Moallem Philippe, as he is called (moallem in Arabic means “master” or “teacher”) is a Lebanese farmer who is helping us out with our orchard; a seasoned farmer with over 50 years of expertise in mountain agriculture, I asked him what he was up to: ” I am going to braid the onions”, was […]
Two people in the last 24 hours have had a similar answer to my question: What is the appeal of Lebanon for you?
A 24-year old Dutch man answered: “I love the warmth of the people; and I enjoy watching the crazy driving”.
A 50 year-old French man said: ” Beyond the warmth of […]
Whoever thinks that money is an essential ingredient for happiness has not met Elie, the owner of REEL, internet café in Deir el-Qamar, Lebanon.
I have always known Elie as a rather quiet, serious person; one night, I noticed a small coffee machine and asked him about it; his face lit up; he got up […]
For every Lebanese expat, there is always the fond recollection of buying a kaak from a cart vendor, having him fill it up with zaataror picon cheese and savoring its crunchy, sesame-laden goodness on the go.
Ever-enterprising Lebanese have now commercialized this street food and one can stop at a kaak store and […]
Here is the breakdown of our mountain residence household by nationality: mom and dad, Lebanese (2); cousins, Danish (6); moi, son and daughter, American (3); son’s buddy and co-worker, Dutch (1); staff, Filippino (3); gardener, Egyptian (1); brother, wife and kids, French/Lebanese (4).
As a result of this convoluted set-up,tempers have flared more than once; […]
I left the house today at 2PM; I knew that Elie, owner of the internet café closes shop till 5PM due to lunch and siesta. I got in the car and drove the winding mountain roads, hoping for a lit internet sign somewhere.
I am now sitting in a restaurant in a village in the […]
Geraniums are very popular in Lebanon; even the most modest home will adorn its doorsteps or balcony with a pot filled with these cheerful flowers; as a kid, I would secretly pluck the petals of our potted geraniums with a girlfriend: the idea was to blot them onto our 10-year-old lips hoping to […]
Wild zaatar, aka zaatar barrey or wild, is a variety of zaatar (oregano) found on the Lebanese countryside; not to be confused with the zaatar mix sold in stores as a dry spice mixture; this zaatar is eaten with chopped onions and olive oil as a mezze item; pungent and velvety-textured, it is very […]
Lebanon is made up of many cultures and the Armenian community is particularly interesting, rich in history and traditions; yet known only superficially by most people here who have lived for generations side by side with Armenian-Lebanese.
This is one of my first attempts at the wide wide world of Armenian pastry; the […]