Jordan: Good Eats

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Hello again! I am near to completing my time in Jordan and cannot wait to share my final thoughts. But this week, let’s talk about Jordan’s incredible food scene! It certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I am quite a picky eater. So, when I first got here, I was pretty nervous about the food situation. I hadn’t really dabbled into any type of Levantine or Mediterranean food before because neither were really that accessible at home. In order to broaden my horizons, I decided to not ask questions about what things were made of, and instead try them first. This method definitely helped me get passed some of my negative feelings towards certain ingredients.

Through my time here my tastes in food have significantly changed. In the beginning I really only wanted food that resembled what I would get at home. I ate a lot of fried chicken, sandwiches, and pizza. As time progressed, I began to dip into the more traditional food like shishtawook, shawarma, manaaeesh, and fuul. I eat all of these things on a pretty regular rotation at this point. They have all become a favorite and I am so upset that I won’t be able to get anything like them when I get home. Also, I’ve got to make a note about the olive oil here. It is the best I’ve ever had! Fresh bread with olive oil and zaatar will change your life!

Jordan’s variety of food is much more expansive than I could’ve ever imagined before coming. Even the Indian food is yummy! I was not a coffee or hot tea drinker by any means, but Jordan’s café culture has done a number on me. Now I really enjoy having a hot cup of mint tea, even if that means carrying it through the streets during 100-degree weather. Also, Jordan has a really strong sweets game. These guys take sweets the most serious I’ve ever seen and I can find no wrong when everything consists of pastry, honey, and nuts. The food has been one of the best parts of my study abroad experience for sure. Stay tuned for next week’s blog on my final thoughts!

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