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Mosaic Festival – Food and Music

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M and I had a chance to check out Mosaic this year and it was awesome.

Tacos

With vendors representing Palestine, Bhutan, Burma, Vietnam, Korea, the Caribbean, Iraq, the Congo, and others I’m forgetting plus two food trucks, there was a lot of food to try!

Chiba Chiba Dumpling and Taco Corner dishing out the goods.
Trucks

Killer dumplings and Hong Kong sausage from Chiba Chiba
Dumplings

Burmese Banana Cake
Banana Leaves

banana cake

Kabobs, somosas, and Congo-style scotch eggs plus killer pili pili hot sauce
Congo

Hibiscus and Ginger drinks from the Caribbean – pro tip from the Jamaican friend we made, mix the two 50:50.
hibiscus and ginger

Hummus, falafel and some stuffed and fried dumpling from Iraq
Iraq

Strange soda from Korea – awesome tagline!
Milki

Vendors
Vendors

The crowd
Mosiac

All in all it was a lot of fun. Good music too, a Jewish bluegrass band, some singers from Nepal, and one heck of a Bollywood dancer doing his thing. Be sure you’re there next there!

Greensboro Curb Market

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Farmer’s Markets can be unexpected venues for wonderful food. The Ferry Building in San Francisco and The North Market in Columbus, Ohio are two great examples. Greensboro is no different with its Curb Market, located on Yanceyville Street across from the old baseball stadium.

One of the things I love most about the Curb Market is the wide variety of different ethnic foods packed in such a small space. M and I are here every Saturday, wandering from booth to booth and assembling a breakfast as we go. Here’s some of our favorite vendors:

Nora Glanz Bakery

Maker of the wonderful empanadas posted above, Nora is from Argentina. The guava and feta empanadas and the quiches she sells are very good. If you’re going to eat them there, ask her to heat them for you.

Zaytoon
Zaytoon

Zaytoon offers Palestinian and Mediterranean dips, breads and cookies. Their green fava bean dip is ridiculous. It’s lucky if it lasts a day at our house.

African Sister
African Sister

She’s usually selling traditional West African dishes like greens with peanut butter and red beans and rice. She also sells some beignets that look great, but I’ve never tried them. The ginger tea is very sweet and very ginger-y. Great way to wake up your senses.

Laura’s Goodies
Laura's Goodies

Laura’s goodies will make you wish you brought more cash. Both because it’s expensive and because it’s unbelievably good. The french macaroons are eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head yummy, especially the passionfruit-chocolate and lemon verbena-chocolate. Yes, you read that right.

Loaf Bakery
Loaf

Loaf does traditional European breads and pastries. This is my favorite breakfast spot. The focaccia is delicious.

Calico Cheese
Calico cheese

Calico started off as your average small scale cheese producer. Apparently back in the day a Hispanic guy was working for them and convinced them to do some traditional Hispanic cheeses. Fast forward to today and they sell cheese from here to the beach in all the small Hispanic markets. Their queso fresco is great crumbled over tacos and black beans, and while it might not be “ethnic,” I could eat an entire package of their jalepeno skillet cheese.

Get over there and support the local food scene!

Nazareth Bread Company

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Don’t let the name fool you, Nazareth Bread Company is more than really really good bread.

It also has delicious spinning meats.

However, their bread is very good.  Especially the pita.  I worked in New York City for a summer in college and lived in Astoria, Queens.  According to Wikipedia, in the 70’s Astoria had the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece itself.  I ate fresh pita bread almost every day that summer and I have pined for it ever since coming back to NC.

You can hardly see it under there because they load you up with so much food.  So let’s talk about what else is on the plates.  Mediterranean food has gotten to be pretty popular, so this should all be pretty recognizable to you.  However, Nazareth Bread is not a Greek restaurant.  The proprietors are Palestinian so the food has some slight differences.

The chicken kabobs are seasoned with a delicious blend of spices, including some that we would usually associate with sweet dishes like cinnamon.  Stuffed grape leaves have never been my favorite, but these were pretty good with some tomato and mint in the stuffing.  The taboule rocked.  Again, taboule is another dish that I could take or leave, but this was great.  Taboule is a dish composed of bulgher wheat with a lot of parsley, as well as lemon juice, onion, tomato, etc.  When it’s bad, it tastes like straight parsley.  This, however, was great – very lemony and didn’t taste like I was mowing a field by mouth.  The hummus was solid, with more tahini bitterness than store-bought varieties.

M ordered the beef shwarma, which came with sauteed onions and a tahini sauce on top.  Very good, but I would probably skip the tahini sauce next time.  It was a little overpowering.  Going clockwise is the tzatziki, a cucumber yogurt sauce.  This tzatziki was very cool and creamy with a sweet fresh dairy taste.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they made the yogurt in house.  Next is one of my favorites, (to both eat and say) baba ganouj.  It didn’t disappoint.  And rounding it out, more hummus.  And baklava.

I love all Mediterranean / Middle Eastern food like this, but this place had some of the intangibles right that elevated its food.  For instance, they grill over charcoal, which gives the meat and pita a nice smoky touch.  Also, they have a ton of sides to choose from.

Besides the afore mentioned sides, there was also falafel, cucumber salad, some kind of cole slaw, and a few others.  Also, on the other side of the restaurant is the bakery section complete with pita bread, traditional breads, and cookies.

 

Nazareth Bread Co
4507 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27407
http://www.nazarethbread.com/