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For the Love of the Mediterranean

Founder of the blog The Mediterranean Dish, Suzy Karadsheh works hard to share the best-tasting recipes from the world’s healthiest diet.

| Summer 2018

  • Born and raised on Egypt’s Mediterranean shore, Suzy began a lifelong passion for fresh foods.
    Photo by Saba Karadsheh

Year-long sunshine. Bustling streets. Unmatched hospitality. These are just a few of the things Suzy Karadsheh misses about living in Port Said, Egypt. Born and raised on Egypt’s Mediterranean shore, Suzy began a lifelong passion for fresh foods. Although you may now catch her offering a casual “y’all” in the greater Atlanta area, her love of the Mediterranean has only grown stronger.

In fact, when it comes to the Mediterranean lifestyle, you might say Suzy wrote the blog on it. As the founder of The Mediterranean Dish, Suzy has become well-versed on the topic and shares simple, wholesome recipes with a Mediterranean twist to millions of readers daily.

Childhood Memories

Suzy’s childhood is filled with memories of sun, family and fresh foods. “My fondest memories are of shopping the Souk (farmers market) with my dad,” Suzy says. “He would take me by the hand as we navigated the narrow, busy streets ... He took every opportunity to show me how to select the best produce.”

Suzy grew up in a small family of four that extended well beyond blood relatives. “The doors to my parents’ home were always open, no matter what night of the week. The table was always set. All were welcomed.” The dinner table defined Suzy’s childhood. These family feasts, usually brimming with mezze platters and seafood, are just one of the many ways living in Egypt impacted Suzy growing up. Living in a port city, a mere boat ride away from such culture-rich places as Italy, Greece and Israel, is another experience she treasures. And because her parents prioritized international travel early on, Suzy’s curiosity for world customs and cuisines only grew stronger with age. As an adult, she traveled far and wide. “My travels brought me to homes and dining tables where food was the one common language,” Suzy says.

Geared with a passion for travel, a knack for food shopping, and a love for family dinners, Suzy eventually moved to the U.S. She started college in Michigan, where she met her soon-to-be husband, Saba. They later had two daughters, and Suzy started a career in marketing and fundraising. But her husband’s work soon took her and her family from one state to another. “It was hard for me to continue to pursue full-time work,” Suzy says. “After some time at home, it was clear I needed something more.”

Blog Beginnings

Saba suggested Suzy start a blog. “It was simply a place to share my passion for Mediterranean cooking and to share recipe ideas with others, while preserving them for my daughters.” 

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