Here, There, and Everywhere (Lobster Society)

Artisan, Beirut, Restaurants, Shops

I’ve had the loveliest couple of days….out of the kitchen. We’ve become quite friendly with both the Lebanese couple that live just beneath us and the American/Indian couple two floors down. Often the six of us meet up for dinner at one of our apartments, often inviting others to join our little club for the evening,…

Whole Roasted Cauliflower a la Baron Restaurant

Beirut, Recipe, Restaurants

I am often asked if I get lonely when my husband travels for work as he does so much of the time.  And while I do miss him terribly, miss palling around town, eating meals together, just being, I don’t ever think of myself as lonely. Instead I like to use the time he’s away to…

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…

Unexpected Pleasures – Ristorante Arnolfo

Restaurants, Travel

My favorite dining experiences have always been those that happen by surprise.  A last minute invite to the impossible-to-get-in-to Balthazar London when it first opened. The day of window shopping in New York that led to an early dinner at Babbo. And best of all, our dinner at Frenchie in Paris, last November. While standing…

Paesano’s Philly Style

Restaurants, Travel

As Paesano’s Philly Style has been featured on both Throwdown with Bobby Flay and The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, I’m not breaking any new ground with my brief shout out to this delightful, grubby, authentic hoagie shop in Philadelphia. Through the very dark and wet winter months and into the spring, my dear husband and I gorged ourselves on the…

Dives & Roadhouses

Cheaper Eats, Restaurants, Travel, Washington DC

My parents love nothing more than a drive, hours of touring back roads, admiring houses and their landscaping and the little towns that connect them all. Whenever I visit I inevitably get roped into one of these joyrides, enjoying the vastness of the land here, the huge trees, corn crops, horses, and occasional llama. More…