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{"id":724852244527,"title":"Sunnin Lebanese Cafe, Santa Monica","handle":"sunnin-lebanese-cafe","description":"\u003ch1\u003eby Lori Miller\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Beginning of a Legacy: Nicole Chammaa's family history with food started with her mother Emtomi's passion for cooking. Emtomi grew up in a village in Lebanon where she learned how to cook from her mother, with only the freshest of ingredients. She prepared a variety of vegan dishes to be able to feed all the children, cousins, and family members around. From the beginning, Emtomi learned how to cook only in large quantities. She would make large pots of beans or rice with some small amounts of beef. It would be enough to feed everyone for three days because, during the war in Lebanon, they didn't always have access to animal proteins. Some days meat was available. Some days only rice or beans. Some days just vegetables. As Nicole shares her experience about war-torn days back in Lebanon, I could feel her genuine pride. Her mother did something significant. She helped feed people from day to day. She helped people survive. Nicole's expression of Emtomi is that of admiration towards for her mother. She was quick to add that her mother, grandmother, and aunts are all excellent cooks and that they all worked as a team to keep the village going.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/sunnin_3_large.jpg?v=1525572578\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYears later, the family was able to relocate to the USA. Emtomi immediately used her skills to help the family establish their lives in their new country. Catering and cooking for parties in Los Angeles became a way of life.\u003cbr\u003eWhen I asked Nicole if her goal was to be in the food industry as a restaurant owner, I was surprised to find out that the answer was no. She went to college, graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and also worked in Real Estate. A very distant career from food, but twenty-five years ago, Nicole stepped into the kitchen, working side by side with her maternal mentor, when they opened the original \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/sunnin.com\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eSunnin\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e location in Westwood, Ca.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/sunnin_2_large.jpg?v=1525572564\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNicole's mother was not an educated woman. She didn't get to go to school. She didn't learn to read or write, but she learned the most valuable survival skill, which is how to cook. Incredibly, she built a successful business out of her passion, and that passion turned into the Mediterranean empire, Sunnin. Sunnin takes real pride in knowing that the quality and freshness of every plate they create, is what makes their business succeed. All of Sunnin's menu is 100% gluten-free except for the pita bread. I was able to sample their Stuffed Grape Leaves, their Falafel, Fried Cauliflower, Hummus, Babaganoush, Tahini and Garlic Sauce. There was no doubt about the freshness. 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Emtomi grew up in a village in Lebanon where she learned how to cook from her mother, with only the freshest of ingredients. She prepared a variety of vegan dishes to be able to feed all the children, cousins, and family members around. From the beginning, Emtomi learned how to cook only in large quantities. She would make large pots of beans or rice with some small amounts of beef. It would be enough to feed everyone for three days because, during the war in Lebanon, they didn't always have access to animal proteins. Some days meat was available. Some days only rice or beans. Some days just vegetables. As Nicole shares her experience about war-torn days back in Lebanon, I could feel her genuine pride. Her mother did something significant. She helped feed people from day to day. She helped people survive. Nicole's expression of Emtomi is that of admiration towards for her mother. She was quick to add that her mother, grandmother, and aunts are all excellent cooks and that they all worked as a team to keep the village going.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/sunnin_3_large.jpg?v=1525572578\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYears later, the family was able to relocate to the USA. Emtomi immediately used her skills to help the family establish their lives in their new country. Catering and cooking for parties in Los Angeles became a way of life.\u003cbr\u003eWhen I asked Nicole if her goal was to be in the food industry as a restaurant owner, I was surprised to find out that the answer was no. She went to college, graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and also worked in Real Estate. A very distant career from food, but twenty-five years ago, Nicole stepped into the kitchen, working side by side with her maternal mentor, when they opened the original \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/sunnin.com\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eSunnin\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e location in Westwood, Ca.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/sunnin_2_large.jpg?v=1525572564\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNicole's mother was not an educated woman. She didn't get to go to school. She didn't learn to read or write, but she learned the most valuable survival skill, which is how to cook. Incredibly, she built a successful business out of her passion, and that passion turned into the Mediterranean empire, Sunnin. Sunnin takes real pride in knowing that the quality and freshness of every plate they create, is what makes their business succeed. 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Sunnin Lebanese Cafe, Santa Monica

by Lori Miller

The Beginning of a Legacy: Nicole Chammaa's family history with food started with her mother Emtomi's passion for cooking. Emtomi grew up in a village in Lebanon where she learned how to cook from her mother, with only the freshest of ingredients. She prepared a variety of vegan dishes to be able to feed all the children, cousins, and family members around. From the beginning, Emtomi learned how to cook only in large quantities. She would make large pots of beans or rice with some small amounts of beef. It would be enough to feed everyone for three days because, during the war in Lebanon, they didn't always have access to animal proteins. Some days meat was available. Some days only rice or beans. Some days just vegetables. As Nicole shares her experience about war-torn days back in Lebanon, I could feel her genuine pride. Her mother did something significant. She helped feed people from day to day. She helped people survive. Nicole's expression of Emtomi is that of admiration towards for her mother. She was quick to add that her mother, grandmother, and aunts are all excellent cooks and that they all worked as a team to keep the village going.

Years later, the family was able to relocate to the USA. Emtomi immediately used her skills to help the family establish their lives in their new country. Catering and cooking for parties in Los Angeles became a way of life.
When I asked Nicole if her goal was to be in the food industry as a restaurant owner, I was surprised to find out that the answer was no. She went to college, graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and also worked in Real Estate. A very distant career from food, but twenty-five years ago, Nicole stepped into the kitchen, working side by side with her maternal mentor, when they opened the original Sunnin location in Westwood, Ca.

Nicole's mother was not an educated woman. She didn't get to go to school. She didn't learn to read or write, but she learned the most valuable survival skill, which is how to cook. Incredibly, she built a successful business out of her passion, and that passion turned into the Mediterranean empire, Sunnin. Sunnin takes real pride in knowing that the quality and freshness of every plate they create, is what makes their business succeed. All of Sunnin's menu is 100% gluten-free except for the pita bread. I was able to sample their Stuffed Grape Leaves, their Falafel, Fried Cauliflower, Hummus, Babaganoush, Tahini and Garlic Sauce. There was no doubt about the freshness. Every item was incredibly delicious and enjoyable.

Sunnin has three locations:

Westwood location
1776 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 475-3358

Sunnin Bakery
1779 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 231-4444

Santa Monica location                                                   
525 Santa Monica Blvd. #120
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-3602

 

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