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#1 mongo_jones

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:18 PM

for the foreseeable future i am going to be blogging less about whisky. and i'm going to shift the emphasis of my restaurant reviewing to small, immigrant-run establishments, in particular those serving somali, north african, middle eastern, mexican and other latin american communities. first up, a write-up of recent meals at nawal, a no-frills purveyor of somali comfort food in burnsville, mn.

 

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the picture is of excellent sauteed liver (served with injera).


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:42 PM

You're in for a lot of carb-laden stodge, then.

 

 

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:44 PM

lots of very nice meat so far, actually.


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current restaurant review: piccolo (minneapolis)

 

current whisky review: rampur select casks (indian single malt whisky)

 

current recipe: keema chops (indian-style croquettes)

 

 

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#4 SLBunge

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:01 PM

I've been thinking about something similar for our somewhat regular lunch outings with the office. Might start with Hamdi.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:23 PM

interesting, i've also been eating out much more often at small immigrant run establishments, since november and they are pretty much what i suggest to folks who are looking for recommendations. 

 

i need to find some good somali here in nyc


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 11:24 PM

I'd be interested in hearing more about the restaurants and the cuisines.

 

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#7 Wilfrid

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 02:13 AM

Let's hope the administration doesn't threaten the Dutch. All those open sandwiches.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:49 PM

In the old days it was sort of difficult to use those Somali restaurants, as many of them either did not allow women, or had a separate seating area for them. That should actually be a consideration in their favor with the administration.


sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 01:34 PM

Guess you know about this but, just in case...


https://munchies.vic...-of-somali-food

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 01:39 PM

Only one in NYC that I'm aware of is http://www.safariharlem.net/
Splinky: you might want to search on Eating in Translation (or contact Dave Cook directly)

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#11 GerryOlds

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 01:51 PM

Yeah, Safari's the only Somali spot in NYC. And very good at that.

 

And bravo mongo for shifting the focus of your blog.



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Posted 01 February 2017 - 02:55 PM

For folks in and around Montclair NJ, both MishMish and Mesob offer a mix of Northeastern African cuisines.

 

 

(If there's no objection, I can move this thread to the general food discussion later today)


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 03:44 PM

I'm eating a lot more Mexican food lately.


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#14 mongo_jones

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 03:51 PM

In the old days it was sort of difficult to use those Somali restaurants, as many of them either did not allow women, or had a separate seating area for them. 

 

happy to note that this is not true of nawal. on one visit there was a woman behind the counter; on another there were several somali women patrons. there is a prayer mat in one corner (under the big screen tv for full postmodern effect) and it's not unusual to see men praying from time to time but it seems a pretty welcoming place.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: piccolo (minneapolis)

 

current whisky review: rampur select casks (indian single malt whisky)

 

current recipe: keema chops (indian-style croquettes)

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


#15 splinky

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 06:00 PM

Only one in NYC that I'm aware of is http://www.safariharlem.net/
Splinky: you might want to search on Eating in Translation (or contact Dave Cook directly)

asking an expert? i dunno


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