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…