July 17, 2015

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY. June, 2015

I love visiting the Turkish and Arab stores in my friend Nick's Brooklyn neighborhood. My most recent trip was during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan (which ends today, July 17.) During this time, observant Muslims fast from sunup to sundown. And they break their fast, either at home or in restaurants, with a meal called iftar. We were at our favorite Turkish restaurant, Hazar, on the night pictured. When we arrived at 7:15pm, there were plenty of tables available. But by the time we left, after sundown, the place was packed with hungry diners who had fasted all day. This is the window of the nearby grocery store, Balady, home of countless products you won't find at A&P, Stop & Shop or Foodtown.

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