Tagged with middle eastern

Camelia of Istanbul Review – East Providence, RI

Camelia of Istanbul Review – East Providence, RI

On the same day by sheer coincidence my wife and I both received recommendations from colleagues at work to try Camelia of Istanbul in East Providence, RI for kabobs. Prior to becoming Camelia of Istanbul, the restaurant was owned by a Lebanese family that called it “La Camelia Restaurant.” With the changing of hands to … Continue reading

Joe’s Shish Kabob – Fall River, MA

Joe’s Shish Kabob – Fall River, MA

I have yet to find more than three real Middle Eastern restaurants that actually have good food in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas. One of them is the incomparable East Side Pockets in Providence, RI (Syrian), another is Falafel King in Quincy, MA (Iraqi) and the other is Joe’s Shish Kabob (Lebanese) covered in … Continue reading

Labneh Dip with Tomato and Cilantro

Labneh Dip with Tomato and Cilantro

A while ago, my wife and I were hunting for foods we hadn’t tried in a Middle Eastern market. As a lover of yogurt and cheese, she spotted a container of Labneh, which is a kind of Arabic Yogurt. It goes by other names and pronunciations as well, like “Labne,” “Laban,” or, “Kefir Cheese,” although … Continue reading

Kobeba / Kibbeh Recipe (Baked in a Tray)

Kobeba / Kibbeh Recipe (Baked in a Tray)

Kobeba (pronounced Ko-beh-buh) or Kibbeh, is a classic Middle Eastern dish consisting of a filling of ground beef surrounded by layers of a ground beef and cracked burghul (bulgur) wheat mixture. It is very commonly found in single-serve preparations shaped into conical, fried, meatballs. While the meatball version can be very good, I prefer it … Continue reading

Grilled Kofta Recipe (Ground Beef With Spices)

Grilled Kofta Recipe (Ground Beef With Spices)

Kofta, Kafta, or Kafka is often characterized as the Middle Eastern version of a hamburger. Yes, it’s made with ground beef, ground lamb, or both, but that’s pretty much where the similarity ends. Kofta is more like a sausage without the sausage casing. Sure, you can make this into patties like a burger and eat … Continue reading

Molokhia Soup Recipe

Molokhia Soup Recipe

Eat like a Pharaoh! I don’t care how you spell it (Molokhia, Molokheya, Mulukhiya) or what you call it (Jews Mallow, Jute Mallow, Mallow Leaves) because regardless of the name, this is one of my favorite comfort foods. It is a traditional Egyptian soup that was typically eaten by royalty in Ancient Egypt, but eventually … Continue reading

A Visual Food Tour of Khartoum, Sudan

A Visual Food Tour of Khartoum, Sudan

This post is long overdue, but I wanted to make sure that I captured my trip to Khartoum, Sudan in a way that would do it justice. There is a lot that I’ve left out considering that I took over 400 pictures while there. That’s more impressive than you might think considering that it’s “illegal” … Continue reading

Hummus (Authentic)

Hummus (Authentic)

Making hummus is more of an art than a science… At least that’s what I was led to believe whenever I asked my mother for a solid hummus recipe.  Instead, the only knowledge I gained was about what was in hummus and what it should taste like.  Based on that, I had to just keep … Continue reading