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Author Archives: Joyce Behrens

Arab Heritage in Euro 2020 Tournament this Summer

***UPDATE: EURO 2020 HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2021 DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC*** Everyone is talking about the 2022 Qatar World Cup, however, we are forgetting another tournament. Euro 2020 is just around the corner! It’s a football tournament with the same concept as the World Cup, only involving European countries. Now, you may be … Continued

Aspects of Arab Culture and Influence in the Lands of Brazil

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer When we think about where Arab influence and culture expands to, our minds go to two different directions. First, Europe, particularly, countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Second, the land of opportunity and dreams, as known as the United States. However, what about Arab influence in countries located south … Continued

How come Nuts are Important in the Arab Culture?

By: Joyce Behrens, Contributing Writer Nuts are not just considered snacks in your pantry. As we all know, nuts are a great source of energy and are recommended for a healthy lifestyle. In the Arab World, there are cultural traditions and customs behind nuts. First, the benefits that nuts provide make them a popular snack. … Continued

Efforts in Gluten-Free Alternatives are Now Recognized

By: Joyce Behrens, Contributing Writer Gluten-free options are quickly becoming essential staples in restaurants and food markets. The reason for the awareness of this gluten is dietary restrictions such as Celiac disease, which is an immune disorder that reacts to gluten products. Examples that contain gluten are wheat, rye, and barley. In the Arab world, … Continued

Why is Yemeni Coffee the Best Coffee in the World?

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer Coffee beans have been in existence for centuries. Since the beginning of international trade, coffee has been one of the main commodities because of the benefits it provides. The main benefit, as we all know, is the ability to keep your focus and concentration from the caffeine. The first … Continued

Top 5 Fun Foods in the Arab World

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer Fun foods can mean several different things. It can be foods that don’t involve a lot of elaborate cooking, comfort foods that are made from either your home kitchen or street vendors, or delightful tastes and textures. These are the qualities that best describe the term “fun foods.” We’ll … Continued

Similarities & Differences between the Levant and North African Regions

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer There are different regions that make up the Arab world. The Levant region is east of the Mediterranean Sea and includes Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. The North African region is south of the Mediterranean Sea and is comprised of ten countries. Despite the scatteredness of the Arab world, … Continued

The Rise of Arab Theater in America

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer Stage theater is a method of storytelling. It shows creativity as well as the talent from both the actors and writers. When it comes to Arab theater, it’s on a journey in the states. Stereotypes depicted Arab Americans under adverse circumstances for the past two decades. When projecting productions … Continued

Different and Unique Grains of the Arab Culinary World

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer Grains are one of the earliest sources of carbohydrates. Despite they are not a source of protein, they offer other nutrients. When cooked, it has a good amount of vitamins.  An interesting fact about grain, in terms with the Arab world, is they are apart of their foundation for … Continued

Classic Food Pairings and Combinations from the Arab World

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer Food pairings are very common in Arab cuisine. There are combinations that complement the textures and flavors. People don’t realize how elaborate and unique Arab cuisine is. For example, did you know that tahini sauce on a beautiful piece of white fish is a match made in heaven? Although, … Continued

The Mediterranean Islands that Identify with the Arab World

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer When we talk about Arab influence in other parts of the world, we tend to focus on one direction. That direction is toward neighboring countries and continents divided by the Mediterranean Sea. However, think about those small, scattered islands in the Mediterranean Sea. These are the islands that are … Continued

Healthy Spices and Seasonings found in your Arab Kitchen

By: Joyce Behrens/Arab America Contributing Writer With COVID-19 circulating everyday life, it’s essential to keep healthy during these difficult times. Not only with fruits and vegetables, but from condiments too. Seasonings and spices have a long history. In early history, medicinal healing used different assortments of spices. During the times of trade routes, spices and seasonings … Continued

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