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November 2021

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34 November 2021 KINDNESS & KABOBS Food and hospitality nurture our bodies and souls BY JANET GIBSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY CINDY BURNHAM GOOD EATS K indness. It's a concept that we see – we feel – time and again at Afghan Kabob. Co-owner Helal "Leo" Dur steps away from the kitchen to help Intissar Larouz on her first day working the counter where customer orders are taken and rung up. Intissar is a recent refugee from Morocco and speaks English well. She is happy with Leo's mentorship and patience. "He's too kind, like a big brother to us," she says. April Godfrey, the head cashier with a smile as big as the day is long, checks to see if we need anything else – as we relax on sturdy furnishings handcraed by a veteran in this military- friendly business (with more on that later in this story). What else could we possibly want? We are savoring every bite of a perfectly juicy, marinated and grilled chicken kabob served over a bed of flavorful long-grain rice from Afghanistan. e authentic dish is enhanced with caramelized raisins and slivers of carrots. Add in a side of chickpeas and potatoes in an addictive tomato-based sauce that strikes the tongue as sweet followed by slightly spicy, and a salad rich in chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and herbs. All this goodness is $12. Topping it off – aer we rave about the chickpea sauce – "Chef Sam" assembles containers of

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