A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

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more than a restaurant: lunch at the food embassy

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on September 9, 2008

This is just a short, busy-Tuesday-morning post about something that M and I found both charming and funny this past weekend in Oklahoma City. Not only is it not related to Lebanon, but its not even related to the Middle East – so feel free to skip if your time is precious today :).

After running errands with the rebar bride and groom Saturday morning, we returned to our hotel and set out, cameras at the ready, to explore Bricktown, the city’s old industrial area, which is now being reclaimed by investors and entrepreneurs as a nascent hub for nightlife and dining.

The area is filled with restaurants – great if you are looking for a meal out, less appealing if you are need of more mundane enterprises like a grocery store or pharmacy. And oddly enough, for a city with a rich Arab-American presence and twenty-million “Mediterranean” (i.e., Arab) delis, groceries and restaurants, none of the restaurants in Bricktown had anything resembling tabbouleh or even dolmas on their menu. (Of course, I don’t mean to suggest that this was an intentional slight. We didn’t see any sushi restaurants, either.)

Without the easy choice of a Lebanese restaurant to guide us, we were at a loss as to how to decide which restaurant we should try for lunch.

Luckily for us, however, we soon realized that we didn’t have to eat at a mere restaurant:

That’s right. We decided to have our lunch not at a restaurant but at the “Mexican food embassy”. And it was delicious.


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