I am neither Vegan nor Vegetarian nor can I really claim to always eat healthy and I love food a lot. However, I recently tried to get away a bit from processed food and unhealthy snacks and I remembered some really nice locally produced products that are so different from each other but do have a few things in common. They are made of pure, fresh ingredients, are produced in Amman, Jordan by people who have a passion for creating something of high quality and great taste. That’s why I reached out again to learn something about their story and tasted their products again to write something up. I am sure there will be more to come in what might be a start of a new series. Sahteen!
Maysa’s Pasta are freshly homemade pasta as well as dry pasta that will spoil your taste buds. Maysa discovered her love for Pasta in Italy as she realized that the Italian cuisine is nothing like the one at home and Pasta always tasted different back in Jordan. She then slowly started making her own for her family, later for her friends and colleagues and eventually reach the point in 2014 to leave her job and start her own business and turn her passion into a profession. Since then she creates all kind of different pasta, be it Fussili, Spaghetti, Gnocchi, Lasagna, Linguini, Fettuccine or Ravioli after her sister joined her team. They come in small quantity ensuring highest quality, fresh ingredients and are made with passion. The first time I tried Maysas Pasta at an event at the National Gallery. It had a package of fresh ravioli and some dry Fusili. Everything I tasted, was yummy and delicious. It is really different from what you get at a store in most restaurants. They seem rich in taste and texture, not in unnecessary additives. For this week I was lucky enough to get some heartshaped, beetroot colored Ravioli, so I can make a lovely valentine’s dinner for my wife. Maysa also created colorful pasta for Helloween and always has some specials for holidays or seasonal occasions. Last but not least, you can find Maysa’s Pasta at Yanboot, call them for delivery and ask them about specials and custom made veggie flavored items. Prices start at 5 JD per half kilo of regular fresh pasta like Spaghetti, Fettuccini, Rigatoni, Linguini, Lasgana or Shells. If with local whole wheat you get 450 g per 5 JD. Colored with squid ink are packed as 350 g for 5 JD and Ravioli filled with three cheeses cost 7 JD for 35 pieces.
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Peanutbetter was started by Osama, who strangely enough, discovered the love for this typical American bread topping while studying in Sweden. Confused? So were I and since I wanted to dig in further into his motivation and some jars of Peanut-, Almond, Cashew- and Pistachio-butter, I approached him to learn about the making of his Peanutbetter. So what does make his products better than the usual butter? Fresh high quality nuts – that’s it. No additions, no sugars, no oils, no corn syrup. That does not only sound healthier but you actually get more for what you pay since your jar is not filled up with cheap sugar or anything else. And the taste? Yummy I can say. It is a bit dryer and has a different texture than the usual mass product but you eventually like it. From the different flavors, so far, I tried Peanut, Almond and Cashew. I really like the cashew as I am just in love with Cashew nuts but Almond and Peanut is delicious as well. They taste fresh and just right. Nothing too much, nothing missing. I haven’t tried the pistachio, yet as it is also priced at the upper end, for the obvious reasons. Very quickly his mom got involved as they were otherwise able to supply the demand beside Osama’s full time job as programmer. The prices for the different glasses start from 3 JD for a small peanutbutter glass (175g), while almond, cashew and pistachio are more expensive in that ascending order. There is a nice offer called Nutssentials Package, which is a combo of 3 glasses (330g), containing one peanut, one almond and one cashew for 20 JD.
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Zadbar is created by two young entrepreneur sisters who create awesome tasting fruit and nuts bar full of energy. They are not only healthy, nutritious and also vegan but really taste great. And the best part is, they are only made of natural ingredients without preservatives. I tried them first time after I bought some at an event at the National Gallery in Webdeh and got some more supplies provided for my Cycling Tour recently. Together with some bananas, this was the perfect snack for an energy-loaded day on a bike. There a several different flavors so far. Berry Blast, Figs&Flax, Tropical Bliss and Apricoconut and Choco Berry. My favorite is Berry Blast, a really good tasty mix of nuts and berries. I think I haven’t had the Choco Berry, yet. The others are also great, rich in taste, not too sticky and sized well. So far you can find zadbar on occasional food and gourmet events and on Instagram. They are planning to expand in the near future and reach out to different countries as well. They will provide exact nutrition information to make zadbar attractive to sport and fitness enthusiasts alike.
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I would like to thank Nour very much for providing me with some free samples!