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Lifestyle : Focus on the Middle East 2011
1HERSA1 E019 Double Bay MARKETS For a food market near you go to www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au Jumping Castle 9999 2226 Pony Rides Spring Fair this Thursday! Market held every Thursday 8am - 2pm Guilfoyle Park Open Lunch: 12pm - 2pm (Mon-Fri) Dinner: 5pm - late (Mon-Sat) 5:30 - late (Sun) 274 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 (02) 9698 7025 Open since 1977, owned and operated by the same family, The Prophet is iconic to Surry Hills and loved by patrons all over Sydney. We offer authentic Lebanese cuisine -- you'll feel miles away in the Middle East while on the convenient location of Cleveland Street. THE PROPHET 457 Chapel Rd Bankstown 2200 p: (02) 9708 5107 summerlandrestaurant.com.au e Summerland Restaurant established in 1981 by Fouad Sayed has been the benchmark for Lebanese dining in Sydney Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and seven nights for dinner www.eljannah.com.au | email email@example.com address 701 Punchbowl Road Punchbowl open daily 11am till 10pm | contact (02) 9759 2999 address 4-6 South Street Granville open daily 10am till 11pm | contact (02) 9637 0977 Our restaurant is specialised in Authentic Charcoal Chicken and Lebanese Cuisine Specialist tour operators for North Africa and the Middle East Ph 1300 850 989 or visit our website www.realtravel.com.au Lic no. 2TA5820 TURKEY Amazing Turkey 16 day group or individual tour Visit beautiful Istanbul touring the Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar. See Gallipoli & tour ancient sites of Troy, Ephesus, Perge & amazing Cappadocia. Costs from $2040pp in twin share Option of a hot air balloon ride over magnificent Cappadocia EGYPT Land of the Pharaohs 17 day group tour includes flights Visit the pyramids & museum in Cairo. Experience the fascination of Old Cairo. Relax in Aswan with a Nile cruise to Luxor. See impressive Karnak and Luxor temples. Walk in the remarkable Valley of the Kings. Visit El Alamein & Alexandria. Entry with expert guided tours of all major sites, accommodation with breakfasts and all transfers. Options include Abu Simbel, camel ride & balloon flight at Luxor. 2011 Departures 14 Oct $5190 pp twin share 18 Nov $5190pp twin share MOROCCO Imperial cities Small group or individual tours Visit fascinating Rabat, Meknes, Fes & Marrakech, staying in a mix of hotels and charming riads. Tour through diverse landscape, ancient medinas, historic sites & Roman ruins at Volubilis. Costs from $2717 pp twin share Imperial Cities & Desert Tour also available REAL TRAVEL AG4289476AA-300811 The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, August 30, 2011 19 good living focus on the middle east special report A region's liquid assets Infusions . . . Cafe Mint owner Hugh Foster pours mint tea; (left) a pomegranate Mojito. Photo: Tamara Dean From coffee to tea to alcohol, Sydney showcases a range of traditional drinks, writes Ellen Connolly. A nyone who has been to Turkey will have encountered the ubiquitous carpet sellers and their cups of sweet apple tea. ''People always say it reminds them of Turkey and being harassed by carpet dealers,'' says the owner of Cafe Mint, Hugh Foster, who promises a refreshing drink without fear of anyone popping up to sell a rug. Foster says tea features predominantly in Middle Eastern culture and traditional mint tea is the most popular choice at his Surry Hills cafe. It's made with gunpowder tea (a type of green tea), fresh mint and sugar. ''We don't serve it nearly as sweet as they do in Morocco where they will jam a whole cake of sugar into a teapot,'' he says. ''It's still sweet and minty and very refreshing, plus it's good for digestion.'' While most people attribute our strong coffee culture with Italy, Foster says it is the Arab countries who deserve recognition for introducing Westerners to the pick-me-up brew. ''They grind it, boil it several times, add sugar and pour this very thick brew where you allow the sediment to drop and then you just sip it.'' He says Sydneysiders tend to favour the more traditional Italian coffees, but some are enticed by his short black with cardamom for a warming Arabic twist. Despite much of the Middle East being Muslim, alcoholic drinks are still consumed, the most well- known being the grape- based aniseed liquor arak, from Syria. The Turkish version, similar in taste, is raki and is considered its national drink. Nicknamed ''the milk of lions'' due to its potency and the milky white colour it turns when water is added, arak is served at Almond Bar in Darlinghurst. ''It's an acquired taste,'' the bar's owner, Carol Salloum, says. Turkish restaurant Efendy, in Balmain, has 12 types of raki -- the quality and flavour profile varying according to the method of ageing and distillation process. ''A traditional way of drinking is to open a half or full bottle at the beginning of the meal and drink it throughout for three to four hours, nibbling on mezes,'' owner Somer Sivrioglu says. ''In Turkey, you see lots of tourists highly intoxicated on the first night of their arrival after finishing a whole bottle by themselves, since it tastes and feels quite light to drink.'' Efendy has a number of cocktails with a Middle Eastern twist including a pomegranate Mojito and the restaurant's signature drink, Visnepolitan. Its key ingredient is Visnesko, a vodka infused with star anise, cinnamon, green peppercorn, cloves and sour cherries. ''It tastes like a combination of Turkish and Middle Eastern spiced tea and a Cosmopolitan,'' Sivrioglu says.
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