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    Kurdish cuisine (Afrini)

    by Robin020 Updated Nov 14, 2011

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    Dairy products:
    Here are some Afrini products with their meaning in Kurdish as well:

    Home-made butter, cheese,
    yoghurt Musti Kamundi (Kurdish)both types Kolelik,:

    liqueurs Ajeeni the milk into small balls and dried in a warm sun, and kept in the oil.

    Za'atar:

    Dried thyme and sumac that can differ from region to region and from family to family.

    Ferro in Kurdish: The coagulation of milk produced by cattle that newly gave birth boiled.

    Fruits:
    grapes: molasses dimis in Kurdish, raisins, figs, dried apricots mishmish, almonds biev, pistachios= guz, Pistacia fruits, olive green.

    Masti kamandi :
    strained yoghurt spreadable and garnished with good olive oil and sea salt.

    Tabbouleh:

    Diced parsley salad with bulghur, tomato and mint.

    Vegetables:

    Dried many types of them, most important of which, tomatoes, red pepper, full and soft, Okra =Bami, pumpkins.
    Fuul (Vicia faba) or Ful Halabi (after Aleppo)slow cooked mash of brown beans and red lentils dressed with lemon olive oil and cumin.
    - cereals: wheat, bulgur wheat bulgor, semolina (simud), lentils, chickpeas = homos and beans.
    Local cuisine and dishes:

    Ktoyeai:
    Boil the meat with crushed wheat, ghee and spices until it melts completely crushed wheat, and become ready to eat.

    Dean soup =dana:

    crushed wheat with yogurt, and add the kernels of chickpeas. A pot of well-known popular and delicious.

    Borona:
    Boil lentils, aubergine and some other vegetables with yogurt and crushed wheat, which is also a popular dish.
    Kofta:
    filling and toasted walnut bread, meat and fat. semolina.
    paniri dazi :translated as the tail cheese,=string cheese

    Kermi nisk :
    cooked lentils together with wheat or rice, garnished with onions that have been sauteed in vegetable oil.
    Sweets :

    Zengilok : cut the dough into small pieces and fry in oil, and placed then in the molasses, or sugar solution. Or that the same dough was kneaded and then fried Baldbs

    Halawet al-jeben - Cheese pastry, rolled and stuffed with cheese or thick milk cream, served with Atar syrup.

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    Eating and drinking and some famous local dishes

    by Robin020 Updated Jun 15, 2011

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    Dairy products:
    Here are some Afrini products with their meaning in Kurdish as well.
    Home-made butter, cheese, yoghurt Musti Kamundi (Kurdish)both types Kolelik, liqueurs Ajeeni the milk into small balls and dried in a warm sun, and kept in the oil.
    Za'atar - dried thyme and sumac that can differ from region to region and from family to family.
    - Ferro in Kurdish: The coagulation of milk produced by cattle that newly gave birth boiled.
    Fruits: grapes: molasses dimis in Kurdish, raisins, figs, dried apricots mishmish, almonds biev, pistachios= guz, Pistacia fruits, olive green.
    Masti kamandi : strained yoghurt spreadable and garnished with good olive oil and sea salt.
    Tabbouleh - diced parsley salad with bulghur, tomato and mint.
    - Vegetables: dried many types of them, most important of which, tomatoes, red pepper, full and soft, Okra =Bami, pumpkins.
    Fuul (Vicia faba) or Ful Halabi (after Aleppo)slow cooked mash of brown beans and red lentils dressed with lemon olive oil and cumin.
    - cereals: wheat, bulgur wheat bulgor, semolina (simud), lentils, chickpeas = homos and beans.
    Local cuisine and dishes:

    Ktoyeai: Boil the meat with crushed wheat, ghee and spices until it melts completely crushed wheat, and become ready to eat.

    Dean soup =dana: crushed wheat with yogurt, and add the kernels of chickpeas. A pot of well-known popular and delicious.

    Borona: Boil lentils, aubergine and some other vegetables with yogurt and crushed wheat, which is also a popular dish.
    Kofta: filling and toasted walnut bread, meat and fat. semolina.
    paniri dazi :translated as the tail cheese,=string cheese

    Kermi nisk - cooked lentils together with wheat or rice, garnished with onions that have been sauteed in vegetable oil.
    Sweets :

    Halawet al-jeben - Cheese pastry, rolled and stuffed with cheese or thick milk cream, served with Atar syrup.

    Drinking:
    people drink a lot of tea,coffee alcohol is accepted and you can see local liqueur shops,but locals generally do not mind drunk people.If you behave,while you are there you can easily make friends and go for a drink or something.

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    Arak

    by Robin020 Written Jun 13, 2011

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    Arak عرق is the traditional drink in Syria.~50%-63% Alc. Vol./~100-126 proof
    The taste of Arak is very close to the taste of Raki
    Arak is a clear beverage that is made from grapes.

    The Arak (Araq) is a very strong beverage with more than 40% alcohol so beware !
    You can drink the Raki alone but you can also add water or ice and the Arak changes the color to a white or pearl.It served with salad or snacks.

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    Hitchhiking

    by Robin020 Written Jun 13, 2011

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    Hitchhiking is possible and easy in Syria.

    It might be wise to learn at least some basic Arabic when you are in arabic region or Kurdish when you in Kurdish areas.to communicate with locals. Not many people speak more English.you may find young who speak Russia or French because They studied or worked there.

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    Language

    by Robin020 Updated Jun 6, 2011

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    Language when you in Afrin and surrounding means you are in Kurdish region so every body speaks Kurdish Kirmanji dialect in their daily life and They use Arabic as second language when they go to big cities such as Aleppo.
    A hint If you want to recognize Kurdish person from an Arab person is easy : Arabs Cant pronounce the letter P They pronounce as B.
    So Arab person will say: bibsi he means Pepsi or Baris for Paris
    Here are some Kurdish phrases and words How they are pronounced :

    Hello: Marhaba

    Good Morning : Roj Bash

    How are you : choni

    Good; rinda

    Bye: b'ikhatrita

    How much is it : b'chiqoyi

    Yes : areh

    No: Na

    OK : Mashi,Tamam

    Where is : Koni

    Bus station: Garaj

    Money : Parah

    you are welcome: sar chava ,sar sari min

    Thanks : spas ,saat khash

    Here you go ,go ahead: Buerin

    Water : ov

    Food : nan

    Hungry : Birchi

    Thirsty : Tee

    expensive : biha

    Cheap : Arzan

    Coffee : kah'wa

    Tea : chah

    Enough : Basah

    Street : rek

    Airport : Matar

    1=yak ,2=do , 3=s'sehy,4=chahr,5=benj,6=shash,7=haft,8=ha'shyt,9=n'ha,10=d'ha

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    Tipping

    by Robin020 Written Jun 6, 2011

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    A tip for the waitress or taxidriver?

    In Afrin or Aleppo it is upo to you to give tips to the waitress in a restaurant (if he/she was friendly and helpfull and the food was good of cours). The need the tips to live since the wage is very little.

    In bars and café's some people give a tip, others don't.The servers will appreciate it if you do.

    It is common to give the taxidriver a tip. Only if they were nice and friendly, of course!
    Never give a tip if someone asks for it.

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    Cultural Do’s and Don’ts

    by Robin020 Written Jun 6, 2011

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    Cultural Do’s and Don’ts Do:

    (U) Do be prepared for people to smoke in different venues.

    (U) Do expect that in many Kurdish households seating is arranged on the floor.

    (U) Do give women the opportunity to avoid physical contact with men. Handshakes between the sexes may be allowed; a two-handed handshake is especially welcoming.

    (U) Do be respectful and express gratitude for Kurdish hospitality and generosity.

    (U) Do bring a small gift to your Kurdish host. An offering of fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, pastries, and even cigarettes (for males only) will be welcomed. Avoid offering a gift that draws attention to your relative wealth.

    (U) Do repeat your offer of a gift two or three times until your host accepts. Kurds may initially refuse to accept gifts.

    Don’t:

    (U) Don’t pay undue attention to a person of the opposite sex even if he is a guest.

    (U) Don’t shake a woman’s hand (if you are male) unless she first offers it to you.

    (U) Don’t refer to any Kurds as a dog or a mother of a dog. Dogs are reviled in Kurdish culture.

    - It is considered rude for a host to not offer a guest something to eat and drink. This custom holds to unexpected visitors as well. It is polite to accept your host’s offer.

    (U) Don’t offend your host by refusing to enter a room first. Kurdish culture has a rank system where the oldest or highest-ranking person socially enters a room first; women are usually among the last to enter.

    (U) Don't admire something in a Kurdish household unless you are prepared to accept it. To do so is a guarantee that you will be presented with the item. It is impossible to graciously refuse a gift, especially after admiring the object. Although reciprocation is not required, it is usually polite to try to offer something of equal value in return at a later point.

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    Accommodation and hospitality

    by Robin020 Written Jun 6, 2011

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    While you are in the Kurdish region,do not be surprised if people invite you to stay at their place and spend a night there of cours you do not need to pay for it,they are very inquesitive about other culture and willing to host when needed.Of cours food and beverage will be provided as well as part of the hospitality.
    They may slaughter a sheep or a chicken in the honour of your visit.

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    Bargaining of haggling

    by Robin020 Updated Jun 7, 2011

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    Be aware that haggling down the price of any thing you buy,The seller,vendor mostly raise the price because the vendor knows very well the buyer will try to haggle it down. It is part of the culture,cloth,taking a taxi,souveniurs,even the hotel price...etc from 20% to 40%.Do your best ;)

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    No stops for minibuses(van)

    by Robin020 Written Jun 7, 2011

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    Be aware that there no stops for minibus (van)you can stop it by rasing your hand,or giving a sign that you want to stop it and when you are on board you can also ask the driver wherever you want.

    No ticket required You pay cash ONLY when you are on board.Bear in mind the front board of the bus is ONLY writen in arabic you need to askdriver or any body on board if it pass through your wanted location They are friendly and wil guide you to your wanted destination,make sure you have local currency to pay.

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    Some Syrian Mezze (starters ) or for breakfast

    by Robin020 Written Nov 14, 2011
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    MAGDOUS

    Ingredients
    Eggplants
    Sweet red pepper paste
    Crushed walnuts
    Olive oil
    Salt
    Sliced garlic (optional)

    The stuffing
    Mix together the sweet red pepper paste with the crushed walnuts and the garlic.

    MOUHAMMARA

    Ingredients
    100 gr. bread crumbs
    50 gr. sweet red pepper paste
    10 gr. crushed dried hot red pepper
    20 gr. cumin
    40 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup
    100 ml. olive oil
    100 gr. crushed walnut
    150 ml. water
    20 ml. lemon juice
    15 gr. sugar
    Salt

    VEGETABLES OMELET (EJJEH)

    Ingredients
    1 bunch of parsley
    7 eggs
    1 teaspoon of flour
    1 onion
    2 cloves of garlic
    1 teaspoon of dried mint
    1 teaspoon of dried sweet red pepper
    1 pinch of cinnamon
    200 ml. olive oil
    Vegetable oil

    EGGPLANT FATTOUCHE

    Ingredients
    1 kg. eggplant
    2 tomatoes
    1 onion
    1 bunch of parsley
    Lemon juice
    Olive oil
    Vegetable oil
    Arabic bread
    Salt

    MOUTABBAL

    Ingredients
    500 gr. eggplant
    1 green pepper
    1/2 bunch of chopped parsley
    4 branches of green mint
    150 gr. sesame oil
    1/2 glass of lemon juice
    25 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup
    30 ml. olive oil
    1 tomato
    1 clove of garlic if desired
    some grains of pomegranate
    Salt

    BABA GHANOUGE

    Ingredients
    1 kg. eggplant (about 5 big pieces)
    Olive oil
    Garlic (optional)
    Lemon juice
    Concentrated pomegranate syrup
    Chopped parsley
    Pomegranate grains
    Salt
    OLIVE SALAD

    Ingredients
    250 gr. green olives
    60 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup
    40 ml. olive oil
    2 green onions
    1 peeled tomato
    1/2 bunch of parsley
    Grains of one pomegranate for decoration
    Salt
    Branch of thyme for decoration

    FATTOUCHE

    Ingredients
    500 gr. tomato
    500 gr. cucumber
    100 gr. onion
    75 gr. green mint
    75 gr. purslane
    1 bunch of parsley
    1 lettuce
    2 cloves of garlic
    50 gr. of black olives
    1 lemon juice
    3 teaspoons of vinegar
    1 teaspoon of sumac
    125 ml. olive oil
    Vegetable oil
    Bread cut into triangles as desired
    Salt

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    Mate (mati) drink

    by Robin020 Updated Nov 29, 2011

    Mate in Arabic (mati)is south American drink but very popular drink in Syria,
    Is drunk with Massasa (strow )and hot water.
    Those who share the mate join in a kind of bond of total acceptance and friendship.

    some of the benefits of drinking yerba mate tea.
    1. Rich in Antioxidants

    Yerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it's got about 90% more antioxidants than green tea. Yerba mate has significant immune boosting properties. It can slow the signs of aging, detoxify the blood and prevent many types of cancer. Yerba mate also helps reduce stress and insomnia.
    2. Enhances Your Ability to Focus

    Proponents of yerba mate tea say that the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, animo acids and polphenols found in this beverage have a balancing effect on the caffeine it contains. Users report increased mental energy, clarity and focus, but they also say that yerba mate doesn't cause any of the uncomfortable side effects associated with drinking caffeinated beverages, such as headaches, stomachaches and jitters.
    3. Enhances Physical Endurance

    The chemical compounds and nutrients in yerba mate tea affect your metabolism to make your body use carbohydrates more efficiently. This means you'll get more energy from the food you eat. You'll also burn more of the calories your body has stored in fat cells as fuel when you drink yerba mate tea regularly. Regular yerba mate consumption also helps keep lactic acid from building up in your muscles so you can decrease post workout soreness and cut your recovery time.
    4. Aids Digestion

    The native peoples of South America have long used yerba mate tea as a traditional herbal remedy against digestive ailments. Yerba mate aids digestion by stimulating increased production of bile and other gastric acids. Yerba mate helps keep your colon clean for effective and efficient waste elimination, and helps reduce the stomach bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.
    5. Helps You Control Your Weight

    Native South American peoples have traditionally used yerba mate as part of a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise. Yerba mate has stimulant qualities to help you feel full sooner after you begin eating, and it slows your digestion so that your stomach stays full longer. Combining yerba mate with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help boost your metabolism to burn more calories, and it can help you eat less by curbing your appetite slightly.
    6. Supports Cardiovascular Health

    The antioxidants and amino acids present in yerba mate help fat and cholesterol move through your bloodstream so that they don't accumulate on artery walls. Yerba mate also helps prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and prevents blood clots that may cause heart attack or stroke.

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    Internet and Netcafes

    by Robin020 Written Jan 29, 2012
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    Internet

    Syrians has easy and cheap internet access. Internet is very common around the cities at internet cafes. since the Syrian upraising and crisis that started january 2011 most of Facebook and YouTube have been blocked and monitored but there are still some websites unblocked. The cafes are very friendly but in order to avoid being price gouged it is best to ask a local how much the internet costs per an hour before agreeing to sit down. It is usually less than 50 S.P per hour (1$ US),

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    Do not drink alcohol outside

    by Robin020 Updated Jun 5, 2011

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    Barada beer
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    Drinking alcohol is accepted.but it is better to drink it inside .Try local beers and Ouzo.
    Like Al Sharq beer and Barada beer and Ouzo like al rayan.

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    Syrian money Currency

    by Robin020 Updated Jun 6, 2011

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    The currency used in the Syria
    is the Syrian pounds or Liras in Local language......
    1 Euro =60 liras

    in Kurdish is called para

    so 100 liras =benj warag ,6 shash waraq and so on

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