Cultural Disconnects or How Not to Take a Spin Class

Beirut

It seems that all the sudden it’s dark when I come out of my spin class in the evenings. The bats which fluttered overhead, whom I thought of as my escorts home, are already done with their feeding flybys, and alas I’m alone in the dark. I loved my “ghasaak” (what the Arabs call twilight…

Comfort Food, Middle Eastern Style – Kousa Mashi bil Laban

Beirut, Recipe, Restaurants

We are just back from a weekend back in Amman visiting my lovely husband’s parents and our many friends. Monday marked the beginning of Eid al Adha or the Sacrifice Feast, a somewhat haunting (yet fitting) translation of what actually happens -the slaughter of sheep used as a reminder of Ibrahim’s near sacrifice of his…

Little Armenia Lunch

Beirut, Markets, Restaurants

There are times that I forget I live in the Middle East up here in my perch in Achrafieh. Like I wrote last week, it really does feel like Europe…ok, that might be a stretch, but compared to some parts of Beirut, it’s an oasis of calm. The fancy areas we tend to frequent feel…