So I’m heading back home to Miami in a few weeks, and I really want to bring back a few things for my friends and family..So I was walking around the office today asking my colleagues to suggest some things I should take back..
“Jewelry from Henry’s Handmade!”
“A Lebanese flag!”
“Wine from Ksara!”
and then came the kicker..
“Waaaaaait. what?” I said.
“hahaha..yeah..it’s a candy that was originally called Ras el Abed (Negro/Slave’s head)..but was later renamed “Tarboush Gandour,” my friend said. (Tarboush is the traditional Lebanese hat, and Gandour is a family name – for all my non Lebanese people) ..even so, the Lebanese people, out of sheer habit, still ask for “Ras el Abed” whenever they go into the store to buy some..”
So what say you? Should I introduce my friends to Ras el Abed? My black friends may just be light hearted enough to get a kick out of a racist candy..
Photos taken from the Ras el Abed group on facebook.. yes they actually have a facebook group that 32,880 people like! Ras el Abed is quite popular it seems! I guess I’ll have to try some Ras el Abed for myself!