Ali Baba’s Grille: Middle Eastern Cuisine

middle eastern cuisine
One of many menu items offered at Ali Baba’s Grille at 10812 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne.

If you want something a little different that standard lunch or dinner fare then check out Ali Baba’s Grille. They specialize in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. On the day I visited there were several reasonably priced lunch specials for $6.59 and $6.99. My Kebob was slightly more and certainly worth it.

Ali Baba's Grille

Lunch and Dinner
For lunch I chose the grilled kebob skewer with lamb and vegetables, it was served with a side of homemade hummus, and a pita. Ali Baba’s hummus is exceptional. In fact it was so delicious I ordered a full order to go. Ali Baba’s specializes in items such as Shawarma, Lamb Kebobs, Grape Leaves, Falafel, Gyros and Kosher meats. There are certain dishes I always order when trying a new restaurant, if it’s Middle Eastern cuisine then I always try the hummus and the Tabouli. If their Hummus and Tabouli are delicious then it’s a good bet that other dishes will be as well.

The atmosphere at Ali Baba’s is relaxed and the staff are friendly; they also take time to explain their menu and ask how you liked your order. They’re on Facebook and you’ll see a large number of photos of menu items. Those were enticing me already to return. Their website is They’re open Monday through Friday 10am to 9pm and Saturday 10:30 am to 10pm. Sunday’s they are open 11 am to 8 pm.

Butterflies of Malaysia, at the Botanical Conservatory


Call it Spring
Today’s photo is of a Malaysian Butterfly. I took this photo today at the Fort Wayne Botanical Conservatory. The Butterflies of Malaysia exhibit began on April 14th and will be at the Botanical Conservatory through July, 8th, 2012. The Conservatory has done a very nice job of creating a display that you can touch and experience just as if you were outside in nature.

The Malaysian Butterfly Exhibit
The butterfly exhibit consists of a giant tented room which you enter and leave through a second tented room, thus protecting the butterflies from escaping. Within the room are benches, flowering plants and a small garden area. The butterfly exhibit contains plants and flowers that butterflies are attracted to, as well as small dishes of foods and water that butterflies desire. It is a fantastic place to spend a half hour. Butterflies may land on you during your visit. (One landed on my head, another on my shirt and a third on my shoe, during my visit.) The price of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. This admission includes the entire garden, not just the Malaysian Butterfly exhibit.

The Colors of Spring

This is part of the series, Call it Spring. Each day I will post a photo that inspires thoughts of Spring and warmer temperatures.

Tulips in bloom
Orange Tulips in Bloom

Spring flowers
Spring Views

flowering trees
A beautiful flowering tree.

Call it Spring

After winter, warmth and spring flowers breath life into every day. There is nothing better than being able to call it Spring. The beauty of flowers in bloom and the warmth of the sun on your face transform every day life. This series of spring pictures was taken in the last week.

spring flowers
Lily of the Valley

Spring flowers
Call it Spring, flowers around the mailbox at the Botanical Conservatory.

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Flowering trees in bloom.

Tulips in Easter colors bloom at Foster Park.

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Pink Tulips in bloom.

Over the next two weeks in honor of the warming weather I’m going to post a series of spring pictures for Call it Spring.