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  • In the industrial no man's land of southwest Brooklyn, far from Park Slope or Greenpoint, where the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway roars through on a massive steel overpass and a huge crane organizes an endless pile of scrap metal, there is an old restaurant on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Court Street with the windows papered over. Instead of being a decrepit, abandoned casualty of its unfortunate location, it is instead the site where Eiad Dwidali runs a small catering business called Sham Sweet. Hady al-Saman is his cook. They are both from Syria. "Sham" is a regional name for Damascus, the capital of Syria. While their home country is engulfed in a seemingly endless wave of violence, Eiad and Hady took the time to show me how to make Syrian Cheese Pie. Hady has been a baker his entire life, so it is like second nature to him. But, his English is not very good, so Eiad translated for me. Check out the track above to hear how this delectable Syrian dessert is made.
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