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 […]

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 […]

Traditional Lebanese Sweets at Christmas

Christmas time is here…happiness and cheer! No doubt the festive holiday season has descended upon Lebanon. In addition to all the gift shopping, hot cocoa sipping, and carol singing animating the atmosphere, many will take to the kitchen to bake sweet somethings passed down from yore. So brandish your aprons, spatulas, and cake mixers. It’s time to bake up a […]

Tis the Season for International Christmas Sweets!

The beauty of culinary Lebanon lies in its fusion of tastes, flavors, and cuisines. Owing in part to the enduring effects of French imperialism as well as repatriation in the post-civil war era, Lebanese gastronomy incorporates nearly every corner of the globe. This melting pot is best manifested during Christmastime, when international novelties find their place on grocery store shelves […]