Ramadan goes Italian: Palestinian chef brings twist to original recipes

During Ramadan, Muslims the world over pray, reflect and get together with their families, in addition to fasting from sunrise to sunset.
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But abstaining from food during the holiday, which begins on April 13 and is slated to end on May 12, can at times be quite daunting, especially during the longer and hotter days. For this reason, many of the hallmark dishes that are eaten during Ramadan are quite filling and nutritious, including qatayef, a sweet dumpling that is commonly served during the holiday. Muslims commonly enjoy a few pieces of the delectable dessert following their fast-breaking meal, known as iftar.
Palestinian chef Fidaa Abu Hamdiya has taken the traditional holiday dish and given it a creative Italian twist.
Born in Hebron in 1982, Abu Hamdiya pursued her culinary and gastronomic studies at the University of Padua in Italy.
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Local restaurant puts adult twist on social media sensation, hot cocoa bombs

(WTNH) — It’s a social media sensation — hot cocoa bombs are a fun twist on a sweet treat, but local restaurants are giving them a grown-up upgrade just in time for Valentine’s Day.

So, what’s the phenomenon behind their popularity?

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“Everyone eats with their camera first. It used to be with their eyes, now it’s the camera, then the eyes, then you actually enjoy your food,” said Michael Knudsen, beverage director for Wood-N-Tap. “I think it’s just about that, and who doesn’t love hot chocolate?” 

Especially this time of year, with Valentine’s Day creeping up. One local restaurant group is taking the trend a step further (and for the 21-plus audience).

“Our little spin on them is actually incorporating some liquor into these,” said Knudsen. “You know we’ve seen trending online. People are digging these hot

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