Saturday, March 5, 2011

Yemeni baskets

Yemeni honey is regarded as some of the finest honey in the world. It is heralded for its medicinal qualities, and it doesn't come cheap. There are actually a few varieties. Since I will probably not visit there any time soon (not the safest for US citizens), I enjoy the honey from Yemen here in this little shop (you get a taste of it when you visit) as well as Mr. Askar's sense of humor. He is a crack up.

At Souq Waqif, there is a shop called the Yemeni Honey Center. The family that runs it has a fancier shop in the well trafficked area, but the father (Haytham Hussein Askar) has a smaller shop with more stock on the other side of the souqs. I was introduced to his shop by our friend Kerri-Ann, and we enjoy taking our visitors there as well as occasional visits ourselves. We took Heidi and had the most entertaining time to date. My face hurt from all the laughing.

A view of the shop
(notice the shelves shaped to look like honeycomb)

Heidi checking out some of the Yemeni baskets

Haytham showing us how wonderful the honeycomb smells

Leoni asking about the benefits of honey
(notice the bee pollen in the lower left)

Not as thrilled about posing for a picture

Putting a basket on Leoni's head like a hat

He wanted me to be in a picture too

Posing with Heidi
He asked where her husband was, and when she said she was single, he took off his glasses and stood up a little straighter. Hysterical.

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