Thursday Thirteen: More about Mona’s


A few weeks ago, I introduced you to Mona’s Middle Eastern Eats. I had so much fun creating this new restaurant in Riverview that I wanted to explore it further. So… here goes.

1. Mona’s is actually owned by Steve Greenblatt, who grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey.

2. Steve was identified in first grade as being of gifted intelligence.

3. Sadly, Steve was adopted by parents of average intelligence, who assumed that their boy would be fine.

4. Steve graduated in the top 100 of his graduating high school class of 839 and went to college at Columbia University. His major was listed as Undecided.

5. Junior year, Steve dropped out of Columbia without having ever declared a major.

6. He found his way across the country and landed in Berkeley, CA. Tune out, drop in, dude.

7. A rich Marin County woman found him in a bookstore one day three years later and took him home. She needed a pretend son for an upcoming trip to the Middle East.

8. So Steve went.

9. Steve found his calling, at last.

10. Upon returning to the Bay Area, the Marin County woman proved too smothering. San Francisco wasn’t big enough for the two of them.

11. Steve made his way to Riverview. Went to work in a homeless shelter, where he lived. Nights, he went to the library and read cookbooks. He smoked a lot of weed. And he dreamed.

12. A return to the Bay Area was brief. It lasted long enough for Steve to milk the Marin County woman for the start-up costs for his dream.

13. And Mona’s Middle Eastern Eats was born.

Be sure to leave me a comment so I know you were here. And then, it’s off with you to visit all the other cool Thirteeners out there!



  1. Janet

    May 20, 2009 8:29 pm

    Was Mona the rich Marin County woman’s name?

  2. Adelle Laudan

    May 20, 2009 9:50 pm

    Very clever! Happy T13!

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  3. angie

    May 20, 2009 9:53 pm

    I am here and what a great review it was

    angie’s last blog post..Faith Baby Onesie Giveaway

  4. Rekaya

    May 20, 2009 11:30 pm

    Steve is something else. Hurray for him!
    Happy 13!

  5. Journeywoman

    May 20, 2009 11:30 pm

    Wish it existed. Happy TT.

    Journeywoman’s last blog post..Thirteen people more talented than ANY American Idol

  6. Thomma Lyn

    May 21, 2009 3:04 am

    You’ve created yet another fascinating character — I like Steve already. 🙂

    Thomma Lyn’s last blog post..The Red Trail

  7. Shelley Munro

    May 21, 2009 3:38 am

    I’m enjoying these visits to Mona’s Middle Eastern Eats. Great food, interesting history.

    Shelley Munro’s last blog post..Amorous Antics

  8. Harriet

    May 21, 2009 7:30 am

    Interesting story.
    Happy Thursday 13 to you!

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  9. Carmen

    May 21, 2009 8:03 am

    Just goes to show you what smoking weed will do for you. 😉 HA!

    Carmen’s last blog post..Thursday 13 – Meet Denise Robbins

  10. Brenda ND

    May 21, 2009 8:17 am

    I like Middle Eastern food. Mona’s sounds fun. Happy TT!

    Brenda ND’s last blog post..The Labyrinth and Me

  11. Sandy

    May 21, 2009 9:05 am

    Oh Dear Mona, I feel like we should start a support group for Mona…and maybe line up and hit lazy, good for nothing poor with our pink purses…big pink heavy purses!

    I’m seeing a TV mini series here


    Sandy’s last blog post..Lombard Street, Traveling in San Francisco, California

  12. Kristi

    May 21, 2009 9:44 am

    clever, clever! Happy TT!

    Kristi’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen – Books!!

  13. Rene

    May 21, 2009 1:06 pm

    So next Thursday could you post the 13 most popular dishes at Mona’s? I love Middle Eastern food.

    Rene’s last blog post..39…Again

  14. Alice Audrey

    May 21, 2009 1:15 pm

    Wasn’t it “tune in and drop out”?

    He sounds seriously cool.

    Alice Audrey’s last blog post..T13: 13 Questions

  15. Thorne

    May 21, 2009 2:48 pm

    Oh, Yum!
    Basmati rice with sumac… Tandoori Chicken maybe?

    Thorne’s last blog post..Magickal Items for Your Witches’ Bottles

  16. Thorne

    May 21, 2009 3:22 pm

    I forgot to tell you: Your witch sings raunchy blues that have been rocked out, has a blue crescent moon tattooed on her forehead and is missing the tip of her little finger on her left hand.

    Thorne’s last blog post..Magickal Items for Your Witches’ Bottles

  17. Pamela Kramer

    May 21, 2009 6:11 pm

    Great list for TT. Thanks for stopping by this week.

    Pamela Kramer’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #66 – Extreme Sports

  18. Anne

    May 21, 2009 7:30 pm

    I agree with the first poster, was Mona the wealthy Marin County woman? Why did she need a son for her Middle Eastern trip? This is how to tell a great character. Your description creates even more questions.

    Anne’s last blog post..Sick in a Small Town

  19. Rene

    May 21, 2009 10:15 pm

    OOHHHH, Now I remember the 13 eats post, I was sooo hungry after I read it. Glad I didn’t click on it until now or I would be dying right now.

    Glad Trevor understands the value of an older woman.

    Rene’s last blog post..39…Again

  20. Bobkat

    May 22, 2009 1:22 pm

    You always imagine the most interesting people! 🙂

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