A great video on how to make Fattoush by Taste Of Beirut.
Rod’s burger celebrated its second year anniversary by making a 65cm wide burger, the biggest ever made in Lebanon. The patty was 4cm thick and weighted over 8 kilos. Around 3 kilos of mayo and ketchup were used as well. The burger doesn’t look that appetizing but it’s a fun idea. I’ve heard good things about Rod’s burger but I’ve never tried it before to be honest.
Pine nuts prices have gone up by 40% in the past two years according to the this LBCI report. 1 pine nuts kilo costs now 100,000 LL which is quite expensive but not surprising given that pine nuts have always been pricey and they are not that available worldwide not just in Lebanon. Unfortunately in Lebanon, the problem is that there are no serious initiatives by the government or concerned ministries to grow more pine trees and we have hundreds if not thousands of pine trees destroyed every year by “intentional” forest fires.
PS: Nothing beats adding pine nuts on a Hummus and Kawarma plate.
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].
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.
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].
Brie N Bluberry
Country Steak Sandwich
Some things are better left not shared indeed!
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)
Man’oushé bil Za’atar (Flatbread with Za’atar)
Ma’amoul bil Tamer (Lebanese Date Shortbread)
I don’t know if this is a new mall or supermarket or both but it’s opening soon at Charcutier Aoun’s previous Zouk Mosbeh branch.
I helped the RD team choose these six finalist videos based on a fair vote. I love how creative people were in this competition and I think these videos are the best. I have a favorite one but I will not reveal it as it wouldn’t be fair to others.
You can check the videos and vote [Here].
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].
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.