Aug 27, 2005

Oh sweet California

Sabbar at china town 5
Originally uploaded by arrabi.
I go to this small dinky arab shop next to the musala in san jose (California, where I've moved very recently), and
what do I find!? ha, what do I find in this small dinky arab shop!?
In this small dinky arab shop, I find a piece of my lost spirit:

- SABBAR!! (prickly pears), oh, I've been looking for this stuff for so
long! In seattle I used to hunt in China Town every weekend to get it
like once a year.
- Bala7!! (yes, not Tamer, but hard juicy yellow Bala7). I did not have
bala7 since I was in Jordan in 2000. Ah.. the years I've yearned for one.
- real Teen!! and I'm not talking about the plastic green stuff you get
at Safeway. This is nice sweet teen (although I'm still looking for
that Syrian purple teen - big, juicy & self-peeling)
- Khiyar and Kosa!! the real thing, small & tasty and free of those huge
- white Seeds (bizir ya3ni, bizir!)

ah.. I know this sounds weird, but mediterranean fruits are hard to find in the US. California is so different. It's so similar to back home. People even have Lemon & Orange trees in their backyards.

(note: I didn't have my camera, so forgive me for using an older picture of Sabbar in Seattle)


  1. LOL :D yeah when my aunt came here from the states, she refused to carry excess baggage of bizer and za3tar and the whole bunch of stuff because she said it's all there in Califirnia :)

    Yalla glad you found it, now you made me hungry I'm gonna go get some breakfast ;)

  2. of course its all here in california. we got it all here. im telling you, california is the next best thing to experiencing the world, if you do not get to travel around the world. we got everything here ;)

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