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Breakfast in Beirut, Part 3

The manousheh (plural manaeesh) is one of the defining staples of Lebanese food. In a country known for its divisions, the universally loved manousheh might […]

Chateau Belle-Vue

Although it lags behind other Mediterranean countries in terms of production, Lebanon still boasts a considerable wine culture and nearly a dozen wineries.

Breaking Bread

As in many Mediterranean societies, the large family lunch in Lebanon is sacrosanct. Every Sunday, Lebanese families trek back to their ancestral villages or head […]

Hanna Metri

The end of summer in Lebanon can be tricky. Sometimes it begins to rain in September, causing our favorite summer places to close early; other […]

Breakfast in Beirut, Part 2

An iconic Middle Eastern dessert, knefeh is to Lebanon what waffles are to Belgium. There are no records of its origins, but according to local […]

Breakfast in Beirut, Part 1

Breakfast in Beirut can be a lavish affair and would make even the Ottoman sultans of old jealous. Although Beirut is known as a 24-hour […]

November 25, 2015

Chateau Belle-Vue: Bordeaux in Bhamdoun

By Paul Gadalla and Rita Makhoul
Beirut -- Although it lags behind other Mediterranean countries in terms of production, Lebanon still boasts a considerable wine culture and nearly a dozen wineries. Read more
November 3, 2015

Breaking Bread: Sunday Lunch in Lebanon, Reimagined

By Paul Gadalla and Rita Makhoul
Beirut -- As in many Mediterranean societies, the large family lunch in Lebanon is sacrosanct. Every Sunday, Lebanese families trek back to their ancestral villages or head with extended family and friends to restaurants along the coast or hidden among the mountains and valleys. Read more
September 22, 2015

Hanna Metri: Beirut's Baron of Booza

By Paul Gadalla and Rita Makhoul
Beirut -- The end of summer in Lebanon can be tricky. Sometimes it begins to rain in September, causing our favorite summer places to close early; other times it stays hot and humid almost until December. While it’s still hot out, locals seek out one of the treasured regional deserts, booza. Read more
September 4, 2015

Breakfast in Beirut, Part 2: Bohsali

By Paul Gadalla and Rita Makhoul
Beirut -- An iconic Middle Eastern dessert, knefeh is to Lebanon what waffles are to Belgium. There are no records of its origins, but according to local legend the cheese-filled pastry comes from the Palestinian town of Nablus, and now it exists in different variations around the region, including in Lebanon. Read more
August 10, 2015

Breakfast in Beirut, Part 1: Abu Hassan

By Paul Gadalla and Rita Makhoul
Beirut -- Breakfast in Beirut can be a lavish affair and would make even the Ottoman sultans of old jealous. Although Beirut is known as a 24-hour city, with a lively nightlife scene fused with an endless amount of social gatherings, people still find time to enjoy a long morning meal with loved ones on weekend mornings. Read more