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Omri Casspi: I miss Hummus!

At the age of 21 he is a national hero, on his way to the NBA. So yes, Omri Casspi may be living his dream, but nothing would make him happier now than a large plate of hummus.

Yohuy Eilam, Forex Crunch blog.

People are looking up to Omri Casspi. It’s not only because of his height, 6-foot-9. Casspi is the first Israeli basketball player to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft. He will most probably be the first Israeli player in the NBA, playing for the Sacramento Kings.

Omri CasspiCasspi is now living his dream and enjoys life in California. At the young age of 21, he already became a national hero, even before playing his first game with the Kings.

Yet there is one important thing that the big man misses in his new home: Hummus.

The young 225 pound man said that there’s no Hummus in the US. When the Times reporter insisted that the chickpea spread can be found in grocery stores, Casspi dismissed it, and remained loyal to the original and fresh Hummus from his motherland:

“Man, I tried it; that’s all I can say,” he said last week during a break in the Kings’ summer league schedule. “I will bring some from Israel, maybe. I’ll let you taste it and you tell me.”

Middle Eastern hummus is quite different from the chickpea spread that’s available in the US. The American hummus might be adapted to the American taste, or it may have not evolved to the excellent taste of hummus that’s available in Israel and throughout the Middle East.

I guess it’s rather hard finding tasty hummus in a relatively small city such as Sacremento. Maybe Casspi will find good hummus in larger cities. When the season starts, Casspi will be traveling across the USA and Canada, and may be more lucky. What do you think?

With this statement, Casspi combined the national pride of reaching the NBA with the national dish. Maybe Omri Casspi will bring some good hummus with him on his long journey and put humus “on the map”.

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7 Comments on Omri Casspi: I miss Hummus!

  1. He should try the Sabra brand, or learn to make his own 😉

    Sabra is available everywhere. All my Israeli friends like it.

  2. You’re joking right? Packaged hummus could never replace REAL hummus and Sabra is no different.

  3. I just discovered your blog today and I love it.

    I will have to disagree on few points you made on the blog but we are bound to disagree on something.

    Glad to see a blog dedicated to hummus. Keep up the good work!

  4. Thanks Kano. Your blog looks delicious also – please remind me to link to it from a future post, would ya?

  5. The Sabra or tribe Humus do not fit the Israeli taste.
    Costco has something close.
    Make your own Humus, that’s the only way.

  6. In Los Angeles we have the real thing. The Hummus Bar and Grill is my favorite; others like Itzik Hagodol nearby (yes, it’s a branch of the Israeli one).

    However, we haven’t yet reached the apotheosis, “Abu “. And the only way we can get Karawan Tahina to make “the best” is from an Israeli who charges $19 including shipping for a regular sized container. Won’t someone import and distribute Karawan in Los Angeles? With all the Israelis here, as well as American Hummus feinschmeckers, it should do very well. It does, however, need a Hechsher for the US Jewish market. The Hebrew letters for “Kosher” on the label aren’t enough.

    Also if some kind soul has pried the real recipe from one of the Abus and wants to post it here, that would be most welcome. I have about 50 different recipes including the one in this blog, but keep searching.

    While on the subject of Hummus, a local place in Westwood, Alcazar Express, serves their (North Lebanese) Chef’s Hummus warm–first time I know of for that presentation.

  7. He should come to Michigan. Dearborn Michigan has excellent middle eastern hummus. Maybe he could play for the Detroit Pistons.

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