In Ramallah's Orjuwan restaurant, guests pile bright salads on their plates to break the Ramadan fast with the Iftar meal on July 9, 2015. Anticipation of dinner has transformed the ascetic month into a gourmand's holiday across the affluent Muslim world, but political realities, economic strain and conservative tastes have sliced down the ambitions of Ramallah's food professionals.
In Ramallah's Orjuwan restaurant, guests pile bright salads on their plates to break the Ramadan fast with the Iftar meal on July 9, 2015. Anticipation of dinner has transformed the ascetic month into a gourmand's holiday across the affluent Muslim world, but political realities, economic strain and conservative tastes have sliced down the ambitions of Ramallah's food professionals. Daniella Cheslow McClatchy
In Ramallah's Orjuwan restaurant, guests pile bright salads on their plates to break the Ramadan fast with the Iftar meal on July 9, 2015. Anticipation of dinner has transformed the ascetic month into a gourmand's holiday across the affluent Muslim world, but political realities, economic strain and conservative tastes have sliced down the ambitions of Ramallah's food professionals. Daniella Cheslow McClatchy

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