Bags, Shoes ‘n’ Baba Ghanoush!

There’s lots o’ stuff I wanna cram into this post, so here goes…

First, today’s Arab-American Heritage Day at City Hall. Sponsored by the NYC Council Speaker Hon. Christine Quinn et al, it marks “a celebration of the rich heritage of the Arab Community and the contributions of community members to this great city.” Honorees include Sarab Al-Jijakli, co-founder of NAAP-NY, with which I recently launched a networking group for folks who work in education. (If you’d be interested in joining this group, please let me know!)

Also, what does baba ghanoush have to do with bags and shoes? Nothing, but I just had to give a plug to Karam’s Middle East Bakery & Restaurant and their version of this delicious dip! On a recent weekend Upstate with loved ones, I finally got to sample some yummy treats from this place I’d heard about for months and it was well worth the wait 😉 Oh, and the pita bread we scooped it all up with? To die fo-ah! In addition to their Web site, Karam’s also has a Facebook page 😉

Now, moving on to “les accessoires,” did you know that the world’s oldest known leather shoe is in Armenia? As mentioned in a previous post, a good number of Armenians are in the jewlery biz–and the same goes for shoes, so this discovery makes perfect sense!

And finally, it’s “in the bag” with designer Dareen Hakim. There will be a trunk show event showcasing her handbags at Henri Bendel (712 5th Avenue @ 56th Street, 2nd Floor) this weekend: Friday – Sunday, June 25-27, from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Check it out!

Tabouli wishes and fattouche dreams,

Joyce

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