Rasmenian Detritus

Official Website of Author Rasmenia Massoud


“No vacation goes unpunished.” ~Karl Hakkarainen “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ~Lin Yutang “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” ~G.K. Chesterton * * * When the guy across the aisle from […]


Ok, so imagine this: a group of people that you don’t know come over to your house for dinner.  They don’t speak your language very well – they expect you, as the host, to comprehend everything that they say.  They point & pantomime, occasionally spitting out a few words that you can understand. This group of strangers gag when they see the food that you set before them.  They balk […]


“A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.” -Mark Twain, ‘A Tramp Abroad’ “Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish.” -Henry Miller … It’s strange the […]


All three of us, Olivier, my mother-in-law & myself, all decided that it would have to be Thai food for lunch.  Sure, there are plenty of restaurants in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, but the Thai restaurant down the street was the only thing that would be able to satisfy us.  We had been thinking about it all morning & now we all had a strong craving. After we had […]

Categories: Fooding, La Vie en France


It feels like it was only about a week ago that Olivier & I were being bombarded by all of that fucking rice. But…it was two years ago already. Damn. The traditional gift for the 2nd anniversary is cotton. Fucking cotton? Whatever. It’s true that I really would like to have my own special room filled with nothing but cotton balls just so that I could jump in it like […]