Minister Bou Faour having lunch with Dima Sadek
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.
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.
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.
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].
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].
You must try the Parmesan Truffle Fries next time you visit Brgrco. Brgrco opened in Chelsea on December 1.
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.
Spotted at Charcutier Aoun.
It was Saint Barbara yesterday in Lebanon and I always look forward to this day for two things:
– The Atayef (قطايف) that my mum prepares.
– Other Barbara sweets like the Macaron and Ouwaymet and wheat.
If you are interested in doing Maakaron yourself, check out MarmiteetPonpon’s recipe and TasteofBeirut’s recipe. TasteofBeirut has also a nice recipe for Ashta Atayef.
Happy Barbara everyone!
I was on my way out from O&C supermarket yesterday when I spotted Secrets right next to it. I went in and asked them whether it’s the same cake shop from Koraytem and they confirmed it. Apparently they’ve been open for 2 weeks now. I’ve never been to Secrets Koraytem but I’ve tasted a lot of cakes that my friends used to bring for birthday or special occasions and they were really good.
I didn’t get cakes though yesterday but something even better. Marshmallows mixed with Nutella chocolate and nuts. I will share a picture of them later on my Instagram.