Dubai: A Halal Foodie’s Paradise

I recently went on a family vacation to Dubai and stayed there for a little over 2 weeks.  Dubai is known for many things, including extravagance as well as incompetence, but almost everyone agrees that it is one of the best places in the world for foodies.  Being a "Halal Foodie" myself (someone who only eats Halal food), I of course ate a bunch of American "Fast Food", since I can rarely eat that here in the United States.  But I also tried a variety of ethnic foods from around the world such a … [Read more...]

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The Halal Carts of New York

Originally posted on ILLUME magazine: http://www.illumemag.com/zine/articleDetail.php?Halal-Carts-New-York-13699#/6Over the last 5 to 6 years, New York City has seen an exponential growth of it’s “Halal Food” industry.One element is the very visible “Halal Food” carts, which number well over 200 all across New York City and the surrounding areas.The majority are located in Manhattan, but I also came across one in the Chinatown section of Flushing, NY on my recent trip – which was a very ple … [Read more...]

Rizwan Manji: Taking Jobs From White America

I interviewed actor Rizwan Manji from NBC's "Outsourced" for ILLUME Magazine (www.IllumeMag.com). He talked about what its like to be Muslim in Hollywood and the importance of  'good Muslim' roles.How did you get the part of Rajiv Gidwani on NBC’s “Outsourced” ?I was sent the script for the Pilot and thought it was hilarious.  As an Indian, I could relate to some of the characters who share the same culture as me, and this was the first time that I have heard of a major TV sitcom about S … [Read more...]