My Great Outdoors: Lauren's Middle Eastern BBQ

Name: Lauren Location: Los Angeles, CA Type of space: Backyard garden Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: My family hosted a backyard BBQ to celebrate my recent graduation. Since my Dad is Arabic, our menu was mostly Middle Eastern, including a huge batch of lemony homemade hummous, tabbouleh, lentil salad, olives, feta, falafel, kifta kabob (spiced meat), and turkey sausages. Our family is used to this kind of food but we knew it would be a treat for my friends.How did you create it? We spent a few hours the night before squeezing lemons from our tree, removing parsley stems, and getting all the salads ready. We picked up some fabric from a fabric store to use as a table cloth and loaded up on turquoise balloons, paper plates, and silverware. We made everything ourselves except the falafel, and the weather was perfectly sunny for a BBQ.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? We knew we had a big menu so in order to be efficient we bought 60 falafel from one of our favorite places in LA--Falafel Arax. It's in Little Armenia and a small family business with the best shawarma and falafel in town.

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