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    highacidity, weasel, DemocraticLuntz

    It's the Lebanese.  

    "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

    by Dana Houle on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 06:48:26 PM PST

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    •  I agree, with a caveat (2+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, deaniac20

      The best fallafel I ever had was made by a Jewish Lebanese woman.

      Still, it would something fun to fight about.

    •  WRONG! (3+ / 0-)

      They trick you into thinking that because they present the food better.

      If you want good falafel or hummus or foul, you go to the Syrians. And I say this as a non-Syrian, non-Lebanese Arab so it's not like I'm biased towards one or the other. :)

      So you think you can love me and leave me to die?

      by unspeakable on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 07:06:53 PM PST

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      •  I'll give (1+ / 0-)
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        the best mezzat to the Syrians. But Iraqis make the best Kabobs, hands down!

      •  ???????? (2+ / 0-)
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        JesseCW, unspeakable

        Lebanese and Syrians can't cook, and Iraqi cuisine is what exactly?  Egyptians know how to boil beans but beyond that?? Jordanians are bad imitators of good food, and the gulf specializes in boiled goat entrails.

        Here is the test: who puts the most onions in mjadara?

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          palestinian professor

          when nationalism manifests itself through food!

          My experience has been that Syrians are better cooks than Lebanese. My Palestinian grandmothers, of course, are the best cooks ever. But of course, I wasn't including them when I made my above comments.

          What does the amount of onions in mjadara mean? Is it good to have a lot? I personally don't like that much in there.

          So you think you can love me and leave me to die?

          by unspeakable on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 11:12:37 AM PST

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          •  For 3/4 pounds of lentils (1+ / 0-)
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            less than ten fully grown onions is not mjadara and less than four is Lebanese.

            In years gone by, when Israel banned its citizens from wearing the Kufiyeh  at demonstrations  people in the Galilee used pots of mjadara as a national symbol. It confused the police who tried to ban them, until someone was clever enough to realize that

            إذا الشعب يوما أراد الحياة
            فلا بد أن يستجيب القدر
            ولا بد لليل أن ينجلي
            ولابد للقيد أن ينكسر

            and you can't ban poetry which is even more important than mjadara to the Palestinian people living in the Galilee.  

            BTW people in the west bank can't cook, except in Hawara  near Nablus,
            where they try to imitate Hawara.  Hebronites cook in a way that reflects the beauty of their town, which is not as beautiful as Nablus (tell that to a Hebronite.      Jerusalemites  are too fancy to cook, and in Gaza they have forgotten how to cook because of lack of food/fuel.   Jaffawiyeh cook seafood better than Acerwiyeh, who taught people of Hawara how to cook. Our people of Haifa compete with Jerusalemites in not cooking and Nablus got it sweets from Nazareth.  Hebron has no sweets.  

            But mostly only people from the village of the Mughar in the Galilee can cook reasonable middle eastern food and only those living in the old part of the village excel.  Because they put more than fifteen onions in mjadara.

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