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Oh, man. "Middle East." That's not TOO broad of a distinction, is it?
The main reason for this jaunt is to check out Tanoreen (7523 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY) which is, while well known at this point, still incredibly delicious.
Eat anything lamb.
Eat all the lamb.
Then head over to Owl's Head Park, right on the water, and look out over said water, over at Staten Island and New Jersey, and think about how arbitrary the divisions of land are. And why we are where we are, and how that makes us different than if we were over in New Jersey.
We might be so, so different.
Then, read The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret.
And laugh and laugh because this book is funny, but also, because it makes you uncomfortable.