Olive Tree's Annual Iftar Begins

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All is quiet on Brookhurst Street these days. It's Ramadan, the holy month of Islam. Muslims fast during the day (called sawm) in order to be reminded of the virtue of patience and humility, and restaurants are normally closed during the day.

At the end of each day's sawm at sunset, the fast is broken with a meal called iftar, traditionally a large meal that begins with the eating of dates. Because Ramadan is in August this year, the fast is longer than usual and the iftar will be correspondingly bigger.

Olive Tree, which is Little Arabia's gathering place, serves an extensive iftar. This year's iftar buffet will have twenty appetizers and seven main dishes, Ramadan-appropriate drinks and plenty of desserts.

Reservations are required, even for a single diner, because the restaurant is small and the call for tables large; call the restaurant at (714) 535-2878 to reserve. (Note from us: if you're not observing Ramadan, please be flexible as to the time and eat well after sunset, to be respectful of those who didn't get to drop into McDonald's at lunchtime and haven't eaten since 6 a.m.)

The buffet is $20 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under. Ramadan ends at 'Id ul-Fitr on August 30; the last iftar would then be August 29.

Olive Tree (al-Zaytouna in Arabic, which gave Spanish its word for olive--aceituna--and thus its word for oil--aceite) is located at 512 S. Brookhurst St. #3, Anaheim.

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512 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, CA

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Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

Fantastic! I was just googling around the other day after having looked at some photos of Ramadan on a photojournalism blog. Didn't even think of Olive Tree.


Carrion Fairy might be the best handle EVER!!! hope to see more of your comments here!

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

EDIT: What I meant to say was that I was looking at said pictures and thought how much I'd like to experience an Iftar meal and then saw this.

Ha, thanks! I've been lurking for sometime and just started posting.

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