You can safely say that when it comes to food and confections everything in Beirut is over-the-top. My preference however is for the simpler, homemade, delicacies that are available year-round and bear the signature of charitable associations that help needy families. The photo above is a sample of their creations. Sesame brittle, date-stuffed shortbread rolls, marzipan domes enclosing pistachio paste and candied orange rinds. I could eat those by the dozens. Sitting at a sidewalk cafe sipping tea or Turkish coffee and gazing at people walking by.
Amardeen is a confection that is made with Syrian-grown apricots, it is an apricot paste; a favorite snack with kids, also melted and used in drinks and puddings; the pistachio nougat is softer than the French one and quite yummy if you like nougat.
Here are some photos of Beirut by night, in the downtown shopping district.