eid-post

Noura’s Eid Post

I want to dedicate this post to Noura. At first I did not want to write “yet another Eid post”, but we all love and support Noura and let’s face it, long distance sucks! So below is a long and detailed account of everything I ate during my stay in Damascus.

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I went to Damascus with really one thing in mind: to eat. I missed food. I didn’t care wether or not the food was healthy. It is home made food, with love from my grandma and mom. Except for shawerma of course, but it’s shawermaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

My grandma 7ayati spends most of the day cooking one meal. She goes into the kitchen at around 10 AM and we don’t get to it till 4:30 PM. But trust me when I say it’s the best dish you’d eat in your life! So for the first day I was treated to “shei5 el me7shi” (شيخ المحشي) which I was told was called “ma5shi” (مخشي) by Palestinians (correct me if I am wrong). For dinner we had whatever was in the house – cheese, eggs, shankleesh, and whatever smells weird and has been in the cupboard since last year.

The next day we were invited for breakfast at mom’s friend’s house. Too bad I was fasting because I missed out on “fatteh”. If you know me, this is without a doubt the most sacred meal to me. So not eating fatteh would hopefully be accepted as a sacrifice. But of course, if it were only fatteh. No no. They had to have everything that makes you fart for ages – fool mdammas, fool blaban, makdoos, some weird thing I tried to avoid and could swear was moving, and of course tabbouleh, fattoush o debes and that horrible creation called mtabbal.

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But I didn’t eat any of that. I busied myself by taking photos of the food.

Then I told mom to replicate that breakfast for iftar. I couldn’t say which tasted better since I didn’t have a reference, but eating fatteh (which I only eat in Damascus) made me a very happy man.

The next day my dad decided we would eat breakfast outside, much to my resentment. So that meal was totally forgettable and I do not wish to discuss it further. As an apology, my dad took me and sis to the Old City, where I usually spend my time in summers anyway.

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I love the Old City. It’s simply a brilliant spot of land. You could literally hear the walls and cobblestones talking to you. Though it was a bit quiet with most stores closed for Eid, بياعين الفستق remained open and I was obliged to take samples until I decided on the best, and I let my sister handle the price negotiations. No one says no to nice sweet girls, and ياما تحت السواهي دواهي (if this is the last post you read from me, I love you all).

At night we walked arround the Qassa3 area, one of the most beautiful spots in Damascus and a festive place. As a Christian community, everyone decorates their homes – interior and exterior – with a wonderful display of lights to celebrate Christmas and New Year. When I was there only a few were up, but I am sure by now everyone there is in FalalalalaLand.

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Then I had to invite Qabbani, who was in town, for breakfast. Actually he invited himself but then I invited him after his invitations to feel that I have a word in this LOL! So he came over and he had to eat from MY fatteh el 7aywan, bas mashi bmoon. So for revenge I had mom force him to eat lots of ma3mool and weird Arabic sweets which names I cannot be bothered to remember. They all taste the same to me – mushy sugar and nuts down my esophagus.

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Then came the big meal.

Kibbeh.

وما ادراك ما الكبة 

There is absolutely nothing more wonderful than have the whole family eating kibbeh next to the صوبية. And a pot of tea slowly being brewed on it and socks  hanging around so they can dry before we wear them to bed.

But it wasn’t tea, it seemed. It was ميرامية. I craved some مته right then but I’m the only one in the family with that acquired taste. So since mom doesn’t approve, it stays out. *sniffles*

I stuffed my suitcase with whatever food I could carry – roughly 6 kilos of food. I consumed half of them within a couple of days in Dubai and saved the rest for a rainy day.

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  • http://searchresultsguide.com/?dn=3athouth.com&pid=7PO9769DY Aziza

    You brought back soo much with this post . Seriously cant wait till my holiday starts and I’ll be on a flight to Sham.
    Love how you write like you talk , its similar to conversations I have at home .. Kibbe “w ma adrak mal kibbe ! ”
    Nice shots too :)

  • Cloudy Stars

    what camera do u use?

  • http://searchresultsguide.com/?dn=3athouth.com&pid=7PO9769DY Aziza

    You brought back soo much with this post . Seriously cant wait till my holiday starts and I’ll be on a flight to Sham.
    Love how you write like you talk , its similar to conversations I have at home .. Kibbe “w ma adrak mal kibbe ! ”
    Nice shots too :)

  • http://www.dreamyvillager.blogspot.com/ Dreamy Villager

    You made me hungry..and I’m on diet ;-( .
    I just want to know what is “shankleesh” ?

  • http://www.dreamyvillager.blogspot.com Dreamy Villager

    You made me hungry..and I’m on diet ;-( .
    I just want to know what is “shankleesh” ?

  • Cloudy Stars

    what camera do u use?

  • Batoul

    *weeps endlessly* KJ, am home sick :(
    lol @ yama ta7t el sawahi dawahi… incase you’re not around after this post, I’ll dedicate a post for you and am sure Noura will do the same loool
    gorgeous gorgeous photos..!

  • Summer

    KTEER 7ELWEEN EL SOUAR.

  • http://pandimasbox.wordpress.com/ Verbal Alchemy

    well its a rainy day today in Dubai :D

    ba3dein 3anjad ma bte3raf ta3met temmak! 2al shu, horrible creation called mtabbal X( mtabbal is awesome!

    oh and long distance does not suck, mind u, its the ultimate test of all sorts of emotions.

    w bas :grin: end of transmission.. tshhhhh..

  • http://pandimasbox.wordpress.com Verbal Alchemy

    well its a rainy day today in Dubai :D

    ba3dein 3anjad ma bte3raf ta3met temmak! 2al shu, horrible creation called mtabbal X( mtabbal is awesome!

    oh and long distance does not suck, mind u, its the ultimate test of all sorts of emotions.

    w bas :grin: end of transmission.. tshhhhh..

  • Batoul

    *weeps endlessly* KJ, am home sick :(
    lol @ yama ta7t el sawahi dawahi… incase you’re not around after this post, I’ll dedicate a post for you and am sure Noura will do the same loool
    gorgeous gorgeous photos..!

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com/ hamza

    The best thing about your blog is that you describe things differently each time you speak of holidays. You described the Jordan trip as if you were writing a novel and here you were describing it, as aziza said, as if you were normally talking.

    This blog keeps on surprising us.
    ……….

    Let me go break my fingers. I can’t believe they betrayed me and complimented you without my permission.

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com hamza

    The best thing about your blog is that you describe things differently each time you speak of holidays. You described the Jordan trip as if you were writing a novel and here you were describing it, as aziza said, as if you were normally talking.

    This blog keeps on surprising us.
    ……….

    Let me go break my fingers. I can’t believe they betrayed me and complimented you without my permission.

  • Summer

    KTEER 7ELWEEN EL SOUAR.

  • http://ww2.muoffaq.qabbani.net/ Qabbani

    am glad you had fun ,

    and it was nice to meet your family ,

    :)

  • http://dudette.uraidi.net/ Simply Me

    The second photo is UNBELIEVABLE!

  • http://dudette.uraidi.net Simply Me

    The second photo is UNBELIEVABLE!

  • http://www.myowncircusshow.blogspot.com/ Errant

    wow .. great pics .. and Syrian food .. yummmmmy ..

  • http://www.myowncircusshow.blogspot.com Errant

    wow .. great pics .. and Syrian food .. yummmmmy ..

  • Suha

    Oh look another KJ post oooh look at me lol

    Suha sis: “suha get off the PC I want to check moogle”
    Suha: “I’m sure he didn’t post anything so don’t bother”
    Suha room mate “walik 2oomi 5alseena bedna nshoof shu katab”
    Suha: “fine bas intu nawar”

    *I sit there for 10 min overhearing laughter and blah blah :tired:*

    Sis & RM: “ok we’re done yalla feeki tu3di”
    Suha: “hey you guys want to read what I wrote on my blog”
    Sis & RM: “no”

    Well KJ and moogle I hope your happy and GAME IS ON he3 he3, expect a nice little fedex package of exta garlicy and batinjani mtabbal at your doorstep, BWAHAHA VICTORY IS MINE :evil:

  • http://ww2.muoffaq.qabbani.net/ Qabbani

    am glad you had fun ,

    and it was nice to meet your family ,

    :)

  • Anonymous

    Aziza -
    Thank you Aziza for your comment! I hope your holidays come quick enough – I can’t wait for the next one myself!

    Dreamy Villager -
    LOOL! Screw diet – go eat NOW! You can find more info on shankleesh here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surke

    Cloudy Stars -
    Canon 400D

    Verbal Alchemy -
    Mtabbal is disgusting :@ do not speak to me till you refrain from eating it!

    batoul -
    LOOOL :D Yalla inshalla you will go to Damas soon

    hamza -
    ahem ahem, ewa!

    Summer -
    Yeslamo ^_^

    Simply Me -
    Thanks :D

    Errant -
    Thanks!

    Qabbani -
    I wish I could say the same :P LOOOOL la wallah they loved you, ahla o sahla emta ma beddak :D

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Aziza -
    Thank you Aziza for your comment! I hope your holidays come quick enough – I can’t wait for the next one myself!

    Dreamy Villager -
    LOOL! Screw diet – go eat NOW! You can find more info on shankleesh here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surke

    Cloudy Stars -
    Canon 400D

    Verbal Alchemy -
    Mtabbal is disgusting :@ do not speak to me till you refrain from eating it!

    batoul -
    LOOOL :D Yalla inshalla you will go to Damas soon

    hamza -
    ahem ahem, ewa!

    Summer -
    Yeslamo ^_^

    Simply Me -
    Thanks :D

    Errant -
    Thanks!

    Qabbani -
    I wish I could say the same :P LOOOOL la wallah they loved you, ahla o sahla emta ma beddak :D

  • http://www.chocolatemintsinajar.com/ jessyz

    The photos are amazing. And the Old City looks like it has not been visited by father time.

  • http://www.chocolatemintsinajar.com jessyz

    The photos are amazing. And the Old City looks like it has not been visited by father time.

  • Suha

    Oh look another KJ post oooh look at me lol

    Suha sis: “suha get off the PC I want to check moogle”
    Suha: “I’m sure he didn’t post anything so don’t bother”
    Suha room mate “walik 2oomi 5alseena bedna nshoof shu katab”
    Suha: “fine bas intu nawar”

    *I sit there for 10 min overhearing laughter and blah blah :tired:*

    Sis & RM: “ok we’re done yalla feeki tu3di”
    Suha: “hey you guys want to read what I wrote on my blog”
    Sis & RM: “no”

    Well KJ and moogle I hope your happy and GAME IS ON he3 he3, expect a nice little fedex package of exta garlicy and batinjani mtabbal at your doorstep, BWAHAHA VICTORY IS MINE :evil:

  • http://roneceve.blogspot.com/ yaser

    hey kj,
    I really would love to meet you ,I have met Qabbani before ,I think Syrian bloggers must get together more often.
    next time you visit damascus make sure you contact me ,I will introduce you to the underground movement in the city!
    ok, that was an over statement ,but I know great places that few are aware about.

  • http://roneceve.blogspot.com/ yaser

    hey kj,
    I really would love to meet you ,I have met Qabbani before ,I think Syrian bloggers must get together more often.
    next time you visit damascus make sure you contact me ,I will introduce you to the underground movement in the city!
    ok, that was an over statement ,but I know great places that few are aware about.

  • JUMANA :)

    :) nice picxxxxxxx KJ i like the way you explain everything and to add real pics thats sooooooo awesome maaaan !!! badee roo7 3al shammmmmmm..`7ososan el 7arat el ademi brki bla2i ebn 3ame honeek :grin:

    :p

  • JUMANA :)

    :) nice picxxxxxxx KJ i like the way you explain everything and to add real pics thats sooooooo awesome maaaan !!! badee roo7 3al shammmmmmm..`7ososan el 7arat el ademi brki bla2i ebn 3ame honeek :grin:

    :p

  • http://nourasworld.blogspot.com/ Noura

    Am so touched by your kindness.. when I get emotional I become speechless..to compensate and mask this weakness, I usually give lots of hugs !! So, the biggest bear hug ever to you dear friend, not only because you dedicated this post to me, but because you are humble, sensitive and read me well, and it is rare to find real human beings these days:) You made my eid,This is what am looking for..
    Am glad you ate well and enjoyed your time with family, w Allah yekhaleekom la ba3d ya rabb w inshallah you’ll get to visit and see them again soon :)
    I shared this post and pics with my friend who was recently in Damascus and brought back for me lots of goodies from a place called “Abou 3arab 7aidar”,we ate some and hid the rest in the back of the freezer for a rainy day !! excellent quality..
    Thank you Kj again for a wonderful post, I read it many times so far and I think I’ll come back, open your page and show off a bit loooool

    and qabbani has hair…hahahahaha

  • http://nourasworld.blogspot.com Noura

    Am so touched by your kindness.. when I get emotional I become speechless..to compensate and mask this weakness, I usually give lots of hugs !! So, the biggest bear hug ever to you dear friend, not only because you dedicated this post to me, but because you are humble, sensitive and read me well, and it is rare to find real human beings these days:) You made my eid,This is what am looking for..
    Am glad you ate well and enjoyed your time with family, w Allah yekhaleekom la ba3d ya rabb w inshallah you’ll get to visit and see them again soon :)
    I shared this post and pics with my friend who was recently in Damascus and brought back for me lots of goodies from a place called “Abou 3arab 7aidar”,we ate some and hid the rest in the back of the freezer for a rainy day !! excellent quality..
    Thank you Kj again for a wonderful post, I read it many times so far and I think I’ll come back, open your page and show off a bit loooool

    and qabbani has hair…hahahahaha

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com/ Qwaider قويدر

    WOW… those are sooooooo nice! I love them! Except the one with Qabbani in it :) hehehe just kidding :)

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com Qwaider قويدر

    WOW… those are sooooooo nice! I love them! Except the one with Qabbani in it :) hehehe just kidding :)

  • http://homeaway-sam.blogspot.com/ sam

    i hate fatteh…the one with 7omous…but it reminds me of my father in law and the time i spent in demascus few years ago…so i guess i dont hate it so much…8)
    glad u had a good time in syria..and hopefully u have gained few lb from all the food…why did u go to the breakfast thing if u were fasting…i would have just slept in … :-| O:)
    saving the food for the rainy day..LOL i bet it is all gone by now…

  • http://homeaway-sam.blogspot.com/ sam

    i hate fatteh…the one with 7omous…but it reminds me of my father in law and the time i spent in demascus few years ago…so i guess i dont hate it so much…8)
    glad u had a good time in syria..and hopefully u have gained few lb from all the food…why did u go to the breakfast thing if u were fasting…i would have just slept in … :-| O:)
    saving the food for the rainy day..LOL i bet it is all gone by now…

  • Anonymous

    jessyz -
    Thank you :) yeah the old city is an awesome place

    Suha -
    LOOOOOOOOL ta7sheesh hahahahaha

    yaser -
    LOL! Would love that :) I will make sure to contact you when I go to Damas next time.

    JUMANA -
    Why wouldn’t I add real pix O_O hehe

    Noura -
    Anytime ^_^

    Qwaider -
    LOL, naughty boy :P

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    jessyz -
    Thank you :) yeah the old city is an awesome place

    Suha -
    LOOOOOOOOL ta7sheesh hahahahaha

    yaser -
    LOL! Would love that :) I will make sure to contact you when I go to Damas next time.

    JUMANA -
    Why wouldn’t I add real pix O_O hehe

    Noura -
    Anytime ^_^

    Qwaider -
    LOL, naughty boy :P

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    Oh WoW !! you really made me home sick .. (and hungry).
    I spent my Eid working in the office which wasn’t all that cool. I had to battle some snow which made my walk slippery .. so that added to the suckiness :-)

    Oh i am really looking forward to my next visit back home … and now i am really craving mo5shy (مخشي) as well … [btw you wrote it correctly but it is an ‘o’ vowel instead of an ‘a’].

    Ahh … KJ you are evil… now i can’t focus any more :-P … i really wish i can visit Syria one more time.

    A late Eid Mubarak to you.

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    Oh WoW !! you really made me home sick .. (and hungry).
    I spent my Eid working in the office which wasn’t all that cool. I had to battle some snow which made my walk slippery .. so that added to the suckiness :-)

    Oh i am really looking forward to my next visit back home … and now i am really craving mo5shy (مخشي) as well … [btw you wrote it correctly but it is an ‘o’ vowel instead of an ‘a’].

    Ahh … KJ you are evil… now i can’t focus any more :-P … i really wish i can visit Syria one more time.

    A late Eid Mubarak to you.

  • Hani Obaid

    Not sure what Sheikh Al-mahshi is but for me Makhshi is Kussa Mahshi only with meat and cooked in yogurt.

    I love Fatteh too, I like the kind with pine nuts, and meat!

    lol, how did you go from Kibbeh to wet socks!

    Sahtein, I’m lucky my parents moved in with us this year, so there’s good food in the house all the time, except I’ve been on diet since December started so I haven’t been able to enjoy much of it.

  • Hani Obaid

    Not sure what Sheikh Al-mahshi is but for me Makhshi is Kussa Mahshi only with meat and cooked in yogurt.

    I love Fatteh too, I like the kind with pine nuts, and meat!

    lol, how did you go from Kibbeh to wet socks!

    Sahtein, I’m lucky my parents moved in with us this year, so there’s good food in the house all the time, except I’ve been on diet since December started so I haven’t been able to enjoy much of it.

  • Anonymous

    za3tar -
    lah lah ya za3tar, heik you work in office during Eid? Object next time! btw kudos on your gravatar

    Hani -
    It’s the same as you described! LOL @ socks, I dunno dude, everything is related in my book!

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    za3tar -
    lah lah ya za3tar, heik you work in office during Eid? Object next time! btw kudos on your gravatar

    Hani -
    It’s the same as you described! LOL @ socks, I dunno dude, everything is related in my book!

  • Dark_angel55525

    niceeeeeeee i’m abdelrazek from egypt

    but that very nice dear