Saturday, February 05, 2011

Bringing the best of the Middle East to the Midwest

 SECOND WAVE Media publishes a new story, February 4, 2011:

Habib Mandwee at Zooroona

With three businesses and more on the way, the Mandwee brothers are sharing their culture with Kalamazoo. Writer Zinta Aistars talks with Habib Mandwee about making a home in the United States and sharing some of home with others.

Habib Mandwee leans his chin into the palm of his hand and lets his mind wander to a dream. He remembers being a boy in Baghdad, Iraq, and spending long, lazy days watching the family cow graze. Perhaps, he muses, someday he might have a small farm. A cow or two grazing in the pasture, sheep, even goats...

Mandwee perks up from his daydream, sips a bit of Massan, a Lebanese red wine, and dips a crisp point of pita into fragrant olive oil before rolling it in a complex mix of Arabic spices. His watchful eye falls not on grazing livestock, but on the open space of Zooroona, a Middle Eastern restaurant and lounge at the opposite corner of an L-shaped strip mall dominated by Tiffany's Wine & Spirit Shoppe, 1714 W. Main Street ...

Read the FULL ARTICLE at Second Wave.

Photography by Erik Holladay.


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