Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Family Scars Are the Deepest

Recap: The Shahs Peace Summit

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Recap: Reza Pops The Big One

The Return of Lochnesa

Mike: I Will Marry Jessica Soon

Reza Dishes on His Engagement

Recap: Make a Run for the Border

Mike Shouldn't be "Scared" of Other Religions

Recap: Turkey with a Side of Apology

Mike's Inner Struggle

Lilly's Disrespectful Behavior

Mike Takes GG's Side

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

Reza: "Lilly Doesn't Understand Friendship"

Lilly's Battle with Foot Boogers

Recap: Always a Lady

Recap: A Little Too Much Diamond Water...

The Shah of Bull Sh--

Reza: "I Wish I Had Kept My Mouth Shut"

Ep 8: Persian Empire Divided

Will Mike Put a Ring on It?

Reza Learns the Power of Apology

Recap: Shah-etiquette

MJ Owes GG a Genuine Apology

What MJ Did was Wrong

Loch-Nesa vs. MJ

Asa's Juice Disaster

Recap: Persian Pride?

MJ's Moral Compass is Way Off

An Offer Lilly Can't Refuse?

Recap: Homo-Not-So-Genius

Mike's Disappointment with Reza

Asa: "I Definitely See Why Reza is Irritated"

Reza on the Fight: "I'm Not Proud of It"

Lilly Needs to "Get More Real"

Reza to Lilly: "Get Off Your High Horse"

Cry Me a River

Mike: Master Negotiator

Lilly: Ain't Nobody Got Time for This

Family Scars Are the Deepest

Asa explains the process behind Diamond Water, why Reza needed his friends in Great Neck, and praises MJ for taking GG to task.

I'm so beyond excited to make Diamond Water available to the world!

I am thrilled that I have manifested the perfect partners for this venture, who own a number of large businesses, are very interested in healthy and holistic lifestyles, and greatly believe in the benefits of Diamond Water. So, you are going to see a new side of me, Asa the Entrepreneur!

I put a lot of energy into Diamond Water, since I was like 13 years old and want to make sure that even while produced on a large scale, every aspect of this is still hand picked and carefully chosen.

I went to high school with Pat's younger brother and they are of the largest wholesale diamond dealers in the U.S. So, I was blessed to be able to get a "family price" on a beautiful Diamond.

Since ancient times gems and crystals have been revered and used for their healing properties. And diamonds are considered the queen of all gems.

Alkaline water is absolutely miraculous for a healthy body. It is known to regenerate cells and provide superior hydration. In Japan and parts of Europe, alkaline water is prescribed as medicine. While people in the health and holistic industries have long been dedicated to alkaline diets, this has recently taken Hollywood by a storm.

I believe that intention is very important in everything that we do.

I put a lot of love into the things that I create.

I don't want to take up all this space about alkaline water, but if you are interested in a healthier lifestyle and diet, research alkaline water and read about its numerous physical benefits. Also, for more info about all of this, check out our site, which we launched this week! RealDiamondWater.com!

This scene with MJ and GG is very interesting. Finally MJ is telling GG that she needs to be accountable for her behavior and that her own behavior was the reason she didn't get to go to Cabo. Yet she is still not owning it. I was happy to see MJ not enabling GG and calling her out on her inability to be accountable and take responsibility for her actions and behavior. And as MJ pointed out GG has still not called me, to this day (at the time it was three weeks, now it is four months or so). Nobody is perfect and I realize that she has some really deep things to deal with and I wish her the best. The first step to healing is wanting to evolve and being able to be honest with yourself about what you need to change to be a healthier individual. I have moved on and forgiven her, but had to step out of the friendship as it became too abusive for me when she became physically violent. I don't want that in my life.

Ahhhh Diamond Water. My entire life I have been very connected to my inner/higher self. Mediation and prayer are a great part of my life.

It's very important to me to physically pray/chant/meditate at the water facility over Diamond Water before we bottle it. There have been numerous studies that water molecules are affected by words and energies. I want Diamond Water to be infused with Love Energy so I will infuse it with it before bottling. Purity, health, joy, love, life is what I wish for us all.

I loved seeing Jessica at Mike's shabbat dinner. She is a sweet heart and I knew Mike's parents would love her even though they really want him to marry a Jewish Persian girl. Times are changing and our parents are learning to be more open minded about these things. While I understand that it's "easier" to marry into your own race/religion, love is love and sees no color, religion, or race. Love above all.

NYC and Great Neck were awesome. It was so special being with Reza's family and finally meeting everybody in person. It was such an emotional weekend for Reza and therefore for all of us. Reza, Mike, MJ, and I cried like three times that weekend talking about his grandmother, father, and mother. When I see Reza crying at lunch with his dad it breaks my heart, but I'm so incredibly proud of how his relationship with his father has evolved. Family scars are deepest and sadly they often don't get resolved. But both of them have been so courageous because of their deep love for each other to come forward and reach out for each other. So amazing.

Lilly and her glam squad getting ready for her blind date. Girl, what are you doing. . .I was LOLing the whole time through her date because she was talking about her ex the WHOLE time. Hahaha. I felt bad for the guy, but I think Lilly definitely needs to be with her ex. She seems to be still so connected to him and unwilling/unable to be open to a new person. I do have to say I didn't sense any chemistry between her and this guy either. Nice guy, but he definitely was not for her. Lilly belongs with her ex.

That "tribal" gathering in Reza's hotel room was so intense. We were literally all in tears talking about his grandmothers life in Iran and some the things she must have gone through. Rosh Hashanah in Great Neck! Good food, great company, and ancient ritual. . .what's there not to LOVE?!? Reza was pretty nervous about seeing his grandmother but also ready to face it and let it go. We were all there to support him and give him love and strength.

As soon as he and his grandmother laid on each other, all tension and anxiety faded and transformed into love. It was so awesome to share that experience with him. His grandmother was so alert, sassy and funny. It was a beautiful night in lovely company.

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Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Ep 15: Nadine weighs in on Part 1 of the reunion.

Here’s the thing… The Shahs reunion reminded me of a Thanksgiving dinner gone wrong. Except there was no turkey (or Turkey for that matter), not a lot of wine, and certainly not a lot of peace.

You’d think since the reunion was a little more intimate, being over a dinner table where they all broke bread, it would be somewhat peaceful…well guess again. I think sitting in such close quarters was a recipe for disaster, with a few exceptions. One being the infamous buttery chocolate cwaasannnt. Hallelujah! It’s over, finally!

There was so much covered, that I’m going to only address a few highlights…

So let’s get started, shall we?

Let’s start with Lilly “No Friend Zone” Ghalichi. I kind of felt bad for her. I truly don’t know what is going to happen with her next season. As is, she’s not hanging out with the Shahs. I just don’t know how will she come back after this. I was shocked that Asa laid into Lilly more than Reza did. It was only a few episodes ago where Lilly told Reza that Asa was the better friend to her. And as I recall, Asa gave Lilly a cooking lesson teaching her to beat her meat. I get that some of the Shahs have beef with her, but the truth is that Lilly doesn’t mesh well with this group (except for GG as of late). Andy did leave it open-ended, asking Reza if Lilly makes a real effort if he’d take her back, and Reza said absolutely. If that were to happen, I suggest MJ learns GG’s hook method. She’ll need to hook with her fingers and her toes.

Now on to GG and MJ. When will these two frenemies NOT fight? It seems to be their “thing.” They’re like drunk sorority girls: “I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. I need more to drink. You broke girl code. I want to wax my car with your t-ts. You assaulted my hat, so I’m going to call your mom. But I do love you.” All I have to say to that is, “You don’t need to go all tango on me!”

Speaking of getting all “tango,” how about GG storming off when Leila showed up -- only to be put in her place by the Shah bouncer? I hope she realizes that one drink isn’t going to make her problems or her sister go away. Thankfully the GG whisperer was able to put her in her place. The reality of GG and Leila’s situation is they have a classic case of Competitive Sister Syndrome. I think they’re both guilty: GG shouldn’t be so harsh with her words. And Leila should have been more mindful about her friendship with MJ. Just goes to show that sh-- runs deep when dealing with family matters. Let’s keep it classy, ladies! All I know is my ass would be grounded for life if I’d ever treated my brother the way these two girls treat each other.

 

Last, let’s talk about Reza and his ex-work husband, Mike. Andy called these two out -- they kissed and made up in the finale, but it looks like things have gone south since that peaceful workout scene. Reza is right and I’ve said it before, no one leaves a thriving career to start over. However, I don’t know the logistics of their deal, so I can’t comment on who’s right and who’s wrong. What I can comment on is IF Mike needs money for a ring, he probably shouldn’t have invested in a bus wrap. And Reza SHOULD have maybe showed Mike the ropes a little more. Selling homes is not an easy job, you have to put in a lot of legwork -- it’s not a get rich quick type business. Mike said he loves Reza like a brother, but “he’s such an ---hole.” These two guys are becoming MJ and GG 2.0. They should all just get a room! One for their bodies and one for their egos.

I can’t wait for next week when Vida joon pays us a visit. I hope they give her the memo that there are no crocodiles in the San Fernando Valley.

And if you missed the final Shahs After Show, be sure to check it out now.

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