Several years ago, my mom told me about an incident in which one of my cousins and his friends were told, or more fittingly "yelled at," to "go back to their damn country." They were playing basketball in a local, empty outdoor court, when some white people drove by and started slinging slurs at the ... More >>
For the second year in a row, Quattro, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel, will serve an Eid-al-Fitr buffet dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan. This year's feast will again be prepared by sous chef Hassan Obaye, who was born and raised in southern Morocco and learned much of his culina ... More >>
In case you didn't know, Houston is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country and the city is home to a network of mosques and religious centers run by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. Anyone who has grown up in or around an American-Muslim community knows the role basket ... More >>
Ramadan began on June 28, meaning observant Muslims across the world are participating in the month-long fast that makes up one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from a number of activities including eating and drinking. During these, the longest, hottest days of ... More >>
As a freshman in college, I joined my roommate in fasting during one week of Ramadan. I did so as a gesture of solidarity since we were fast becoming close friends and I figured she could use some company in, um, not eating. Quite a silly assumption when you think about it that given that with mor ... More >>
Midtown "grille" offers something for everyone.
Photo by Troy FieldsInside Conscious CafeYesterday we chatted with Nicole Hudson, chef and co-owner of Conscious Cafe (see here for part 1.) Each of the dozen tables is equipped with a deck of cards, some with dominoes. It's a prime neighborhood hangout, and the Muslim-owned restaurant it cat ... More >>
Casablanca worth a visit in a city with so little Moroccan food.
Whoa. Corn on a burger? You've enticed my tummy while spraining my mind. Ouch-yum.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where sometimes it all seems kind of pointless considering we don't think any of us have ever enjoyed a meal as much as my cat enjoys eating lizards. ... More >>
Since our post yesterday on Whole Foods's reluctance to promote Ramadan this year after a few customer and blogger complaints, the story unexpectedly went viral. Saffron Roads CEO Adnan Durrani called the post "a tempest in a teapot" when interviewed by CNN. And NPR reported: "Looking to set ... More >>
No "Ramadan Mubarak" wishes this year from Whole Foods.Under pressure from right-wing bloggers who blindly associate Ramadan and Muslims with terrorism and burqas, Whole Foods has sent an email to its stores across the United States in which it specifically tells stores not to promote Ramadan ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderMayor Parker backed Saturday's citywide iftar. Sealed bottles of water sit on the white-clothed tables before the crowd of thirsty fasters. It's Ramadan, so for one month, observant Muslims like those gathered here at the downtown convention center will abstain from ea ... More >>
I use this photo for Ramadan every year because Burger King's ads amuse me to no end.The annual period of fasting called Ramadan has begun today for observant Muslims across the world. What does that mean? In a nutshell, no eating or drinking from sunrise until sunset -- and in August, that's ... More >>
Grab your friends and order it up at at this revamped Chinatown favorite.
A big Muslim religious ceremony the night before 9/11It's been a tough year to be a Muslim in America: Furious protests that the hallowed ground of a former coat store near a strip joint might become a Manhattan mosque, Koran-burnings that endanger U.S. troops, and demonstrations against proposed ... More >>
Who says Houston has bad shawarma?
That's right: Even Burger King gets in on the Ramadan festivities.August 11 marks the beginning of Ramadan in 2010. The date that signifies the beginning of the ninth month of the Islamic religious year changes each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar (which is, coincidentally, the only ... More >>
Speaking off the toque: Sam Said