Chickpeas in the Middle East

The NYT shares the odd story of two Beirut falafel joints, right next to each other, both with the same name and same menu. (This sounds like a good issue to add to Jared’s portolio.) In Land of Many Rivalries, New One Bubbles Up: Falafel vs. Falafel. “‘My brother? I want him to stay away from me,’ says Zuheir Sahyoun, the elder of the Falafel Sahyoun brothers, his chef’s shirt opened midway to his belly, on a steamy afternoon … ‘I don’t have a brother anymore,’ says Fuad Sahyoun, the younger, next door.” (Spoiler alert: Peace in the Middle East doesn’t happen this time either.)

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