Roy Fares “DELICIOUS” Book Release Party!

When I first met Roy Fares, it was under very sensitive circumstances. A friend’s memorial service.. From that time on, we have been friends.
Roy Fares (Sweden’s Best Pastry Chef of 2010) is a Sweet Dynamo of energy and talent!  He would have to be since he has just released his THIRD cook book, called “DELICIOUS


The first, ‘Sweet by Roy Fares‘ in 2012, was our welcoming introduction to Roy’s simple yet tasty treats. After several visits to the U.S.A., he was inspired to complete a second book in 2013 called ‘The United States of Cakes‘. Traditional American desserts that Roy chose to put his own delectable spin on, to take your taste buds to a whole new level.

Now, Roy brings us yet another savoury book.

In ‘DELICIOUS‘, he focuses on seasonal Fall and Winter fruits like apples, pears and nuts. He also takes some baking inspiration from America and gives it the Roy Fares ‘lift’  with his own signature touches. He embraces the holidays too, and creates many delectable cookies, cakes and pies for the holiday season and to have with a nice cup of hot chocolate, curled up in your favourite chair.


Roy’s DELICIOUS Release Party was held at the very elegant and laid back  Miss Clara Hotel. I got there and was greeted by Roy who was outside at the time. He looked handsome as usual.  I didn’t go right in. He asked why and I told him I was waiting for my plus one.  Only minutes later my friend Kendra arrived.

20140908_019 (2)Our names were checked off the list and we walked in to the high energy and pleasant atmosphere. Champagne, cocktail hors d’oeuvres, wine, pastries, cider and of course “DELICIOUS” were up for grabs. Everyone taking a DELICIOUS  copy to browse and have signed. The place was  filled with well wishers, family, acquaintances and friends. Roy was his usual cool self, greeting everyone, working the room and having a laugh or a selfie.


Roy was born in Lebanon in 1984 – the youngest of three children. In 1990, during the Syrian war, his parents moved the family to Örebro, Sweden – for a safer and more prosperous life.

In his Bio on his website he writes, “I have always admired my Mom and Dad for their brave decision. I sometimes wonder what I would have done if we stayed, and how my life would have been like today.”

Roy has worked hard and has come very far in his career. His determination and continued rising success is an indicator that he is certainly on the move and has so much more to look forward to in his life and his career!  CHEERS ROY!

To learn more about Roy Fares, check out his site By Roy Fares , Facebook: Sweets by Roy Fares

Photos in Slideshow taken by Photographer: Kate Gabor

The 4th of July Celebration with the U.S. Embassy of Sweden, in Gotland!.. Or, ” What I did this Summer.”

Remember when you were returning to school after Summer, and the first assignment you would get from your Teacher would be to write an essay about what you did over the Summer.  Well, back then my reports were mainly about visiting my Grandparents in Miami, hanging with friends, having sleepovers with my cousins, getting Math and Reading assignments from my Parents, and taking extra Summer class courses. Yeah, I was a bit of a Nerd.

Well, NOTHING could have prepared me for this past Summer!

I was asked to sing the American National Anthem ( I write “American” because I know some of you thought I meant the Swedish anthem) for the July 4th Celebration at the U.S. Embassy of Sweden.

My first thought was, “Wow! Yay!” Those of you who know me, you know this is true 🙂

The first time I had this honour was in June 2013 when the U.S. Embassy had their July 4th BBQ Bash at the Sheraton Hotel. That place was filled with Ambassadors, Officials, special guests as well as fellow Americans. I was really nervous but it went well. I  felt so humbled to sing the National Anthem for my Country and for the Embassy. It was just an overwhelming feeling of pride.

So, here I am again, being asked a second year in a row (Yes! They didn’t think I sucked the first time 🙂 ) to sing for their 4th of July Party. I humbly accepted, knowing that it couldn’t be as nerve wrecking as the first time.  The BIG surprise. This party was going to be held in Visby Gotland during Almedalen, Sweden’s biggest political meeting place. Almedalen brings political parties, non-governmental organisations, businesses, trade unions and a host of other organisations together to discuss politics and policy through seminars and gatherings throughout the week. This is the first time the U.S.Embassy has taken the 4th of July celebration outside of Stockholm.

I had never been to Visby and was quite excited about the trip considering it was during high season for vacation seekers as well. I was finally going to Gotland.

My fun began on the boat ride with Destination Gotland ferry from Nynäshamn to Gotland. Quite a fine journey. It reminded of me of being on a floating plane but MUCH quieter!


Once there, I stayed in the Clarion Visby hotel.

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From the outside, it reminded me of a rook chess piece.  The inside, much more becoming and warm with great staff and a friendly, buzzing atmosphere. This hotel is deceiving with it’s long corridors that twist and turn. I got the hang of it and only knew I was near my room from the change of décor in the hallway and the large chandelier hanging near my room door.

The next day, it was all about preparation. The festivities were held in the Governor’s garden. The Landshövding (Governor) of Visby is Governor Cecilia Schelin Seidegård.

The Embassy staff were worker bees fixing, organizing, preparing, and ensuring all would flow smoothly  for this event. Then finally it was time.. Introductions were made.


Natalia & Ambassador Brzezinski and Governor Cecilia Schelin Seidegård.



The Ambassador and Mrs. Natalia Brzezinski took their place on the podium and then I was presented to sing.

A nervous moment but I got through it with grace.  You’ve never seen someone so happy and eager to step off a stage 🙂

The Ambassador then gave a speech that was full of meaning and inspiration.

The party itself was a huge success and everyone seemed to enjoy all the great music, conversations, food and even slushies!

Thank you so much Darcie,  Laura, Ann-Charlotte, Steve, Jeff, Julie, Kellie, Natalia, Michael, Mark, Ken, Bob, Annika and everyone for a wonderful time. You all really made me feel so warm and welcome!

There are moments you remember all your life. This is one of those moments.

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