Special Meal Deals During Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sun-up to sun-down. The fast is broken with iftar, a lavish spread of home-cooked dishes preceded by a couple of dates, lentil soup, and fattouch. The typical drinks served with the meal are “qamar el-deen,” or apricot juice, and “jellab,” derived from carob, dates, grape molasses and […]

Mardi Gras Food Traditions

If you’re looking for your next cheat day, Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” in English, is your ultimate option. In fact, the day exists purely in celebration of food and drink before the austere Lenten season sets in. This year, Mardi Gras falls on March 5, when thousands of tourists will descend upon New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA), heralded worldwide for […]

Five Signs You’re a Lebanese Gourmet

Lebanese people have a knack for good food. This is no exaggeration. The fact of the matter is we have a rich cuisine that demands only the finest, freshest produce and meat. That kind of fussiness at the table forges a very discerning palate, which is why wherever we go in the world, we stick out like sore thumbs. Only […]

Traditional Halloween Treats

With Halloween just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to the popular treats associated with the holiday. How about caramel-dipped apples? Or Jack-O’-Lanterns full of chocolate bars and lollipops? Popcorn balls are always a hit with the kids, and so are striped candy corn dressed in yellow, orange and white. But traditionally, it wasn’t about sugar-sweet indulgences and guilty […]

Three Lebanese Cookbook Authors You Should Know

It’s no secret: Lebanese women are big on hospitality, which in concrete terms means they’re mavens in the kitchen. Inheriting classical recipes from their mamas and grand-mamas, they’ll often add a dash of their special touch to make each dish their own, and their families couldn’t be the more grateful for it. Meet three Lebanese ladies—fascinatingly all Lebanese-Americans—who not only […]

American Snacks Lebanese Love to Loathe

Sure, it’s regarded as the country where dreams take flight, where the King of Rock & Roll was born, and where people can buy in bulk. But in the world of food, the United States doesn’t enjoy the best of reputations. What comes to mind when you think of classic American cuisine? Hot dogs? Hamburgers? Deep-dish pizzas? Yeah, not very […]

Traditional Lebanese Sweets at Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink for as long as the sun is shining. When the fast is broken at sunset, iftar is served, ushering in a rich spread of savory food polished off with a sweet ending. In Lebanon, while some of the local pastries are readily available year-round, others emerge exclusively for […]

A Dish by Any Other Name…

We Lebanese love to label ourselves as the center of the culinary world. Yes, our Mediterranean diet does the body good, and foreigners swoon over wafts of our delectable food (they really do!). But who knew that some of the dishes we prize and cherish as our own can be found in other countries’ cuisines, almost identical in appearance and […]

Lebanon: A Country of Ironic Contrasts

Lebanon is rooted in contrasts. The warm Mediterranean waters provide juxtaposition to the cool mountain air as you head inland. Street food joints can often be found adjacent to top-notch luxurious dining venues (case in point: Malek el Croissant is just a stone’s throw away from La Table Fine in Jounieh Souks). Beautiful new high-rises soar above century-old facades. Here are […]

Traditional Lebanese Sweets at Christmas

Christmas time is here…happiness and cheer! No doubt the festive holiday season has descended upon Lebanon. In addition to all the gift shopping, hot cocoa sipping, and carol singing animating the atmosphere, many will take to the kitchen to bake sweet somethings passed down from yore. So brandish your aprons, spatulas, and cake mixers. It’s time to bake up a […]