Aleppo Sweets – Providence, RI – Syrian Restaurant Review

While perusing some social media channels, I noticed a sudden flurry of references to a restaurant called Aleppo Sweets. The pictures I saw showed golden baklava and because of the name I got excited that perhaps the restaurant was Syrian owned. Why get excited about Syrian food? A lot of people think that all Middle... Continue Reading →

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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

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 (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 →

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