One of the factors that add a peculiar charm to life in Beirut and Lebanon is the unreliability of things that people take for granted in the developed world, such as electricity and internet connection. I could not get connected at home for some reason and so my daughter and I decided to go to a really cool café in the Hamra district in West Beirut; we could sit outside and get some Evolution tea and cake and free wireless connection; Café Younès is on the ground level of an apartment building; each floor has a balcony and you can see tenants’ clothes and bedsheets drying on the rail; the café itself is elegant and buzzing with American-speaking patrons, bohemian and intellectual-sounding, college-age for the most part. It is taking 15 minutes to download one picture, so this post is going to be short. At least we are enjoying the nice weather and people-watching and listening. There’s a lot of activity outside, as is usual in Beirut, cars honking, people laughing and shouting, trees and bushes in the street with twinkling Christmas lights.
Shankleesh is a Lebanese cheese that is similar to feta, except what sets it apart is that it is very pungent. I love it especially crumbled up and mixed with nature’s best vegetables, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil.
To make this salad, one can substitute feta cheese; crumble the cheese in a bowl, add some onion rings, some sliced cucumbers, some tomatoes, some fresh mint, some black olives. Toss with some lemon juice and olive oil and a bit of black pepper. Eat with some bread.
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