Reem’s Kitchen Hillhurst/Sunnyside
Reem Albrasi of Reem’s Kitchen is easy to spot at markets — you’ll find her cheerful smile at a table full of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean baked goods. Reem’s Kitchen offers up a bevy of traditional breads; there’s Arabic flatbread, which is individually pan-fried to chewy perfection, colorful focaccia decorated with bright peppers, tomatoes, and onions, and boat-shaped cheese bread reminiscent of Turkish pide. Reem’s irresistible cheese bread features
a mix of mozzarella and feta and is topped with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice mix made up of thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, sumac and marjoram.
Reem’s flair for baking led her to start Reem’s Kitchen in 2016, and says it is her way of simultaneously expressing her culture and pursuing her business ambitions. Everything is handmade and homemade, doubly impressive when Reem reveals she is the only chef in the kitchen. The most popular items are her samosas and spinach rolls, both of which are dusted liberally with sesame seeds. The baked samosas are hefty, filled to the brim with potatoes and peas, while the rolls resemble burek, with layers of phyllo pastry wrapped around a delicious mix of spinach and salty feta cheese.
For those with a sweet tooth, not to worry! Next to the breads and savory pastries are boxes of baklava loaded with pistachios and almonds, and an assortment of sweet date-filled pastries and cookies.
Reem’s Kitchen | Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE, Triwood Farmers Market, Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market | 1721 29 Ave. S.W., 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. N.W., 1320 5 Ave. N.W.| 306.515.1051 | @reemkitchenyyc