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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

 

By Dalia Mortada and Lauren Bohn

 

When best friends Ahmed and Rashed moved to Istanbul to escape the war in Syria, they never thought it would mark only the middle of their journey. But now, in the face of modern history’s worst humanitarian crisis, the employees of a well-known chain of sweets shops find themselves asking an existential question: Can the sweet tastes of Syria be recreated in Europe?

 

Ahmed (left) and Rashed (right) have worked together for 14 years. Like they did in Aleppo, the men run the show at Salloura in Istanbul. (Photo by Dalia Mortada/GroundTruth)

Ahmed (left) and Rashed (right) have worked together for 14 years. Like they did in Aleppo, the men run the show at Salloura in Istanbul. (Photo by Dalia Mortada/GroundTruth)

This is the story of an epic journey, of food and family, and the sweets shop, Salloura. Ultimately, it’s a story about what we leave behind and what we carry with us to become our new selves.

 

When we began to follow the story of Salloura, Ahmed and Rashed, we had no idea just how winding and unpredictable the tale would be. Here, you can listen to the story, in which we take you back 150 years to the start of the famous sweets shop. The tale ends, for now, in Germany, where its workers and patrons have been forced to rebuild their lives. We also invite you to more intimately follow this incredible odyssey chapter by chapter, in real time— and to taste the flavors we’ve found along the way. Every two weeks we’ll publish a new installment of Salloura’s saga, following the shop and its people as they chase the memory of a time and place that no longer exists. With each new leg of the journey, we’ll include a key recipe to a dish described in or connected to the story, offering you the chance to taste Syria right from your home.

 

Chapter OneOut of Syria

Recipe: Saffarjaliyya (Aleppo quince and lamb stew)

 

Chapter Two: Into the Promised Land

Recipe: Shakriyyeh (Chicken with rice and yogurt)

 

Chapter Three: Deadlines

Recipe: Warbat Bil Ishta (Sweet cream puffs)

 

Chapter Four: Betrayal

Recipe: Halawet El Jibn (Sweet cheese rolls)

 

Chapter Five: Departures and Arrivals

BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Chapter 1: Out of Syria

March 16, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Chapter 2: Into the Promised Land

April 5, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA TO BAKLAVA

Chapter 3: Deadlines

May 1, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Chapter 4: Betrayal

May 1, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Chapter 5: Departures and Arrivals

May 13, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Recipe: Warbat bil ishta (Syrian sweet cream puffs)

May 1, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Recipe: Shakriyyeh (Chicken with rice and yogurt)

April 5, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Recipe: Saffarjaliyya (Aleppo Quince and Lamb Stew)

March 16, 2016

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PODCAST

From Syria with baklava

March 15, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Syrian food is the connection to my family’s homeland

March 15, 2016

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BITTERSWEET: FROM SYRIA WITH BAKLAVA

Recipe: Halawet El Jibn (Sweet Cheese Rolls)

May 1, 2016

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