Fall Flavors of Lebanon

Fall is unmistakably here, and it’s not merely because Starbucks’ festive red and green cups are in stock. The crisp autumn air takes on a chilly bite at night, and we’re already being inundated by thunderstorms and flash floods. Apart from the weather, you know it’s fall in Lebanon with the harvest of olives and the accompanying pressing to make […]

Traditional Halloween Treats

With Halloween just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to the popular treats associated with the holiday. How about caramel-dipped apples? Or Jack-O’-Lanterns full of chocolate bars and lollipops? Popcorn balls are always a hit with the kids, and so are striped candy corn dressed in yellow, orange and white. But traditionally, it wasn’t about sugar-sweet indulgences and guilty […]

Saying Goodbye to Summer with These Treats

Today, September 21, marks the start of autumn and hence the official demise of summer. While there’s a deluge of fun fall trends to look forward to this season, it’s difficult letting go of those long, sun-filled days and warm, breezy nights. What’s summer without a towering cone of ashta ice cream coated in crushed pistachios? How about jujube, green […]

Autumn Food Trends

It may not seem like summer is approaching its sad close, but the first week of September is nearly behind us. And that means the crisp scent of autumn is starting to caress the air. Do you feel it? Well, maybe you can’t quite feel it, but you sure as ever will taste it, as this year’s fall trends make […]

Three Lebanese Cookbook Authors You Should Know

It’s no secret: Lebanese women are big on hospitality, which in concrete terms means they’re mavens in the kitchen. Inheriting classical recipes from their mamas and grand-mamas, they’ll often add a dash of their special touch to make each dish their own, and their families couldn’t be the more grateful for it. Meet three Lebanese ladies—fascinatingly all Lebanese-Americans—who not only […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]