Chickpeace

In my last 34 years, I never understood the issue of the Middle East, I recall growing up hearing about Beirut, the torn-capital of Lebanon; at a very young age, I had no clue what a capital meant to a country. For me, my country was Zahle, and its capital was the church of St…

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…

Eat-in or Take-away

In Zahle, we tend to be multi-skilled. To fix a TV or a Phone, easy! We just bang the machine on the wall and it works again! Trust me, I even got my hairdryer whacked at least twice and I still have hair! Miracle!!! Our notary comes from the Massaad Family and he has exceptional…

14th stop: Jamaica

It’s 5pm on Friday and I just slammed the door of the office announcing it’s the weekend woohoo! I was making my way home when I bumped into a Jamaican kiosk at the noodles market. The guy was rubbing the legs of a beautiful chicken with so much exotic love and spicy herbs… Stir it…

8th stop: Morocco

When it comes to cooking; I am old fashioned. I appreciate simple and honest food that doesn’t require sophisticated techniques and overrated cookbooks; and Moroccan cuisine meets my expectations (and hopefully yours), with their gentle cooking methods of Tagine in terracotta, and Couscous in double-chambered couscoussier; along with spices, fresh vegetables, nuts and dried fruit. Extreme tolerance is…

7th stop: India

I was delighted to attend my first themed Indian dinner experience last Sunday, to celebrate the festival of lights “Diwali” hosted by my awesome friend “Dee”. Indians celebrate Diwali with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, flowers, and sharing of sweets. However; Dee made some adjustments to these traditions. She had a recipe in…