Flavors of Home
“From day one, I never felt like a stranger in this city,” says Manal Kahi of the place she now calls home. “It didn’t take a lot of time to feel like I blended in. Everyone is a stranger here, but everyone is a local.”
In 2013, Manal emigrated from Lebanon to New York for a Masters program in International Public Affairs at Columbia University. While studying for her degree, she found she missed the flavors of home – hummus more than anything. Variations were plentiful on store shelves, but none touched the quality of what she could make herself. Which planted the seeds of an idea.