Hey guys! So…. I wanted to finally spotlight some food on this blog! My intentions are to not only show my usual faves, (because I could eat Jamaican beef patties and sushi everyday!) but to also let you guys know when I try new dishes! Well this is a post on something new. Just a short backstory on how I ended up getting a taste of some Middle Eastern cuisine. In my last post there was a picture of a sculpture called Salomé made by artist Emil Kazaz. My partner in crime Amber was so intrigued with with the sculptures that she started chatting it up with the curator of the Emil Kazaz gallery who just happened to be the wife of Emil. This beautiful lady’s name is Monet Kazaz. While there, Monet had given us the whole rundown of some sculptures. The meaning behind each sculpture could have very well been some magnificent Disney story (wicked witches, princesses, the whole works!) And while she was explaining we became so enamored by this love story Amber wanted to hear more! I’ll let her explain all the beautifully mushy details on Amber Social LA.
Because Amber wanted to write the love of Emil and Monet up on her blog, information was exchanged so that we could all meet up at a later time, which is how I ended up getting my first taste of Middle Eastern cuisine. After a long night out in Hollywood it was time to get dressed and head out (not before getting some much needed Starbucks because babaaaaaay I needed a pick me up after only 4 hours and 45 minutes of sleep). We met Monet at the restaurant of her choosing which was Carousel in the city of Glendale, about 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles. Amber and myself settled for a table out of the actual restaurant, some what indoor patio-like, because it was an unusually hot, beautiful February day in LA so we took full advantage of the weather
Monet arrived and the 3 of us did a bit of chatting before we even ordered anything. Eventually we ordered (read: let Monet do the honors because I had NO idea and she ordered some samplers for us to try a bit of everything).
For appetizers we had falafel, fatayer (cheese boreg, which was absolutely DELICIOUS!), mutabbal (moutabel, YUMMY) (baba gannuj) hammos, tabbuleh which we ate with pita. For our entrees I had a delicious Fattoush Salad (greek salad) with chicken, Amber had lula kebab (beef kafta) with rice and pita bread while Monet ate lentil soup, a personal fave of hers thanks to her grandmother. For dessert we sampled Basma, Baklava and Halaweh B’jheben (which I absolutely LOVED) with some really strong Armenian coffee. Monet instructed that we were to take a bite of our dessert and take a small sip of our coffee to lessen the bite. It DID make a small difference so I continued to do so with the baklava. We sat there for hours taking in all the stories and endless knowledge that Monet had to offer, as well as our own, and that day I got a lesson in Life, Love, Culture, and Middle Eastern cuisine! It was an awesome day and I definitely want to thank Monet from the bottom of my heart for extending her hospitality to myself and Amber!
Our awesome waiter wanted in on the pictures!