A spread of traditional mezes photograph by Peden & Munk
“Meze, which is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers before a main dish. A big part of the dining experience in Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Arab countries. The word “meze” means “taste” and/or “snack.” The concept is very similar to the tapas of Spain,”
Lena and Kara are on one of their totally-platonic-friends-nonstop-flirting dates.
K: Must be nice to be able to travel like that. Seeing all those place.
L: *Digging in her purse* where would you like to go?
K: I dunno. Ireland. New Zealand…you know, that’s where Xena and Lord of the Rings were filmed?
L: *still rummaging in her purse, but chuckling* you are such a nerd. But adorable. Why don’t you go? I’m sure you could get the time off.
K: *blushes and adjusts her glasses* Um..it’s tough to get away.
L: *pursing her lips, starting to remove items from her purse and setting them on the table* oh, I’m sure it is.
K: Lena, what are you looking for?
L: *laughs triumphantly, holding up a credit card* This!
L: *handing the credit card over to Kara* here
K: *confused, but takes the offered card* what…?
L: *putting everything back in her bag, setting it on the ground, crossing her arms on the table, and looking directly into Kara’s eyes* That is a charge card.
K: *rolls here eyes* yeah I know. Why are you giving it to me?
L: *smirks* look at it.
K: *looks at the card, more confused* why does it have my name on it?
L: It’s yours. I added you to my account.
K: *growing more confused by the minute* What? Why?
L: *waves on hand vaguely in the air* well I figured you probably go through a lot of shirts. So I thought I would help you keep replenishing them.
K: *hesitating* What are you talking about?
L: *grins and mimes ripping her shirt open*
POMEGRANATES, PILAFS, AND THE BOUNTY OF BAKU “The capital city of Azerbaijan is home to a fantastical rising skyline, rose-scented markets, and the world’s last great undiscovered cuisine.” - photography: Jason Lang - text: Anya Von Bremzen - Saveur February / March 2017
An array of Azeri sweets, including a starbust of almond-cardamom pakhlava (recipe in latest issue)
RFA + V and Saeran react to overhearing MC's family scold her because they despise who she's dating? Maybe they think they aren't successful and responsible enough or not loyal or trustworthy or feel like MC deserves far better than what she's getting our of them? Specifically I'd like to see Saeyoung's reaction given his insecurities.
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RFA + Saeran and V finding MC’s family disapproval
I just think he’s playing with you.”
He heard that coming from your father when you
two were washing the dishes in the kitchen, Zen noticed you two forgot a plate
and was bringing it to the kitchen.
what makes you think that, dad?” “Well, he’s handsome, I bet he has tons of
women running after him. Maybe famous women? What makes you think he won’t dump
you for some famous actress? He’s a public figure, honey, his image is
everything. Plus… he sounds shallow like that.”
Zen could deal with being called narcissist, workaholic, but… shallow? He was
sounding shallow to your father?
wanted to walk into the kitchen, maybe subtly, maybe not. He wish he had some
really witty and smart statement to give so your father would realize he wasn’t
he was about to step into the kitchen when he finally heard your voice: “If he
sounds shallow, maybe you didn’t pay attention enough to what he was saying,
dad. Have you listened to his story? His problems with his family? The way he
struggled when he started his career as an actor? Have you heard when he told
you how much he loves me and how guilty he feels that we’re still not married?
Come on, dad. Either you weren’t listening, or you don’t know what shallow
honey…” “His family is broken enough, dad. Let’s not break ours too just
because you’re seeing Zen as just another actor, not as the man I chose to
share my life with.”
could almost cry right there. How did he manage to find someone who can see so
deep inside him? Yeah, he definitely likes being known for his looks, but the
fact you see beyond them is really overwhelming.
you two are saying goodbye to your father, he gives a firm handshake to the
man. “I hope we can spend more time
would like that a lot. I see you have a bike, what brand is it?” that goodbye
turned into a long conversation about bikes, which was super boring to you, but
seeing them bonding was worth it.
honestly thought it was a joke when you introduced him as your boyfriend, sis.”
heard when you and your sister were in your bedroom trying to find something
for you to wear, Yoosung accidentally spilled wine on you.
up.” “No, I’m serious! What are you thinking, MC? He seems like a teenage mama’s
boy. Look at what he did to your shirt, he’s so clumsy and… nerve-wracking! You’ll
have to play his mommy all the time!”
it’s not like he haven’t thought about himself like that before, but listening
when it comes from another person, that person being someone who grew up with
you hurts a lot more.
first instinct was head out of there without anybody noticing he’s gone. But…
then your sister would be completely right.
just spilled wine on me because his spatial notion is still a little compromised
due to his eye. Have I told you he hurt his eye trying to protect me, sis? And
yeah, he’s still a little nervous because he doesn’t know my family too well,
but your hostility definitely won’t help him calming down. If you’ weren’t such
a bitch, maybe you would have noticed by now he’s an amazing smart man that
makes me really happy.”
just called me a bitch because of that guy?” “I did, just so you know how
serious I am about him, to the point I’m fighting with my favorite person in
he’s glad he didn’t run and stayed to listen to this. You made him sound like a
really cool reliable guy, the type of man he’s trying to be for you.
you and your sister go back to the living room, she makes sure to sit next to
you two. “So wait… you asked her to be your pre-girlfriend before you got
together? Oh my God, that’s so adorable…”
you two kept squealing over that photo of his with the roses, and though he’s
super embarrassed, he couldn’t help feeling a little smug when your sister said
”Huh, I wish my boyfriend were like this.”
seems a little cold, MC. Are you sure she really likes you?”
heard when you and your brother were setting the table while she was talking to
your parents in the living room, she decided she needed to help as well.
don’t even start, bro.” “I’m not saying this to be an ass! Come on, MC, she’s
so formal! She’s almost like a granny, you’ll get bored if you stay with her!
This if she doesn’t dump you first, she seems cold like that.”
warned her about your brother’s brutal honesty, but this still felt unexpectedly
was really trying to loosen up, and she honestly felt she was doing a good job,
at least next to you and to your friends, maybe she wasn’t and people close to
you were feeling she wasn’t real about your relationship?
been working her ass off on a very strict company basically since she
graduated, she’s still learning to loosen up. You would have noticed this if
you weren’t so desperate about finding something to complain about my
girlfriend, as you typically do.”
MC, calm down! I’m just worried for you.” “I appreciate it, but you’re the one
boring me right now, let’s end this before I stop feeling bored and end up
can’t help feeling this warmth growing inside her. Knowing that you are willing
to fight for her like this is amazing! Not only because she never had that
before, but also because it’s you.
brother decides to talk a little more to her. “Whooooa, so you’re a judo
blackbelt? That’s awesome! You gotta teach me some moves!”
giving this guy an ippon after he pissed you off would satisfy her more than
she cared to admit.
you sure this is a healthy relationship, honey?”
mother asked you when you two were making dinner while he was setting the
table, as you asked him, but he didn’t know where to find the forks.
do you mean, ma?” “I mean, he seems so intimidating and, everything is
happening so fast, you barely know each other and are already engaged, he seems
very intense, for that matter.”
he was indeed very intense, but… intimidating? He never wanted to come across
as intimidating, not to you, not to the woman who raised you.
Was he intimidating you to the point you were
feeling pressured to get married?
I know what you’re trying to say. He’s not like dad, okay? Yes, he is very
intense, just because he never had the chance to express his feelings like all
of us do.“
your father wasn’t good at expressing feelings either, then he expressed with
actions…” “Ma, Jumin would never hurt me, emotionally or physically. I know you
might be thinking I’m on a cycle, that I have daddy issues, but… just give him
a chance, okay? Let him prove he is nothing like my father.”
was really sad for you and your mother. Two amazing women were suffering due to
a man’s behavior, this was awful in so many levels…
walks into the kitchen, pretending he didn’t hear a thing. “Why don’t you just
rest while MC and I cook, maam?”
wow, what a gentleman… nothing like her father.” He smiled genuinely, neither
of the women were feeling intimidated by that smile.
mother and I think you deserve better.”
father says when you were helping him changing a light bulb, Saeyoung decided
to help when he heard this.
would you think that, dad?” “Sweetie, he’s a train wreck! He’s immature, irresponsible,
you told me how rude he acted with you. How can you be sure he won’t start
pushing you away again?”
course he knew how immature and irresponsible he was, but he never really
thought about what if he started getting snappy to you again. He promised he
wouldn’t, but… was he good at keeping promises? Ask his brother.
he had any good sense, he would walk away and pretend he didn’t listen to any
of this. He was already immature and irresponsible, he didn’t need o be nosy as
just pushed me away because he was worried and pretty sure he would die at any
moment back then, dad. He was scared, he’s been scared his whole life! Have I
told you what kind of hell he and his brother grew up at?”
it still doesn’t justify…” “It does to me. He is scared and willing to change
for me, I know that because I trust him. Can’t you trust the man your daughter
loves? Not even a little?”
if you asked him anything with that tone, he would oblige without thinking… ugh,
you’re so sweet, so lovely, so caring… he can never push you away again! Not right
now his life is so great with you and his brother, but it isn’t perfect, since
your parents don’t like him…
be honest with you, son. I still don’t trust you, but my daughter does and she
never failed her judgments, that, and only because of that, I’ll give you the
benefit of the doubt.” You looked at him and smiled.
you, sir. I’ll prove it will be worth it.” Not so immature and irresponsible
right now, is he?
listen to me, this guy is trouble!”
heard this through the baby monitor when you and your sister went to check on
are you saying this?” “MC, he is… creepy! Are you dating him to punish dad?
Look at him, he looks like he’s on the edge of a mental breakdown! Are you sure
you want to play his nurse forever?”
wasn’t on the edge of a mental breakdown! At least not now… at least not since
you came along, but there were a few says, though…
sister is so right! He’s so weird and creepy, he doesn’t deserve you at all!
Why did he even think he could handle trying to be normal and do normal things
not playing his nurse! I like to help him because I love him, and he had mental
break downs in the past, you would have too if you were locked up and forced to
drugs after growing up with an abusive mother. All he needs is support and a
loving family, not this… judgment from you!”
calm down, I was just…” “I know you’re concerned, but focus your concern on
helping me give him what he needs. If you have nothing else nice to say, don’t
say anything at all.”
didn’t hear any of this, he hid in the bathroom when you two left the bay’s
bedroom and kept talking as you walked into the living room.
you two heard the baby crying through the baby monitor, but he quickly stopped,
you two found it odd and went to check on him.
was fine, Saeran was holding him. “Am… Am I doing this right?” Making yours and
your sister’s heart explode from sweetness? Yep, he was doing this right.
are you even thinking dating this guy, MC?”
brother asked you when V went to the toilet, he got lost and tried to get back
to ask your brother where was it, exactly.
do you mean?” “I mean, he’s an old blind man, MC! You’re wasting your youth with
a guy like this, he won’t be able to keep it up with you!”
already thought about it, yes, you were so young, did you really need to take
such a responsibility by dating him?
that coming from your brother, who sounded so worried… he hated being a burden
and provoking this arguing between two family members…
just one year older than you, so chill. And what century are we in? Do you
think just because he’s blind, he’s not able to have a normal life? Dude, we’re
planning a trip to Italy for my birthday, I think that’s pretty normal, don’t
take I easy, I’m just…” “You’re concerned, but you don’t have to. He’s pretty good by himself, and he’s
independent, he doesn’t need me, yet he wants me, and I want him, so there’s
nothing for you to worry about.”
needed you, maybe not to do things for him, yes. But he needed you because he
loved you, and he was so happy that you were so sure about him not being a
were saying goodbye, when your brother said: “I’m sorry, dude.”
you want to apologize, apologize for stressing her out. As for me, don’t worry,
I’ll make sure to bring you a gift from Italy as a peace offer.”
Prompt: Winteriron, "You're surprisingly warm for someone called the Winter Soldier"
This is cute!
Tony sneezed; once, twice. A chill runs up his spine and across his shoulders. It’s currently smack dab in the middle of winter and, despite the heat being circulated throughout all the rooms in Avengers Tower, he still feels cold. He has long since ditched his jeans and well-worn AC/DC tank top for sweats and a hoodie. At this point, he is contemplating gloves or just going to bed.
Cranky, Tony more or less storms his way towards the kitchen on the main floor for a cup of coffee. He’d do hot chocolate, but FRIDAY informed him that Clint drank the last bit earlier that day and didn’t inform anyone. Now the streets were covered in thick blankets of snow and no service would be willing to deliver in this sort of weather. Not that Tony wanted them too. Safety of one’s self and all that.
“Barton’s a lazy ass,” Tony mumbles to himself while shoving his hands, aching from the cold, into his hoodie’s front pocket. “Could have said something.”
It’s nearing midnight now and he had been in the workshop juggling a new circuit board while taking calls left and right from Pepper and Rhodey. Pepper staying in California (that lucky lady!) and Rhodey visiting family overseas, but both making time to talk to him.
Most, if not everyone, has retired for the day. A sort of sleepy mood taking over the superhero residence as the snow drifts from the sky. Steve mentioned something about everyone playing in the snow sometime tomorrow. Probably after breakfast. Clint and Thor were instantly down with that. Natasha only grinned and Bruce offers a small smile. Then there was Barnes who didn’t react much to the idea of being out in the “snowy wonder” as Steve called it. Tony, however, passed almost as quickly as it was brought up.
Snow is cold and wet. Two things Tony hates very much. But at Steve’s fallen face, Tony offers a list of Christmas-themed movies they could watch together. And relaxes when Steve accepts.
Upon finding the kitchen, Tony doesn’t bother turning on the light. It’s his tower. He designed it piece-by-piece and knows where everything is located. Even so, some light is supplied from the hallway right outside the kitchen. Just enough that he can see his coffee maker and just a bit beyond that.
Coffee going, Tony turns to the fridge to grab the milk. Opening it up, he scans the inside.
“We’re out of milk too?” Tony groans.
“It’s on the table.”
Tony jumps. Anxiety coursing through his veins, he turns around and, with the light from the fridge, sees Barnes sitting at the table with a bowl, the new box of Fruit Loops, and the jug of milk.
“Jesus Christ, Barnes! Warn a guy, would ya?!” Tony snaps while closing the fridge.
“FRIDAY, kitchen lights at 25 percent.”
A dim, almost orange, light is suddenly cast over the kitchen. With the light, Tony is now staring at a shirtless Barnes in Bugs Bunny pajama pants who just casually spoons more cereal into his mouth.
“Why are you eating in the dark, Barnes?”
Barnes shrugs. “Got good sight.”
“Oh, well. Warn a guy next time, please.”
Tony blinks. “Right. Well, carry on.” He takes the milk from the table and sets about making himself the perfect cup of coffee all while Barnes chills at the kitchen table eating cereal.
When he’s done, he turns back to the table to Barnes frowning at the box in his hands.
“Uh, what’s wrong?”
“The cereal is all gone.” He ends with a pout.
Tony blinks because that shouldn’t look cute. He blames Barnes’ floppy long brown hair and five o’clock shadow.
“Get another box?” Tony suggests.
“This was the last of that kind.”
“Get a different box?”
“But I liked this one,” Barnes mumbles while scowling at the box like it is the most offensive thing in the world.
Tony’s mouth twitches into a smile.
“Okay, well, I’m gonna’ go watch pre-recorded episodes of Iron Chef America so you’re welcomed to join if you want.” And he walks out of the kitchen.
Moments later, Barnes shuffles out of the kitchen to observe the living room. There’s only an available seat next to Tony. All the other seats were covered in the team’s junk. He tentatively sits next to Tony, back ridged from the close proximity.
“Chill out, snowflake. I won’t bite…unless you’re into that.”
And just like that, Barnes sags into the couch next to Tony. They sit there for nearly an hour when Tony shifts closer. It’s close to 2 AM when Tony just straight up presses against Barnes.
“Something wrong, Stark?”
“You’re surprisingly warm for someone called the Winter Soldier,” Tony replies all mysterious like.
Barnes blinks once, twice, thrice, and then he’s laughing. Tony blinks up at him, sees the mirth in his eyes, and finds himself grinning.
“Whatever you say, Stark.” He brings his arm up and wraps it around Tony’s shoulders and pulls him closer.
Summary: Tonight, it’s Seokjin’s turn to cook for you. But, while you think dessert is just as simple as some cupcakes with frosting; Seokjin plans to give you an episode or two of Eat Jin like you’ve never seen one before.
Warning: This scenario is rated M for MATURE as it contains scenes of a sexual nature. Contains food play. You’ve been warned.
A/N: This scenario was written for the lovely @coppertopging as part of my 10k giveaway prizes ^^ I’m so sorry this took longer than expected my love, but I hope that you’ll enjoy this ;) Thank you for being the amazing person that you are and I love you a lot!