Cuisine

Palestinian Brothers Look to Tap in to West Bank Beer Market News Roundup
Miriam Berger, Al Monitor

Palestinian Brothers Look to Tap in to West Bank Beer Market

Alaa Sayej knows it's a tough time to invest in “Made in Palestine” products. Formal talks to end the Israeli occupation are dormant, while the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the longstanding contours of a promised Palestinian state, are as divided as ever. International movements to boycott Israeli companies are growing, but for Palestinians on the ground, creating their own local alternatives remains an uphill battle.

about 5 days ago
Palestine Pub Crawl: Meet the Brewmaster Brothers Who Want to Get the West Bank Hooked on Craft Beer News Roundup
Nigel Wilson, International Business Times

Palestine Pub Crawl: Meet the Brewmaster Brothers Who Want to Get the West Bank Hooked on Craft Beer

Khalid Sayej steps out the front door of the Birzeit Brewery and immediately lights a cigarette. Shaking his head, visibly flustered, he offers his hand and a shy smile. "I've been swimming in beer," he says, inspecting the damp around his ankles. Earlier this morning, a valve on one of the beer tanks had failed, releasing a thousand-litre wave of pilsner across the warehouse.

on July 9, 2015
The Forgotten Story of the Original Jaffa Oranges News Roundup
Ofer Aderet, Haaretz

The Forgotten Story of the Original Jaffa Oranges

The writing was literally on the wall of the building at 6 Salameh Street, in Jaffa. Buried under layers of paint, it waited patiently for decades to be noticed. It survived a world war and a war of independence (or a Nakba – catastrophe – depending on its owners’ perspectives); watched in silence as the British, the Arabs and the Jews passed by; and concealed a small local story, which like many others of its kind was all but forgotten.

on June 21, 2015
Last Supper Menu: Stew, Lamb, Wine…More News Roundup
Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

Last Supper Menu: Stew, Lamb, Wine…More

A bean stew, lamb, olives, bitter herbs, a fish sauce, unleavened bread, dates and aromatized wine likely were on the menu at the Last Supper, says recent research into Palestinian cuisine during Jesus's time. The food wasn't eaten during a formal seated gathering at a rectangular table, as shown in many religious art paintings, but with Jesus and his apostles reclining on floor cushions, as the Romans did at that time.

on April 2, 2015
Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms

When Linda Bevis started her second career in teaching nineteen years ago, she noticed that the textbooks for high school world history dedicated about five paragraphs to Palestine and Israel. The Seattle resident, educator, and longtime activist knew how difficult it would be for any teacher to use that material productively. “While I actually don’t think the conflict is a complicated one, it cannot be explained in five paragraphs."

on March 5, 2015
The king of cauliflowers News Roundup
The Economist

The king of cauliflowers

It may challenge the spirit to think of cauliflower as anything but an overrated, ungainly plant. But in the craggy land between Ramallah and Jerusalem, there is one variety of that plain vegetable that invariably attracts a crazed following at this time of year.

on February 14, 2015
Award money to extend Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian focus News Roundup
Post Gazette

Award money to extend Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian focus

Artist Jon Rubin, proprietor of Conflict Kitchen in Oakland, said on Monday night that he will use a $15,000 award he received from The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments to expand his restaurant’s controversial presentation of Palestinian foods, culture and perspective.

on December 9, 2014
Rawia Bishara: Chef and Culinary Artist Palestinian-American Profiles

Rawia Bishara: Chef and Culinary Artist

Palestinian-American chef and proprietor of the Brooklyn-based restaurant Tanoreen, Rawia Bishara has received widespread acclaim for her Middle Eastern culinary creations from some of the most respected food critics and publications in New York City and beyond. Infused with the aroma of nine different spices imported regularly from her hometown of Nazareth, Tanoreen was chosen as New York Magazine's Critic's Pick.

on November 10, 2014
Beer, wine flow in West Bank Christian hamlet News Roundup
Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press

Beer, wine flow in West Bank Christian hamlet

A tiny Christian enclave in the overwhelmingly Muslim West Bank has for years crafted the only Palestinian beer and brought thousands of visitors flocking to its annual beer fest. Now, it is adding wine to its list of libations, hoping a boutique winery will be another tourist draw and contribute to keeping the small village afloat.

on November 3, 2014