sousan alwan

About Me

Hello and welcome to A TASTEFUL PLAN!  I’m so happy that you stopped by.

In my house growing up, our family spent a great deal of time either preparing food or talking about preparing it.  At the dinner table, we were always presented with piles of steaming meat, vegetables, and rice laced with fruits and spices.  Meals were fresh and homemade, a family ritual to be shared and enjoyed and discovered together.  One of the most important topics of discussion at each meal was — what are we going to have for the next meal?

My mother, a native of Pennsylvania, learned to cook in Baghdad, Iraq from my Persian grandmother.  After we moved to the United States, she prepared all of the delicious dishes she learned in the Middle-East and added many other cuisines to her “repertoire”, as she called it.

Now I have my own family.  I live between Washington, D.C. and Istanbul with my husband Ned, three beautiful kids, and Louie, the sweetest chocolate Lab ever (although his idea of the ultimate culinary delicacy is street food, meaning anything he can scrape off the sidewalk).  I love exploring new cultures and new flavors and travel often to fun destinations.

In October 2017, I decided to start blogging.  At first, my main aim was to transform all of my precious family recipes into standardized electronic format so that I can pass them to my children.  Currently, most are handwritten or typed on an old typewriter (remember those?) in several different languages, and with no standard measurements, unless you think “just enough” or “in my old red cup” counts.

In addition, I wanted to use the blog as a way to further explore my passion for food, travel, friends, and family, and share it with anyone who wanted to join me.  In May of 2018, I decided to become certified as an Integrative Nutrition health coach, which takes a very holistic and individualistic approach to health and happiness, looking at all aspects of life, not just diet and exercise.

What is most important for me is that this blog and my journey are not about food, they are about people: family, friends, loved ones.  It’s about telling a story, living a healthy life full of love, and inspiring others to do so as well.  For me, the most natural way to do this is through experimenting with great food, discovering lovely places, supporting and nurturing friendships, and sharing wonderful as well as challenging experiences.

I’m developing health plans that will focus on three main areas: weight loss, overall wellness, and kids health.  My approach is always simple and tailored to individual needs.  Stay tuned for more!

I’m excited and very enthusiastic about this endeavor and I look forward to what lies ahead.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please email me at or you can find me on Pinterest as Sousan Alwan and Instagram @sousanaalwan.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

love, Sousan 

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The blog logo was created by my wonderful daughter, Mimi.  She captured exactly what I wanted and I love it.