If you’re visiting Lebanon for a ski holiday this winter, you’ll probably have a chance to get a taste of the real Lebanon through its rich cuisine. Nothing complements a day on the slopes like a delicious dinner afterwards. In a lot of hotels in Mzaar, for example, the hotel restaurants will have a choice of international fare or authentic Lebanese cuisine. We recommend that you go Lebanese.
What exactly is Lebanese cuisine? What are its most characteristic flavors? It’s a special variation of Middle Eastern cuisine, with its own nuances, specialties, and variations. Think blends of garlic, olive oil, veggies, meats, fresh herbs and savory spices. Imagine sweet, flaky Baklava with coffee for dessert.
If you want to sample Lebanese cuisine wherever you happen to be, we’ve found some of the best Lebanese recipe and cuisine blogs out there. Browse these tantalizing dishes to decide if you want to try your hand at preparing one for yourself, or just to help you decide what to order from the menu when you’re here enjoying your Lebanon ski holiday experience.
1) Cook and Eat Lebanese
The folks at cookandeat-lebanese.com have one of the most detailed and comprehensive guides to Lebanese cuisine online. You can check out new restaurant reviews, find the most recommended Lebanese markets, and if you register on the site you can even download their prized recipes. Organized, clean, and easy-to-use, this site is sure to get your juices flowing. Click on the image below to visit the site.
2) Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen
This Lebanese foodie blog is maintained by a Lebanese couple Edgard and Sarah as a loving tribute to Edgard’s mother Esperance and her lifelong mastery of Lebanese dishes. Esperance learned the craft of cooking from her own mother, making these special recipes true heirloom items. On the site, you can browse the neatly categorized recipes, read cookbook reviews, learn about the essentials of a well-stocked Lebanese pantry, and even buy specialty ingredients from the store. Click on the image below to visit the site.
3) Taste of Beirut
The exploration of Lebanese cuisine and recipes isn’t complete without a stop at tasteofbeirut.com, “Lebanese food recipes for home cooking.” The food photography on this site is fantastic and may have you trying to lick your screen. Peruse the recipes and the ample information pages to find out why Taste of Beirut has also gained itself a following of hundreds on Facebook and Twitter. Click on the image below to visit the site.
You’ve had a virtual tour of Lebanese cuisine, maybe you’ve found a few recipes to try out for yourself, but there’s nothing like trying the cuisine as prepared by Lebanese people on their turf. Whether you’re skiing in Mzaar or one of Lebanese other premier resorts, check out our Mzaar dining guide to help you decide where to go for a full, true Lebanese dining experience. Bon appetite!