Friday, December 17, 2010

Little Arabia's Top 5 Moments of 2010


    1. "Check it Right...You Ain't White!" residents were encouraged by a Census Complete Count Committee campaign slogan reaching out to Arab Americans this past February. The campaign, which held a kick-off event in February at Victory Restaurant, attracted local, national and international media, including the OC Register, Newsweek, NPR, CBS, KFI, Aljazeera and Alhurra. Carrie Kahn, of NPR's All Things Considered, did a segment on the campaign and interviewed Census staff and community members at the NAAP-OC (Network of Arab American Professionals) meeting and Andaluz Bakery.
    2. Comedians Dean Obeildallah, Aron Kader, Maysoon Zayed, Eman Morgan, Jimmy Goson, and Maria Shehata rocked Anaheim's House of Blues during their Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour, which was heavily promoted throughout Little Arabia to attract hundreds for laughter in the sold-out show. Due to high demand, a second show was added in the same location... although the original plan was a show in Los Angeles and none in OC!
    3. Anaheim's Olive Tree Restaurant, which was recently featured in the LA Times, got its fame for its annual Ramadan Iftar Buffet. Hundreds of fasting Muslims gather at one of Little Arabia's best restaurants for a dinner offering a variety of Arabic food and desserts. The day after the LA Times feature was the first time I saw more non-Arab guests than Arabs at a Little Arabia Restaurant - word gets around about good food!
    4. Fusion Ultra Lounge, one of Little Arabia's hottest hookah joints, re-opened in February with a performance by Cypress Hill's B-Real. Fusion raised the standards of what a hookah lounge should look like after a classy remodel, and it's raised Little Arabia's potential to attract SoCal's hookah devotees.
    5. "Little Arabia Grows Up," wrote OC Weekly Editor Gustavo Arellano! And it's not done growing.



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