Friday, August 13, 2010


A large plate of Mezes (Metzes) in Petra, Jordan.Image via Wikipedia
Meze is to Turkey what Tapas is to Spain. It's a mediterranean thing to sit around and socialize while spending hours on the appetizers. And I highly recommend this yummy activity.  The pic on the right is actually more arabic with its offerings of dips and such, but it's the same idea.  Little plates of tasty stuff you share (no double dipping).  Notice each person has a dish in front of them to take what they like.

Sybil gets to try a few and I describe them in Burnt Amber with relation to the story.  Here in the states, we can get hold of some at Costco ...stuffed grape leaves from there are decent if you add a lot of fresh lemon juice btw... Even hummus (chickpea dip) and baba ganouj (eggplant dip) are names people recognize nowadays with the advent of Trader Joe's and a more diverse deli section at the supermarket.  Really, all you need is a bit of creativity and a tray and you can replicate the experience at home. Invite some friends and have drinks (prefereably Raki, if you can stomach it). Or not...and just indulge.

1515 kind of meze?? That's a LOT of creativity!!
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LTM said...

it's hard to believe, I'm sure, but Lebanese restaurants were very big in Baton Rouge... I miss them now. I was totally spoiled by my grape leaves & dolmas, hummus, baba ganouj, kibbies and chicken schwerma~ mmmm.... must be dinnah time~ ;d

Carolyn Abiad said...

I can make anything except the schwerma and the kibbeh. Just let me know when you're in town ;)

For fellow Charlotteans, There's a new Turkish
restaurant on Independence: Or try Sofram over in Pineville near CMC.

Southpaw said...

This is the kind of meal I love. Lots of fun treats and great company.


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