Category Archives: Food

Lunch With Lara Khoury At Tawlet Ammiq

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Lebanon is a confusion of culture and religion and has always been an explosive battlefield where the corrupt strive for power and dominance, destroying it’s identity and portraying a defective one to the outside world. If you take a closer look however, you will see Lebanon as I see it, a treasure in its diversity, a treasure in its variety and a treasure in its history. That’s why I dare to dream of a peaceful and glorious Lebanon, where people can unite, where political differences are set aside, where violence doesn’t exist, where anyone can coexist peacefully. If I can get people to see what I see, then maybe we can start forward to a better future.

Don’t throw away food …

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This is a great initiative that restaurants in Beirut should adopt as well, specially Lebanese restaurants with all the mezza that goes to waste. This should be done throughout the year to help the poor, not just for the Syrian refugees.

I always feel bad when we’re at some Iftar or Lebanese buffet and there’s so much food on the table that no one barely touches and gets thrown away.

Giveaway: 3 Vouchers To Try Out The Best Burger in Beirut At BRGR Co

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BRGR Co has one mission, which is to become the “number one trusted source for gourmet burgers globally” and it has definitely succeeded in doing that in Lebanon and hopefully soon in London where they opened recently (and in New York where they’re planning to open next). For me personally, their burgers are by far the best in town and everyone I took to BRGR Co seems to agree with me. My favorites are the Butcher’s Cut and the 8oz.

Having said that, and since they recently reopened their main branch after a short renovation phase, I thought I let 3 of the blog’s readers go and enjoy the ultimate burger experience at any of the two Brgr Co branches in Beirut.

All you have to do is the following:
– Like BlogBaladi’s [Facebook Page].
– Leave a comment on this post naming one of the items on Brgr Co’s Menu.

New look at Brgr co by the internationally renowned designer Gregory Gatserelia

The competition ends tonight at midnight. Three people will be selected randomly.
Good Luck!

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

The New Boubouffe

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I finally passed by Boubouffe’s new location yesterday and I wasn’t disappointed one single bit. As some of you know, Boubouffe closed down its original branch and moved to a newly revamped location. The place looks nice, the bar is still there and the Shawarma is still the best you could ever taste.

Price for one Shawarma Chicken + Soft Drink = 11000LL which is around 7$.

It’s expensive but worth every penny.

PS: Boubouffe’s burgers are worth a try too and the Moules et Frites as well.

Update: The new location is on Charles Malek’s Avenue (Hekmeh Main Door) before the old MTV Building. It’s open on the main road so you can’t miss it.





The Jewelled Kitchen now available at Librairie Antoine

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I went to Antoine & Spinneys to get the book a couple of weeks back but it wasn’t available yet. However, it’s available now for those interested. I already got my copy.

The Jewelled Kitchen is the first cookbook by Bethany Kehdy, the founder of [DirtyKitchenSecrets] and the person behind Taste Lebanon among many other things.

In case you missed my earlier post on Bethany, check it out [Here].

Kunafa and Nutella Recipe

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When I first saw this picture, I thought it was a really bad idea but after reading Mark’s post, I think I might give it a try. Here’s the recipe as shared by @PinkElephant73:

Let me start by saying that this recipe is not for the faint at heart – it’s basically a lot of butter, a lot of Nutella, and only some kunafa dough. But it’s freakin’ awesome.

The cast of characters! Yes, that is 400g of butter (Sorry, Mark!). You won’t be using the whole thing, I promise! But, it makes for a more flavorful kunafa! Also, a big jar of Nutella and some kunafa dough that you can find fresh or frozen from Sultan Center.

First things first: preheat your oven to 220°C! A nice hot oven makes for a great crunchy kunafa!

Cut the kunafa dough with a pair of kitchen scissors till you get small shreds. If you’re going to use frozen phyllo dough, be sure to thaw it a few hours before using it! It makes cutting it so much easier.

Next, pour the melted butter onto the kunafa little by little and stir it in to ensure all of the dough is evenly coated with butter. Watch out for this step! You don’t want to over-soak the kunafa with butter; otherwise you’ll get a really greasy crust, and no one likes a greasy crust.

Spoon and press the buttery dough into two 9″ round pans. In one of the pans, press some more of the dough up and around the sides of the pan to make a shallow “well” for the Nutella. Bake those babies for 30-40 minutes, checking immediately after 30 minutes to make sure they haven’t burned.
When the crusts are a deep golden brown, they’re ready! Take ‘em out and let them cool.

Then, pour the Nutella into the pan with the kunafa sides as little or as much as your heart desires. Resist the urge to lick the spoon when you’re done (I couldn’t).

Flip the other kunafa onto the Nutella-filled one. I couldn’t take a picture of this step because I was too busy trying not to royally screw it up. I would say this is the hardest part.
Then, flip the entire thing onto your serving dish and voila! Nutella Kunafa!

And Here’s the end result:


Giveaway: Iftar For Four At Phoenicia Hotel

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Since it’s Ramadan, Phoenicia were kind enough to offer an Iftar for four to our blog’s readers. I don’t think I need to elaborate when I mention Phoenicia as its reputation precedes it. I’ve been going for years to Phoenicia and I love everything about it, from the elegant exterior to the luxurious interior, the great food venues, the impeccable service and the unique hospitality. The Mosaic buffet is a must, the salad bar at Caffe Mondo is one of the richest in town, the Amethyste pool parties are always fun and a dinner at Eau de Vie with a breathtaking view is not to miss as well. [Phoenicia Facebook Page]

Since most of our competitions are always straightforward, I thought I make it more interesting this time. Here’s what you need to do:

You have to answer the two below questions and leave a comment with the right answers:
1- In which venue was the above picture taken at Phoenicia?
2- Name one out of two Ramadan desserts that I uploaded recently on my Instagram. [@LeNajib]

Hint: The answers for Question1 is also on my Instagram Account [@LeNajib] and on BlogBaladi’s Facebook Page.

Also, make sure to check out and like BlogBaladi’s Facebook page as I will post a couple of hints throughout the day.


The competition ends tonight at midnight. Two people will be selected randomly and rewarded with an Iftar for two.
Good Luck!

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.