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I was talking about new food places with Dana (Ivysays) and she mentioned that the famous Taouk place from Zahle Massaad has opened in Gemmayze and that it’s really good! Massaad’s taouk sandwich is rolled and put over the fire to make it crispy, with zaatar with olive oil smeared on top. The sandwich is filled with fries and a lot of garlic and served with hummus, pickles and coleslaw.
I’ve never been to Massaad before but I will surely visit now that it opened in Gemmayze.
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I was looking for online Meghli recipes in English to send to a friend and I found a really cool website with a detailed and illustrated step-by-step recipe. It’s called JourneyKitchen and here’s a [link] to the Meghli recipe.
The recipe is quite accurate except for the powdered ginger which is not usually part of the ingredients. Also, some people in Lebanon add small raisins along with the almonds, walnuts, pine nuts and pistachios but I personally don’t like it.
If you like Quinoa, you should definitely try the one Super Dfouni makes. I’ve been having it almost every day for the past 2 months. It contains grilled Halloumi, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, parsley, cranberries and almond. It’s home-made, fresh, delicious, filling and costs only 12,000 LL.
Here are other Quinoa salads I recommend:
– Captain Cook’s AC/DC Quinoa Salad which is huge and filling.
– Lord Of The Wings’ All Natural Quinoa salad.
– Zaatar W Zeit’s Quinoa Tabbouleh.
PS: Super Dfouni is a supermarket located in Achrafieh on the Charles Malek Avenue, facing SO restaurant (Phone number: 01/330999).
Succes aux fraises
For those who like brownies as well, you have to try them out at Cannelle.
Macaron Cheese Cake
I tried the Lawziyeh for the first time last year and I loved it! It’s basically an almond shortbread cookie but it tastes really good and is quite addictive (you can’t just have one), so if you are on a diet, stay away from them.
If you are interested in making them yourself, check out Taste of Beirut’s Recipe [Here].
I spotted those at Super Dfouni in Achrafieh. It’s quite an interesting mix specially with the Ritz but it’s a bit too expensive (2500 each).
What is an extreme resto-pub? How is it any different from a regular resto-pub?
PS: Place looks really nice by the way.
You don’t really have to be a genius or an MBA graduate to conduct a simple feasibility study and see if opening a restaurant or a cafe or any business for that sake at a specific location is a good choice or not. Unfortunately, very few people do that in Lebanon and then they curse their luck when they go bankrupt and have to close down.
If an arguile place opens, 4 or 5 other arguile places open right next to it. If a burger place is doing well, they open 10 other burger places on the same street. The worst part is that no one even bothers to offer competitive prices anymore. On the contrary, the new mentality is to up the prices and claim they offer a better quality which is not true most of the time.
Take for example this very special offer I spotted the other day at a small restaurant. Taouk + French Fries and Coleslaw for 10,000LL! How is that a good offer? The place is located in a deserted alley next to a hospital, was almost empty of course and there were a couple of tables smoking arguile and playing backgammon. The worst part is that Malak el Taouk is 200 meters from this restaurant and offers you a huge Taouk platter with fries, coleslaw, ketchup and garlic for almost the same price.
I really don’t know why some Lebanese are so keep on throwing their money away to be honest. Here’s another place on the Kaslik maritime road that’s been puzzling me for quite some time. It’s now a trading company, but before that it was a car showroom, a sushi place, a poker place, a shop that sells dairy products and a Shawarma place.
I have cereals almost every day for breakfast and sometimes during the day and I always like to try out new brands, however I’ve been addicted for the past 4 or 5 months to Jordans. When I started buying them, few supermarkets had them but since then I’ve been seeing Jordans in a lot of supermarkets and they are running out real quickly.
My favorites are the Chunky nuts, the Honey & Nuts and the Chocolate. If you like mixing cereals with your yogurt, go for the Muesli.
I’ve been buying Jordans from O&C in Jal el Dib, Stop & Shop in Dbayyeh and Achrafieh and Black Pepper in ABC Dbayyeh. TSC and Charcutier Aoun don’t have them.