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…

Sweet of the East and Sour of the West

It’s 7am in Zahle and I just woke up to the peaceful sound of the church bells. 2 hours later, the serene smell of burning scents is overflowing from my neighbour’s garden; offering daily gratitude and humbly reciting “give us today our daily bread”. Is it Epiphany day? Or Saint Barbara’s day? Maybe the feast…

Tabbouli Syndrome

I’ve seen it all: Tropical tabbouli…Shoot me! Curry tabbouli…Bury me alive! Tabbouli tikka masala…Now seriously kiss my ass! In my first visit to Sydney, my eyes fell on pineapple pieces on top of a dying tabbouli. It seemed more like a forced marriage between the two, where tabbouli decided to commit suicide…well, I would do…

23rd stop: The Balkans

The regional definition of The Balkans is debated to be either cultural and historical or geographical; and comprise Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova. Ethnic diversity is one of the region’s characteristic: The Bulgarians, Macedonians, and Slovenes speak their own Slavic languages, while the Slavs of Serbia,…

22nd stop: Russia

Although I am aware of its rich history of influential literature, philosophy, classical music, ballet, painting and architecture; when I think of Russia; I tend to go more negative than positive due to Russia‘s dark history of war and dodgy disasters. Besides what my grandmother told me about the beauty of Moscow, I grew up…

20th stop: Spain

Two years ago, I was fortunate to visit Barcelona. I survived on Gaudi’s art and tapas bars for a week and signed off with a Lobster Paella in la Barceloneta before I continued to historical Valencia; I was marvelled with the Spanish landscapes of olive and mandarin trees and finished my trip in the freezing…

19th stop: Brazil

Couple of weeks ago, I put up my first tent in Bondi beach. Just to add perfection, I went to get some food and came across a new Aussie crave: “Açaí na tigela”; a Brazilian delicacy made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit from the Amazonian region. Back to my tent with a bowl…

17th stop: Greece

I have good vibes for Greece. Having spent some childhood holidays on the Greek Islands; although I couldn’t tell the difference between Beirut and Rhodes; I recall the clearance of the Mediterranean water and my seven years older brother sneaking a peek at Greek women tanning their bare boobs while I was busy playing jackpot…

5th stop: Italy

My understanding of Italian cuisine was limited to pizza with Ketchup and overcooked pasta until I met Marta in 2010. Marta is a beautiful yet arrogant Italian who believes that God himself is made in Italy. This particular year marked the beginning of a major culinary transition in my own cooking when I got to…

4th stop: Vietnam

It’s something I under estimated for a long time, due to my ignorance toward other cultures. Until I read a book by Tom Parker Bowles about The World’s Best Street Food, to get familiar with what I am getting myself into. When I got to Vietnam’s chapter, my first impression was “at least I can…

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…

2nd Stop: France

2 weeks ago, I was in the heart of Paris. Yes right in the heart of the French capital. Crowded; sophisticated; yet elegant Paris. On arrival to Montmartre, I was really getting very excited to try French food. A line of street cafes in Montmartre were full of people in chocolate euphoria, sinning on crêpes,…