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Layer of life street food

September 28, 2010

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Layer of life street food

flat bread

flat bread

What’s the value of  . . .  street food? It depends on where we go, what we’re willing to experience, and how we interpret sources of life.

I closed The Cookery for a while last month and explored Syria. With my kids in tow, we found our daily bread along the streets, from the gates of Damascus to the shores of Latakia, and savored the flat food with gratitude. Though it shouldn’t take a special envoy to remind us that bread is a precious source of life, the bread basket doesn’t always make its way around the table.

This was my first visit to Syria, and my family and I came away with new experiences as well as reminders of things that we inherently know though sometimes unintentionally disregard. Bread, flat or full, is a source of life to be shared without waste. For 20 Syrian Lira (at the exchange rate of about 40 cents four weeks ago), I picked up a supply of freshly baked bread that had gone from the fiery oven to a bread bag (with plenty of handling in between) to the table. Often, the hands that sold us the bread had a hand in baking it, too. The value of this layer of life stretched far beyond 20 Lira.




Comments (5)

  • November 17, 2010 by Kathie Carnes

    Kathie Carnes

    oh, I’m wanting to hear so much more about the food in Syria. Did the boys enjoy what they tasted?

  • November 18, 2010 by The Cookery

    The Cookery

    What a wonderful experience. The food in Syria was fantastic, from simple to elaborate meals. Our boys enjoyed the food, especially some of the home-cooked favorites during our stay in Damascus. Visit Syria as I know you’ll appreciate the history, people, culture, and cuisine!

  • November 18, 2010 by Kathie Carnes

    Kathie Carnes

    Wonderful! I’ll look forward to sharing some stories with all of you next time we gather. I recently saw an interesting article of the top 10 countries to visit, in which Syria was listed… for the reasons you cited above. I’ve sent the link to the article below:

  • November 19, 2010 by The Cookery

    The Cookery

    They list some good notes, but I’m sending you my insider’s guide.

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