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By: Lisa R.
Conflict Kitchen
Conflict Kitchen is an entity that begged to be created in order to connect culture and dialogue through food. The “take-out restaurant serves cuisine from countries with which the United States government is in conflict.” To date, iterations have been from Afghanistan, Cuba, North Korea, Palestine and Iran. Upon arrival, the weekly trivia contest was underway, with edgy, surprising topics and answers reflecting Iran’s culture and politics. Afterwards, Director of Education and Outreach Blaine Siegel grabbed a seat and introduced the conception of Conflict Kitchen as a hybrid of public art.The menu reflects interviews and discussions with the people of Iran. The team’s research is presented on a wrapper bearing relevant design. Topics addressed within this wrapper are bread, fashion, nuclear power, Persians, poetry, tea, Israel, women’s rights, the war in Syria, perception of Americans, government, youth, and the 1979 revolution.My meal selection: Shami Lapeh: lamb and yellow pea fritters with fresh herbs, torshi & sumac onion, and Salad-e Shirazi: tomato, cucumber & onion salad dressed with lime juice & olive oil.Both concept and menu are compelling. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy is featured next.Conflict Kitchen has demonstrated commitment to education through The Foreigner workshop and international presentations.
By: Gwen H.
Naya Restaurant
We went to this restaurant while on vacation! Those grape leaves were incredible. The shawarma was like I remember from when I was little. My kids enjoyed the food as much as I did! Thank you for such a warm welcome and delicious food. We will be back the next time we are in Pittsburgh! What a gem!

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