What could possibly be better on a hot Summer day? I tried many versions of this minted lemonade, a very popular drink at all the chic cafés in Beirut and finally just thought of making of lemony syrup as a starting point. The great advantage is that is can be prepared ahead of time, […]
The challenge with these fritters is to infuse them with flavor as they tend to be bland on their own; so go ahead and add all the spices that your little heart desires and you will be rewarded with a delicious appetizer. Squeeze some citrus juice on the fritters before inhaling them, it will […]
A fresh dip of labneh, our daily ritual growing up in Beirut. This labneh though is modified: instead of serving it with tomatoes and herbs separately, I am combining them: one scoop with a pita triangle and you will get it all!
12 ounces of full or low-fat yogurt
2 cloves of garlic
salt, to taste
1/4 cup […]
After this past National Tabouleh day contest in Beirut’s souk el tayeb, where tabboulehs of all stripes were entered, including a lovely one with pink geranium petals, I thought I would introduce my version of winter tabbouleh.
Tabbouleh is the national salad of Lebanon and our pride and joy; unfortunately most often than […]
In 1988, the American Red Cross awarded the Lebanese Red Cross with a medal commending it for the best rescue effort internationally. Back then the war was still raging and casualties numbered in the thousands. Volunteers from the Lebanese Red Cross displayed heroic courage in their rescue efforts.
A few years later, when the […]
“I need a little peace and quiet”, I said to my daughter as I drove the 30 kilometers into the Chouf mountains and the village of Deir el Qamar. Enough of the high voltage hustle and bustle of Beirut.Enough of traffic and cars and noise 24/7.
I am not a fan of team sports; it […]
There is a café in the chic ABC mall in Beirut called Casper and Gambini; this is where I tried this mint-lemonade for the first time on a hot sweltering day. It came in semi-frozen form like a margarita and the combined taste of fresh mint and fresh lemons was so cool and tangy […]
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 […]
Today was National Tabouleh Day, an event organized by Souk el Tayeb, Lebanon’s first organic farmers market in Beirut and Ricardo Mbarkho.
While the tabouleh is Lebanon’s most famous salad, it has unfortunately been bastardized elsewhere in the world; it is a rare occurrence to find an authentic tabouleh salad outside of Lebanon! The […]
I am spending my days with my English cousin Andrew; when I introduce him to people at parties the first reaction when they see him (he looks 100% English) is: ” How come you have an English cousin?” (Lebanese people are curious and candid); well his grandmother was my grandfather’s sister.
He brought with him […]