Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

The Food of Oman

Share     Because my life is chewy awesome, I spend countless hours googling certain hard-to-find cuisines. I know: hour after hour with Google probably doesn’t sound like fun. But sometimes I accidentally run into some pretty incredible stuff, like an entire English-language cookbook devoted solely to the food of Oman.   Felicia Campbell, the […]

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#71B Egypt again, but with no pigeons this time

Share   One of the things that makes my porky heart hurt is when wonderful, hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants close down. El Karnak, that fun Egyptian spot I visited in Astoria? Long gone, replaced by a Yemeni restaurant called Maya Cuisine. You know I love Yemeni food, but NYC was a distinctly more enjoyable place when […]

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#123-124 Iraq & United States: ouzi and the garbage plate

Share   Sometimes, I panic-eat. Buried in a heap of hastily-crammed moving boxes and facing the end of my time in NYC, I could no longer tell whether I was surrounded by a pile of valuable personal effects, or a decomposing mountain of trash that had inexplicably cluttered my NYC apartment for three years. I […]

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#121 Syria: follow the bouncing Syrian

Share   I’m sure that my blog is peppered with assloads of unintentional international food comedy. One of my posts might rant and rave about how much I loved a meal from a particular country, while readers from that country are thinking “Dude, that slop looks nothing like our food, you stupid American slop-eating fool!” […]

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#108-109 Jordan & Morocco: thank you, Chef Crammer

Share   I’m madly in love with the “Little Egypt” stretch of Steinway Street in Astoria.  There are tons of Lebanese, Egyptian, and Palestinian restaurants, accompanied by a dizzying array of hookah lounges, halal butcher shops, bakeries, and coffee shops.  And it’s arguably one of the friendliest chunks of NYC:  if you talk to a […]

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