SHAKO MAKO WORLD!

Created by Taif Jany, We the Habibis offers easy and quick recipes for delicious homemade meals with the goal to bridging cultures and building community through food.

Taif Jany created We the Habibis because he believes in bridging cultures and building community through food
Taif Jany, founder of We the Habibis.

What up!

First of all, In case you didn’t know, “shako mako” just means “what’s up.” It’s what we Iraqis use to greet one another.

So, shako mako and welcome to We the Habibis! Wait, tell me that you know what “habibi” means? No? God damn it.

Okay, “habibi” is probably the most used word in Arabic-speaking nations. I don’t have stats on that, but I’m trustworthy, so trust me! Literally, “habibi” means “my love.” Don’t get too excited. I don’t know you, and I’m taken. More commonly, “habibi” is a term of endearment that we use back home to when we greet friends and relatives. Here’s a free Iraq-Arabic 101 tutorial:

You’re outside in your garden smoking hookah. Your buddy roles through, you go: “Shako mako habibi?” which loosely means something like “What’s up dude?”

Get it? Good!

Oh what? you said “habibi” is for men only? Not here it isn’t! I use “Habibi” to describe both ladies and gents. Technically the female alternative is “habibti”, but and I’m only allowed to use that for my girlfriend. Sorry ladies!

I have created We the Habibis not only because I wanted to share my passion for food with you, but also because I believe in bridging cultures and building community through food.

So, do you want to be a Habibi? Yes?! Dope,  let me show you how:

  1. Enter your name and email address below to join We the Habibis. 

  2. Share We the Habibis . I can’t start a movement by myself damn it, so HELP ME!

Don’t forget to follow We the Habibis on Instagram and Facebook!

So let’s eat, learn from one another, and have fun, people!

Taif

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