Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel
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Haitian-Egyptian Eats in Port-au-PrinceHaiti and Egypt might seem an odd match to those unfamiliar with Haitian history, culture, and cuisine. Visit the Marriott Port-au-Prince, though, and you'll see just how wonderfully the two combine.
First, a bit of history...
Arab immigrants began arriving in Haiti way back in the mid-1800s, sowing the seeds of a community that would blossom dramatically with the advent of World War I, and later, the Arab-Israeli War.
Having established a solid foundation in Haitian society for hundreds of years, Arab Haitians have, naturally, had a strong impact on the local culture and food. Take kibbeh, for instance. A staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, the fried spicy meat-filled treats are EVERYWHERE in Haiti, where I’ve normally seen it spelled kibby.
Fast-forward to today, when a new chef at the Marriott Port-au-Prince is taking the Haitian-Middle Eastern connection to higher culinary heights. His name: Karem Khater. His hometown: Cairo.
Prior to arriving in Haiti, Chef Khater worked his culinary magic at some of Egypt’s finest hotels, including the five-star Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Red Sea Resort.
Already his hometown Egyptian culinary influences have elevated the celebrated Sunday Brunch at the hotel to new heights, with special Middle Eastern flavors mixed into typical Continental and Haitian fare.
This is a Caribbean culinary pairing well worth watching...