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Baba Ghanouj: Cheese Borek, Falafel & Shish Taouk

This week we had the pleasure of accompanying D.J. Waldie, author, editor and blogger for kcet.org, to Baba Ghanouj in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood in Long Beach.

D.J. has been an observer and chronicler of Los Angeles' history for decades. He wrote Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, a book about growing up in Lakewood after World War II. D.J. has a genuine love for Lakewood and was more than happy to talk about the history of the town he grew up in.

I was fascinated by D.J.'s stories and could have talked with him at length about L.A.'s history, but I was also there to treat him to lunch. Always the raconteur, D.J. had a great story for wanting to eat at Baba Ghanouj, largely to do with the chef, George Mitri.

D.J. feasted on a variety of Lebanese classics including hummus, cheese borek (a blend of cheeses, stuffed in dough), warak siam (stuffed grape leaves) and shish taouk (marinated chicken cubes, charbroiled and served with basmati rice, hummus and garlic sauce).

Baba Ghanouj
4276 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807-2802
(562) 424-4567

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