Köfte, Keftedes, kafta

It’s 1pm in Turkey and I just landed in Istanbul. I spent my first expensive 120 Turkish Liras on a private Taxi to Fendekzade. Abdulrahman; a Turkish driver with a perfect Jordanian dialect escorted me to my hotel & suggested to share a seafood platter for dinner; with my perfect Zahle dialect I gently responded…

When you cook with love, you produce love

Regarded as the Godfather of the Italian cuisine, Antonio Carluccio owes it to his mother: “My passion for food came about in order to provide the food that my mother used to prepare, I was just always around her as she was preparing food, and that gave me the confidence to do it myself. You…

A war survival kit

I started reading “Day of Honey” A Memoir of Food, Love, and War Book by Annia Ciezadlo. Married to a Lebanese journalist from New York city; Annia spent some times in Lebanon developing an extensive Lebanese culinary experience from her mother in law; while her husband was covering the war in Iraq. The book triggered…

Shakira visits Zahle

As soon as the announcement was made in the media that Shakira is visiting her father’s hometown of Zahle; regardless of “minee hay Shakira?!” (who is this Shakira!?”); an opportunity to celebrate raised between residents whispering “bent Mubarak jeyeh tzourna men amerka” (the Mubarak Daughter is visiting us from America). Colombia you mean? Wlak eh Amerka!…

Lebanese Bread & Breakfast

To begin with the Lebanese cuisine, one must not ignore the Lebanese bread which is the main utensil used to wipe off the wide range of mezze dishes, followed by fingers and tongues to lick off any remaining drips and sauces. Click here to watch The making of Lebanese Saj Bread (source: Annahar) When I…

Last stop: Lebanon

My last stop is my birth place city of Zahle; recently known as the city of gastronomy awarded by UNESCO; and the city of love, awarded by me. I was born in the very humble neighborhood of Mar Elias el-mkhalsiyeh (St Elie du St. Sauveur) where everyone was my father, mother, aunty, uncle, brother, and…

3rd Stop: Thailand

Back in the old days when I was still residing in Lebanon, Asian cuisine as a whole was defined as “Chinese” cuisine. People were lining up for the “Chinese” restaurant, where food tasted more Thai and Malaysian rather than Chinese. My first encounter with Thai food was during my first visit to Australia back in…