This past sunday was the Halal Food Tour presented by Sameer of Sameer’s Eats and his team including Saad Malik and Faraz Khan. If you don’t know who Sameer is, he is a halal foodie. He checks outs halal food spots around the country. The Halal Food tour was held at the Teaneck armory in New Jersey. This was the first ever tour with the second stop being in New Jersey. The first stop was in Irvine, California a few months prior. (Last year they had a halal food festival in New Jersey).
There were many food vendors all around the field including Chal Chilli, Chinese Mirch, Kabab Paradise, Kasra Restaurant, Especially For-U-Cakes, Zaika BBQ &Grill, Pizza Time, Lal Qila to name a few. There was a kids large inflatable bouncy house and a few clothing stalls as well. The stage was set up in the front.
For my late lunch I had burgers from Kabab Paradise because burgers are my all time favorite food.
The burger was surprisingly delicious. Often, outdoor food tends to taste generic and not as flavorful. But the burger was grilled to perfection and the meat patty was seasoned and of a generous portion. The toppings were the perfect finishing touch to the burger and I was quite content.
There was a break for Asr prayer. Soon after was the Iron chef competition which was one of the main events of the program. Earlier in the day, Yvonne Maffei of Myhalalkitchen.com gave a chicken parmesan demonstration but I missed that. For the Iron chef competition there was 4 spots/teams and one spot opened up last minute and a last minute contestant joined with her sister. The first dish was chicken strips sponsored by crescent foods and there was 20 mins allotted to finish. The secret ingredient was apricots and it had to be incorporated into the meal. The 2nd half was dessert and each team had 10 minutes to prepare the dish. They were given cake and biscuits as a base.
The judges were the mayor of Teaneck- Mohammad Hameeduddin, Sameer Sarmast and Ibtihaj Muhammad who is a member of the United States fencing team. She is the first muslim women to represent the United States in international competition. The judges are on stage overlooking the contestants wearing the white chef hats and Aman Ali was moderating the competition. Faraz Khan was very busy with capturing all of the days events on camera and film.
The winner was Fatima and her sister who joined last minute.
Ibtihaj and I are mutual instagram followers so it was great that I was finally able to meet her in person. Growing up, I was in gymnastics for years and I loved it. It was my passion. I thought I was going to the Olympics. Ha. When I started attending meets and competitions my parents abruptly said I couldn’t go anymore because I had to wear leotards to the meets and competitions. I was heartbroken beyond belief. I was angry for days, weeks, months and then eventually I got over it. I was so young, only in the 5th grade or so. It makes me extremely happy to see Ibtihaj able to be on the fencing team and able to do so while still being dressed modestly and wearing the head covering. Also, I think I was in awe at how she exudes such grace and class Mashallah. What a stunner and an amazing role model and a true inspiration. You can check out her facebook page here.
Aman Ali is a comedian. You can follow him on facebook. He has some of the best statuses ever!
My outfit of the day (OOTD) details:
Silk tunic top: Hale Bob purchased at ruelala.com. I wore a simple tunic top to stay cool in the warm weather and it was great for an outdoor event. I especially like this top because of its longer length and loose fit. It also has crystals and bead work along the neckline for an extra flair to a plain tunic.
Mustard pants: Esprit, which I wear all the time. These are the perfect color for spring, summer and fall. They are so soft and comfortable and have a slim leg without being tight. I also wore them in a prior post, you can read about it here.
Wide T strap sandals: Boutique 9. These shoes have studs and crystals on the wide T Strap. I also wore them in a prior post, you can read about it here.
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