Christmas goodies in Beirut

December 23, 2009  •  Category:


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 and nougat
Amardeen and nougat

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.







IMG_3117 mosquee


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  1. fimère says:

    de très belles magnifiques photos, bravo
    bonne soirée

  2. Mona says:

    Very nice pictures … Merry Christmas dear Jumana.

  3. spice says:

    nice clicks…specially like those shortbread rolls with date filling

  4. Rosa says:

    Nice cookies!

    Merry Christmas!



  5. Nadjibella says:

    Toujours un plaisir de passer te voir.
    Il va falloir aller visiter Beyrout.
    Joyeuses fêtes et à bientôt.

  6. Ann says:

    Seasons Greetings to you, Joumana! I have a little blog gift for you at my website, please stop by to pick it up =)

  7. Maninas says:

    I love the photo of the mosque at the bottom, with the moon in the background.

    Happy Christmas, my dear!

  8. Sophie says:

    Those foodie goodies look sublime!! Now, I want to taste it all,..each 1 for 1,…

    I wish you & your Family a lovely & great Christmas & a happy, fun & apart 2010!!!

  9. Joanne says:

    Like you, I am a fan of the simpler things during the holidays. These treats certainly look perfect to me!

    Merry Christmas!

  10. northshorewoman says:

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. The recipes you post are great, and so too the photos. I can imagine that each post takes you some time. Thanks for sharing. Finnish Christmas’s traditionally have been very simple. Very quiet. Very few gifts. Very little company. Simple baking and cooking. However, Finnish Canadians have joined the Anglo consumer madness over the years. Madness.

  11. Julie says:

    Je te souhaite un joyeux Noël Joumana, passe de belles fêtes,


  12. Marysol says:

    TOB, if that tray of cookies and confections were all I got this Christmas, I’d be decking the halls, and singing Christmas carols until I dropped from a sugar-induced coma.

    Merry Christmas to you!

  13. Bria says:

    Amardeen and nougat– known in Iran as ghaz. Two of my favorite confections ever. Maybe not the most friendly to my dental work, but I still love them!

  14. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    I just discovered an ‘Arab Sweet Store’ in my city! Gotta go and check it out. 🙂

  15. Ivy says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family with good health above all.

  16. Arlette says:

    You know my first job in the Airline Industry was with TWA and our office was in Riad El Solh, many times i couldnt find a taxi to take me to work, I used to walk from Mouseitbeh to Riad El solh, hiding from the sniper, It was a very tuff time, I worked three years in the Downtown, and look at it now… gorgeous and beautiful .
    I willl not be able to recognize the area when I go back for a visit.

    • Joumana says:

      No kidding! You would not believe how posh the place looks! I remember taking the service from the museum area where my school was going through Mazraa with sniper fire that was the beginning of the war in the late seventies.

  17. Afaf says:

    Oh my God all the sweets make me want to go to Lebanon, do you also call the date short bread ( makrota) , could you give me the recipie please, and the orange rinds and the nogat, any of them that you have will do thank you for sharing these pictures with us Jumana, and bless your heart for this wounderful blog ,ever since i found it two weeks ago i’ve been reading all your recipies, learned alot and altered alot.:)

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