The brainchild behind The Malawah Bar, this nacsent entrepreneur is married with three children and lives in Santa Clara, CA. Until a few months ago, Doreet worked long hours in tech, only to realize that the time was ripe to live out her life-long dream! The Malawah Bar was born as a home-based business offering a variety of Yemenite-Israeli baked goods with exotic-sounding names like Malawah, Jachnun, Lachuch, Kubaneh and Basbousa. What ties them all together is an insistence on creating food thats ALWAYS made by hand with love. I am American born first and foremost, but when I look in the mirror I cant help but see a Yemenite-Israeli as well. Her parents arrived in New York after the Six-Day War, with their eldest daughter. Soon after, and to make ends meet, their father set up a boat business on Long Island. But that in no way altered their ability to keep the traditional customs of the old country alive. Doreet remembers learning to prepare traditional Yemenite dishes as a little girl. She would look forward to the Sabbath and holiday meals, standing attentively alongside her mother as they together prepared soups and kebabs, Jachnun and Malawah. Even then I sensed how togetherness was created through cooking and baking -- that our familys values were literally folded into the food! At 18, Doreet decided to study in Israel and embark on a period of self-discovery. She also took this time to take baking more seriously, perfecting authentic recipes passed down by her grandparents and great-grandparents. She studied how other Yemenite families prepared their familys recipes, and combined the best of techniques she witnessed first-hand.