Literally translated, "Beit Sitti" means "My Grandmother's house". Beit Sitti is a business built by three sisters, who's grandmother taught them to cook the food they teach us. The business is actually located in what used to be their grandmother's house, which makes the business a personal experience for the ladies running it. You can tell how much they care; they only buy their food from the local markets and hire local women to help teach the classes. Every meal is an act of love.
Beit Sitti was easily one of my favorite experiences in Jordan. Identified by an easily visable but not overbearing sign hanging over the sidewalk, your experience begins when you walk up the worn stairs to the entrance. The entrance is surrounded by beautiful foilage and brings you into the welcoming atmosphere of Beit Sitti. After being greeted by the staff, we were directed outside to where our class would be taking place. We enjoyed the absolute best lemonade I have ever had the pleasure of guzzling while we waited for the class to start.
Maria was our guide through the cooking adventure. Witty and energetic, she effectively meshed fun into learning. Despite having a large group (a bachelorette party made up the majority of the students. Great idea, by the way!) Maria expertly managed the group, keeping everyone entertained and employed throughout the experience.
Now that we've talked about the experience, lets talk about the food. Man, delicious! Our class made maalouhbeh (a kind of upside down rice and meat dish), baba ghanouj (roasted eggplant dip), yogurt and cucumbers, and my absolute favorite, osmaliyeh. Osmaliyeh, similarly known as knafeh in other Arabic countries, is a wonderfully delicious dessert. We had the option of supplementing our meal with a local wine, which we chose to do. We picked the red, which ended up being a highlight of the already outstanding experience.
I highly encourage you to take the time to visit Beit Sitti for a course. You won't regret it!
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