When Fadi Stephan invited me to lunch, I did not know what to expect; I had read his wonderful bookLe Berceau du Monde (tr: cradle of the world, to be translated at UT Austin), knew that he had taught archaelogy and semitic languages, knew of his family, but that was the extent of it.
What a feast!
Instead of fossilized shrimps, we had a sea bass risotto , called seyadeyeh: rice is cooked in a seafood broth of caramelized onions and copious amounts of cumin and served with baked sea bass.
Fattoush salad, an endive and asparagus salad.
Assorted French cheeses, mastic and pistachio ice-cream from Hanna (the best ice-cream maker in Beirut), Lebanese beer and Ksara Chardonnay, sweet anise and turmeric cake or sfoof, pistachios, walnuts, ….
Fadi really spoilt us today.
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