at least one place i just got from a friend… and well meet up with Diennah and maybe see a director… and go out for a walk or coffee at least!!! 🙂 oh let’s not forget kerimo I have to watch kerimo!!!! 😛
i spoke to iida (my little angel) that put a smile on, and ali’s mum sent me some home made food that i think was the greatest meal i had in months… i’m going back to the left overs now that i remembered that food….

April 22, 2009


Filed under: CYPRUS,F1,FOOD,FRIENDS,HOLIDAYS,PERSONAL,PLEASURES — by noracassandra @ 8:38 am

Sorry everyone for not posting about the F1 as usual!!! I’m too busy in Bahrain and won’t have time at all to be posting!!! So I will try to post as soon as I’m back in Cyprus!! 🙂

And just so you know…… Bahrain is perfect!!!! 😀

April 5, 2009


Filed under: F1,FOOD,FRIENDS,HOLIDAYS,PERSONAL,PLEASURES — by noracassandra @ 5:28 pm

So I’m going to Bahrain!!! For the F1 race!!! Got my free tickets from a good friend!!!

So what else??/ I will be going all alone, so no my man no my girl!!! 😦 … it was first planned as the whole family… but seems money problems didn’t help or allow doing so!!!

I will be staying at my good friend’s place Leen… she is the lovely lady who came for my big 30th birthday party back in October!!! I did wish Emmi could come at least for few days too… but I guess I only can hope she finishes here thesis soon so she will be a free woman again!!!!! Emmi… do it girl… and I’ll see you soon after!!! 🙂

I will be meeting up with Aladdin who is another friend who came over for my birthday too… then of course few other friends!!

I will enjoy the race up close…. And my god the food, tanning, all the crazy stuff going around… I am so excited!!!

I also might be getting close to some real expensive cars and taking a lot of pictures! 🙂

January 19, 2009


Filed under: BEAUTY,FOOD,HEALTH,PERSONAL — by noracassandra @ 5:04 pm

So I did it!!! I had it done on Friday… I mean the colon hydrotherapy or the colon cleans!

It wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but I have to admit it wasn’t bad! The unpleasant part in it is the feeling that you need to go to the toilet so bad but you can’t get up! As the have a thin small tube in your rectum and that is not too bad as it’s so thin and you just feel something so small going in but it’s not as bad as I expected!!! 😛

After that the water flow starts… it’s quite warm so it’s quite comfortable, till… Till the feeling starts that you really need to run to the toilet… but of course you can’t! 😛

My therapist explained that a lot of shit came out… shit that are at least few years old… it’s true the words I feel like shit before doing the cleansing… as you are full of years of shit… and I really mean it years of shit!!!

As I found out the walls of large intestines hold a quite big part of the shit that pass through it around the years… I really mean exactly what I’m saying here!!! So all the shit hanging and pilling up on the walls makes the intestine’s muscles hard to work… So by time you start having digestion problems and toilet problems… your shit won’t move as fast as it should in the intestines which will cause it to dry up which makes it hard to move and get out… and the water that should have been inside it vibrate and takes the way it came in from… mouth way… so bad breath also will be unbearable!

In 3 days… I do feel less blotted, but she (the therapist) said it could be my small intestines which are bigger problem… but I have to say bad breath is gone! And I do feel better… and going to toilet is not a nightmare anymore! 😀

So I would advice this therapy to all… and regularly… as in at least once every couple of years!

Oh and an ex-friend once had to write her thesis about this therapy… so she made all researches and found a study done on a woman over 70 and never had the colon hydrotherapy done… so they did it for her to see what they can find… they found traces of medicine she had to take for little time once in her life time… before her 20s… so imagine if you are 30 years like I am… what are the stuff you stuffed your large intestines walls through those years!!! 😉

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