Karam’s 137 Campbell Avenue, Yorkville NY 13495 (315) 736-1728 karamsbakery.com
By, Shawnee Avila
I had heard about the Humous at Karam’s Middle East Bakery in Yorkville for a while. When Chef Chris Avila who also happens to be my beloved little brother and his charming wife Emily came up from the city for a visit I thought it the perfect destination for a little food adventure.
Opening the door we were pulled in by the smells of dry spices, baked bread, and rich simmered sauces. Our hunger was engaged. There were a few small tables, most full. Hipsters bent over their plates and men of a certain age lingering over a leisurely meal. We ordered a large humous (chickpeas, garlic, lemon, tahini and olive oil ground into a paste) and pita bread, to go. On crowded shelves holding rose water, various sauces and things floating in liquid Chris spied Cortas Pomegranate Molasses, “oh this is good” and purchased it. Back at the house we consumed every last drop of cool, creamy, tangy humous smeared on every last piece of fresh, soft pita bread (AMAZING). Then Chris drizzled the pomegranate molasses over slices of fresh cut juicy pineapple. The molasses was sweet and sour, like cherries and figs. We stabbed at the pineapple with toothpicks and chomped and smacked until it was all gone. And then we licked our fingers. Very Lord of the Flies and very worth the lapse in manners.