Restaurants »Cafe Mogador

133 Wythe Ave

Cafe Mogador in the city has been a long time favorite, always packed, always teaming with famouses like Jake Gyllenhaal and Chloe Sevigny.

It owes its popularity not just to it’s scene, however, but to flavorful, unique Moroccan food.

I was happy to hear it was opening a Williamsburg branch but feared it would be overcrowded. While a steady stream of eaters came and went, it’s not crazy though (at least not yet) and a large back patio and a bright airy space makes it more accommodating than I expected from the somewhat cavernous Manhattan spot.

The food hasn’t suffered from the move either. It’s great to have alternatives to the usual Benedict’s and French toasts. In my case, I opted for a flavorful but light halumi tomato and egg dish.

Sides are great to share. Spicy carrots, yogurt sauce and hummus were all hits at the table.

Service is friendly and efficient and even welcoming to toddlers (which can make it break a meal for us). We will be back to try the dinner menu soon.

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Posted on April 22, 2012

Desserts »Baklava From Kaluatyan’s

123 Lexington Ave

Mike often shares goodies he picks up from Kalustyan‘s including raisins even a raisin hater could love and more recently, this flaky, honey soaked baklava. Delicious!

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Posted on March 21, 2010

Recipes »Kabsa

kabsaNational Dish of Saudi Arabia

One of the benefits, and believe me there are many, to having a generous friend who loves to cook is that you’ll get emails like this:

Subject: Kabsa Anyone?

“Ok, so it’s almost “Souper Sunday” time of year, but before it gets too cold out, I’ve been meaning to make a giant serving of Kabsa. What’s Kabsa you ask? Why its the national dish of Saudi Arabia of course. I came across it last week doing a wikipedia search on Mecca since it was in the news. And let me tell you, it looks delicious. Its chicken, rice, raisins (i get this awesome Persian kind of this place near my work that taste like no raisin you’ve had) some nuts and maybe some other stuff, I’m searching the internet for the best recipe. So anyone down for some this Sunday afternoon/evening (perhaps around 5 or 6)? Let me know if anyone is up for it, so I know how much I need to make.”

As a usual non-lover of raisin foods, I have to say I was a believer after eating this. Super delicious.
Click here for the rest of Kabsa

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Posted on November 22, 2009