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 […]

The Art of the Lebanese Twist

When it comes to the Lebanese claim to fame, it’s arguably our cuisine that puts us on the map. Excelling in the kitchen is second nature to most of us, not only when we’re slaving over rustic dishes. We also get a kick out of adapting foreign foods to our local palates. Sure, we enjoy pizza, burgers, and fries as […]

Five Meals Under 10,000 LBP

It’s the month of January, and understandably you’re strapped for cash. Surviving the season of giving unscathed is impossible, so little remains for mealtimes at the office. Besides, those desiccated pretzels you’ve been feasting on would have found better use stuffing a Christmas stocking than your mouth – enough already! So how far can 10,000 LBP take you in terms of […]

2018 Food Trends

With 2017 behind us, it’s time to embrace the new year, and with it, a slew of new food trends that will have your palate pining for adventure. That’s right – food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs the world over have weighed in on what they expect will become our obsessions in 2018. From edible flowers and plant products to airy […]