Buying Halal

A NYC Halal Cart Known By Its Street Address

53rd and 6th Halal Cart

I’ve been to New York City many times as a tourist and have even stopped just to eat at this halal cart in Midtown Manhattan late at night while on our way to Rhode Island.  As far as I know, the cart didn’t really have a name until it gained so much popularity by people describing it’s exact location: 53rd and 6th St., ... Read More »

Amish Country: Holmes County, Ohio

I had an incredible time visiting my family this summer in Ohio. Among those fond memories was a visit to Holmes County, home to one of the largest populations of Amish in the world. Although I had never really visited the heart of Amish Country, I feel as though I’ve known the culture, craftsmanship and food all my life. As a ... Read More »

Cleveland’s West Side Market is a Must-See

One of the things I try to never miss when I go back home for a visit to Ohio is the West Side Market in Cleveland–even if I’m not looking for anything in particular to buy. It’s so much more than a farmer’s market, although much of the fresh produce comes from local growers; it’s also a variety of specialty ... Read More »

Eggplant Salad Recipe: Now I Know Why the Imam Fainted

eggplant & pepperoncini

I’d heard of the famous dish “Imam Biyaldi” before, but never really knew what the hype was all about.  Being a Sicilian who also loves Turkish and other Mediterranean foods, I thought I had tasted just about every dish where peppers, eggplant and garlic were smothered in olive oil. For some reason, the one I’ve just tasted was different- in a totally delectable way. “Imam biyaldi” ... Read More »

Halal Tamales by Mari

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I owe my husband the credit of pursuing the creation of this totally dhabiha (meat slaughtered in the Islamically correct way) halal chicken tamale. We met a Mexican woman, Mari, from the southern part of Mexico City who now lives in Chicago’s Little Village. Mari stays with Abuelita, my husband’s grandmother, and makes the tamales in her kitchen then hits ... Read More »