Category Archives: Food

After Restaurants, Supermarkets And Slaughterhouses, Beirut Airport’s Food Storage is Rotten

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Health Minister Bou Faour decided to close the food and medicine storage warehouses at Beirut’s airport due to the scary, horrible and unacceptable conditions there. Dirty floors, unsafe storage of the good and expired products (for more than 20 years) were found there.

What can I say? Merry Christmas everyone :)

“What country is this in which meat and fish are mixed with medicine and trash?” he lamented, explaining that the warehouses’ floors were dirty, and that some food products like butter were stored inside garbage storage rooms.

“Disgusting!” was Zeaiter’s reaction to what he saw.

“The conditions inside the refrigerated warehouses are scary, horrible, and unacceptable. They threaten the health of humans,” he said. [DailyStar]

Snayniyeh with M&Ms and Marshmallows?

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Whenever a baby gets his first tooth, Lebanese families make a traditional dish called Snayniyeh. It’s usually made out of wheat with almonds and nuts but I’ve been seeing marshmallows and M&Ms as well which is pretty weird specially that Snayniyeh is served cold. I don’t know if this is a relatively new thing but I am wondering who decided to mix marshmallows with it.

I am trying to imagine what Meghleh would taste like if we added M&Ms and marshmallows.

The New Lord Of The Wings 2014 Menu

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I was at Lord of the Wings a couple of weeks ago to try out their new menu in their Kaslik branch. That’s my favorite LOTW branch since it’s at really cool spot in Kaslik and is very close to my house. Here’s the list of new items that we were trying out:

Individual and Shareable Appetizers
Smoked Salmon and Avocado Potato skins
Loaded Chicken Quesadillas
Loaded Veggie Quesadillas

American Artisan Flatbreads
BBQ Chicken
Pesto

Crisp Salads
All Natural Quinoa Salad
Asian beef

Better Burgers
The American
Bistro Burger
The Nippon Chicken

Hearty Sandwiches
Light Chicken
The Club Sandwich
Pulled Pork and Slaw

Essential Desserts
Authentic NY Cheesecake
Caramel Lazy Cake

Wings
Traditional Wings tossed in Buffalo mild sauce
Grilled wings tossed in Citrus Pepper sauce
Boneless wings tossed in Garlic Parmesan Sauce

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We started with the salads and starters. I loved the Smoked Salmon and Avocado Potato skins but it’s not something I would order at LOTW. I usually go there for wings and fries and might have a salad on the side. Speaking of which, the Asian beef was good and I highly recommend you try the All Natural Quinoa Salad. The Quesadillas were really good too.

I don’t like garlic, onions or spices so I didn’t try the Parmesan garlic wings or the ones with the mild sauce but everyone enjoyed them. I usually go for the BBQ Classic or Smoky boneless wings.

PS: Don’t forget to take the wings challenge if you don’t mind spicy sauces and eating 15 wings in less than 2 minutes.

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Moving on to the burgers and club sandwich, I loved the Pork Ribs and Bistro burgers the most. As for the club sandwich, it was huge but I wasn’t too impressed with it as I hate mayo and there was too much bread in it. What I loved though were the flatbreads, specially the BBQ Chicken one.

All in all, Lord of the Wings has the best wings in town that’s for sure but it also has great burgers, a really good Quinoa salad and the newly introduced flatbreads are spot on!

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20141126_211132 The Club Sandwich

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Minister Bou Faour Issues New List Of Violating Restaurants And Supermarkets

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Minister Bou Faour is still issuing new lists of “bad” restaurants and supermarkets and confusing the hell out of every Lebanese. I am no longer following up on this matter but I’ve noticed that the minister is now mentioning which restaurants are no longer bad. Unfortunately he hasn’t released yet a full detailed report on the whole campaign and we can’t track the progress on the ministry’s website or anywhere.

Here are some of the restaurants and supermarkets that were found violating in this new report and I’ve tried or been to:
Crepaway in Batroun (Chicken)
Main Street in Beirut (Marinated Chicken)
Relais Foch (Meat – Hamburger)
Karamna restaurant (Stuffed Chicken)
Place de l’Etoile (Chicken breast)
Ghalayini Snack (Lahm Baajine – Akkawi Cheese)
Malak el Taouk in Louaize (Mayonnaise – Taouk – Hamburger)
Rassifna in Kaslik (Hamburger – Kabab)
Shawarmanji in Zouk Mikhael ( Shawarma Lahme)
Lala Chicken in Zouk Mikhael (Kafta)
Awwad Chicken in Tripoli (Sawda Djeij)
Bakkar Chicken in Tripoli (Chicken wings)
Pomodoro in Zaitunay Bay (Chicken breast)
Classic Burger Joint (Hamburger)
St Elmo’s (Hamburger)
Karam Sur Mer (Soujouk, Makanen, Kebbet Samak, Shrimps)

The problem with this list and with any upcoming list is that we don’t know what’s wrong with these restaurants and how serious the violations are.

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Order Your Labneh Red Berries Bûche This Christmas!

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I became friends with Nicole Maftoum, the dietitian behind EatLikeNicole, because of her Labneh bûche which she launched a year ago. I fell in love with the bûche back then and got to try it out at one of the champagne and food pairing sessions at Les Caves de Taillevent where we had a slice of the Labneh Red Fruits cake with the Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage.

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Nicole is making her famous Labneh Red Berries Bûche for the second year in a row and I just got mine yesterday and I am getting another one to serve my guests during Christmas dinner. It’s something that I strongly recommend you give a try because it’s really good and very healthy! You can place your orders by calling this number (70-635540).

Here’s what the bûche is made of:
– Taanayel les fermes Labneh light cream pure at heart (7 times less caloric and 20 times less fattening than butter).
– Walnuts with their high omega-3 content.
– Almonds packed with proteins, calcium and fiber.
– Goji berries, also known as longevity fruits all along with cranberries which are high antioxidants.
– Cashew and Macadamia which are rich flavorful nuts packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals.

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Lebanese Savvy Sisters Bringing Middle Eastern Chain Restaurant Semson To New York

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Christine Assouad Sfeir and Carine Assouad are launching next year Semsom’s first outlet in New York City at 2 Astor Pl. This is their first venture in the US and will consist of a 1,256 square-foot space that will seat around 25 people. The plan is to open four more outlets in New York in 2015 and have around 200 locations across the US by 2020. This is a very ambitious plan but Christine is ranked No.19 on the Forbes list of the 200 most powerful business women in the Arab world for a good reason.

Semsom is open in Lebanon, KSA and Kuwait. I’ve been to Semsom few times and liked the food but that was a while ago. In fact I just realized I haven’t been to a Lebanese restaurant in a long while for some reason.

Check out the full NYPost article [Here].

Recettes de Vie: A Unique And 100% Charity Cook Book

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Maissa Abou Adal Ghanem & Ghia Khayat Hawari launched a month ago the second edition of “Recettes de vie”, a cook book with more 200 delicious recipes collected from chefs all over the world, and that reveals culinary secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation. I was at the event and got to meet both authors who are very passionate about their book and this unique culinary experience they are offering their readers. Moreover and this is the most important part, all proceeds from Recettes de Vie 2 are distributed to non-political and non-religious organizations that defend the rights of women and children.

I personally loved the book, and so did my wife. There are so many great recipes that I am eager to try out or taste since I don’t really know how to cook.

Recettes de vie 2 was launched in Dubai, London and Paris lately. If you are interested in buying the book, check out their [website].

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Who’s To Blame For The Taanayel Les Fermes And Centre Taanayel Mix up?

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As soon as I read that a center called Taanayel got closed down by the Health Ministry, I had the curiosity to go in and verify which Taanayel they are talking about because the only Taanayel I know is Taanayel Les Fermes whose products I trust and consume all the time (Specially the Laban). Needless to say, it turned out to be another Taanayel but rumors (as usual) started spreading about Taanayel Les Fermes and they were forced to kick off an online marketing campaign to clear out their name and state that they fully support the Ministry of Health who is safeguarding the consumer and upholding industry and health standards.

We can’t really blame Health Minister Bou Faour for this confusion, as Lebanese are supposed to verify everything they are reading, but as I’ve stated previously, I think Bou Faour should stay away from press conferences and flashing popular restaurant names and hot brands because the information might get misinterpreted like the Taanayel case and cause considerable financial losses to the brand. In my opinion, the best thing to do is keep everything confidential until the ministry is done inspecting all factories in the Bekaa area for example and then list all those who are compliant and not.

I hope this post will help clarify any confusion regarding Taanayel Les Fermes and spread further awareness on the food safety campaign.