Archive for the ‘Middle East’ Category

#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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#67 Israel: lamb fat is awesome

Share A few weeks ago, I ate a perfectly lovely meal at Gazala Place, one of the very few restaurants in the United States specializing in Druze cuisine. To be precise, it’s one of exactly two Druze restaurants in the United States: the other is Gazala’s, also owned by Israel-born Druze chef Halabi Gazala. Apparently, […]

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#65 Palestine: drywall, fava beans, and a nice chianti

Share At first, I worried that I’d picked the worst possible moment to visit Duzan, a Palestinian restaurant in Astoria: the entryway to the restaurant was littered with a small pile of lumber and construction tools, and I approached the place just as one of the owners was about to light up a cigarette outside. […]

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