Vegan "maqluba" at Saha in San Francisco (May 2007)
Shooky Galili, Ynet columnist and freelancer, has launched two new blogs, one in Hebrew and one in English, devoted to one of humanity's great inventions - hummus. The Hebrew version, חומוס להמונים (Hummus for the Masses) is more relevant to people in Israel, as it contains reviews of humusiyot (hummus eateries) across the country, and even excursions into the land of the sabih. Note to Ariel: we should have gone to this place instead. The English-language edition, "The Hummus Blog," is more basic and touchingly earnest at times but still informative. Galili is clearly on a mission.
Some of you may have seen the "hummus dictionary" by Galili that appeared on Ynet and was subsequently denounced as "orientalist" by one of Angry Arab's cronies. To be fair, the English version of that article was a bit silly at times. But as a reader of AbuKhalil's blog, Anonymous 5:26 pm, pointed out, it is a very poor translation of the original article.
If you are in a place far from real hummus, I do not recommend reading Galili's blogs. Jeha, on the other hand, might be inclined to dispute Galili's assertion of Israeli/Palestinian hummus's superiority over the Lebanese variety, with a nice bowl of the stuff in front of him.
Another note: I know that some of you occasionally see me in the "Sunrise Deli" here in Berkeley. Well, I am done with that place. Is there anyone else who is sick of the mediocre quality of most of the food, the small portions, high prices, and miserable excuse for customer service? Sorry for being harsh on the poor people, but I am disappointed every time I walk out the door. It's still the best in Berkeley, I guess (which goes to show you how terrible the hummus conditions here are).
Seeing as this post has devolved outside our usual format, I'll take up the game of tag that Jeha is currently playing. So Kishkushim, specifically the "Gaza or Bust" post, has been tagged as one of "5 blogs that made [Jeha] think." So here are 5 blogs that I've been looking at recently:
1. Obviously Jeha's Nail - for unmatched erudition and hilarious videos.
2. The Head Heeb - great writing and unparalleled scope.
3. The Happy Arab News Service - for Nobody's dry humor and hard-hitting realism.
4. Nizo's Blog - for the refreshing perspectives, innuendo, and exchanges in the comments section.
5. The Augean Stables - thorough.