!صحتين — To your health!

Believe it or not, when I left for the Middle East I didn’t like hummus. I could never quite stomach the texture. So when my roommates and I stumbled into our first falafel place in Amman, I didn’t have high hopes. We chose Mota’m Hashem, which calls itself the oldest restaurant in Amman and, despite…

Gaza — Congealed Gem of the Arab World

Between ideological differences, it is often those that are innocent that get hurt. The political ideologies of Palestine and Israel have clashed for decades and the resulting conflict has culminated itself into a backdrop of daily turmoil in Gaza, a microcosmic gem of the Arab world.  As I am learning about the conflict that is…

A New Series on Falafel

Memories of “place” are rooted in our senses, the filter through which our minds record and interact with the world. In particular, the sensory overload of food can jolt a person into remembering even the dullest minutiae from another life. The climactic scene of Pixar’s Ratatouille, for example, shows the insurmountably cantankerous food critic remembering…

Reviving Culture Through Cooking

  The meal that Chef Ramzi was presented within Deir el Aachayer in southeastern Lebanon.   In anticipation of Camp and its theme—the arts, culture, and environment of Lebanon—I have been reading about this tiny country’s rich cuisine. I happen to find eating and cooking to be one of the great pleasures of life so…

Playgrounds For Palestine

At the end of my first week working with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Hazami invited my coworker Musa and I to attend a fundraiser for a group called Playgrounds For Palestine. The name is rather self-explanatory – the mission of the organization is to raise money for playgrounds to be manufactured and built, using all…