Food Cures for the Horrendous Hangover

Who hasn’t been there before? A grueling work week, letting off a little steam Friday night, one too many pick-me-ups, and a throbbing headache the next morning. How are you going to shake off the vestiges of that hangover? Greasy junk food seems compelling, but ask any nutritionist: alcohol and fatty foods don’t mix well, further promoting dehydration. So what […]

American Snacks Lebanese Love to Loathe

Sure, it’s regarded as the country where dreams take flight, where the King of Rock & Roll was born, and where people can buy in bulk. But in the world of food, the United States doesn’t enjoy the best of reputations. What comes to mind when you think of classic American cuisine? Hot dogs? Hamburgers? Deep-dish pizzas? Yeah, not very […]

Lebanese Food: The Nasty Bits

Lebanese cuisine might strike you as dainty and delicious with its vegan tabbouleh and hummus, but the reality is, it’s got a gut-wrenching side to it. We’re talking about liver; raw meat decked with white cubes of fat; stuffed intestines; snails; frog legs; lamb brains; beef tongue. If you’re Lebanese to the bone, you adore these delicacies and gloat about […]

Lebanese Food Adapted Abroad

With growing awareness worldwide about eating healthy and naturally, the Lebanese Mediterranean diet is stealing the spotlight for its abundant use of vegetables, fruits, grains, herbs, and olive oil. As foreign countries strive to imitate our cuisine, however, slight twists and transformations inevitably arise, catering to the local palate. For example, one hummus brand in the US offers the famous […]

Traditional Lebanese Sweets at Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink for as long as the sun is shining. When the fast is broken at sunset, iftar is served, ushering in a rich spread of savory food polished off with a sweet ending. In Lebanon, while some of the local pastries are readily available year-round, others emerge exclusively for […]

When Comfort Food is All You Seek

In the beautifully chaotic, occasionally reckless jungle we live in, a bad day can seem pretty typical. You know the sort: traffic’s a total gridlock, there’s not a parking spot closer than four blocks away, the office coffee pot hasn’t a drop of caffeine elixir remaining in it, and you forgot your sack lunch in the car, left to bake […]

A Dish by Any Other Name…

We Lebanese love to label ourselves as the center of the culinary world. Yes, our Mediterranean diet does the body good, and foreigners swoon over wafts of our delectable food (they really do!). But who knew that some of the dishes we prize and cherish as our own can be found in other countries’ cuisines, almost identical in appearance and […]

Lebanon: A Country of Ironic Contrasts

Lebanon is rooted in contrasts. The warm Mediterranean waters provide juxtaposition to the cool mountain air as you head inland. Street food joints can often be found adjacent to top-notch luxurious dining venues (case in point: Malek el Croissant is just a stone’s throw away from La Table Fine in Jounieh Souks). Beautiful new high-rises soar above century-old facades. Here are […]

Our Favorite Convenience Foods

So Lent’s over. Miraculously, you survived seven long weeks of self-induced deprivation of your favorite indulgence. Now that the season of abstinence is behind us, it’s time to loosen the reins a little bit. We are human after all, and though convenience foods aren’t necessarily good for us, they are devilishly efficient, and time is money! Here’s a survey of […]

Our Favorite Snacks from Childhood

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? For those of us who grew up in the post-war 90s in Lebanon, we had our fair share of junk food to get us through harsh school days and long rides home in the “autocar.” Back in the day, fast food joints like McDonald’s and Burger King hadn’t yet sprouted, and […]