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A taste of Palestine: From Direct Provision to Darina Allen - the story behind a Cork restaurant that has diners queuing for more

Izz and Eman Alkarajeh were living in Direct Provision when their Middle Eastern 'pizzas' caught the eye of celebrity chef Darina Allen. Now diners in Cork are queueing up for seats in their city-centre café, writes Katy McGuinness

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Eman Abu Rabi of Izz Cafe, Cork City. Picture: Clare Keogh

Eman Abu Rabi of Izz Cafe, Cork City. Picture: Clare Keogh

Izzeddeen Alkarajeh and his wife Eman Abu Rabi of Izz Cafe, Cork City.

Izzeddeen Alkarajeh and his wife Eman Abu Rabi of Izz Cafe, Cork City.

Passion for food: Izz and Eman lkarajeh outside their café in Cork

Passion for food: Izz and Eman lkarajeh outside their café in Cork

Eman at work

Eman at work

The dough for the manaeesh at Izz Café is much lighter than pizza dough

The dough for the manaeesh at Izz Café is much lighter than pizza dough

Fare on offer at Izz Café

Fare on offer at Izz Café

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Eman Abu Rabi of Izz Cafe, Cork City. Picture: Clare Keogh

Weekend's photographer for today couldn't be happier when she hears where she's going to be taking pictures. "I love that place," she says. "The cinnamon buns are amazing. They're the reason I go running."

We're at Izz Café on Cork's George's Quay to meet husband-and-wife team Izzeddeen and Eman Alkarajeh, whose restaurant this is.


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