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9 Must-Try Dishes In Beirut According To Don’t Believe In Jet Lag

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The list doesn’t include only dishes and is not very specific but it’s a good recommendation for people visiting Beirut for the first time or looking to try out specialties here. Pine-nut Hummus, Kaak at Abou Arab, breakfast buffet at the Four Seasons, Em Sherif, Sea Bream Sashimi at Al Sultan Ibrahim, Sahyoun’s Falafel and Tawlet are great choices.

Maybe I should come up with my own list as there are so many things to add here. I’ll work on it and post it soon.

Check out the full list [Here].

Sneak Peek: Divvy Mar Mikhael Where Sharing Is Caring

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Divvy is a new restaurant opening soon in Mar Mikhael and it looks really cool. I passed by yesterday to check it out and learn more about the new concept they’re introducing as well as their food menu. Divvy is located on the main Mar Mikhael street right after Happy Prince which is the best place to open right now in Beirut. Divvy is all about sharing and its dishes are designed in a way that can be easily shared.

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Divvy looks cozy and cool and I loved the outdoor terrace. There’s a bar at the entrance since we’re in Mar Mikhael and people would love to have a drink or two before dinner but smoking won’t be allowed inside which is great news. As far as the food is concerned, I didn’t have a full dinner experience as I was in a rush but I got to try out some of the items on the menu and they were delicious!

I will be visiting very soon with a group of friends in order to write a proper review so stay tuned!

You can check out more about Divvy [Here].

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A Lebanese Harvest Dinner

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Saveur.com posted yesterday the menu for a cozy fall dinner inspired by the home cooking of Lebanon. It included Fattet Hummus, Kafta bil Sayniyeh, Loubieh Bi Zeit, Tabbouleh, Zaatar Man’oushé and Ma’amoul bil Tamer.

If it were up to me, I’d replace Fattet Hummus with a Kechek soup and the Tabbouleh with Fattoush or maybe get mini Zaatar and Kechek Manakish to replace the big Zaatar Man2ouche and Fatté. As for Maamoul, I don’t know why I never enjoyed eating them except on holidays, mainly Easter. Um Ali would be a perfect replacement but it’s not Lebanese.

Check out the full article [Here].

Gather friends and family around the table for a cozy fall dinner inspired by the home cooking of Lebanon: tender lamb patties seasoned with a mix of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, ginger, and nutmeg; flaky flatbread with toasted sesame seeds, za’atar served with and bright wedges of ripe tomato; a layered dish of baked pita and chickpeas with spiced yogurt and brown butter; and plenty of other comforting dishes bathed in fruity Lebanese olive oil.

Fattet Hummus (Chickpeas with Pita and Spiced Yogurt)
Kefta bil Sayniyeh (Spiced Lamb Patties with Tomato and Onion)
Loubieh bil Zeit (Romano Beans with Tomatoes)
Tabbouleh
Man’oushé bil Za’atar (Flatbread with Za’atar)
Ma’amoul bil Tamer (Lebanese Date Shortbread)

Salon Du Chocolat Beirut

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The first edition of the Salon Du Chocolat Beirut will be held between the 6th and 8th of November 2014 at Biel along with the 4th Beirut Cooking Festival. It’s an event fully dedicated to chocolate where you will learn how to incorporate chocolate into any recipe. One of the best chocolate places I’ve ever visited was Fassbender & Rausch in Berlin last year where they mix chocolate with almost everything, including salads, chicken and even soups, so I will be looking forward to such recipes at the Salon Du Chocolat.

You can check out more info about the Salon Du Chocolat [Here].

The Chase Kaslik Closed For Renovation

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I wouldn’t be surprised if it is closing for good not just renovation. Business has been really slow in this part of Kaslik and a lot of restaurants have closed down there. The Chase holds a lot of memories for me as it used to be one of my favorite spots. The salad bar, the pizzas, the desserts and the merry cream during summer were the best!

I will keep checking to see if it’s going to reopen or not.

Tawlet Ammiq: Great Location, Amazing Food But A Dull Venue

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I went with a group of friends to Tawlet Ammiq a couple of weeks ago to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’ve been hearing a lot about Tawlet Ammiq and I remember posting once a really cool video about it, so I was excited to try it out and see how the day goes.

Tawlet Ammiq or the eco-restaurant of the biosphere is an eco-friendly place characterized by the use of green construction techniques adapted to the climate of the area and the usage profile of the facility. It’s one of the greenest projects in Lebanon as it reduces energy consumption when compared to similar buildings, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by around 85%, recycles over 60% of solid waste and promotes tourism in the area. [More]

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In order to get to Ammiq, which is a beautiful village located in the West Beqaa area, you have to take the Dahr el Baydar road and then go right towards Qab Elias once you reach Chtaura [Google Maps]. The road in Qab Elias is not that good but once you reach Ammiq, the road is nicely paved with trees and greenery all around it. Once there, you will drive for around 8 or 10 minutes before you spot a Tawlet Ammiq sign. The venue is 2 minutes away from the main road.

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There’s a small unpaved road that gets you to Tawlet Ammiq but I thought I got lost at first as the venue was really small and not what I had in mind, but then I saw people parking and going down so I did the same. Once you walk in, there’s a table with all drinks on it, mainly beer (961 and Beirut Beer only), juices and Arak then there’s the indoor restaurant. Facing them, there’s a nice outdoor area with tables as well and long chairs where you can sit and tan or just have a drink, enjoy the nice Beqaa view and relax. There’s also a small room with bird paintings in it and some artwork.

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We got there around 11:30 am as we were told breakfast is served starting 11, which consisted of small Saj Manakish mixed with cheese, thyme and kechek. There was one guy doing the whole work so we had to wait a bit to get a couple of Manakish but I didn’t mind it as I was enjoying the breathtaking view and having a beer. The place was half empty when we got there, but it was packed by lunch time.

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At around 1pm, there’s an open buffet with all sorts of Lebanese dishes and four salads. Everything tastes fresh and the dishes are really good, specially the Chich Barak and Mafroukeh. I loved the tomato jam with the white Baladi cheese and the “kechek akhdar” which I’ve never tasted before. There’s also Kafta, fish and fwerigh.

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The dessert buffet was also rich and delicious, and I enjoyed most the Achta Knefe and fruit salad.

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After lunch we sat on the long chairs and enjoyed the sun and the view for an hour or so but by 2:30, there was nothing to do anymore. I walked around the venue but unlike the green valleys all over Ammiq, there’s nothing to see or explore. We had a Frisbee with us so we played a bit but that’s about it. I know that it’s an eco-friendly venue but it wouldn’t hurt to have some green spaces around it or at least put some music on to keep us entertained.

All in all, it’s a very nice cozy restaurant with amazing food and a nice setting but I wouldn’t recommend going there to spend the day. Going there for lunch is more than enough to enjoy the venue, the food and the view.

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