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Galler chocolate shop

Beirut is a chocoholic’s dream city. Every city corner  (or about) has one chocolate shop or another. It is part of the Lebanese social mores to offer a box of chocolates as a hostess gift or for any occasion deemed of significance. Well  the Lebanese chocolate landscape, made-up mostly of local chocolate houses, has been endowed with a world-famous Belgian...
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MAGGI

I have had the opportunity to collaborate with the brand MAGGI the past year and a half, and feel compelled to report on this very positive experience. MAGGI is a division of the Swiss food giant Nestlé and has been firmly implanted in Lebanon (and the Middle East) for as long as I remember. Corner markets in the most remote...
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The Good Thymes

  Anyone who has grown-up in Lebanon will attest to the fact that zaatar is as essential to a Lebanese as milk and cereal to an American. Most of us also recognize that we will not get the best zaatar from a supermarket’s shelf. The lucky ones could count on a grandma or aunt who would painstakingly harvest the wild...
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The Fallacy of the Calorie

This is a bedside book, a “Bible” for anyone interested in health, nutrition and food and learning how they are intertwined. It’s an arduous book, dense with scientific facts and lingo, yet it is an entertaining one as well; Dr Michael Fenster never forgets to be the teacher. He knows how to lighten the load with puns and popular Hollywood...
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Château Ksara

The Ksara winery is a Lebanese success story. Lebanon’s most famous wine producer, Ksara was founded in 1857 by Jesuit priests. It is Lebanon’s oldest and largest winery and the third most visited tourist attraction. When the winery was founded, Lebanon was under Islamic Ottoman rule; the Ottoman masters in Istanbul allowed the production of wine as long as it was...
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Veggie gratin

I am luckier than most in that I am spending my Summers in the Chouf Mountains in Lebanon and all the veggies are local or homegrown in our kitchen garden.  In any case, here is a simple dish using a bunch of veggies and a MAGGI soup mix for a quick and easy boost of flavor. The veggies can be...
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