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My Grandmother’s House: Passing On Delicious Secrets

As you walk down through the streets of Webdeh, along its hidden staircases leading street to street all the way to downtown, you come across Beit Sitti, Arabic for “my grandmother’s house”. There Maria Haddad teaches her guests her late grandmother’s recipes in the very home where her granny taught her. The scent of jasmine fills the air while Faiyruz plays softly in the background. Maria makes sure you have something fresh and natural to drink, and makes you feel right at home. Then with enthusiasm, the lively cooking course begins. Maria supports the surrounding community by bringing local women to help her teach and let us in on some of their secrets. Most deliciously, all the spices and ingredients are homemade, collected from various women and farmers around the kingdom.

For more info – beitsittijo.com/

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Sami Haven

Sami Haven was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1987. His mother is originally from Yabroud, Syria, and his father is English born in the Caribbean. He grew up in his grandmother's house in Jabal al-wehbdeh, in the heart of Amman. In 2003 Sami moved to Al-Saru, on the outskirts of Amman, where he studied graphic design at Al Ahliyya University, graduating with the highest grades of his class. In 2005 he moved to Rome, Italy, where he did his masters in Photography. Sami worked with the world's most famous photographers like Steven Klein and Oliviero Toscani, along with many others. His works have been included in the Biennale of Venice directed by Kazuyo Sejima, Paris-Photo, and also in Tokio. After working in various editions of X-FACTOR Italia - making video clips for the contestants - in theatre with Fendi, and in the high fashion industry, Sami felt there was something missing, and so he decided to go to Gaza, Palestine, because it is an example of resistance and humanity, and to try and contrast the image constructed by the Western media that serves only the powerful. Today Sami is co-funder and part of an on growing conceptual group called Jasmine. A group united through passion against fear, a smell that's to spread out from the Mediterranean like a virus, to contaminate the world with Love, and heal from indifference. All can be part, and all shall be armed: Culture, Art, Music and Sport shall be our weapons of mass construction.

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