I have spent years learning how to prepare Mediterranean Food. It was actually embedded in my genetic code at birth. My mother was a wonderful cook and so my training was not formal, nor was it much like training… it was merely helping “Mom” out around the house. Sure I did all of the “boy things” that all of the neighborhood boys were doing as well, but I really enjoyed the food and how it was prepared. There’s something about making Mediterranean food for people that really appreciate it… it’s a great feeling.
That feeling carried over on my travels around the world. I learned different techniques and preparations for the different styles of foods for the different regions of the world I visited. Mediterranean Food turned into “World Food” and I began embracing it more and more. A staple of my life was always coffee, and coffee didn’t seem like preparation to me at all… it actually seemed natural like breathing. I didn’t learn the techniques for making coffee so much as I learned flavor profiles.
I started creating mixed specialty espresso drinks, with different flavor concepts so that anyone and everyone could enjoy the same thing I did. It was in The United States that I got my first true taste of how amazing it was to be able to serve a line of people and have them all enjoy the product I put out. San Fransisco was a great stepping stone for me but Columbia has become the place that I have truly gotten to showcase my talent and passion.
Mediterranean Food is as much about sharing culture as it is breaking bread. When people try our Gyro or Felafel or any of our wonderful creations for the first time, we love the expressions on their face. We love sharing the flavors with everyone and seeing the reactions. That’s one of the reasons we walk around the Coffee Zone and let people sample new creations. We love the feedback… and we look for that “WOW” face… if we don’t get it, we realize we need to put a little more effort into it before it becomes a regular menu item.
Mediterranean Food is as much a part of the Coffee Zone as coffee even though it’s not in the name. We love and welcome feedback, so next time you’re in, please let us know what you think. Or visit any of the review sites like Google, or Yelp, or Urban Spoon. We are hoping to be the best Mediterranean food restaurant in Columbia, MO.