Category Archives: Food

Is Assi Restaurant Breaking the Anti-Smoking Law?

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Picture taken from Law174 Facebook Page

I am all for exposing restaurants that are violating Law 174 in Lebanon but it should be done in a proper way. Claiming that they are violating the law without any picture or proof is useless. Take a look for example at this picture claiming that Assi Hellani is breaking the No-Smoking law on a daily basis in his Verdun restaurant.


While it is very probable that he’s allowing indoor smoking as many restaurants are doing so, this picture does not prove anything as they could be sitting on the outdoor terrace. What I am saying here is that while we need more people activism to enforce the law, we also need consistency in reporting those violations.

Having said that, and since there’s already a Facebook group dedicated to ensuring the implementation of Law 174, they should follow some sort of procedure to report violations backed by images and videos. That would have avoided the confusion that occurred at Dictateur whereas the manager claimed Dalal was wrong about her accusations and that he’s respecting the law. (This does not justify his behavior at all though!)

Original Picture taken from Assi Restaurant Facebook Page

961 Beer Sydney Launch

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Mabrouk for 961 Beer!

I like Almaza better though.

961 Beer began during the dark days of the July 2006 siege on Lebanon. Tired with the lack of quality beer in Lebanon, Mazen Hajjar and his friends started to brew beer in his very own kitchen.The first batches were brewed in 20 liter kettles. The beer has taken the world by storm and is Launching here in Sydney. La Lupita is proud to host such an event and will pair these beautiful arromatic beers with the street food of Mexico influence and shaped by the Lebanese immigrants of the 19th and early 20th Century. It is a relatively unknown fact argueably two of the most popular street tacos in Mexico are influenced by the migrants of that era. [Source]

Lebanese and their Love for Raw Kibbeh

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I try to avoid it but it’s really good specially with a glass of Arak!

Growing up, I never knew I was eating raw meat. Or maybe it was just that I didn’t think “raw” was something worth noting. I simply knew that kibbeh nayeh was incredibly good.

And so I was stunned by a recent spate of salmonella cases here in Michigan – home to America’s largest Middle Eastern population — linked to kibbeh nayeh served in a restaurant. That’s inexcusable to anyone who knows the rules about making raw kibbeh, a quintessential Lebanese dish.

“Kibbeh is the definitive Lebanese festive food,” says Kamal Mouzawak, founder of Souk el Tayeb, Beirut’s first organic farmers market, and owner of that city’s Tawlet restaurant, which showcases the talents of cooks from villages around Lebanon.

Kibbeh nayeh is made of minced raw lamb or beef, combined with bulgur, pureed onion and a mix of spices that partly depends on the cook. (My family’s spice mix: cinnamon, salt, pepper). All of the ingredients are kneaded together with a sprinkling of ice water, and then eaten — with olive oil, a scattering of chopped sweet onion, bundled in flatbread — immediately. Raw. [Link]

Who did the math in the XXL ad?

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XXL December ad – Couldn’t find a YouTube link to the new ad

A blog reader pointed out to me an error in the new 2013 XXL Energy Drink ad whereas the guy does a calculation mistake when counting the money him and his gf have. He says he got 900 and can manage an extra 200 plus Abu Abdo’s 150 which sums up to 1350 somehow.

Thank you Dory

St. Sarkis (Mar Sarkis) cake

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Armenians in Lebanon and around the world celebrate today the holiday of St. Sarkis, one of the most beloved saints among the Armenian nation. According to traditions, the night before St. Sarkis Day, “teenagers will go to church, firmly keeping an “Aghi plit” (salty cookie) in their pockets, which must be eaten before going to sleep. The salty cookie will make them thirsty and in their dreams whoever offers them a drink of water, will be their future husband or wife” [Source]. Added to that, there’s a special cake prepared on St. Sarkis holiday, known as the Musa Daghian “kumba”, which is a kind of “Darehats”. A coin (“michink”) is hidden inside the cake and whoever gets it will be the luckiest of the year, and will be the supporter of his/her family. [Read More]


I honestly had no idea about this feast or those food traditions up until I read a post about the Saint Sarkis cake on TasteOfBeirut. As it appears, this cake is a specialty of the Armenian community in the town of Anjar, a town located in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

The cake looks delicious and is easy to prepare (For those who cook). I have no idea if it is sold anywhere in Lebanon though. Here’s the required list of ingredients and method as taken from TasteOfBeirut’s post.

INGREDIENTS: 12 servings
3 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of boiling water (I added another 1/4 cup)(enough water for the dough to be moist but thick and firm)
1/3 cup of honey
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of dried apricots, diced (I used candied orange rind also)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or almonds
1/4 cup of pine nuts or other nuts, plus extra to garnish the top
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
Spices: 3/4 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of cardamom, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of mahlab
2 tsp of baking powder
1 coin, wrapped in foil

1- Place the flour in a large skillet over medium-low heat and stir gently until the flour turns a light tan color. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the sugar, spices and baking powder. Add the olive oil then the boiling water and mix until a thick dough is formed similar to a cookie dough; add the honey, nuts, raisins, apricots and mix to combine.
2- Spread the dough in a greased and floured round pan (9 to 12″ in diameter), inserting the foil-wrapped coin. Cut a piece of plastic wrap and place it over the dough and with your fingers pat the dough to smooth it out. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the surface and garnish with almonds or walnuts or other nuts. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes until the surface is dry and golden brown. Cool and serve.

Israeli Pringles in Lebanese supermarkets

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Picture from LebanonDebate

The ISF found loads of “Israeli” Chips after a warehouse caught fire in Raouche. According to the article, no one still knows how these products are being sneaked into Lebanon and there seems to be many of them. Funnily enough, whomever wrote this report described the chips, as well as any type of food that’s coming from Israel, as being extremely dangerous as they might be poisonous.

Funnily enough because we’re talking about conspiracy theories while we can’t even control the qualify of meat distributed to shops/restaurants/hotels inside Lebanon.