Day 12: Sampling Middle Eastern Food
Several Pinterest users have linked to the Holy Land Grocery and Deli in Minneapolis. One pin linked to it as one of the Twin Cities food finds and others linked to the Holy Land website. We had an opportunity to visit the Holy Land Deli and Grocery with a tour group with our exchange student and other families. We shopped in the store and then ate the buffet of Middle Eastern food. It was great!
I tried Falafel for the first time.The owner of the Deli described it as a vegetarian meatball, but it was so much more than that! He said it's easier to describe it that way to people.
A falafel is a deep fried ball made from chick peas, herbs, and more. Yum!
We had some of the best hummus I have ever had. Holy Land has a factory and makes hummus for wholesale to grocery stores. The buffet included samples of roasted vegetables that were delicious, fresh pita bread, and this wonderful rice that was labeled Beryani rice (I can only find recipes for Biryani rice, but I think it's the same) That had this amazing sweet and spicy flavor. They served a traditional mango juice with the meal.
The neighborhood surrounding the deli was also very interesting and cultural. There were many other ethnic stores and restaurants there.