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Friday, June 14th, 2013

An Old Commerical from Venezuela

The company’s website is down.

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Tacos Árabes La Periquita: Pita Hut

Tacos Árabes La Periquita: Pita Hut
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Although we’re always hitting the pavement in search of the next good place to eat, sometimes places come to us. Such was the case with Tacos Árabes La Periquita, or “The Little Parrot,” an unassuming taquería in San Rafael that serves a relative rarity in Mexico City: “Arab tacos.”

A common way that restaurants in Mexico advertise is to produce a ton of fliers that an unlucky employee then takes around local neighborhoods and sticks in mailboxes and under doorjambs. We usually just toss these fliers in the trash, but once in a while, we’ll see an intriguing dish listed on one of them. Tacos árabes, the menu item at La Periquita that caught our eye, arrived with the Middle Eastern immigrants who came to Mexico around the turn of the 20th century, the same newcomers who brought over the rotating vertical spit cooking method now popular for making tacos al pastor. True to their origins, these large tacos are rolled up inside a pita-like flatbread instead of the more common tortilla.

Another Schwarma + Tacos article.   Also goes by the name: tacos al pastor.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Schwarmas + Tacos

This is in the USA, but the company is blending Arab (Schwarma) + Latin (tacos).

El Chile Caliente (The Hot Chili)

Notice that he has a lot of Arab items on the menu.

While this might seem odd to an American, the Arabs have a big footprint in Latin America. Apparently, this footprint is now moving here to the USA.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

The Bedouin


Posted on YouTube: April 11, 2014

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Salta, Argentina
Courtesy: Wikipedia

La Beduina (The Bedouin)

A restaurant in Salta, Argentina.

Salta is a subtropical resort city in the Northwest of Argentina.

Wikipedia

However, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the arrival of Italian, Spanish and Arab immigrants, particularly Syrians and Lebanese, revived trade and agriculture all over the area while further enhancing the city’s multicultural flavor.

It has a large Arab population, so this restaurant should prosper.

At that latitude, Salta should be tropical, as it is just shy of the tropic of capricorn, but it is about 3,780 feet high in the mountains; and so can be affected by Andean cold.

However, even though it might dip below freezing at night in the dead of winter, it will usually shoot up to 20°C (68°F) by noon. So, it is subtropical with a pleasant climate.

Outside the city grow Giant Cactus called the Cardon Grande (Echinopsis terscheckii) which can reach 25 feet, and resemble the Saguaro of Arizona, and Mexico.


May 10, 2017 – Edited: Corrected video link – Corrected some text.

Monday, April 8th, 2013

A Blast from the Argentine Past


Credit to (ElAljibedeTodos)

Desde El Aljibe means FROM THE[Community Water] WELL which served the function of the community gathering place and center of news of like sort of similar to the THE OFFICE WATER COOLER in the USA.

Desde El Aljibe was on the air in Argentina from 2003-2011, when it was cancelled to make way for an Islamic religious program that no one wanted.

About 90% of Arab-Argentines are Christian, and the few Muslims among them are non-practicing as a rule.

There was a suspicion that the Saudi-funded Islamic Center got Desde El Aljibe cancelled.

That being said, this is a video when Desde El Aljibe was teaching about Arab Cooking, in this case the topic of Arab coffee. Cooking was a regular section of their weekly show.

No translation is really needed. I wanted to show how pervasive Arab influence is in South America.

The show was broadcast out of Buenos Aires on the Government Public TV channel 7 which meant one-third of the country could see it.

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