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My Olive Roots is a platform for people the world over to share their experiences around Levantine art, heritage, food, culture, and so much more. It’s portal is a place to learn, connect and share, where questions of identity merge with traditional meals, inspirational art and a plethora of stories of generations gone by.
My Olive Roots is about strengthening community and preserving culture and traditions.

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Our
Mission

My Olive Roots is a platform for people the world over to share their experiences around Levantine art, heritage, food, culture, and so much more. It is a place to learn, connect and share, where questions of identity merge with traditional meals, inspirational art and a plethora of stories of generations gone by.

My Olive Roots is about strengthening community and preserving culture and traditions.

Please contact me to share your story

Al Maida Olive Oil

Located in the middle of the Jordanian desert, about 2 hours outside Amman,  sits 155,000 olive trees.  Ziad Bilbeisi, former architect and founder...

Palestinian Musicians and their Instruments

In this podcast episode Kristel visits the workshop of music instrument maker Aref Sayed in Beit Sahour. While she is there, she meets with ney...

Homegrown Palestine

Noor Awad is the brilliant mind behind Homegrown, the social enterprise that helps support small-scale Palestinian farmers cultivating olive trees,...

The Gold Series

Aamar Shawwa’s artwork captures a time of nostalgia and calmness, a time when everything around her was pristine and also depicts  a time of sadness...

Money onto Manzil

Diana Al Shaer chats with Mohamad M.Sawwaf - a successful entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and CEO of Manzil, Canada's first Islamic NeoBank. Mohamad...

Cuisine

Musakhan Rolls

Musakhan Rolls

A signature Palestinian dish made with sumac, fried onions and shredded chicken, traditionally made open faced on top of Tabun bread. These rolls are a simpler version and very deliciousIngredientsDirections

Ghraybeh Cookies

Ghraybeh Cookies

Ghraybeh are Middle Eastern shortbread cookies that melt in your mouth and are often made for special occasions. The Two Little Chefs invite their friends Ella and Maysa over, to prepare Ghraybeh cookies for Christmas. IngredientsDirections

Arts

Gibran Unmasked

Gibran Unmasked

"Gibran Unmasked" is a laser image of Khalil Gibran engraved on a fillet mignon, a creation inspired by a powerful image of Gibran staring out of the destruction onto his city. "I have always been fascinated by his reference to masking and unmasking and remembered the...

Tatreez & Tea

Tatreez & Tea

In 2015, Wafa Ghnaim fulfilled her mother's lifelong dream of writing a book titled Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora. Entailing information and visuals of Palestinian embroidery designs and traditions, since her mother had...

Surrender to Spirit with Nancy

Surrender to Spirit with Nancy

Known to many by her spiritual name Hari Darshan Kaur, Nancy Zabaneh is a Palestinian-Canadian pioneer of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness in the Arab world as well as an active Kundalini Yoga Instructor with the Kundalini Research Institute...

Stories

Balad بلد

Balad بلد

When I was writing Balad (بلد : Arabic for country), I imagined actually living in the hearts of the people with whom I feel the most safe and at home. I thought of different cities while writing this piece, mainly: Beirut, Amman, Nablus, and Damascus, cities which...

Old Taste Store

Old Taste Store

Palestinian Products brought to Us straight from Palestine I came across this little gem while taking a walk in Sharjah. It is located two streets across  the infamous Buhaira Corniche, near Novo Cinemas Buhaira. I found everything my mother usually has a difficult...

Happy Birthday Canada!

Happy Birthday Canada!

There are many things that give me pleasure in being able to say, “I am Canadian” as this identity is replete with amazing opportunities for personal fulfillment and establishing strong roots. It is indeed a country suited for those in search of a better quality of...

Conversations

Al Maida Olive Oil

Al Maida Olive Oil

Located in the middle of the Jordanian desert, about 2 hours outside Amman,  sits 155,000 olive trees.  Ziad Bilbeisi, former architect and founder of Al Maida owns these groves and works together with his four children to produce an internationally respected, award...

Palestinian Musicians and their Instruments

Palestinian Musicians and their Instruments

In this podcast episode Kristel visits the workshop of music instrument maker Aref Sayed in Beit Sahour. While she is there, she meets with ney player Canaan Ghoul, a professional musician. She talks to him about Palestinian music instruments and a new invention that...

Homegrown Palestine

Homegrown Palestine

Noor Awad is the brilliant mind behind Homegrown, the social enterprise that helps support small-scale Palestinian farmers cultivating olive trees, and sources their produce in a bid to shed light on their stories, and in turn, help sustain their olive groves. For the...

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