For the past month I've been in New Jersey on family business. For a little 'R & R', I took a bus into Manhattan to visit my daughter Mandy. When she met me at Port Authority, she asked if there was anything special I wanted to do. Without hestitation I blurted out - I must go to Sahadi's in Brooklyn! (No trip to NY would be complete without a visit to this amazing Middle Eastern store.) We hopped in a cab and off we went.
Sahadi's Olive Bar
Their prepared foods
Dried fruit assortment
It was a feast for the eyes. The moment I walked into Sahadi's, I didn't know which way to turn. The shelves along each aisle were filled to the brim with interesting canned, bottled, and packaged foods from - well, just about every country. Dairy products galore, prepared foods fit for a king, an olive bar to die for, dried fruit resembling jewels - my head was spinning! (I hope the locals appreciate what a treasure they have in their neighborhood. There's nothing quite like this in So. Florida!)
I tracked down Bob Sahadi, a second-generation owner, to interview him. It was his turn to work on this particular Saturday and he was kind enough to spend a few moments with me. He told me the original family business began in 1898 in Manhattan, but the retail store we were standing in was started by his father, Wade, and has been in operation since 1948. While I chatted with Bob, Mandy struggled through the crowd of shoppers to buy bundles of tasty morsels for us to take back to her place for dinner.
By the time we arrived at her apartment, we'd exhausted ourselves, but looked forward to a leisurely evening - just us girls - with an array of Sahadi treats and a bottle of wine. Ahhhhh!
PS: If you're ever in Brooklyn, be sure to visit Sahadi's at 187 Atlantic Ave. The phone # is: 718-624-4550. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 7 PM. Not going to Brooklyn? You can order online, http://www.sahadis.com/